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WATCH WHAT DOESN'T HAPPEN: Andy Cohen, Bravo's executive vp programming and host of its talk show Watch What Happens Live, has become almost as ubiquitous a TV presence as Ryan Seacrest. After subbing for Kathie Lee Gifford several times with Hoda Kotb on the fourth hour of NBC's Today, the chipper Cohen -- who can talk Spanx, styles and the wiles of housewives -- was asked by producers of ABC's Live! With Regis & Kelly to sit in for Regis Philbin, who is exiting in November. Word got out that Cohen could inherit the Rege spot, but producers were said to have found his ratings lackluster (this column previously reported that Cohen also wasn't interested). Now, as a kind of punishment, he won't be guest hosting on Today anymore. Cohen, it turns out, hadn't gotten the OK from NBCUniversal bigwigs for Regis, which competes with the fourth hour of Today, and it put them in a tizzy. Spokespeople at Bravo and Today did not get back to THR by press time.

Ellen Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is

Now that Bill Clinton and Alec Baldwin have jumped on the celebrity vegan bandwagon, Hollywood needs more vegan restaurants to add to Real Food Daily and Hollywood hangout Café Gratitude. Well, vegans Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are investing with Chrissie Hynde and Steve Bing in a new vegan restaurant for Ventura Boulevard. Pre-eminent vegan chef Tal Ronnen will do the menu, and Walda Fernandez is designing, a rep for Ellen says.

Project Halloween

After throwing her celeb-filled Halloween party for 11 years running, Heidi Klum will hold her freaky fete this year in two cities: Vegas (Tao on Oct. 29) and New York (Dream on Oct. 31). But can she outdo costumes like her 2008's Hindu Goddess Kali or 2007's cat with a tag that read, "If Found, Please Return to Seal"? Meanwhile, Matthew Morrison's second annual Halloween monster bash will take place at L.A.'s Voyeur. "I decided to celebrate with a party last year, and it was such fun I'm doing it again," Morrison, who went as Richard Simmons in 2010, tells THR. "Halloween's my favorite holiday -- because it coincides with my birthday."

Power Lunch

Dexter’s Michael C. Hall enjoying a lunch of Chinese food at West Hollywood staple Mandarette. … Jeremy Piven grabbing breakfast, as he does every day, at Larchmont Bungalow, on the same day as Katherine Heigl, who’s at the Paramount-centric restaurant twice a week. … Johnny Depp and his longtime UTA agent Tracey Jacobs with Elton John and David Furnis at Madeo’s. … CAA’s Missy Davy and Beth McClintock at a business lunch at e. baldi that included pumpkin pie; across the room, hairstylist Frederic Fekkai also lunched. … Viewpoint PR’s Jennifer Allen, client Matt Bomer, Slate PR’s Simon Halls at Bouchon one day; Mr. Chow’s Michael Chow dined with friends the next. … The members of Coldplay were spotted at BOA Santa Monica eating on the patio. … Writer Daniel Kunka and director Daniel Trachtenberg were at Matsuhisa celebrating their new project Crime of the Century being acquired by Universal. … Michael and Shakira Caine joined Barbara Davis and Joanna Poitier for an outdoor meal at Spago. … Director Antoine Fuqua at Tower Bar; Carey Mulligan was there on another occasion. … Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez giggling and texting at the bar at Benihana Beverly Hills.

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