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What was it that spurred John Stamos' bizarre antics on an Australian talk show last week?

Could it have been too much liquor? Drugs? The inability to shake the image of a grown-up Jodie Sweetin from his brain?

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Or none of the above. The "actor" claims jet lag combined with a sleeping pill caused his bizarre behavior during a morning talk show and newspaper interview in the land down under last week.

"I was not drinking. I did not drink either morning," the ER star tells TV Guide. "I do not have an alcohol problem. I am not David Hasselhoff. This is not a pattern."

Hasselhoff, who earlier this year was videotaped shirtless and babbling incoherently on the floor of his Las Vegas hotel room, has said he is a recovering alcoholic.

Stamos, on the other hand, says jet lag and Ambien led to his odd interview with a reporter from Sydney's Daily Telegraph and on the Australian TV show Mornings with Kerri-Anne last month during which he slurred his speech, read from a teleprompter and made lewd gestures in front of her.

"By the time I got to Australia my body was so out of whack," says John Stamos, who has told TV Guide his travel plans had included stops in New York, New Orleans, Greece, Japan and Cairo before landing Down Under on June 21.

A couple of days later, when Stamos was scheduled to promote ER, he says he was still feeling jet lag so "I took a sleeping pill at 5 in the morning, Ambien."

He says he made a mistake.

"Now I know that Ambien is an eight-hour sleeping pill so if you take it, you better get 8 hours sleep," he says. "Do not take it at 5 in the morning."

But John Stamos says he does not regularly take the sleep aid, and would like to make up for the odd behavior.

"I really do feel bad. I hope Australia will give me a change to redeem myself," he said. "I love Australia. My plan is to retire there, still."

We hope he gets that chance, and certainly understand a desire to relocate to Australia. Get as far away from those creepy Olsen twins as possible.

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Before Chris Benoit killed himself and his family, the Drug Enforcement Administration knew he was an "excessive purchaser of injectable steroids," documents show.

According to a June 29 search warrant affidavit posted on The Smoking Gun, Benoit's physician, Dr. Phil Astin, prescribed Benoit, on average, "a 10-month supply of anabolic steroids ... every three to four weeks" from May 2006 to May 2007.

Astin surrendered in Atlanta Monday after being charged with improperly dispensing painkillers and other drugs, his lawyer said.

According to a seven-count indictment, Astin dispensed drugs including Percocet, Xanax, Lorcet and Vicoprofen between April 2004 and September 2005 to recipients identified by the initials O.G. and M.J., the Associated Press reports.

The initials of WWE star Benoit were not listed.

A sealed criminal complaint was also filed, and a law enforcement official close to the case told the AP that case involves steroids.

Authorities say Chris killed his wife Nancy Benoit and their 7-year-old son Daniel before hanging himself the weekend of June 23.

Astin's office was raided twice by drug agents shortly after the deaths of Benoit and his family. Benoit, who was a longtime friend of Astin's, visited his office on June 22, the day authorities believe Benoit killed his wife.

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We dreamed about a Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson sex tape back when the pair were married.

While those hopes may have been dashed, new ones have arisen now that rumors are swirling over Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo nude pics. Hot stuff.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Photo

TMZ reports that when Lachey and Minnillo were on vacation in Mexico, paparazzi got shows of the pair in the buff. Those racy photos of the couple were published in this week's Life & Style magazine, showing the two engaged in a heavy makeout session in a jacuzzi at a private resort.

Not bad, but pretty much as harmless as a half-nude Rebecca Gayheart just standing around topless. Unless there's was more...

... like the pair having hardcore sex in a hot tub.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo might as well be fully dressed in this photo, at least when compared with naked sex pics that have recently come out.

A source who has seen the pictures tells TMZ that they are "[Paris Hilton] sex tape-level scandalous," and include images of the couple in several different sex positions. It's the kind of stuff typically reserved for Jenna Jameson. Or Kim Kardashian.

High-powered Hollywood attorney Marty Singer has sent a letter to the weekly celebrity gossip mags, warning them that should they publish the steamy pics, they'll face one giant lawsuit.

Singer told TMZ the photographer was "outrageous and malicious," adding, "The photos that were taken of our clients by a Mexican photographer violated Mexican law and were a clear invasion of privacy, and we have threatened to take legal action against third parties who publish the photos."

Awww, come on. Relax, Marty. In an age when famous athletes and actress go naked for Playboy, such as Amanda Beard and Garcelle Beauvais nude, would it really be that big of a deal if these pics got out?

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Britney Spears feels, like, totally betrayed by her mom, her soon-to-be ex husband, her former manager and Promises, the rehab facility she called home for nearly a month, y'all.

In short, she claims she never had a drug or alcohol problem but was railroaded into rehab.

Britney Not Too Happy

Sources tell celebrity gossip site TMZ that Lynne Spears, Kevin Federline and then-manager Larry Rudolph all pressured Britney to check herself in.

We're told Spears acknowledged having emotional problems after her second child, Jayden James Federline, was born, but strongly maintained she did not have a drug or alcohol problem.

Nonetheless, multiple sources say Kevin Federline effectively forced her into rehab - by threatening to go public by going to court to wrestle custody from her if she didn't.

Sources say Britney Spears could not withstand the pressure from her mom, Federline and Larry Rudolph, and checked in February 20.

We're told eventually the professionals believed Spears suffered from post-partum depression, made worse when she stopped taking Prozac.

Britney Spears was also emotionally crumbling at the time because of a messy divorce and increasingly intense media scrutiny.

After leaving Promises, as paparazzi waited for the golden shot of Britney Spears drinking again, she began getting angry that she was at a rehab facility in the first place.

Britney and her cousin/assistant, Allie Sims, called Promises on several occasions, asking for a copy of the report showing she tested positive for drugs or alcohol upon checking in.

TMZ says it took days to get an answer.

Two reports were sent to Britney Spears' rep, both showing no drug or alcohol use whatsoever. Most shocking, the first report was dated March 7. That's 15 days after Britney checked in.

Sources say one of Britney's reps then called the facility and asked for any evidence of a dirty test, but she was told there was nothing in the file.

The enduring question - if the first test was taken more than two weeks after she checked in, how could they treat her if they didn't know the problem?

Britney fired Rudolph and has now drawn a line in the sand with her mom.

Despite reports of a reconciliation, and her insistence that her family is strong (heh) Lynne Spears remains on the outs as far as her eldest girl is concerned.

As for Federline, with whom Brit has a temporary custody pact, he's threatened to go to court and question Britney's fitness as a mother with every disagreement, a source says.

Spears, who is extremely protective, does not want to expose Jayden James and Sean Preston to a public battle, so she's caved on many demands.

Britney's legal team has asked for a "private" judge to handle disputes in a private office (that's the M.O. of her divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, in celeb divorce cases), away from the cameras, but Federline has insisted that everything be handled at the L.A. County Courthouse, where the media could record everything.

TMZ spoke with Dr. Donna Markus at Promises but she said, because of patient confidentiality, her facility had no comment regarding Britney Spears.

Larry Rudolph and Lynne Spears could not be reached for comment regarding their respective dysfunctional relationships with Britney Spears.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, the lawyer of Kevin Federline, says this in response to the questions of FedEx's wanting the matter in full view of the public:

"When one person in a divorce has great means and influence, and the other much less so, leaving the case in the public system makes that person more comfortable that they'll be on a level playing field as the case is heard."

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As if life isn't difficult enough for Eric Dane.

The Grey's Anatomy actor was recently dissed by Addison Sheperd and turned down as Seattle Grace Chief of Surgery - and now he has to deal with his semi-cute wife, Rebecca Gayheart, waving her boobs around for all celebrity gossip photographers to see.

Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, Daughter

The former Noxeema spokeswoman isn't that bad looking, but she's no Kate Walsh, as you can see by Dane's thought process below.

The man known as McSteamy doesn't seem to be bothered by any of the recent Isaiah Washington controversy; he's too worried about how he'll bed Addison again, now that she's off to her very own Private Practice.

And now his wife is flashing her knockers like she's Tila Tequila or Holly Madison nude or someone. Come on, Rebecca. Show some decency.

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The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that on Thursday, June 21, Nancy Benoit called a close friend to express fear of her husband.

Nancy reportedly told the friend that she was scared to death and that, "if anything happens to me, look at [Chris Benoit]."

The friend, along with a former wrestler and friend in whom she confided, told Nancy to immediately leave and hide out in an apartment. Further, Nancy was instructed to send son Daniel to her parents' house in Florida.

Despite her fear, Nancy Benoit did not follow these instructions. And we all know about the tragic events that followed.

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Lest you think we're a biased celebrity gossip blog that only pays attention to the most well-known babies, here is a photo of Mariska Hargitary and her adorable tyke August.

Granted, the star of Law & Order: SVU is beloved by fans of that show, but she isn't exactly at the level of Angelina Jolie; nor is August as famous a little one as Shiloh Nouvel.

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But we're doing our best to change that!

Mariska Hargitay shows what being a good mother is all about. We hope the pregnant Tameka Foster is paying attention.

While Jayden James Federline isn't even allowed to see his maternal grandmother at the moment, August was surrounded by friends and family in Central Park yesterday afternoon, including his father Peter Hermann and actress Debra Messing.

Another celebrity news source, Just Jared, caught Hargitary and company celebrating this occasion with August. They look like a happy family, don't think?

We can only hope Britney Spears is paying attention and realizes how kids need a close knit bond with their relatives. Those that fail to connect with them end up like, well, her.

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First, Stray-Rod.

Now, F-Rod.

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So many rods. This time, the Rodriguez under fire in the Big Apple is Cynthia. Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez's long-suffering wife may have finally flipped her lid yesterday when she went to a game in The Bronx wearing a tight-fitting, white tank top bearing this on the back:

"F*%k you."

We've seen Britney Spears wear the same tank top in the past. But such lunacy is almost expected from that train wreck. With Cynthia Rodriguez, many were taken aback - especially those seated behind her.

The obscene phrase was visible to many fans - including kids - as she, 2-year-old daughter, Natasha, and another woman took their seats.

"[One] father, was so embarrassed, he got up and left and took his son," who appeared to be about 10 years old, a fan said.

"I mean this kid was right in back of Cynthia Rodriguez... his nose must have been about 4 inches away from the words 'F*%k you.'"

Cynthia Rodriguez's F-word faux pas also violates Yankee Stadium policy.

The team's policy prohibits any banners or signs that are not in "good taste" and also warns that security guards will eject anyone "using foul language" or "making obscene gestures."

Still, when fans let nearby security know about Cynthia Rodriguez's classy four-letter garment yesterday, nothing was done about it.

"It was noted by police and security," one fan said. "They were aware of it. I guess they didn't know what to do. I guess you don't kick A-Rod's wife out of the game."

Cynthia's shocking breach of stadium etiquette comes about a month after she was publicly humiliated by her straying hubby's catting around the country and Canada with a busty, blond Las Vegas stripper and Playboy wannabe.

His manly-looking mistress was later revealed as Joslyn Noel Morse and featured in a New York Post expose. Fans mocked A-Rod over Joslyn's unattractiveness.

Despite - or perhaps because of - those randy revelations, Alex Rodriguez, 31, has been on fire when it comes to the baseball diamond, batting a jaw-dropping 406 over the last month.

Howard Rubenstein, the spokesman for George Steinbrenner, last night said he could not reach The Boss or other executives for comment on Cynthia's stunt.

It's not clear who the target was of the Cynthia Rodriguez wrath: Yankee fans, management, the media, a nude Joslyn Noel Morse, or Alex Rodriguez himself.

A-Rod's agent, Scott Boras, was busy lighting cigars with $100 bills on his yacht while making calls on his new iPhone and could not be reached for comment.

However, Isaiah Washington was reportedly thrilled that someone else was getting $h!t over the improper use of an f-word. It's about time, right?

Incidentally, if C-Rod was trying to light a fire under A-Rod and the team with her F-Rod antics, it didn't work - the Bronx (Stink) Bombers got killed 11-5 by the A's. Pity.

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As Emma Watson searches for her real-life Harry Potter, she's turning to co-stars for advice.

"If I'm having boy troubles, I'll occasionally go and chat to Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint and say, 'What is going on here? I don't understand," Watson, 17, recently said at a London press conference for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which opens Tuesday in Britain and on July 11 in the U.S.

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"Don't ask her what she means by boy troubles," added Radcliffe as People magazine reported the three movie stars a laugh.

When not discussing her love life, Watson explained why she took much longer than Radcliffe and Grint to join up for the final two Harry Potter films. And - take note, Hayden Panettiere - they were for legitimate, responsible reasons.

"I didn't sign the contract immediately because I needed some time to figure out the logistics of combining making a Harry Potter film â€" making two more Harry Potter films â€" and combining that with my school timetable," Watson said, adding that she found it "quite frustrating and upsetting all the insinuations that were made about why I was holding off."

Turns out the actress just wants to go to college, where she hopes to study English literature, geography, and history of art. That's right, her plans don't include snorting cocaine or going to clubs every night like young American stars named Lindsay Lohan.

Grint already has left school and Radcliffe studies with private tutors.

Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling's publisher, Scholastic, Inc., announced Monday that the author's seventh and final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in anticipation of its July 21 publication date, has set a record as Amazon.com's most pre-ordered product, with nearly 1.6 million copies bought around the world.

But if you believe the Harry Potter spoilers we posted earlier were more than mere celebrity gossip, then there's no need to even buy the book. You already know how it ends.

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And believe it or not, we're not talking about insanity or the side-effects of dozens of plastic surgery procedures this time.

Who would have guessed?

Michael Jackson Autopsy Findings

Michael Jackson's siblings â€" including Janet Jackson â€" and parents are so worried about the failing pop star that they've sent out an emergency 911 call.

Sources tell Fox News that family members contacted Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, the superstar litigator who got Jackson off (the hook) two years ago in his child molestation trial.

The word from Jacko's parents and siblings is that they've met several times as a family and discussed bringing Mesereau in for an intervention to save Michael.

Mesereau, who did not return calls, is said to be open to finding out what Michael Jackson's true mental and health status is at this point.

Several celebrity news sites report that if the attorney doesn't like what he sees, the Jackson clan will ask him to do something legal to save their brother's life.

Michael Jackson, according to insiders, is in perilous health right now. There is talk that his liver is damaged and that he's been seen vomiting blood.

It's a chilling picture of what Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears have to look forward to in 20-25 years. Lushes.

What has been confirmed is that Jackson â€" whose penchant for prescription meds and alcohol is well-known â€" is depressed, alone and getting f*%ked up all the time.

We pray for the safety of his children, Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I, and Prince Michael Jackson II, a.k.a. Blanket.

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