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William Blankinship, a TV editor who worked on TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8 and other family-oriented reality TV, was arrested last week on child porn charges.

Blankinship, 56, has been charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, meaning he possessed photos and/or video of a minor engaged in sexual activity.

A subcontractor for Figure 8 Films, Blankenship edited such TLC shows as Jon and Kate Plus 8, its spinoff Kate Plus 8, 17 Kids and Counting and Table for 12.

Jon and Kate Plus 8

No bond has been set for the accused; he is likely "under the authority of the U.S. Marshals" until trial, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.

His employer wasted no time taking action. "Upon learning of the shocking allegations his employment was terminated," Figure 8 films said in a statement.

Fortunately, Blankinship was never in contact with the famous eight Gosselin kids, the 17 Duggar offspring or any other of TLC's stars, according to reports.

"At no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of our productions," the network said in its own statement.

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The late Michael Jackson likely helped himself to extra doses of potent drugs while Dr. Conrad Murray's back was turned and accidentally took his own life.

That's according to the defense's final witness, who finally came out and said, under oath, the theory that Murray's defense has been floating for months.

Murray's lawyers long have asserted that Jackson caused his own death, even as the likelihood of such an event has been discredited by the prosecution.

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Still, White told the jury, in Jackson's last minutes of consciousness, the insomniac took several pills of the sedative lorezepan, then injected the Propofol.

"You think it was a self-injection of propofol between 11:30 and 12?'' defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan asked. "In my opinion, yes," White responded.

White, like the prosecution's star witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, is an anesthesiologist and Propofol expert. The prosecution will cross-examine him next week.

After that, it's up to the jury to determine if there is reasonable doubt to acquit Murray of involuntary manslaughter, or if the prosecution made its case.

It goes without saying that Jackson's family feels they have.

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Welcome to THG's Week in Review! Below, our staff takes a look back at the stories, stars and scandals that made these past seven days so memorable.

If you don't already, you can FOLLOW THG on Twitter and Facebook for 24/7/365 news. Day in and day out, let us be your entertainment news source!

Now, a rundown of the week that was at The Hollywood Gossip:

  • Kris vs. Kim Cover Story
  • Kim and Kris on Kamera
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Pop icon Britney Spears is making headlines all over the world for her recent songs, music videos and Femme Fatale tour, but not all of them are positive.

Her trademark scandalous, skimpy costumes have earned harsh criticism from some, while her devoted fans continue to flock to the singer's every show.

One thing's for sure: This is not the Britney Spears of old.

Lacy Britney Spears

The pop icon kicked off the UK leg of her tour in London Thursday night, showing off her ample, womanly curves in sexy bras, panties, leotards, etc.

The 29-year-old chanteuse, whose weight has fluctuated in recent years, is not shy about flaunting a slightly healthier midsection and ... other attributes.

But is she phoning it in these days? The Daily Mail reported that Britney’s ticket sales have been sluggish and that her lip synced performance at the O2 arena “lacked soul” and that there was “no real interaction between the singer and her fans.”

Does Britney Spears still have it?

 

  • Britney Spears Caged in Concert
  • Britney Spears in Lingerie
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  • Britney in Black

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Justin Bieber covers the latest issue of Billboard Magazine and is asked about his Christmas duet with Mariah Carey during the interview.

"That was high," he says of the notes hit. "But I grinded it out and we got it down.”

Justin Bieber Billboard Magazine Cover

It's Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, who gets the most attention from this article, however. Read how he compare his client’s fame to The Beatles:

“All the hype and the kids running down the street screaming, you lose the chance to say that this started because of the music. This album lets the music speak for itself. I don’t want to draw comparisons, but there was a band during the British Invasion that had girls screaming at them. I think you know who I’m talking about.”

That's high praise. Is Bieber worthy of it? Do you think he'll have a bigger career than The Beatles?

 

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Kendall Jenner will reportedly be the subject of an E! special next week, as the teenage half-sister of Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian will be chronicled in the days leading up to her 16th birthday.

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According to Us Weekly, which first reported this story, the show will center on Kendall shopping for a car and considering a vital question in life: belly button ring or tattoo?!?

An insider even says the family is "trying to line up Nicki Minaj or Kanye [West] to perform" during the special. We'd rail against how positively absurd this sounds, how unhealthy it is to celebrate any 16-year old in such a lavish manner, but it's Friday afternoon. We're tired. Readers, please take over for us.

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Sinead O’Connor showed off her new look last night at the 2011 amfAR Insipiration Gala at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, and save for the giant new tattoo in the middle of her chest, looked a lot like the Sinead O'Connor of old!

A stark contrast with her appearance this summer, anyway.

Sinead's Twitter rants about her non-existent sex life and asking for advice on how to take her own life have made headlines of late ... maklng the tattoo the most normal thing she's done in awhile. Check it out and vote on her best look below:

Fashion Face-Off!

Sinead O'Connor: What's her best look? Check out the singer last night and then earlier this year. Vote on which style you think best suits her! View Poll »

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Congratulations are in order for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart! They're married! Sort of!

At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden today, the actor - who is touring Europe alongside Ashley Greene in order to promote Breaking Dawn - joked with reporters about that film's wildly-anticipated wedding ceremony.

"The wedding scene's funny because we used a real priest," Rob said. "So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony."

Twice the Robert Pattinson

Wow. That was fast. Stewart only first confirmed the relationship this month.

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Adele's vocal cords are in bad shape.

After a year plagued with canceled tour dates and serious bouts of laryngitis, the British singer is on the shelf for the remainder of 2011 after throat surgery.

Her record company announced the news with "deep regret," confirming that all Adele's concert dates and promotional appearances are cancelled until 2012.

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Adele's label said in a statement:

"She is to undergo surgery to alleviate the current issues with her throat and a full recovery is expected. As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments."

It's unclear when the 23-year-old - whose 21 is currently the bestselling album of the year - is expected to return, but the surgery will not impact her voice.

No 2012 appearances have yet been set, but the Grammys are set for February 12. That would seem like an appropriate time and place for a comeback.

Unlike the reaction of most Red Sox fans when they heard John Lackey will miss all of 2012 with Tommy John Surgery, here's hoping Adele returns ASAP!

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It's official. Following a change in ascension rules, boy or girl, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be the next heir to the British throne.

The leaders of the 16 governments with Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state have unanimously agreed to change the laws in their realms to allow this.

Under current laws, the immediate heir is the first-born son of the monarch. Going forward, the immediate heir will be the first-born child of the monarch.

That means if Prince William and Kate Middleton have a girl as their first child, she will be the future queen, regardless of whether one or more sons follow.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen."

Cameron personally applauded the move, adding that the UK stresses gender equality in all facets of life, making this a logical change to their traditions.

Queen Elizabeth II's son, Prince Charles, is next in line for the throne, followed by Will. The royal hunk will be the king of more than a dozen countries.

Those nations are Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia and the Bahamas.

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