November 13, 2003 11:49 AM

INVESTED: Justin Timberlake, 22, has joined the list of celebrities dabbling in the restaurant business, with Chi, a new Sunset Boulevard nightspot in the Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times. The paper describes the eatery as “1930s Shanghai-meets-‘Blade Runner'” with indoor and outdoor waterfalls. Meanwhile, Timberlake is still set to serve as an international pitchman for McDonald’s.

RATED: TV viewers preferred the real Jessica Lynch to the fictional one, according to Nielsen ratings. An estimated 15.7 million people watched Diane Sawyer interview the former POW in Tuesday’s 90-minute ABC News special, compared to the 14.9 million who watched NBC’s movie, “Saving Jessica Lynch,” on Sunday. But Lynch couldn’t compete with CBS’s “The Andy Griffith Show Reunion,” which on Tuesday attracted an estimated 21.6 million viewers.

QUOTED: “Every Sunday night for the past 15 years, I’ve watched ’60 Minutes’ for its view on politics and cultural wars and religion, and then I watch ‘The Simpsons’ to put all that in perspective.” — Jon Stewart, 41, presenting an award to “The Simpsons” at the 13th annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in New York, as reported by PEOPLE

CONTEMPLATED: Satirist Al Franken, 52, a Minnesota native, says he’s considering moving back to the state to run against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008. “It’s a long way away, five years away,” Franken told the Star Tribune. “It might be crazy. I might not be the best candidate. Part of this is seeing what happens next year and what direction things are going.” When asked to respond to the story, Coleman said: “I have no comment. I don’t do comedy.”

ADMITTED: Singer Phil Collins, 52, tells Launch Radio Networks that he has lost a considerable amount of hearing and, because of the severity of the loss, he says, he relies on his producers to deal with the sound of his music. “I’ve come to realize that maybe I’m not my own best producer,” Collins said. “My left ear is, about three years now, 60 percent gone. Viral infection, sudden deafness. Don’t know what it is, but that’s the way it is. It’s not going to come back, probably. So I’ve been forced into using other pairs of ears.”

DISBANDED: The five members of O-Town have called it a day. The group, which was formed during the first installment of MTV’s “Making the Band,” has posted a statement on the Web saying that the decision to disband was mutual and that the five will remain best friends. While some of the members continue to “write incredible songs,” says their statement, another worked as an “honorary firefighter” in California.

DIED: Dorothy Fay Ritter, 88, mother of late actor John Ritter, widow of singing cowboy Tex Ritter and star of several B-movie Westerns in the 1930s and ’40s, died Nov. 5 of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in the Woodland Hills, Calif., said her son, Tom. Dorothy Ritter had a stroke in 1987 and moved to the retirement home two years later, says the Associated Press. … The oldest person in the world, Mitoyo Kawate, died of pneumonia in Hiroshima, Japan, Thursday at the age of 114, two weeks after receiving the designation, reports Reuters. It was not immediately clear who is now the world’s oldest person.

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