Galliano returns

John Galliano has been invited by Oscar de la Renta to return to fashion for the first time since the designer's anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe was captured on video.

De la Renta invited Galliano to spend time in his studio over the next three weeks. Galliano was dismissed as creative director of Christian Dior and left his own label two years ago after his rant went viral. A French court also convicted him on two other complaints of anti-Semitic behavior.

In a statement, Galliano said he is an alcoholic and has been in recovery for the past two years. He said he has apologized in public and privately for what he has done wrong.

De la Renta said he has known Galliano for years and is "a great admirer of his talent."

"He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I'm happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative," de la Renta said in a statement.

The Anti-Defamation League said Friday that it welcomed Galliano's return to fashion.

Millions watch Armstrong interview

NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey's much-anticipated interview with Lance Armstrong was seen by a total of 4.3 million viewers in back-to-back airings Thursday night on OWN.

But the interview with the disgraced cycling champion drew only 3.2 million viewers for its first airing, an audience that fell short of OWN's most-watched program: an interview Winfrey conducted with the family of Whitney Houston last March following the singer's death the previous month.

During the highly publicized program, Armstrong confessed to taking banned substances for all seven of his Tour de France victories, among other admissions.

Colbert's sister in politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. - No joke: Comedian Stephen Colbert's sister is running in earnest for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat.

Campaign manager Bill Romjue said Friday that Elizabeth Colbert-Busch plans to file as a Democrat next week and make a formal announcement. Colbert-Busch will file as a Democrat seeking the vacant 1st District seat. Colbert-Busch is a Charleston native like her brother and development director at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in nearby North Charleston.

One other Democrat and at least 10 Republicans are seeking the seat along South Carolina's south coast.

GOP candidates include former Gov. Mark Sanford who is returning to politics four years after an affair with an Argentine woman was exposed.

Adam Carolla sued

LOS ANGELES - A breach-of-contract suit filed against comedian Adam Carolla by three former business associates suggests that the new media world may not be all that different from old Hollywood.

Producer Donny Misraje - who claims to have persuaded the radio and television personality and longtime friend to use podcasts to reach his listeners - filed suit against Carolla on Thursday in Superior Court in Los Angeles.

Misraje is joined in the suit by his wife, Kathee Schneider-Misraje, a creative director, and Sandy Ganz, who helped rebuild and maintain websites for the company's podcasts and co-hosted a show, "CarCast," with Carolla.

The trio allege Carolla failed to distribute their share of the profits in the podcasting business - or even provide an accurate accounting of the books - in violation of an oral partnership agreement.

Great White benefit nixed

LOS ANGELES - Great White singer Jack Russell's plan to donate proceeds from a Feb. 7 gig in Hermosa Beach, Calif., to a memorial in Rhode Island to victims of a deadly fire that broke out during the L.A. heavy metal band's show there 10 years ago has been nixed by officials at the foundation Russell's show would have benefited.

Russell recently announced he would give money from his show to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, which is attempting to raise $1 million to build a permanent memorial to commemorate 100 people who died in the 2003 fire at a Great White show.

Foundation vice president Victoria Egan said in a statement Friday Russell's donation would upset survivors.

In a statement of his own, Russell said he would honor their request and donate the funds to another charity, saying, "I am utterly saddened by the response of the foundation and the motives behind it."

'50 Shades' sealed

SAO PAULO - A Brazilian judge has ordered bookstores to ensure that the erotic trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" is out of the reach of minors.

Judge Raphael Queiroz Campos issued the order Jan 14 after he saw children in one of city's bookstores looking through erotic books, according to a statement issued by the Rio de Janeiro State Judiciary Department Thursday night.

Eleven copies of the "Grey" series were among 64 books taken from the shelves of two bookstores because their content was deemed improper for those under the age of 18.

Playwright wins prize

NEW YORK - Anna Deavere Smith has won one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts.

The committee that awards the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize announced Friday that the playwright and actress is this year's winner.

The Gish Prize, now in its 19th year, recognizes leading artists in such fields as drama, music and dance, as well as literature. Smith joins past winners including Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Chinua Achebe and Robert Redford. The prize comes with $300,000.

Smith creates documentary-style stage works such as "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992." As an actress, she has appeared on "Nurse Jackie" and "The West Wing."

She also has won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."