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He's as free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change.

Truer words have never been spoken, and early this morning, a departing Conan O'Brien spent the last few minutes of his Tonight Show tenure jamming with none other than Will Ferrell on the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd farewell ballad.

Here's Will, Conan and his band doing "Free Bird" ...

Conan's final episode was, in many ways, a somber one. He showed a picture of his staff and expounded on what hosting The Tonight Show meant to him.

"Every comedian dreams of hosting the Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret it," he said.

Refraining from any well-deserved NBC bashing (probably because of his contract buyout), he thanked the network for making his entire career possible.

He did needle NBC for building a $50 million studio for him just a year ago, suggesting alternate uses for it going forward: Site of Tiger Woods' mistresses 1st annual reunion, water park for Max Weinberg's illegitimate children, etc.

Oddly enough, after the Hope for Haiti Now benefit Friday, NBC chose to air Dateline at 10 p.m., rather than the Jay Leno Show, meaning the final night of Conan O'Brien's career at NBC was the only one in which he didn't have to follow Jay.

As for his next move?

"As I set off for exciting new career opportunities, I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity," Conan boasted.

Follow the jump for a montage of some of the best moments from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, the finale of which came a decade too soon:

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We don't want to jinx it, but Spencer Pratt, master manipulator and media madman, has remained mute regarding the whole Heidi Montag plastic surgery debacle.

Speaking out for the first time to People, Heidi's husband says he supports her, but at the same time he isn't totally in favor of what she did. A politician at work!

For the past three years, while Heidi Montag has obsessed about her imperfections and eagerly planned her 10 procedures, Pratt was there to voice his opinion.

"Anytime I hinted that it might be a little much or if I just asked if she was sure, I even felt like I was crossing lines," Spencer Pratt says. "I'm not in charge of what she does with any part of her body. I'm her husband – not her owner."

What a surprisingly lenient pimp/manager.

Gross Speidi Smooch

GROSS: Spencer Pratt moves in for a hot, surgically-altered plastic kiss.

To Spencer, his wife of a year was perfect to begin with, but "everyone sees themselves differently when they look in the mirror ... nobody truly understands how she feels except her. I may not be okay with things, but it's not my call."

Throughout the seven-week-plus recovery from her 10 procedures, Pratt played nurse day and night. But the hardest part of all was seeing his wife post-surgery.

"Right after ... it was the worst experience of my life," Pratt said. "Nobody that loves a loved one should see that." Talk about a ringing endorsement right there!

"At the end of the day we do share a same opinion," says Heidi, appreciative of her man being honest. "It's my body and I need to feel comfortable as a woman, as a person, and my inner beauty is always there and that's what's most important."

Except it's clearly not most important, otherwise you wouldn't have had your face butchered over the course of a few years. But whatever helps you sleep at night!

Heidi Montag looks/looked way better ...

 

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Britney is not free. At least not yet. She surprisingly has no beef with this.

At least that's the face she puts on in public. Despite speculation that the 28-year-old pop star was heading to court Friday to get the ball rolling on ending her father's control over her financial and medical affairs, this was not the case.

If Britney is indeed feuding with dad Jamie, there was no indication of that (or anything like it) yesterday in court. Instead, money was the order of the day.

L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz signed off on the conservators' request for "the disposal of certain property" and their desire to auction off a dress Britney rocked at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards to benefit Haiti relief.

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WHAT A DICK! We mean the dude on her shirt, of course.

No one divulged what said property was, only that it included "items no longer useful to Spears" and that she is "perfectly satisfied with the disposal of property" according to the singer's attorney, Samuel Ingham. Well, that's great news!

Spears "was very enthusiastic" about the Haiti donation, he added.

Britney left the court appearance early because of a prior commitment with her kids, but is "appreciative of the extra time and energy the court has given" to her.

No sign of any of the weird behavior that has been observed in recent weeks, or any drama from within the singer's camp. We now return to actual celebrity news!

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Welcome, celebrity news fans, to The Hollywood Gossip and our Week in Review. Here, we take a look back at the top stories of the past seven days.

Some of the highlights (and lowlights) at THG from January 16-22 ...

  • Finally admitting what we've suspected for two years-plus, John Edwards publicly claimed paternity of the daughter of mistress Rielle Hunter. Not without trying to avoid it first, though. Dude supposedly wanted to fake a DNA test.
  • Heidi Montag made news for two comically bad reasons in the same week. First, her awful album debuted to meager sales (that's putting it kindly). Then the plastic surgery onslaught on her face continued to draw scrutiny.
  • Jay Leno has officially ousted Conan O'Brien. Not a popular move.
  • Stars continue to unite for Haiti, including in a planned telethon.

We already knew it, but Edwards' admission was still the week's #1 shocker.

  • American Idol auditions rolled on ... and a list of finalists was leaked. That was more shocking than anything on the season finale of Jersey Shore.
  • The Bachelor continued to make headlines as well, first for a possibly pregnant Tenley Molzahn (she's not), then possibly insane Michelle (she is).
  • Obligatory Brangelina tabloid rumors: Angelina Jolie prepares for life without Brad, while Jennifer Aniston rocks a revenge body. Whatever that is.
  • TMI Award of the Week: John Mayer, one-man pleasuring virtuoso.
  • Worst Tweet of the Week: Scott Baio, re: Michelle Obama's looks.
  • Can't Miss Performance of the Week: Adam Lambert on Oprah.
  • Random Scandal of the Week: The teen mom's mom assault.
Courtenay and Casey

Just when you thought you'd heard it all from Courtenay Semel.

  • In sex tape news, Courtenay Semel says she and Casey Johnson made one. And it was a piece of art. We're as confused as we are grossed out.
  • A slew of reports placed Tiger Woods in Mississippi, seeking treatment for sex addiction in rehab. This was later confirmed by a reliable source.
  • In breakup news, Chris Pine and Olivia Munn called it quits. Tiger and his scorned, estranged wife Elin Woods, however, miraculously have not!
  • R.I.P.: NFL star Gaines Adams and Survivor star Jennifer Lyon.

Don't forget to follow THG on Twitter for all the latest Hollywood news, celebrity gossip, rumors, commentary and humor as it happens, 24/7/365.

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Kim Kardashian took time out from her career as a professional celebrity to obtain a restraining order against an alleged stalker, Dennis Shaun Bowman.

This guy is delusional and believes he's dating her, says Kim, who notes that her obsessed fan has been following her and "poses an immediate threat."

Bowman began sending Kardashian Twitter messages last fall, professing love for her, then moved from Georgia to Kardashian's home of Calabasas, Calif.

More disturbingly, he has started turning up periodically at the socialite's appearances in L.A., sometimes wearing joker face paint, a la The Dark Knight.

Wonder if he present for this display.

Dude must be out of his mind. He even sent a Twitter message to her boyfriend, Reggie Bush, looking for a fight. Reggie plays professional football!

A Kim K. Pic

Why stalk Kim Kardashian? It's illegal, and she's not that interesting!

At least he can be polite sometimes, however. Bowman also Tweeted to Kardashian to ask forgiveness for missing their dinner date planned in Atlanta recently.

They never had one, but still, good manners!

Under the restraining order, recommended by LAPD's Threat Management unit, Bowman must stay 500 yards away from Kardashian and stop contacting her.

Fortunately, he can still peruse our gallery of Kim Kardashian pictures!

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There was so much on TV last night, you probably couldn't have watched it all if you tried. Can you imagine the stone age before DVRs? Dark times, indeed.

THG and its friends at TV Fanatic have the action recapped for you in this rundown of Thursday night programming. Follow the links below to get caught up:

  • Elena saved Damon's life and learned some big secrets on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Many jobs and relationships were left in limbo on an all-new Grey's Anatomy.
  • Shonda Rhimes' other ABC series, Private Practice, felt a bit cliched this week.
  • The network also debuted Grey's Anatomy in law firm format: The Deep End.
  • The Mentalist tried a different approach last night, and it was hit-or-miss.
Snooki, The Situation
  • The Jersey Shore season finale was last night. Try to contain yourselves ...
  • Parks and Recreation took us inside Leslie Knope's house for the first time.
  • Hilarious Jeff morphed somewhat into hilarious, mature Jeff on Community.
  • The Office was really a clip show, but 30 Rock brought the funny to Boston.
  • LeBron and the Cavs ousted Kobe and the Lakers (for all you sports fans).
  • Finally, last night was the penultimate Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

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We want to give Chris Brown a chance to repair his image. We really do.

Sometimes, though, the guy just needs his publicist closer by to prevent unfortunate incidents such as his Twitter meltdown last month, or the photo below.

What Can Brown Do For You?

Brown has been peeping some runway shows during Paris Fashion Week, which is cool, except that he decided to go see Jean Paul Gaultier's presentation.

Jean Paul an iconic couture designer known for wildly creative shows.

So much so that Gaultier got in on the action, covering his face with makeup to look like blood and bruises in order to match his boxing-themed collection.

Naturally, Chris Brown had to go and pose with him, though. Innocent, yes. But not after he turned the face of Rihanna into much worse than this ...

Chris Brown with his latest victim, Jean Paul Gaultier. Kidding!

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If the U.S. Senate race victory by Scott Brown earlier this week weren't enough of a signal that people are upset with the White House, wait until they hear this.

None other than Jay Leno will be hosting the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Talk about losing touch with the American people, Barack!

Granted, the organization made the decision to hire the comic weeks before Tonight Show drama erupted, and Leno is (well, was) not all that controversial.

Still, the Obama administration might want to swap him for Conan!

Barack Obama on Jay Leno's Tonight Show earlier this year.

Jay also had the advantage of already having hosted this particular event three times before, in 1987, 2000 and 2004, under administrations for both political parties.

The Obama administration doesn't need any more bad press these days, but it's not a bad hire for everyone. If there's anyone that can see the bright side here, it's:

  1. Writers for The Late Show With David Letterman. Two words: Field. Day.
  2. The Salahis. Even White House party crashers are more welcome than Jay!

I'm a card carrying member of ...

 

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The former aide who helped John Edwards cover up his affair and love child with Rielle Hunter is dismissing his former boss' long-overdue confession yesterday as mere "empty words" that are nothing more than a desperate PR campaign.

Andrew Young is lashing out at the two-time presidential candidate in an exclusive interview with ABC News hours after the former Senator released a statement Thursday admitting he is the father of mistress Rielle's two-year-old daughter.

A Rielle Hunter Picture

"I think those were words, empty words," Young said. "If that is what he wanted to say, he should have said it two years ago. I think it's just a PR campaign."

Edwards' confession comes two weeks before a book by Young, called The Politician, will be released - and will detail his account of the Edwards sex scandal.

Family friend and lawyer Harrison Hickman responded that Edwards waited to admit paternity until arrangements for child support were finalized. Puh. Lease.

Young claims Edwards proposed an elaborate cover-up - faking a paternity test - in a failed attempt to conceal that he fathered a baby with Rielle Hunter.

It was Young, of course, who initially tried to protect his boss' reputation and political career by publicly stating that he was the father of Hunter's infant.

Rielle Hunter did not dispute this, and the story died down ... until Edwards was busted visiting her in an L.A. hotel. Then the heat was on him tenfold.

"The senator made the full pitch," Young said. "Not just for me. I mean he didn't just have to convince me that I was going to take paternity."

"He also had to convince Rielle to publicly claim I was the father."

Young said Edwards asked him to steal one of his daughter's soiled diapers in a strategy to confirm he was the dad, then get a doctor to fake DNA results.

The aide ignored the request, but says it speaks volumes about the man Edwards is, and the lengths to which he would go to perpetuate his double life.

Rielle Hunter with John Edwards' love child, Frances Quinn.

Edwards admitted matter-of-factly in his Thursday statement that "I am Quinn's father" and said it was "wrong" to ever deny he was the father of the infant.

Landing in Haiti to work on earthquake relief with actor Sean Penn, Edwards told reporters, "I've said what I have to say for now. I'm here to help people."

As for scorned wife Elizabeth, she did not answer questions about their marital status and would not speculate on where she and John will go in the future.

"If somebody has a crystal ball, they can let me know," said Edwards, who is still fighting cancer. "My marriage shouldn't be on anybody's radar except mine."

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