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Having been raked over the coals by unforgiving fans for the way he handled his contract negotiations, as well as for some general douchebag-like qualities, Alex Rodriguez doesn't want to bobble the ball again in the clutch, so to speak.

As a result, the star Yankees slugger has hired Madonna's manager to improve his image. Which, in The Hollywood Gossip's opinion, only goes to show he is a politician who cares about his image more than being genuine. But we digress.

"As I embark on this new chapter in my career," A-Rod tells Variety, "I know I have found someone... who has earned a lot of respect in the entertainment industry."

Alex may have forgotten that he plays baseball. But, we digress again. On the flip side, of course, professional sports are indeed entertainment, as the national fan and media fascination with the Mitchell Report showed over the past week.

Alex Rodriguez smiles... possibly because Guy Oseary told him to do so.

The makeover consultant for A-Rod, who this week denied taking steroids, is Guy Oseary, whose star clients also include David Blaine and Lenny Kravitz.

So what's this Guy's game plan for the superstar third baseman?

"To help [Alex Rodriguez] have more control of his image and brand" and explore the "endless possibilities" for baseball's highest-paid player.

Could one of those "possibilities" include a World Series ring? We doubt it! Could one be Cynthia Rodriguez bikini photos? We sure hope so!

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On the recent season finale of The Hills, Heidi Montag announced she needed space and time to reflect and reassess her life - without Spencer Pratt.

The Hills finale ended with millions of fans wondering what lies ahead in terms of Speidi's wedding - the couple viewers have grown to love ... to hate.

My Dad is a Hunk

In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly (which might as well change its name to Heidi Montag PR Weekly), an often tense Montag and Pratt explain exactly why their engagement was broken off, and claim they are still together.

They have no plans to get married, however.

Says Heidi Montag: "We're going back to being boyfriend and girlfriend." Pratt interjects without mockery: "When our relationship was flawless."

Barf. As for Montag's possibly fake, definitely elusive engagement ring?

"I turned it into a pendant," the aspiring singer and media whore says. "It wasn't my dream ring. I don't like what it represents. I might sell it."

Heidi Montag Weekly, also known as Us Weekly, gives us the scoop.

Think Lauren Conrad - who loathed Spencer Pratt from the start and warned Montag about his evil ways - is currently smiling at Heidi's misfortunes?

"It would be really sad if she did, but her opinions don't affect me at all," Heidi Montag told the magazine. "She's not a part of my life now."

Meanwhile, Spencer Pratt is sorry for how this happened: "I need to accept that Heidi wants her princess wedding and that she is the boss."

Montag, for her part, doesn't sound ready to give up on this quite yet: "I have a high tolerance for pain. After all, I've lived with Spencer."

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Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. She is 16. This you know by now.

The father is boyfriend Casey Aldridge. This you also know by now.

Jamie Lynn Spears Pregnant Again?

Jamie Lynn Spears spoke to OK! Magazine about the baby she has been carrying for 12 weeks, unbeknownst to us - and even to Britney Spears - until last night. Here are some excerpts from Jamie Lynn's exclusive interview with OK!:

On the pregnancy being a shock to her and Casey Aldridge: "It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected. I was in complete, total shock and so was he."

On keeping the news to herself at first: "As soon as I found out from the doctor, I took two weeks where I didn't tell anybody. Only one of my good friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone's opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends."

Seen here in July, Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge will soon be parents.

On her mother not liking the news of her pregnancy: "My mother [Lynne Spears] was very upset I was pregnant because it wasn't what she expected at all. A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive."

On the message she's sending to teenagers about premarital sex: "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's much better to wait. But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in."

Lynne Spears on getting the news of her third grandchild (Britney has two young sons, Jayden James and Sean Preston herself): "I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby."

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Britney Spears is insane.

Apparently in serious denial - or just off her meds - and unaware that her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is with child, the train wreck was spotted last night doing late night shopping at the Lisa Kline store on Robertson Blvd.

As she left the store, she emphatically told a waiting throng of celebrity news media and fans, "My sister's not pregnant!" Well, that settles that!

Reporters heard Britney Spears make the confusing statement as she departed her private shopping session at the fancy boutique around 9:00 PM PST.

Next time she hits up a gas station (in about an hour), somebody please hand Britney Spears the new OK! Magazine. That's your sister on the cover, girl!

Brit later issued a statement acknowledging that Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant. But family friend tells People that Britney found out about her 16-year-old sis' and Casey Aldridrge's baby on board the same time everybody else did.

"This is going to kill her," the friend said. "In the end, she'll be supportive, but this is a big shock."

Another source says there is no rift between Jamie Lynn and Britney, but that Jamie Lynn's advisors have tried to shield her from her 26-year-old wreck of a sister.

"Britney doesn't have to listen to anyone now but her sister still does so who knows what people are telling her," says the source. "She has her career now too."

All we know is that Lynne Spears is doing one hell of a job. She should really write a book about parenting! Keep up the good work, Lynne Spears.

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Who is this mysterious, shaggy teen who got Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant?

A good question, but apparently he isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Condoms aren't that difficult to figure out. But anyway, we'll move on now.

Jamie Lynn and Britney Spears

There is very little known about father-to-be Casey Aldridge except for the fact that he has been Jamie Lynn Spears' boyfriend for a over a year now.

Casey Aldridge has blonde hair and stands six feet two inches. His father, Mark, works for a local paper mill in Cleveland, Tenn. His mother, Joyce Aldridge, confirmed the pregnancy to TMZ. Casey met Jamie Lynn Spears at church.

Casey Aldridge and Jamie Lynn Spears: So happy together.

Casey should probably get himself a good lawyer (we hear Mark Vincent Kaplan is awesome), as he is 18 or 19 years old (we've read both) and Jamie Lynn is 16.

We've daydreamed enough about Hayden Panettiere and done enough research to know that's potentially a pretty big legal problem Casey has on his hands.

If you know any additional information about Casey Aldridge, we urge you to contact us so that The Hollywood Gossip can inform the hungry masses.

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Lynne Spears' book about raising her famous daughters Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn Spears has been put on hold, the publisher confirmed to People.

"The book is delayed indefinitely. It's delayed, not cancelled," says a spokeswoman for Thomas Nelson, which publishes inspirational books and Bibles.

What on Earth they are doing publishing a book by Lynne Spears is beyond us, as she may be the least inspirational mother of all time. But no matter.

It had been set for a spring 2008 release but was put on hold when news broke that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant by her boyfriend Casey Aldridge.

A Pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears

Lynne Spears is such a good parent, she should write a book on it!

Publishers' Weekly described the book as "Lynne Spears' personal story of raising high-profile children while coming from a low-profile Louisiana community."

They use the term "raising" loosely, we assume.

The publisher declined to comment on whether the focus of the book would be altered in light of Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy announcement.

"We are standing behind Lynn at this time and understand that she needs time with her family - we support that," says the spokeswoman.

Again, we're not sure what's harder to believe - that this book was even given consideration by a publisher, or that Lynne Spears may have done a better job with Britney Spears - who at least made it to her early 20s, and was married for like 20 months - than she did with Jamie Lynn Spears.

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Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant.

Yeah, Casey Aldridge put a baby in that.

While all Spears family news pales in comparison to this bombshell, Jamie Lynn's train wreck older sister was the subject of a court hearing yesterday.

In latest Britney Spears-Kevin Federline custody proceeding on Tuesday, the judge 86ed the hearing that had previously been scheduled for January 23.

According to TMZ, which was live on the scene, Spears' lawyers wanted to convince the Commish to restore her right to drive a car with her kids.

Britney also wanted more custody rights overall regarding Sean Preston and Jayden James. Now that hearing has been pushed way back to February 19.

Britney Spears' custody hearing and antics are tough to make sense of.

Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, subpoenaed a celebrity news video of Spears partying at night - on the same day in which Sam Lutfi claimed she was too ill and anxious to show up for her mandatory deposition.

Kaplan wants all of Britney Spears' custody requests postponed until she sits that frequently naked ass down for her deposition, and it looks like that wish was granted. It seems Kaplan has gotten his wish, at least temporarily.

Spears' new deposition is now set for the first week in January. Mark Vincent Kaplan argued that he needed time to review the deposition and check out what Britney says under oath, so the next hearing was moved to February 19.

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We know who's leading in the polls (or at least we did, two hours ago when we last checked), but which presidential candidates dominate the celebrity gossip world? Who would be the next president if online searches were votes?

In a race that mirrors recent Iowa and New Hampshire polling data, Barack Obama has narrowly edged out fellow Democratic senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as the top-searched presidential hopeful of 2007 across the Internets.

Obama's slight victory over Hillary Clinton may be thanks to a relative unknown status at the beginning of the year, as well as his huge support from many females - ranging from hot and nude (Amber Lee Ettinger) to all-powerful (Oprah).

If celebrity and online buzz were votes, Barack Obama would be president!

Ron Paul (R) came from nowhere to claim the #3 spot. While his numbers are about half of Clinton and Obama for the year, he took a web lead in November.

John Edwards (D) didn't lag too far behind at #4, while Fred Thompson's late entry, TV credentials and spouse helped his online attention surge above his fellow GOPers Mitt Romney (R), Rudy Giuliani (R) and John McCain at #5.

Expect the candidates' celebrity gossip buzz to change in 2008 - as searches already have for Mike Huckabee (R), thanks in part to a new sidekick.

The Top Searched Presidential Candidates in 2007:

  1. Barack Obama (D)
  2. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)
  3. Ron Paul (R)
  4. John Edwards (D)
  5. Fred Thompson (R)
  6. Mitt Romney (R)
  7. John McCain (R)
  8. Rudy Giuliani (R)

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Lauren Conrad poses with U.S. Marines at the trendy club Crobar in Chicago on Friday after hosting the Dreams for Kids Foundation's "Holiday for Hope" fund raiser, a worldwide organization dedicated to improving the lives of children.

The Hills Gang

Lauren Conrad poses with our nation's finest. We're not entirely clear why, but we sure love LC. And really respect the job our Marines do ensuring our freedom.

The lovely star of The Hills was on hand to help raise money for the Dreams for Kids Foundation's holiday gift collection. It's always nice to see celebrities using their star power to give back to communities and groups in need however they can.

What charities do you support, huh, Kristin Cavallari? Step off.

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Some stars, you wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole (Toastee Toof). Others, you wish you could touch in every conceivable way (Hayden Panettiere).

Somewhere in the middle are those who you really can't determine if they're hot or not. In our opinion, Fergie is one of those stars.

Which isn't to say Josh Duhamel agrees. The actor has been dating Fergie since 2004, and while the pair has no plans to get engaged anytime soon, Fergie can't say enough about how happy the Las Vegas star makes her.

"We're practically married, anyway," she tells Blender in its new issue. "I'm madly in love with him. He understands how to treat a woman and give me respect."

Fergie, the music magazine's 2007 Woman of the Year, did have a big 2007, with her debut solo album, The Dutchess, among the top-selling records of the last 12 months. But she's also suffered her share of indignities.

For instance, there was that time in which Fergie wet herself onstage - a crazy mishap captured in a photo that was spread quickly across the Internet.

"I was late, so I didn't go to the restroom before I went onstage," Fergie, 32, explains. "It was horrible. But, whatever. It happened."

Fergie takes the same attitude with her past drug abuse.

"There's one or two things the public knows about every famous person that you wish they didn't," Fergie said. "With me, everyone knows that I wet my pants onstage and had a crystal meth addiction. That sucks. But you have to laugh."

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