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As 2010 draws closer, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back on the year that was, naming finalists for our prestigious, 3rd Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These stars have given us their best, their worst, their off-the-wall antics and, in the case of today's selektion, their kontrived, kombative, k-based reality show.

It's time for THG to pay tribute to this greatness.

Last week, the countdown honored a pair of unique, talented singers in Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga. Now, it's on to Celebrity of the Year Finalist #4:  The Kardashian Klan!

Last year, Kim Karashian earned the top ranking in this poll. What changed since then? Not much on Kim's (plump) end. The socialite continues to make headlines for no reason whatsoever, simply changing her hair color multiple times and earning featured articles in magazines as a result.

Seriously, she better give her publicist a huge Christmas bonus.

But sisters Khloe and Kourtney have seriously upped their PR-generating games. The former married a rich dude she knew for a month; while the latter took it a step farther and knocked herself up just to give websites a reason to write about her.

Nauseating and appalling? Definitey. Creative and dedicated? Very much so.

Four seasons into their scripted show, the Kardashians set a ratings record for their series premiere this month. Over four million people somehow care enough about this family to spend an hour of their lives watching its well-rehearsed exploits.

While Paris faded away years ago, and society grew tired of Speidi in 2009, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney persevered. None starred in a single movie, released a single album or even got railed in a single sex tape... yet here they are, atop the celebrity gossip world.

It says a lot about the family - and, sadly, about the state of the world.

  • For Glamour
  • Classy Kim
  • Kardashians
  • Crazy Couple
  • OK! Magazine Cover
  • Attention Starved
  • A Handful
  • Yay Pregnancy!
  • A Kourtney Picture
  • Annoying Star

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On last night's Survivor finale, Natalie White somehow outwitted, outlasted and outplayed Russell Hantz to claim the season's million-dollar prize.

Viewers groaned when the game's best player had to settle for second place, as Hantz was clearly the dominant contestant throughout the season.

It's a fact Russell himself wasn't afraid to speak on during a post-finale interview with TV Guide Magazine. A few excerpts follow...

On being named Fan Favorite: It's wonderful because that shows the jury that even the fans knew that I played the best game. And it shows them that they did make the wrong decision. The people are telling you, you made the wrong decision.

On the jury: I thought they would respect the game enough, because we go through so much out there, that they would vote for me. That’s why I was so confident, I thought that they would respect the game. But I was dead wrong on that. I played with a bunch of people who never should have played the game.

On his strategy: I don’t know how I’m going to play game until I start planning out who I’m playing with. I see if I can manipulate them, or if I have to follow somebody for a little while, to get rid of that person... I don’t know if I would play differently or if I would play the same. I don’t know that I would do it again.

Look for Russell Hantz to be included on the upcoming Survivor edition, which pits heroes against villains. It premieres on February 12.

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Britney Spears wants to separate fact from celebrity gossip.

The singer unveiled a "BS Alert" page on her Web site in an effort to call out the most outlandish stories written about her over the last 12 months.

Britney the Stripper

"There were more then 13,000 stories written about Britney Spears in 2009," the blog, posted by the pop superstar's manager, Adam Leber, reads.

"We ranked the ones we believe were the most ridiculous."

Not surprisingly, given that Spears' actual antics were stranger than fiction for a time, there were several strong candidates for the 2009 top spot.

The winner? A UK report that the singer was dating Indian choreographer Sandip Soparrkar, and introduced the Bollywood dance star to her parents.

Britney Spears is no stranger to bizarre gossip stories.

While Sandip himself said he never dated Britney, he overtly suggested that Spears' manager, Larry Rudolph, started that rumor to drum up some publicity.

We wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised.

Also on the list of some of the best stories of the year involving Spears (with the minor problem of them being patently false) were some of our favorites:

  • That the singer's dad, Jamie, was looking to set up Spears with actors Chace Crawford and Jesse Metcalfe, and later Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
  • That her kids Sean, 4, and Jayden, 3, trashed a $2,000-a-night suite at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino where Brit performed on tour.
  • That Jamie Spears drugged and molested Britney (we know where that one originated, like so many other revelations - Courtney Love's Facebook).
  • That she walked in on K-Fed tagging new GF Victoria Prince.
  • That Britney's fans staged a walkout of an Australian show.
  • That she wanted a stripper pole installed in a hotel room.
  • That she worships Satan (her own Twitter was hacked).
  • That she had breast reduction surgery (yeah, right)!
  • That she married agent boyfriend Jason Trawick.
  • That he Britney Spears pregnant (Seacrest said so).

That's an abridged version, too. LOL!

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Mike Fisher has won the heart of Carrie Underwood, and broken ours.

The Ottawa Senators hockey player and the country singer are engaged to be married, according to Mike himself, who confirmed it to the Ottawa Sun yesterday.

Asked about it just moments before his team's game against the Boston Bruins at Scoriabank Place, he said he popped the question to Underwood on Sunday.

"It's true," said Fisher. "We're both obviously excited and very happy."

Sens' teammate Chris Neil said Mike Fisher called him with the news.

"I think it's great news. It's a long time coming. There's going to be a lot of broken hearts in Ottawa with all those girls who are in love with Mikey," said Neil.

Not to mention THG staffers who are in love with Carrie.

Mike Fisher Picture

The future Mr. and Mrs. Carrie Underwood! Er, Mike Fisher!

The blogosphere had been buzzing after an Underwood family friend congratulated the former American Idol winner on the big news on Mike's Twitter page.

Underwood, who makes her home in Nashville, was in Ottawa through the weekend and was on hand for the Senators' 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

The couple has been dating for about a year, and have (impressively) kept their relationship largely out of the media. Time to get started on that big family!

Congratulations, Carrie and Mike! Sad as we are that she's off the market, we have to say, we approve of Mike and the way he goes about his business.

He's also not a bad lookin' fella, right ladies?

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Christmas arrived a few weeks early for David Archuleta fans, as the American Idol finalist's holiday album ("Christmas from the Heart") has sold well.

The adorable crooner appeared this morning on Today and regaled Meredith Vieira with memories of his childhood, such as how he used to go caroling with his family in neighborhoods and in nursing homes.

From there, he performed the classic "Angels We Have Heard on High." Grab a Kleenex as you listen to it below:

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The movie Valentine's Day looks like an adorable romantic comedy.

From the director of Pretty Woman, the film stars pretty much everyone in Hollywood, from Jessica Biel to Jessica Alba; Julia Roberts to George Lopez. Just take a look at the multi-faced poster below:

Focusing on "a day in the life of love," Valentine's Day also stars Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift, as the rumored couple got close on set and has reportedly taken its on-screen romance away from the cameras.

Neither side has officially confirmed the relationship, but Lautner referenced it during his funny Saturday Night Live monologue.

Check out the Valentine's Day trailer below and keep an eye open for a scene that likely mirrors real life: Taylor and Taylor totally make out!

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When Brittany Murphy married Simon Monjack in May 2007, few had heard of the guy, and those who had generally didn't have very positive things to say.

They seemed happy throughout their low-profile marriage. But in the aftermath of Murphy's shocking death Sunday, Simon Monjack is back in the spotlight.

Who is this guy? He's often referred to as a screenwriter, but his IMDB page lists just two films: Factory Girl and the U.K. indie drama Two Days, Nine Lives.

Part of the reason Brittany's fans were suspicious of her out-of-nowhere marriage to the Brit was his shady background of financial issues and evictions.

Simon Monjack was booted from four separate apartments from 1996-2007.

In 2006, he was sued by mortgage and banking company Coutts and Co. for $470,132, which he finished paying off in 2008 ... after marrying Murphy. 

His checkered past shows warrants for his arrest in Virginia for credit card theft and fraud, an unpaid $6,087 legal bill, and a $502,910 judgment against him by a British investment firm. He also allegedly faced deportation ... in early 2007.

Brittany Murphy with mysterious husband Simon Monjack.

We'll be honest, we had never heard of Simon Monjack until he married Murphy. But as soon as he did, THG's articles were flooded with comments decrying him as a thief, a con-man (nicknamed Con-Jack) and a pathological liar.

Our reader comments can't be corroborated, of course, but let's just say that few random guys trigger such wrath, especially with this breadth of detail.

It definitely makes you think.

Monjack and Murphy were engaged in late 2006, just months after she ended her engagement to Little Black Book production assistant Joe Macaluso.

Despite the uproar over their marriage, things were pretty quiet until late last month, when Murphy was fired from upcoming thriller flick The Caller.

While her rep deniedit, there was speculation the actress was fired for being difficult - and that Monjack was stirring up trouble behind the scenes.

Whatever the reason, Monjack and Murphy boarded a plane from Puerto Rico to L.A., where upon landing, Monjack was "incoherent" and hospitalized.

All of this may be totally unrelated to Murphy's death from cardiac arrest early yesterday, but the couple's history of strange behavior is noteworthy.

No foul play is suspected, at least not yet. We'll have more on Brittany's death - and Simon Monjack - when more information is available.

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Despite reports that a divorce is "100 percent on," Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, is conflicted over what to do with her marriage, according to sources.

For days, TMZ has been saying that contrary to news stories suggesting a split is as good as done, Elin Woods is not going to file for divorce immediately.

Elin and Charlie Woods

Once again, they've been proven correct.

This isn't to say Tiger's marriage has been saved. Far from it. But he won't throw in the towel, and Elin (somehow) is said to be squarely on the fence.

The two have been undergoing "intense" marriage counseling, which we imagine involves Tiger getting screamed at and apologizing a lot. Just a hunch.

Will Elin Woods kiss her marriage to Tiger goodbye?

Inside sources say that Elin might forgive her straying spouse, despite the fact that he blatantly cheated, if it weren't for these ("alleged") factors:

  • Tiger had a three-year relationship with a mistress (Theresa Rogers)
  • He reportedly said he was falling for another (Rachel Uchitel)
  • He had an affair while Elin Woods was pregnant (who knows)

Elin Woods confided in friends that she could have forgiven Tiger had it been only one woman. But the enormous number of mistresses, along with a long-term relationship and the pregnancy fling, has Elin doubting if she can trust him.

SHOCKING.

Just the same, Elin hasn't left him yet. Maybe she wants to give him a chance ... or see the extent of the damange. What do you think she should do?

 

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Kate Gosselin always had trouble making friends.

This was due in part to her abrasive, grating personality the time commitment of raising eight young children and being followed by a TV crew at all times.

But now that she has officially divorced Jon Gosselin, and Jon & Kate Plus 8 (with its crew) is no more, the newly-single mom feels more alone than ever.

"At night, when the kids are in bed, that's a lonely time for her," Kate's friend Jamie Ayers tells Life & Style. "That's when she calls me up and we chat."

"It gets lonely when you're the only adult."

Kate Gosselin and Steve Neild Picture

Step it up, Steve Neild! Your girl is lonely!

During the day, Kate Gosselin tries to fend off the loneliness and depression by staying busy, making unfunny appearances on The Jay Leno Show. Stuff like that.

"Mostly, she gets up at the crack of dawn, works out and makes breakfast," says Jamie. "She runs errands while the kids are at school, and does a lot of baking."

But that isn't enough to fill the void.

Hilariously quoted in this story is Stephanie Santoro, a former nanny who claims she had an affair with Jon. She believes that deep inside, Kate misses her ex.

"There are times she's said she wished the old Jon would come back," Stephanie, who claims Jon did her nine times, said. "She wants that companionship back."

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We demand a recount!

On last night's live finale of Survivor: Samoa, Natalie White was overwhelmingly voted the latest series champion. She takes home one million dollars for her efforts, even though most viewers agree that Russell Hantz controlled the game - and White, really - throughout the season.

After the jury voted, Russell - who took home the $100,000 fan favorite prize for Player of the Season - said "the nice girl outwitted and outplayed" him.

Russell Hantz

As often happens on Survivor, the contestants refused to reward the grand prize to the person that actually played the best game.

Russell was shocked and disappointed by that decision.

"It's amazing to me how people play the game," he told E! News. "You want to be honest, have integrity, in the game? You ever play Monopoly, where you take people's houses and kick 'em out in the street? That's a game. But it's part of it, I guess."

In other words: shame on you, jury, for not acknowledging that Survivor is like any other game. The most skilled player, not the nicest individual, should come out on top.

White, of course, claims her kindness was a strategical skill.

"I made it my mission to get to... try to figure out what the voting criteria was going to be. I think because of the genuine relationships that I built, they wanted to give it to someone they truly know and will do well with the money."

Survivor returns on February 12 with an edition titled Heroes vs. Villains. No doubt Russell will be included in the latter group - and we'll be cheering him on the entire time!

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