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“I thought he was kidding, but it was the real deal,” Detective Waters said. “He talks to Dr. Phil, provides Dr. Phil as I understand it, with the same information he’s been providing everyone else.”

In a brief statement, Stacey Luchs, a spokeswoman for the “Dr. Phil” show said, “Mr. Castellano sat down for an interview with Dr. Phil in Texas just before his confession to law enforcement, late last week. Dr. Phil also conducted an interview with Ms. Warner’s family for this show, which is currently scheduled to air on Thursday.”

The statement did not say what Mr. Castellano talked about during his interview.

He was scheduled to have his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Animal welfare group to honor Bob Barker

Bob Barker has spent millions of dollars helping elephants, bears, chimps and other animals.

For decades, when he was host of “The Price Is Right,” he ended every show with a plea to viewers to spay or neuter their pets.

Animal Defenders International will present him with the Lord Houghton Award on Oct. 13 at a West Hollywood ceremony.

ADI President Jan Creamer said Mr. Barker was chosen not only for a lifetime of service but also for his generosity and for repeatedly taking the animal message to Congress.

The award brings Mr. Barker international recognition, but he said it means so much because of the respect he has for ADI. He said the group is one of the finest animal protection organizations in Europe.

Court rules Johnson entitled to ‘Nash Bridges’ profits

A divided appellate court Monday upheld Don Johnson’s jury award over profits from the series “Nash Bridges” but significantly reduced the amount the actor is eligible to receive.

The California 2nd District Court of Appeal panel voted 2-1 to uphold a verdict that determined the actor was owed millions from the hit series, but the panel cut the amount from $23.2 million to $15 million. The appeals court also limited the amount of interest the actor is eligible to receive.

Mr. Johnson’s award had been appealed by the series’ producers and financiers, Rysher Entertainment, 2929 Entertainment and Qualia Capital. One justice agreed with the companies that Mr. Johnson’s verdict should be overturned because his claims were barred by the statute of limitations, but two justices sided with the actor.

“Nash Bridges” aired for six seasons on CBS

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