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Checker is ready for honor

Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it’s time to induct him into its exclusive club before it’s too late.

“I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85 years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling,” Checker said Thursday.

Checker’s recording of “The Twist,” and subsequent “Let’s Twist Again” are considered among the most popular songs in the history of rock ’n’ roll.

The 72-year-old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

“If you put me in when I’m too old to make a living, then it’s no good for me to be in there.”

Checker made the comments on the red carpet for the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York where he performed “Let’s Twist Again” for the ASCAP Centennial celebration. A representative for the Rock Hall didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

Fonda lists ranch for sale

Jane Fonda is putting her northern New Mexico ranch up for sale.

The Swan Land Company of Bozeman, Montana, announced Friday that the actress has listed her Forked Lightning Ranch just north of Santa Fe for $19.5 million.

The company said Fonda purchased the ranch near Pecos in 2000 and spent two years siting the home, known as River House. The 9,600-square-foot dwelling was featured in the March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest.

Lauer extends contract

Matt Lauer, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for two decades and a co-host since 1997, will remain on the show for a few more years as it tries to recover the dominance lost to rival “Good Morning America.”

The network said Friday that Lauer had agreed to a contract extension for multiple years, although it would not specify how long. Lauer’s last extension was announced in 2012. Terms were not disclosed; as the longest-lasting host in the most profitable time of day for broadcast news divisions, Lauer is certainly one of the highest-paid people in TV news.

Lauer’s future was the biggest question hanging over NBC’s news division. Last week Lauer told NBC’s bosses that he had decided to stay, and an agreement was reached quickly.

Soap films episodes in Paris

It’s a soap opera about fashion, glamour, romance and heartbreak — so, rather fittingly, the “The Bold and the Beautiful” has gone to Paris.

The U.S. TV series is filming several episodes in front of the Eiffel Tower this week to celebrate 25 years of being broadcast in France.

The series – which says it’s the world’s highest-rated daily soap opera with an estimated 26.2 million viewers – owes its longevity to its international allure. It’s especially popular in Italy and France.

Scott Clifton, who plays Liam, one of the series’ main stars, says “it’s about beautiful people designing beautiful clothes, beautiful jewelry and accessories.” He says, “I think Paris and France really values (that).”

The episodes will be broadcast in the U.S. in August.