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Looks like Britney Spears has one less legal scuffle to come home to.

Attorneys for the singer hare making an absolute killing these days, but at least they've finally achieved some results to justify their seven-figure fees.

Britney Spears From Behind

A lawsuit brought by a manager Spears worked with years ago, and who said she broke her agreement to pay him commissions until 2008, has been settled.

The "Toxic" singer, now touring in London, worked with Johnny Wright until 2003, according to the suit, and she stopped cutting him checks at the end of '06.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, per the Los Angeles Times.

[Photo Credit: Fame Pictures]

Also on Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz, who has been overseeing Spears' conservatorship and approving money exchanges right and left, signed off on another $193,000 in legal fees to be paid by Spears' estate.

Britney Spears had the night off between shows at London's O2 Arena, where she's performing eight times before the Circus hits Manchester's M.E.N. Arena.

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Heidi Pratt, the predominantly-plastic wife of Spencer Pratt, who is also known as Heidi Montag, was hospitalized Saturday in Costa Rica, according to reports.

The incident took place during the gruesome twosome's stay in isolation from the rest of the cast of NBC's reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.

Spencer Pratt accompanied his wife on the ambulance ride and remains by her bedside. Various reports said she was suffering from a stomach infection.

There was no immediate comment from either NBC or Spedi's rep.

The news was broken by Spencer's unintelligent sister, Stephanie Pratt, who Tweeted that "[Heidi was] rushed to the hospital and has an IV in her arm after being locked in a dark room for 3 days w/ no food or water. Pls pray she will be ok."

SAD SACK PRATT: Heidi Montag's week in Costa Rica has been tumultuous, to say the least. First, poor girl lost her dry shampoo. Now she's landed in the hospital.

Stephanie Pratt blames NBC for "going too far" in punishing The Hills pair.

Last week, Speidi tried to quit the bug-eating, jungle-surviving show after just one episode, then begged to return, then was relegated to a dark chamber for 24 hours straight while the rest of the cast voted on their possible return.

NBC executive Paul Telegdy said the "insincere, lazy, entitled" Pratts had to endure a stint in "isolation" before the cast and producers would decided their fate.

He says the Pratts "are going to bare their souls." We can't wait to see it. Here's hoping Speidi quits after a violent meltdown, then begs for a third chance.

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When the celebrity gossip media shifted its mega-mom focus from Nadya Suleman to Kate Gosselin, there's no way the former was ceding her crown without a fight!

Earlier this week, Suleman slammed the embattled Gosselin as "desperate for attention" and "over-emotional,” as well as criticizing the bikini body of the mother of eight, tearing up photos of her on camera, and so on and so forth.

Octomom Shops

Yesterday, following Kate's lead in refusing to shut the eff up and go away for the sake of humanity, Octomom had more choice words to say... about herself.

During a “private” conversation with her best friend – and Radar Online of course - she opened up for the first time about the father of her 14 (!?) children.

Nadya Suleman says she coerced the unnamed man to be a sperm donor, but that he was very pissed when he learned she froze his boys to keep having kids.

"I screwed myself. I screwed up my life and I screwed up my kids' lives. What the heck am I going to do?" Octomom asks. "I have to pretend I don't regret it."

Nads also reveals that her older children ask about their mysterious father every day: "He's just afraid. He's hiding," she says. "He'll lose everything".

Although the 33-year-old drain on society previously described her kids' dad as a "friend," she now admits that she “secretly wanted him in my life."

Suleman says she wants to apologize to the father, saying "he's probably angry and resentful." She adds, "I'm the ghost that's haunting his existence."

Funny, that's what Hailey Glassman said about Jon Gosselin.

If the unnamed father does not initiate a relationship with her children on his own, Suleman claims she will finally reveal his identity to her oldest child, Elijah, when he turns 18 in ten years, so he can contact his dad if desired.

We wouldn't bet on it. Dude is totally off the grid, living in a trailer in West Virginia as part of a witness protection program and unlikely to surface.

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Wow. It's hard to believe it was three years ago today that The Hollywood Gossip burst on the celebrity gossip scene with a single news article.

Fittingly, on that devilish date - 6/6/06 - Lindsay Lohan was the topic.

What a wild ride it's been since. To commemorate our third birthday, we're taking a look back at the stars who generated the most buzz on our website for each of our 36 months dissecting the ever-changing landscape of celeb gossip ...

June 2006: Heather Mills. Heather Mills sucks. But man, did that peg-legged former call girl and venerable digger of gold give us great stories for a time.

July 2006: Nicole Richie. At this point, Nicole had not eaten since '05. Interim beau Brody Jenner tried to force-feed her at the urging of Spencer Pratt.

August 2006: Kristin Cavallari. Speaking of Brody Jenner, he used to date Kristin Cavallari! If you recall, they were a super-hot couple for a few months.

September & October 2006: Lindsay Lohan. Incredibly, back then, HoHan was still in the early stage of her downward spiral into oblivion - drinking, snorting coke, sleeping with anything breathing and making awful movies.

November 2006: Chris Ivery. Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo made a ton of headlines, for some reason, when she got engaged to boyfriend Chris Ivery.

December 2006: Paris Hilton. Disease-riddled. Useless. Always in the news. We're shocked it took Paris six whole months to top our list, but she came through.

Britney Spears: No Pants

Britney and Paris, circa 2006, during their brief tenure as pants-less BFFs.

January 2007: Britney Spears. Fresh off her divorce from K-Fed, Brit went on an epic binge of drinking, random sexual encounters and clubbing with no pants.

February & March 2007: Antonella Barba. Jersey girl couldn't sing to save her life on American Idol, but her oral skills were on full display. If you know what we mean. We mean there were pics online of her going to town on some schmoe.

April 2007: Olivia Mojica. Antonella finally ceded her web traffic crown to a fellow Idol reject whose sex tape brought her back to prominence. How poetic.

May 2007: Lauren Conrad. Beautiful without trying too hard, The Hills star has been a fixture on The Hollywood Gossip since its inception. We heart her!

June 2007: Joslyn Morse. Baseball star Alex Rodriguez was labeled "Stray-Rod" after his affair with this manly stripper. Seriously. Look for the Adam's apple.

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Did we mention Conan O'Brien taking over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show was a great move by NBC? Last night, he reprised a classic Late Night bit to give viewers a glimpse inside the minds of the stars with his "Celebrity Surveys."

With faux responses to Conan's questions, stars ranging from Paris Hilton and Spencer Pratt to Stephen Baldwin and Matthew McConaughey share their thoughts.

Watch the list of people Conan can't run into on the street grow ...

It gets better still! Follow the jump for part two of this bit ...

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Kobe Bryant's ex-maid, Maria Jimenez, wants to make one thing clear: It's her lawsuit and she can talk about the details if she damn well wants to.

Jimenez filed papers in Orange County Superior Court, citing California's anti-SLAPP statute which says she has the right to talk about the case in public.

Kobe Bryant, Family

This despite a confidentiality agreement she signed with the Los Angeles Lakers guard and his wife, Vanessa, back when she first took the housekeeping job.

The Bryants filed papers last month saying the opposite - that Maria could sue them, but couldn't speak to the press about it. Good luck enforcing that one.

Maria Jiminez is suing the NBA star and his wife, claiming Vanessa "badgered, harassed and humiliated" her, repeatedly "yelling, screaming and criticizing her in front of Kobe, their children, employees and other people in the house."

The final straw came when Maria put an expensive blouse of Vanessa's in the washer, apparently by mistake. Vanessa supposedly demanded that Maria put her hand in dog feces to retrieve the price tag for the blouse. Classy.

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are scheduled to absolutely demolish Orlando in Game Two of the NBA Finals Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Famed record producer and songwriter turned murderer Phil Spector is settling into his new prison home these days - though he himself is quite unsettling.

Without the coverage of his trademark wig in his latest mug shot, Spector resembles ... a crazy, psychopathic murderer. Maybe we shouldn't be shocked.

Follow the jump to see one of the freakiest celebrity mugshots ever ...

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Wondering why you hadn't heard from Speidi in the past 24 hours? Well, just about the only thing that could silence the gruesome twosome took place.

They tried to quit three times already, but a repentant (supposedly) Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt spent the night in the dreaded "Lost Chamber" as the cast of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! voted on their possible return.

The plastic pair thought they'd be surrounded in the dark by creepy critters as they had earlier in the week, but this time, "We did a more interesting psychological experiment," says Paul Telegdy, NBC's executive V.P. of alternative programming.

In scenes likely to be shown on Monday's episode, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag were tormented by the sound of an acorn dragged by a fishing pole along the floor of the chamber, and the feel of wind on their backs, blown by a small tube.

"When we cut the lights," Telegdy recalls, probably delightedly.

"We have them on infrared cameras, and all we can say is you see two sets of terrified eyes, blinking, goggle-eyed, terror-struck! They prayed quite vigorously."

Before the lights were even shut off, Spencer hurt his hand trying to squish a spider, he called out, "I've dislocated my thumb! Emergency! Call a medic!'"

When the medic asked if Spencer could give a thumb's up, he still could. "'Then you haven't dislocated your thumb, Spencer! Sit down! Don't be ridiculous.'"

Telegdy says the medic responded, adding that Spencer continued, "'No, I've got to see a medic! This is the worst thing I've ever done in my life!'"

Unlike Spencer, we're at a loss for words reading this.

As for their chances of being allowed back on, comedian Angela Shelton, who was the first celebrity voted out of the jungle last night, isn't so sure.

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Happy weekend, Hollywood gossip fans. Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff reflects on what was probably the awesomest week in the history of celeb news.

Okay, maybe that's a stretch. But there were good stories like ...

  • Underkover with the Kardashians: The Hollywood Gossip sends a staff member to pose as a prospective date as Khloe pimps our Kourtney.
  • Adam Lambert goes public as a couple with boyfriend Drake LaBry.
  • Forget drugs, violence and kidnapping. Danielle Staub is a raging nympho!
  • David Carradine passes away under somehwat suspicious circumstances.
  • The crotch of fire makes an appearance. It had been way too long.
  • Gossip about Jon and Kate Gosselin shows no signs of abating, and neither will shut the eff up. You know it's bad when Octomom rips you.

  • Melissa Joan Hart wishes Farrah Fawcett the best. At least for another week, so she doesn't die and kick Hart off the cover of People.
  • The Circus hits the UK; Britney Spears avoids wardrobe incidents.
  • Brandi Glanville accuses LeAnn Rimes of stalking Eddie Cibrian.
  • Sneak an early peek at the hottest movie ever with New Moon pics!
  • Speidi kicks off its tenure on I'm a Celebrity... with this music video. After an epic meltdown, they leave the show ... only to return.
  • Billy Bob Thornton's daughter, Amanda Brumfield, is charged with child neglect in the death of a one-year-old she was babysitting.

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After rigorous auditions across America and another round of cuts in Vegas, So You Think You Can Dance has selected a crop of 20 fabulous young dancers for Season 5.

Who are these poppers, krumpers and tappers (all real styles, apparently)? Take a look at this synopsis of the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 below and learn ...

THE TOP 10 GIRLS

Randi Evans, 23, is a jazz dancer from Orem, Utah.

Quote: "I'm really down to earth. I love to go camping and four-wheeling, so this is a very glam side of me."

Karla Garcia, 23, is a jazz/contemporary dancer from Oxon Hill, Md.

Quote: "For me [the biggest challenge] is the ballroom styles. You have to be very fluid and upright, and I think I'm more of a gritty, attack kind of dancer so I think that it's going to be a good challenge for me."

Caitlin Kinney, 21, is a contemporary dancer from Annapolis, Md.

Fun Fact: She didn't decide to hit Memphis auditions until the day before, but both she and her sister Megan (who auditioned in Miami) made it through to Vegas Week.

Quote: "I really want to get [Mia Michaels'] style and work with her and prove to myself that I can learn. I just adore watching it, so I want to be able to do it myself."

Asuka Kondoh, 25, is a Latin ballroom dancer from Irvine, Calif.

Fun fact: She loves House quotes.

Quote: "The [style] one I'm nervous about is krumping. Imagine me, this, krumping. That's going to be a sight to see."

Janette Manrara, 25, is a salsa dancer from Miami.

Quote: "America has only seen me do crazy flips and salsa moves, but they don't know that I have a little thing hiding in the back pocket, that I can do a little bit of contemporary and a little bit of hip-hop."

Jeanine Mason, 18, is a contemporary dancer from Miami.

Fun Fact: She turned 18 five days before her audition, just squeaking by the age limit, then made it all the way to the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20!

Quote: "I first started dancing when I was three and what got me dancing was my mom. She always wanted to be a ballerina, but she never had the opportunity to."

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