Maher offers ardent Leno defence at Hall of Fame ceremony; a birthday honour for Rupert Murdoch

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Maher offers ardent Leno defence at Hall of Fame ceremony; a birthday honour for Rupert Murdoch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - There are six new members of the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

At a ceremony Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, the academy inducted Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, media baron Rupert Murdoch, writer-producer David E. Kelley and former ABC executive Brandon Stoddard.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby was inducted posthumously, with his wife and son accepting the honour.

Leno got a spirited introduction from Bill Maher, who said his friend didn't deserve the heat he took over Conan O'Brien's short-lived tenure as "Tonight Show" host.

Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox, noted he was being honoured on his 83rd birthday — a coincidence that he called particularly annoying because he doesn't like to look back.

Organizations: Television Academy Hall of Fame, ABC, News Corp

Geographic location: BEVERLY HILLS

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