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At least Jessica and Ashlee Simpson have each other.

The no-talent hacks have certainly been through their ups and downs this past year, but one thing they can always count on is support from their family.

Ashlee, who is set to make her Broadway debut as Chicago's Roxy this December after getting fired from Melrose Place, defends Jess in Women's Health.

"My sister has an incredible body. I feel sorry for anyone who would judge her, because she's one sexy lady," the alleged singer-actress says of Jessica.

"It's disgusting that people would say those things."

Jessica Simpson, meanwhile, already returned the favor earlier this month, when she bashed the writers on her sister's former show, writing on Twitter:

"CW catching up on MP. Who writes this crap? i have had bad scripts to work with, but this? thank God my sister is amazing and got you some press."

Packin' on Pounds

Not the best year for the Simpson girls.

Simpson-Wentz tells the magazine that even sudden career shifts like this one don't get her down anymore, especially now that her family is priority.

"[Being married] made me able to share more," says the Melrose star no one on the set liked. "Now Pete and Bronx come first. It has humbled me."

As for her own body image, Simpson-Wentz adds the only person she wants to look good for is herself – and her husband. "Pete isn't worried about stretch marks," the mother of 1-year-old Bronx says. "He always makes me feel sexy."

"There's gonna be a time when I'm way curvier than before, and that'll be sexy too. What defines sexy is not someone's weight. Personally I like curves."

Now that's something we can embrace along with her. Fortunately, we'll be able to see Ashlee Simpson nude (kinda) on Melrose Place before she goes!

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First, her engagement to Matt Grant on The Bachelor fell apart after about 16 seconds of dating. Then the Shauna Sand sex tape embarrassed her whole family.

Now Shayne Lamas has been busted for DUI. Girl cannot get a break.

The ditzy blonde star of Leave It to Lamas was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI charges just after 1 a.m. Saturday in Venice, Calif., according to E! News.

After the fact, Shayne Lamas issued the following statement:

"Early Saturday morning, after consuming one drink, I willingly drove through a mandatory check point on my way home with complete confidence of passing."

Leave it to Shayne Lamas to drive drunk.

"However, the breathalyzer indicated that I was over the legal limit of blood alcohol content and was arrested. I take full responsibility for my lack of judgment."

"I strive to be a role model for friends, family and fans and have never nor will ever condone drinking and driving. I apologize for all those I have disappointed."

Shayne was released on bail and is due back in court December 9 for the misdemeanor charge. She also faces two misdemeanor counts of being a PR whore.

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Britney Spears and Jason Trawick, her agent and boyfriend of several months, may not be engaged yet, despite the marriage rumors that persistently pop up.

But they certainly look the part of the family unit.

The couple and Britney's two sons, Sean Preston Federline and Jayden James Federline, looked happy as can be as they strolled through a park on Saturday.

It was a tender family moment ... just Britney Spears, Jason Trawick, her two sons and massive amounts of security following them around Sydney, Australia.

Still, life is good for Britney and family ...

Britney Spears and Family

Britney Spears and family out and about.

Don't think for a second, though, that the singer's handler wasn't observing her every move. Also along for the stroll was Britney's father, Jamie Spears.

Gotta keep your eyes on the cash register at all times, after all.

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Updating a previous report, Jon Gosselin formally filed a $5 million claim against TLC, saying the network's representatives "damaged his reputation and career" by "preventing him from working with other media outlets."

[collective silence in The Hollywood Gossip newsroom]

Everybody, all together now: WTF?? LOL!!

It gets better. The father of eight claims the network contacted other media outlets he'd been in touch with to persuade them to stop dealing with him.

"Their behavior has caused Jon great anguish and financial losses," says his attorney, Mark Heller, who maintains Gosselin did not have an attorney or a manager present when he signed his contract for Jon and Kate Plus 8.

"They had a cadre of lawyers so they had a one-sided agreement," adds Heller, trying to claim that the corporation railroaded an unsophisticated IT guy.

Jon's $5 million lawsuit – a counterclaim against a suit TLC filed against him – also claims the network owes him $175,000 for shows that already aired.

The Gosselins' contract, dated April 28, 2008, says he gets $22,500 for each half-hour episode and $45,000 for each one-hour episode, the lawsuit says.

So he wants the contract he signed declared void, because he's just a simpleton, yet wants to make sure he gets paid based on the contract. Okay, Jon.

Gosselin is scheduled to be in court on December 14. In other Jon news:

  • TLC's lawyers have filed court papers in Maryland asking the judge for permission to serve his former nanny Stephanie Santoro with a subpoena.
  • His rep denied the Jon Gosselin sex tape rumor surfacing earlier this week: "It is truly false," the rep said. "It's sad people are picking this up."

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Michael Jackson passed away June 25, and Dr. Conrad Murray has been the singular focal point of the police investigation into the star's death for months now.

Still, no charges have been pressed. What the heck's taking so long?

The LAPD and the D.A.'s office have two words for you: O.J.

MJ's homicide investigation is taking so much longer than expected, because, as one law enforcement source connected with the case said, "We've had bad luck with big cases like O.J. in the past, and we don't want to repeat those mistakes."

O.J. Simpson, many of you surely recall, was acquitted of double murder in 1995 despite a seemingly air tight case - one that unraveled after various blunders.

Fortunately, O.J. got his 13 years later after he kidnapped and robbed some people. But the police want to make sure Murray doesn't slip through their fingers.

This Is It

The source also pointed to the Robert Blake case, which some experts believe was also botched. But the source added, "There is not a problem with the case."

"Time is on our side. We want to do this right."

There is no pressure to speed things up, department insiders say, and as a result, the L.A. County D.A.'s office and the LAPD have been meticulously working as a unit to "anticipate defense strategies and prepare for them."

The D.A.'s office is actively involved, requesting lots of info from the LAPD as the investigation proceeds. Among the issues they are still yet to fully reconcile:

  • Officials have keyed in on Applied Pharmacy in Las Vegas, and want to make sure there were no other pharmacies sending Propofol to Dr. Conrad Murray.
  • Another issue: authorities have gone back to their medical experts for more input, as "strategies have changed" in a case they call "very complicated."

As for when the investigation will conclude, authorities are saying they'd like to end it "before the Christmas holidays," but that could get pushed to January.

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Don't expect Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin to settle their differences over turkey dinner this month. In fact, she'd probably rather give him this treatment.

The Playgirl model (day two of his nude photo shoot took place Friday) spoke about Sarah Palin's recent Thanksgiving invitation to Playgirl's editor-in-chief.

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"He said 'you could tell by her laugh she was full of it,'" Playgirl Director of Marketing Daniel Nardicio said, calling it "a nice gesture but she didn't mean it."

Johnston said it would be beyond "awkward" should he actually show up.

Palin, the grandmother of Johnston's son Tripp, says on the pretaped November 16 Oprah Winfrey Show that her daughter's ex is still "part of the family."

She suggested he join her family for the traditional November family holiday. Levi Johnston's response? Now exactly holding his breath for a real invite.

Meanwhile, Thursday's Playgirl shoot "was fantastic," Johnston's manager Tank Jones said "People are going to see more of Levi than they thought."

"There was a hockey stick involved."

Now that we'll hold our breath for.

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From Jon Gosselin lawsuits to Angelina Jolie's antics to Carrie Prejean's hissy fits and Britney Spears' devil-worship, it was a bust week here at THG.

As always, we've got it all covered in The Hollywood Gossip's Week in Review! Some of the highlights (and lowlights) from the past week in gossip:

  • Most shocking reveal: Lady Gaga with no makeup, hat, or absurd costume.
  • Least shocking reveal: Miley Cyrus is a corporate android (on Family Guy).
  • Best before-and-after pics: Sammy Sosa's apparent skin bleaching antics.
  • Worst attempt to play the victim: Brooke Hundley. Crazy stalker-mistress.
  • Best delayed reaction: Australia finally learns Britney Spears lip-syncs.
Singing Not Required

Ten years later, Australia finally discovered that Britney Spears lip-syncs in concert. Meanwhile, the rest of us learned via her hacked Twitter that she worships Lucifer.

  • Worst casting move: The new Girls Next Door, according to Holly Madison.
  • Best random sex tape almost-leak: Ojani Noa, a.k.a. the first ex-Mr. J. Lo.
  • Worst/Best TV promo of all time: Jersey Shore on MTV. Seriously, it's real.
  • Best Twitter hack of the week: The peeps who made Britney worship Satan.
  • Worst reality show idea in human history: Giving Octomom more exposure.

The world is dying for an Octomom show. Right?

  • It was apparently Turn Back the Clock week at the tabloids, several of which featured Angelina Jolie-Jennifer Aniston war. LOL. What is this, 2005?
  • The hypocritical gossip cow that keeps on giving, Carrie Prejean, tried to explain away her sex tape, then threw an absolute hissy fit on Larry King.
  • Jon Gosselin sued TLC for $5 million, claiming child labor violations and saying the contract he breached should be null since he's "unsophisticated."
  • Baby news: Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva had a girl. Ashley Jensen had a boy. Tiffani Thiessen and Joey Lawrence are expecting! With others.
  • Wedding bells: Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt married, as did Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro. Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris got engaged!

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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As fashion face-offs go, this has mismatch written all over it.

Lauren Conrad, who can do no wrong, and who routine racks up 30-40 point wins in our fashion polls, up against wreckalicious walking "fashion disaster" Lindsay Lohan.

But can LiLo pull an upset? Don't count her out just yet.

LC celebrated designer Rebecca Minkoff's Spring 2010 line in her polka-dotted shirt, while Lohan hit the town in L.A. in her polka-dotted blouse under a cropped blazer.

Who looked better in this style? Vote below ...

LC/Lo

Who looked better in this style?

 

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The Hills star Stephanie Pratt entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor DUI this morning, and her lawyer says Spencer's sister will soon check in to rehab.

Pratt's lawyer said she will enroll in a 30-day residential facility. We'd have to imagine this is part of her way of seeking a lenient sentence for being a drunk driver.

Although she could probably benefit from the time there. Maybe the DUI arrest really was a blessing in disguise. Plus, no Steph on The Hills for like four weeks! Woo!

Stephanie was pulled over at 3:45 a.m. on October 18 after leaving Holly Montag's birthday party. The 23-year-old's two breathalyzer tests registered .08 and .09.

The legal limit is .08, so she was arrested by the cops and held on $5,000 bail. If convicted, Stephanie Pratt could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Low I.Q.

Stephanie Pratt is headed to rehab for alcohol abuse. Hopefully they do something about her fashion sense while she's in there. That glove? Mmmyeah FAIL.

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