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I am a senior staff writer at THG and a big fan of Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Robert Pattinson. I believe Kim Kardashian is bad for society, but great for attention, and that The Real Housewives should all be banned from existence.

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Earlier this week, Bill Simmons (aka "The Sports Guy") penned an online column, which argued the following thesis:

The eventual comeback by Tiger Woods on the golf course will be more difficult than the in-ring return of Muhammad Ali, following his hiatus from boxing that stemmed from avoiding the Vietnam War draft.

It's a controversial stance, one meant to elicit opinions and one defended by nine well-reasoned points.

So, how did MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann react? By immaturely taking to his blog and writing:

If the writer can let me know when Woods is punitively drafted by the military even though he is about eight years older than almost all the other draftees, I’ll begin to take him seriously. In the interim I am again left to marvel how somebody can rise to a fairly prominent media position with no discernible insight or talent, save for an apparent ability to mix up a vast bowl of word salad very quickly.

Simmons then Tweeted in response: KO, please know the feeling is mutual. You’re my worst case scenario for my career in 12 yrs: a pious, unlikable blowhard who lives alone.

We love any war of words between two outspoken individuals, but must side with Simmons in this case.

First, Mr. Olbermann, as long-time readers of The Sports Guy, we can tell you how he rose to his position as the top columnist at ESPN.com:

By earning a Master's in Journalism from Boston University; slogging away for years as a bartender while creating/building his own website; and being discovered by ESPN after he earned a loyal online following.

Some journalists may look down on Simmons because he represents the age of new media, in which a writer can thrive on the Internet without ever speaking to an athlete or going inside a locker room for his columns. But such a niche still requires wit, knowledge and hard work.

The guy recently wrote a 700-page book on the history of basketball that was number-one on The New York Times Bestsellers List.

Moreover, Olbermann has risen to his level of notoriety due to a similar recent phenomenon: the opinionated, 24/7 news cycle.

Finally, go ahead and disagree with Simmons' take on Woods vs. Ali. But do it in a respectful manner. A few days ago, Simmons took part in a Podcast with fellow ESPN columnist Rick Reilly because the pair has contrasting opinions on the Tiger Woods press conference.

Simmons isn't afraid to mix it up - professionally, respectfully - with those that don't share his points of view. But Olbermann was clearly using this Woods' column as an excuse to bitterly rail against The Sports Guy's overall success. That's just petty.

Choose a side in this feud:

 

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You'll never believe this, but Kim Zolciak isn't actually a lesbian. By all accounts, she simply stepped out with Tracy Young in order to garner a few headlines and stir up some controversy.

In an interview with People magazine, The Real Housewife of Atlanta refers to Young - a British DJ - as "a great friend of mine" and that's all.

What else does she have to say? Find out below...

On boyfriend Big Poppa: We’re doing great. He’s fantastic. It’s been so on and off in the last two years, but the entertainment industry is really difficult and takes a toll on relationships. People are so fascinated with any part that has to do with my personal life. And it’s just that. You want to talk about my kids, I’ll do it all day long. You want to talk about my wig line, I’ll do it all day long. But this stuff... it just really makes me laugh.

DJ Tracy Young

On what she's up to: My wig line is coming along amazing. I’m doing a celebrity VIP line first, and then I’ll [launch the line for the public] when I get the cost down. And something [else] I’m doing is writing a book on hair and makeup on a budget. And I have more music coming out, which is really great.

On her celebrity status: I have two girls in middle school and that’s what people forget a lot of the time. They’re my top priority. I could say a thousand things right now, but I’m trying to lay low right now. Every day it’s something new and it cracks me up. There are 40 paparazzi waiting for me the airport. And to think I wanted this so bad. But I wanted it, and I wanted to be exactly where I’m at.

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Get your DVRs ready, Adam Lambert fans.

On March 10, the singer will kick off a new round of Unplugged on VH1. The original series debuted on MTV in 1989. It features artists in an intimate setting, surrounded by audience members, and singing acoustic versions of their hits.

Memorable past performances on the concert special include Mariah Carey (1992), 10,000 Maniacs (1993) and Lauryn Hill (2002).

Lambert's installment will be the first of eight new episodes, which will also highlight Phoenix (on MTV), The Script (on VH1) and Reba McEntire (on CMT). Take a look at the following shot of Lambert going Unplugged...

** The concert was taped on March 10 and will air on April 9.

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She may not be dating Taylor Lautner anymore, but that doesn't mean Taylor Swift can't shower the actor with praise.

In the latest issue of Elle, the musical superstar is asked who she finds hot and replies: “Um, well... Taylor Lautner.”

Give Swift points for honesty, and for remaining so grounded in the face of such fame and success. Below, we've posted a few more excerpts from her Elle cover story/interview...

Is she relly ferless? “I overthink everything. I overanalyze everything.”

On one of her biggest fears: “Me making a bunch of bad decisions and embarking on a painful, slow, devastating tailspin.”

On scrutiny in the press: “I’ve had countless opportunities to do some really bad things. And then people start combing through everything I do trying to find the next mistake and misperception, which leads to more scrutiny... i’s not only about your own moral compass, but the moral compasses of other people that you don’t know.”

On writing about her relationships: “I like to categorize the various levels of heartbreak. I’ve only had that happen once. A letdown is worth a few songs. A heartbreak is worth a few albums.”

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Late last month, the 17-year old son of Marie Osmond jumped from his Los Angeles apartment building and killed himself.

It was a tragic event and the reaction of most celebrities was to pass along their sympathy to the family before politely leaving the Osmonds alone. Except for Roseanne Barr, that is.

Old Marie Osmond Pic

The former sitcom star has taken to her blog and randomly cited Marie's son's homosexuality as the basis for his death, placing a lot of blame on the Osmond's church and pretty much calling Marie a liar.

She wrote the following:

marie osmonds poor gay son killed himself... because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that "depression" is a lie!

Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about its extremely anti-gay Crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! Hey, I want her and all the gay kids in the world to know that they are just fine being gay and that they deserve love and respect instead of insults and rebuke! I have gay people in my family and my circle of friends and I am kicking bigot ass and taking names!

She continued:

Marie please don't talk about how your faith in your church has helped you get through this one! Please get some integrity and tell that church of yours that you will leave it and stop giving it ten percent of your money if they don't stop trying to destroy your kids' and all gay people's civil rights and dreams and hopes!!

G-d is trying to use you for something good and this is your opportunity! Your church is wrong and on the wrong wrong wrong side of things! Get as vocal about that as you are about your diet. G-d bless you too, Marie.

The only reaction we can come up with to this: WTF?!? Who calls out the mother of a son that just committed suicide?!?

THG readers, send in your most hateful judgments on Roseanne right now...

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As evidenced by his response to Ryan Seacrest's question during a live broadcast of American Idol last week (Who are you winking at? My girlfriend.), Simon Cowell is in proudly in love with Mezhgan Hussainy.

Whether or not these two are engaged is still a question, but Simon's feelings for the make-up artist are not.

"You just know when you've found somebody special and I feel very, very happy," Cowell tells Piers Morgan in an interview that will air Saturday in England.

The judge, of course, will leave American Idol after this season. What else does his future hold? Possibly children.

"The thing about kids, it's like marriage, you know you have to believe you're in something that you're in for the long term, a hundred percent," Simon said, not dismissing the possibility of procreation.

The Afghanistan-born Hussainy has been seen sporting a huge diamond ring, but neither she nor Cowell will confirm if a proposal has taken place. In other Idol news:

How awesome is Crystal Bowersox?!?

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The new season of Dancing with the Stars gives new meaning to the term "Stars."

When it premieres on March 22, the ABC competition will feature reality TV mainstays that are famous simply because they've been on television, supposedly acting like themselves.

It may be hard to imagine, but there was a time when Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka wouldn't have been considered celebrities.

Rant over, ABC has released the first set of promotional photos for season 10. Click on each one below to enlarge it and let us know who you think the early favorite should be...

Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
  • Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel
  • Erin Andrew and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
  • Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke
  • Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood
  • Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani
  • Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas
  • Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska

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As Justin Gaston and Liam Hemsworth can attest to, Miley Cyrus has always been a hit with older men.

But the same can now be said for dirty older man, as both Bret Michaels and Donald Trump (who can be seen together on the latest edition of Celebrity Apprentice when it debuts on March 14) have nothing but positive things to say about the singer.

"[She's a] young pop superstar who actually has the talent," said Michaels, who has collaborated with Miley on a creepy duet. "When you're a star like that you've got to take the lumps that come with it and form nerves of steel. The girl can sit down and play the guitar, the piano and sing... I think she's going to break through. I see that realness in her as a musician."

Couple's Stroll

Hold on tightly, Liam Hemsworth. You aren't the only older guy pining over Miley Cyrus.

Added Trump:

"I don't know Miley but I think she's really got the It factor... She is fantastic. I watched her on one of the talk shows and, I mean, she is like a 30-year-old woman."

Would Trump consider Cyrus for a future installment of Celebrity Apprentice?

"I'd love to," he said. "Wouldn't that be nice?"

You tell us, readers: Would that be nice? Should reality TV be Miley's next destination?

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Sean Penn can relate to Angelina Jolie.

Both are A-list celebrities and Oscar winners. Both have also gotten deeply involved in humanitarian causes, and yet somehow face criticism for doing so.

In January, the actor brought 11 doctors to Haiti, helping to establish a private relief organization for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

But many cynics out there have argued that Penn ought to avoid such endeavors because they think he's doing it solely for positive PR. Moreover, they find it hypocritical for a star to complain about an injustice... and then return to his mansion.

To these critics, in an interview with CBS News’ Sunday Morning, Penn said:

"I haven't had an awful lot of time to pay attention to them. You know, do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah. You know, but I'm not going to spend a lot of energy on it."

Sean Penn Picture

We love the response.

Why? We wrote a similar defense of Jolie last month, but look: even if you wish to believe that these stars take part in charitable causes simply because it makes them look good (and you have zero evidence to back this up; it's solely a decision to be cynical)... who cares?!?

They still are donating their time and their money. The homeless in Haiti are still better off for their efforts. Aren't these results the most important thing?

In an age in which Snooki and Kim Kardashian are worshiped just because they have big breasts and appear on TV, it's nice to see Penn, Jolie and others actually do something positive with their celebrity. They don't just spout talking points and hollow cliches (hi, Sarah Palin). They take action.

If you choose to attach a hidden agenda to these actions, we don't hope you die from cancer. But we do pity you.

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If a baseball player were to get a hit three out of every four at bats, he'd be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

If three out of every four couples on The Bachelor got married, viewers might not consider the show more of a farce than Sarah Palin's claims to be a serious political figure.

Still, when American Idol viewers only get three out of four eliminations correct, the one they overlooked stands out the most.

Can anyone out there explain why Lacey Brown will be singing next week, while Michelle Delamor will be watching from home?!? The former simply doesn't have the voice to compete, while the latter comes across as stiff sometimes, but can undoubtedly carry a major tune. Sigh.

Saying Goodbye

We do give America props got eliminating Haeley "I Smile Like a Doll" Vaughn, Jermaine "God is My Homie" Sellers and John "There's Nothing Special About Me" Park.

And after Crystal Bowersox blew us away this week, it's hard to complain about anything. But Delamor deserved to stick around.

It was also nice to see Danny Gokey again. We've posted a photo of his performance below, as well as a few more from the results show:

  • Bye, Jermaine
  • Bue, Haeley
  • Farewell Singing
  • Danny Gokey Performance
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