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BEN AFFLECK says he still keeps in touch with several of his exes, especially JENNIFER LOPEZ . . . quote, "We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an e-mail saying, 'Oh, your movie looks great.'" He also still sees MATT DAMON, quote, "almost too often."
ALEX KARRAS . . . the NFL great who went on to play EMMANUEL LEWIS' adopted dad on the '80s sitcom "Webster" . . . died of kidney failure yesterday. He was 77. Karras also battled dementia in his later years, and was among thousands of former players who sued the NFL for concussion-related injuries. He's survived by his wife SUSAN CLARK . . . who played his wife on "Webster" . . . and their daughter.
STEVIE NICKS has apologized for saying she would have killed NICKI MINAJ for disrespecting MARIAH CAREY on "American Idol". She says, quote, "I said [it] during a long and exhausting day of interviews. It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said . . I think all artist should be respectful toward one another and that includes me. I am truly sorry."
LIAM NEESON made $1 million for the original "Taken". He made $10 million for "Taken 2". And if there's a "Taken 3" . . . which is a distinct possibility since the sequel was such a hit . . . he could bank as much as $20 million.
The second season of "American Horror Story" . . . which is called "American Horror Story: Asylum" . . . premieres next Wednesday, but the show has released a five-minute preview online.