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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 16, 2002 01:00 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg, who for the past four years has co-executive produced and served as the centerpiece of the syndicated TV game show “Hollywood Squares,” is giving up her spot, reports Reuters. Her exit is due to take place next season, a spokesman for show distributor King World Productions said on Monday. The news service reports that Goldberg and King World failed to agree on a new contract. “She will not be returning,” King World spokesman Arthur Sando said. “But the show will be back. It’s been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.” He added, “We’ll be making an announcement at the appropriate time” about future production of the show. Goldberg, 46, is due to tape her final appearance on May 5. Meanwhile, her name has been appearing on Broadway, above the title. She is one of the producers of the new musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” opening this week, and she is also involved — again, as a producer — in the musical review “Harlem Song,” which traces the history of uptown show biz, scheduled to open this July at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.