NEWSMAKERS: Montel Divorce Shocker!

NEWSMAKERS: Montel Divorce Shocker!

Next on “Montel”: Newly single talk-show hosts. TV talker Montel Williams, 43, announced today that he has split with his wife of seven years.

“After going in separate directions for quite some time, Grace and I have decided to end our seven-year marriage,” Williams said in a statement.

The Williams camp said the couple split in November — about the same time they were featured in a touching People magazine cover article about how their love was helping him cope with multiple sclerosis.

Williams and his wife have two children.

WHO CARES: Surviving members of formerly important rock band the Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Enstwhile) will launch their U.S. summer tour June 25 in Chicago, it has been announced.

HETEROSEXUAL UPDATE: Much-married screen icon Richard Burton, who died in 1984, was not gay. So say family members who are ticked by a new book (“The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” — a biography of Burton‘s ex Elizabeth Taylor) that says the actor had an affair with master thespian Laurence Olivier, whom latter-day biographies also have said that he was gay. Says Burton‘s brother, Graham Jenkins: “[Richard was] the most heterosexual man most people had ever encountered.”

“LIFE” DEATH: Russell Crowe‘s double for the upcoming romantic-drama “Proof of Life” was killed in a one-car auto crash Sunday in Ecuador. Five other crew members were injured in the accident that occurred when the pickup they were riding in rolled 450 feet down a mountain.

IT HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PAYCHECK: Wondering why “The View” co-host Lisa Ling has turned Old Navy pitchwoman? It was the message. “[The commercial] says women can choose capri pants over hot guys if we want to,” Ling, 26, said in an address at Duke University on Friday.

AND RODNEY DANGERFIELD IS THE SIX MILLLION DOLLAR MAN: Comic Phyllis Diller, 82, says that after recent surgeries to install a pacemaker and a new hip, she’s “the bionic woman.”

OBITUARY: Screen vet Claire Trevor, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn in the 1948 Bogie-Bacall classic “Key Largo,” died Saturday in Newport Beach, Calif. She was 91.

HE SEES PUBERTY: “Sixth Sense” tyke Haley Joel Osment turns 12 today.

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