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Kathie Lee Outta 'Control'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

She’s baaack! Just when you get used to Kathie Lee Gifford-free airwaves, the erstwhile morning talker has signed a deal with E! Entertainment Television to star in the cable movie "Spinning Out of Control," The Hollywood Reporter says.

In the TV film, Gifford will play one Amanda Berkeley, the star of a popular sitcom whose life is ravaged by drugs and alcohol. Howie Mandel will costar in the flick as Gifford’s manager.

"The over-the-top character Gifford plays is a complete departure from anything Kathie Lee has done in the past," E! President and CEO Mindy Herman told the Reporter. "We're extremely pleased that she has agreed to star in this film for us."

The project marks Gifford’s return to the tube since her departure from "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" in July. Since her sweet adieu, the morning talk show -- with Reege and occasional guest hosts at the helm -- has gone up in the ratings.

The cable flick is slated to debut in March.

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