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Kentucky native Kevin Skinner, an unemployed farmhand and longtime musician, was named the winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent last night. Yee haw!

He beat out opera singer Barbara Padilla, his final competitor after almost 100,000 hopefuls auditioned for the fourth season of the NBC talent show.

“My heart was pounding, almost to the point that I thought it was going to come out of my chest,” Skinner said after winning the $1 million prize.

“I had never experienced anything like that and probably never will again, I would say, that dramatic. It’s the greatest feeling. I’m 35, so I have been chasing the dream for a while, and it hasn’t come true. It’s more than words can explain.”

Kevin Skinner has Got the most Talent in America!

Judge Sharon Osbourne summed up Kevin Skinner’s win: “Apparently, it was a really huge win, too. It’s just such a feel-good story that people just want him to win because he’s the everyman. All his life he’s been the underdog."

"He’s so genuine, what you see is what you get. He’s not contrived. So many people that come on this show kind of get sophisticated and try to play the game.”

Like Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle, who performed on the AGT finale in her American musical debut, Kevin Skinner became an viral video star long before he took home the title yesterday evening. Congrats again, K!

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After three years of marriage, Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley have split.

"She dumped him and told him she was leaving him. She wants to move on," a source confirms to Us Weekly, adding that Lavigne, 25, recently forced the Sum 41 "rocker" outta their $9.5 million, 12,000-square-foot estate in L.A.'s Bel Air. 

Nice of the celebrity gossip magazine to include the square footage of their residence, which is extremely relevant to the story of them splitting up.

Reports say "Divorce papers will be filed any day now."

Deryck Whibley, 29, "is crushed," says a source.

Deryck Whibley, Avril Lavigne Photo

We thought these two were gonna make it.

And so another celebrity marriage bites the dust. Looks like someone else will be starring in the next Avril Lavigne sex tape. If that was even Avril.

It really could be any chick riding some guy. It was probably totally fake. At the same time, it wouldn't be shocking if it was her. Okay, moving on.

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A night after ambushing Taylor Swift on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, somber Kanye West told Jay Leno he is going to try to take some time and figure out his issues, to try to understand what the heck made him react like that.

Well, Stephen Colbert has it all figured out.

Last December, the Comedy Central figure launched Operation: Humble Kanye in an effort to knock the celeb world's perennial egomaniac and sore loser down a peg.

On The Colbert Report in the aftermath of Kanye's outburst this week, he thinks his long-running operation may have had something to do with the blowup Sunday.

Stephen Colbert reacts to Kanye's meltdown as many of us have.

Was the outburst actually directed towards Colbert? Stephen thinks so! Why is Kanye going after Taylor Swift, and not the people who actually beat him for awards?

Why would the jackass not go after Eninem, Beyonce or whatever ate Lady Gaga? Colbert believes he knows why. Because he and Taylor Swift are totally friends.

Makes perfect sense to us. We feel enlightened.

Follow the jump for a video of Colbert's rant ...

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Even after living the party girl life in Ibiza, badmouthing her ex like it's her job and then engaging in "constant banging" with classless cage fighter Alex Reid, Katie Price is still surprised, for reasons unknown, that everyone is on Team Peter.

Peter being her estranged ex Peter Andre, who for his part has been laying low with their kids and pledging to remain celibate until a divorce is final.

Katie Price, Huge Boobs

We'd put Team Peter membership around 99.9 percent.

So, what’s an attention-crazed lady to do to win back both press and the admiration of people who were once her fans? Revealing she’d suffered a miscarriage? No, she tried that and that didn’t work. Think bigger.

Claiming she was raped when she was younger, and that Pete knew about it? Mmm, that didn't work either, after he denied knowledge. So, now what?

Katie Price revealed more about the alleged rapist, saying her aggressor is a celebrity to ramp up the  headlines (and likely fees) just that lil' bit more.

How low is too low for Katie Price? We haven't found out yet.

She said: "A famous celebrity raped me and Peter knows who. It was years ago before I was with Pete. My friends and family knew about it at the time."

Why didn't the model known as Jordan report the rape to police? "Next question. I don't want to go down that road. I don't want to talk about it again."

Well, unless she's getting paid to, of course.

Now, we're not so cynical that we're going to come right out and say we think she’s lying, but ... okay, we totally are. Way to make light of and demean women who are actually the victims of sexual violence, Katie. Class move.

If you want to tell all and no one cares, you should probably ask yourself why no one cares. Could be because you are cavorting around with a guy who started in a rape fantasy movie, and alleging you were raped an hour later.

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Former Star reporter Kate Major, who says she had a fling with Jon Gosselin after his breakup with wife Kate - which he denies - is clamoring for a 16th minute of fame Jon to tell the truth about what happened between them.

"I will take a lie detector test and I would love for Jon to take a lie detector test because for him to say there was no romance is a complete lie," Major, who admitted falling in love with the player, told HLN's Showbiz Tonight.

Kate Major says she made a big mistake with Jon, and that "I think I was in lust with him, but no, I didn't love him," later adding, "I despise him."

An interesting choice of words, and clearly picked to earn headlines after Jon said exactly that about estranged wife Kate Gosselin about a week ago.

Speaking of Kate Gosselin, Major says she'd like to reach out to her.

Yeah. He totally hit it.

"If I could talk to Kate Gosselin, I would definitely, I think we would have a lot in common, and I feel badly for her," says the celeb gossip reporter.

"I think that she's definitely taking the high road, and I'm sure it's very hard and the last thing I would want is for any of his children to see this."

SIDE NOTE: It's great that Kate is perceived to be taking the high road almost by default, as she is not accused of sleeping with half the country.

Quite the crazy week for Jon, who's been hit by allegations from one of his eight kids' nannies, Stephanie Santoro, who claims he nailed her in the apartment above his garage while his kids slept, right after the Gosselins filed for divorce.

Santoro worked at the family's Pennsylvania home for a month while he was already dating current girlfriend Hailey Glassman. Jon also denies this.

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Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford gave Taylor Swift a "pep talk" the day after she was ambushed by Kanye West at the MTV VMAs, a source reports.

What are friends who want to get in your pants for?

At the Kings of Leon concert in New York Monday night, Crawford spotted her and gave her a huge hug, telling Taylor Swift, "I'm so proud of you."

"Don't let anyone ever take your spotlight ever again."

She thanked Crawford, who, the source says, is "like an older brother type and is very protective over her" (although Taylor Swift once told Your Prom magazine that the Gossip Girl star was her "celeb dream date" for prom).

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Chace Crawford supports Taylor Swift. And man-bangs.

Besides Chace, Swift's other pals chipped in on the pep talk front in the aftermath of Kanye's VMA meltdown, which the Prez even called him out on.

After the show, the Best Female Video went to dinner at Del Frisco's at midnight to meet a group and received a standing ovation, an insider says.

"Taylor's friends ordered her favorite dish, macaroni and cheese, to cheer her up," the source adds. "And nobody brought up Kanye West."

We're glad Chace started this trend. It makes us wonder ...

Should Taylor Swift and Chace Crawford date?

 

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, creators of 18 kids and stars of 18 Kids and Counting on TLC, i.e. the Weird People Reality Show Cannel, really are good parents.

At least according to the National Parents' Day Council, which named the Duggars its 2009 National Parents of the Year. Congrats to the Arkansas couple!

The Council assures the public that the selection was the result of the Duggars' quality parenting, not just quantity, in praising their high standards:

"Their highly organized household centers around spiritual principles and is obviously filled with huge amounts of love, grace, joy and mutual respect."

Yes, they have a reality show, but you have to give Jim Bob and Michelle credit for at least living debt free and seemingly like fairly grounded people.

Congratulations to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar!

The Duggars picked up their accolade (and counting) at Maryland's Tontitown City Hall, with their 10 boys and 8 girls in attendance for the honor-bestowal.

Their eldest is now married and expecting a baby of his own next month, and Michelle is also pregnant with their 19th child, due early next year. Yes, 19.

Jim Bob and Michelle narrowly beat out Jon Gosselin, Octomom, Dina Lohan and Kris Kardashian. Just kidding. Those peeps weren't even nominated!

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Despite rumors that she's itching to get back on MTV, despite the fact she was dying to get off it, two reality shows really were enough for Lauren Conrad.

In Touch recently reported that MTV has offered the former Laguna Beach and The Hills star a Newlyweds-style show if she and Kyle Howard tie the knot.

Lauren Conrad Hair: Take Two!

"No," Conrad said Wednesday when asked if the report was true.

Little room for misinterpretation there.

Lauren, who attended Nanette Lepore's NYC fashion show last night in New York, said it's been nice not having the cameras follow her every move.

She says that she probably won't even watch the new season of The Hills, which starts September 29 and now stars former rival Kristin Cavallari.

"When you've been a part of a show, it's different," Lauren Conrad said.

"It takes the entertainment factor out of it."

Will you watch The Hills without Lauren?

 

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Philadelphia Phillies fan Steve Monforto took his little daughter Emily to his favorite team's game last night. Maybe next time he'll take a friend.

Steve made a terrific catch of a foul ball off the bat of the Phillies' Jayson Werth, only to hand it to Emily and watch her toss it back on the field.

The reaction on his face is priceless. Pure pain.

Just the same, Monforto is an even better dad than he is a fan, as he immediately comforted his daughter, to "let her know she didn't do anything wrong."

Hey, she might be a future player herself. Check out the arm on Emily ...

After a month that has included an Oregon-Boise State fight and a Serena Williams meltdown, it's nice to post a lighter moment from the world of sports.

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Chris Brown may have avoided jail time for his assault on Rihanna in February, but at least his detractors can rest assured the judge that let him off with probation and community labor wasn't kidding about the labor part.

Brown was placed on roadside cleanup duty for the day in Virginia, spending 3-5 hours pulling weeds and picking up trash on the side of the road.

Brown Outside Court

Plus, lest you think the Commonwealth of Virginia is horsing when it comes to Brown's punishment, he also cleaned up the grounds in and around a Virginia horse stable where the police horses are kept. That stinks. For him.

No, really, they smell bad.

The next time Chris reports for hard labor, which may or may not be tomorrow, he could be assigned different tasks. Here he is on the job today:

Reflective vest and all, Chris Brown repays his debt to society.

The singer, who recently appeared in an hour-long interview with Larry King to apologize for the act, Tweeted today: "On my way to community service."

Brown's sentence, which amounts to more than 1,400 hours, will include "graffiti removal, washing cars, and cleaning and maintaining other grounds."

He will also serve a five-year probation sentence, attend a year of domestic violence classes, pay fines and stay away from Rihanna for five full years.

Better than serving time behind bars, for sure, but not exactly a walk in the park, either. Talk about having to bust your a$$. Those weeds look tall!

Do you think it's an appropriate sentence?