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Katherine Heigl is leaving Grey’s Anatomy. That you already know, or at least probably suspected. But now the star has officially confirmed the news herself.

I am done,” she said. “We finalized our agreement. Everyone had been working hard to find an amicable way of moving on. It’s sad but it’s what I wanted.”

The actress says that it was family issues, not her burgeoning film career, that prompted her to approach series creator Shonda Rhimes and ask to be let go.

Not sure if we buy that, as she's been angling to be let go for several seasons now and just became a mom late last year, but hey, it definitely sounds better.

“I started a family and it changed everything,” says Heigl, of adopted daughter, Naleigh, with husband Josh Kelley. “It changed my desire to work full-time.”

COMING CLEAN: As much as Katherine Heigl can, anyway.

Although she was scheduled to appear in this season’s final five episodes, that is not happening. The January 21 episode was the last we'll see of her on the hit series that basically made her huge, as she's already been on three-month maternity leave.

“I know I’m disappointing the fans,” she says of her contentious, immature departure. “I just had to make a choice. I hope I made the right one.”

One way to redeem herself to some fans ASAP?

More Katherine Heigl nude scenes. Hot damn!

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We're serious, or at least People is in a new article about Tiger Woods' wife and her dilemma over whether to support his return to golf at the Masters.

Elin Woods is reportedly "not happy" in her marriage and not inclined to support his comeback – or present a unified front – when he returns April 8.

A close source says Elin is focused only on the children, not Tiger or his career.

"Elin is going through the motions to keep the children well grounded," the source says. "She suffered through the pain of her parents divorcing and doesn't want to do that to her kids. But she is not happy in the marriage. The trust is gone."

The trust is gone ... and the chastity belt is so on!

By day, she may play the role of wife, but she often sleeps elsewhere. Not surprising, the source says, since "she wears a chastity belt made of spikes. They are not living together as a couple. They are putting on a charade for the children."

Is that metaphorical or literal? Who the heck knows!

An Elin Nordegren Woods Photo

ROUGH PATCH: Just when you thought things were better with the Woods' ...

The source does not believe Elin Woods will attend next month's Masters, where Woods will make his comeback after four months off following his sex scandal.

"Elin wants to stay away and not get involved in the frenzy of the Masters. By not going, she sends a signal that she is staying with Tiger only for the children."

The source says that Elin did contact top California divorce lawyer Sorrell Trope but did not hire him, and is now dealing with lawyers closer to home in Florida.

"If he falls even slightly one more time," the source close to Elin Woods says, "She could still file for divorce despite her interest in holding the family together."

Things looked to be going well for the pair, who were spending time together and were even spotted being affectionate at certain points. So why the step back?

We have a hunch the Tiger Woods text messages to Joslyn James - asking about golden showers, talking about choking her and whatnot - didn't help the cause.

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Asked to take on Billboard #1 hits, a nebulous theme that gave them nearly free rein, Lee DeWyze made an unusual choice but delivered on American Idol last night.

Lee honored the late Alex Chilton, who passed away last week, with the Box Tops' "The Letter," and was met with general praise from Simon, Randy, Kara and Ellen.

It might have even earned him THG's top spot, but when Crystal Bowersox channeled Janis Joplin on "Me and Bobby McGee," she reminded us why she's the favorite.

Big Mike was his typically solid self on "When a Man Loves a Woman," as was last week's star Siobhan Magnus on "Superstition." Singling out the top four was easy.

As for the bottom four ...

Lee DeWyze's song selection and performance bumped him up with the contenders on last night's American Idol. Can he build on this momentum going forward?

Meanwhile, Paige Miles and Tim Urban will be vying for a ticket home thanks to their respective performances on "Against All Odds" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

Clearly not up to par or worthy of a trip back, but one of the two will sneak through ... if not both. Katie Stevens and Andrew Garcia didn't too much to help their causes.

Agree with our assessment? Who do you see going home tonight? Here's how we rank Tuesday's American Idol performances (with last week's rank):

  1. Crystal Bowersox, "Me and Bobby McGee" (2)
  2. Lee DeWyze, "The Letter" (5)
  3. Michael Lynche, "When a Man Loves a Woman" (3)
  4. Siobhan Magnus, "Superstition" (1)
  5. Casey James, "The Power of Love" (8)
  6. Aaron Kelly, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (4)
  7. Didi Benami, "You're No Good" (6)
  8. Andrew Garcia, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (10)
  9. Katie Stevens, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (9)
  10. Paige Miles, "Against All Odds" (7)
  11. Tim Urban, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (12)

Click to enlarge photos of the finalists in action ...

  • Katie Stevens Performs
  • Didi Does it
  • Bowersox Power
  • A. Kelly Pic
  • Big Big Mike
  • Turning the Paige
  • Andrew Garcia Rocking Out
  • Casey James Jams
  • Siobhan Sings it
  • An Urban Myth

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In case you missed her debut performance on Monday's Dancing with the Stars season premiere, to put it delicately, Kate Gosselin should not quit her day job.

We have no idea what that is, but you get the point.

Kate's Viennese waltz was a tad stiff would be an understatement. It's awkward just watching this. Just the same, Kate has several things going for her:

  1. There were no eliminations this week
  2. She is new to this and can't get worse
  3. She's getting paid, unlike Jon Gosselin
  4. She's doing well in our poll (see below)

Check out Kate's Dancing with the Stars debut and the judges' reaction. Sounds like she better be hitting that makeshift basement studio harder than ever ...

Who are you rooting for on Dancing with the Stars?


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Zachary Loring is not a fellow you would term, say, normal.

A judge pretty much told Audrina Patridge's stalker as much.

Audrina, Lauren and Lauren

Amazingly, you go off on one profanity-laced tirade in open court and you end up a prime candidate for a psychiatric evaluation. Who knew? Well, besides DMX?

That's precisely what happened to the dude harassing Audrina Patridge after a judge-directed verbal lambasting resulted in a suspension of his criminal case.

Zachary Loring is stalking this. [Photo:]

Zachary Loring, who's been loitering at the home of Audrina multiple times, tried to enter a guilty plea to one count of felony stalking The Hills star. He tried.

His attorney then objected, and after the judge sided with the lawyer and refused to accept the plea, Loring absolutely erupted, tearing the judge a new one.

Always prudent. He also went off on a judge last month too.

Immediately after the flare-up, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan suspended the hearing, ordered Loring to undergo no less than two evaluations.

He was then returned to police custody, where he is being held on $150,000 bail. A competency hearing is set for April 13. We wouldn't bet on him passing.

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Ed Hardy totally bagged Lindsay Lohan. In a manner of speaking, of course.

A source reveals to E! that Linds is in talks with the L.A.-based clothing company, which really must be low on options, to launch a new line of handbags.

The line will feature bags named Jon Gosselin and The Situation. Kidding.

"Lindsay and the designersat Ed Hardy have mutual friends, and they knew she was interested in looking for a handbag license and partner," a source says.

"They thought she'd be a good fit and so did she."

Some Bag Lady

BAG LADY: Ed Hardy wants Linndsay to be. [Photo:]

So far, it sounds like the collaboration is going smoothly. "As of last week, there are three collections in development and numerous more are expected," a source says.

"Lindsay is very directly involved with the project."

This isn't Lohan's first involvement in fashion. She was axed this month by Emanuel Ungaro after serving as its artistic director for just one poorly received collection.

No word yet on when the Lindsay Lohan-Ed Hardy collaboration will be released. Just don't expect any joint ventures with E*Trade ... or the entire nation of India.

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The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, doesn't just think the newly-passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a big deal.

It's a pretty big f*%king deal!

Without realizing he was being recorded by the podium mic, or maybe just not giving a $h!t, the V.P. congratulated the President yesterday with exactly those words.

He's definitely right, whether you oppose the bill or not. Here are the #1 and #2 men in the U.S. Government marking the passage of landmark health care reform ...

HEALTH CARE REFORM: A bill worthy of a Joe Biden f-bomb.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reportedly backed the V.P. up, saying “Yes, Mr. Vice President, you’re right.” Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, later responded that they are unable to change the gaffe-prone Biden one bit.

He certainly had his share of memorable moments during his decades of service as a member of the U.S. Senate from Delaware, including more than one like this.

Hey, at least you know he says what he's thinking, right? A rarity in politics. Here's a video of Joe Biden's f-bomb from yesterday and some of his greatest hits ...

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The late Brittany Murphy, who passed away in December, received no fewer than 200 pills a month from January 2008-August 2009, and sometimes as many as 400.

The actress used an alias, Lola Manilow Murphy, at Eddie's Pharmacy in L.A. for nearly two years before the pharmacy finally cut her off four months before she died.

Mr. & Mrs. Monjack

Pharmacy records show Murphy got regular prescriptions for hydrocodone (Vicodin), clonazepam and Klonopin (anxiety), and Vicoprofen (a Vicodin/ibuprofen combo).

What's more, she doubled up on some prescriptions certain months.

Brittany Murphy (1977-2009).

For example, during one month in particular, Murphy was prescribed 200 hydrocodone and 100 clonazepam; another month it was 300 Vicoprofen and 100 Klonopin.

All the prescriptions were prescribed by Dr. Richard Kroop. One of many doctors under investigation in the case, he was paid a visit by authorities Friday afternoon.

The owner of Eddie's Pharmacy told TMZ he cut Brittany and her family off months before her death because, "We thought there was going to be an accident there."

Turns out he had his finger on the pulse there. Much like when THG told you in May 2007 that Simon Monjack was a shady character. Sometimes you just nail it.

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Looks like Sarah Palin is coming to the Discovery Channel.

A deal for the former governor and current professional celebrity's reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska, is expected to be announced by the network in the coming days.

Sarah Palin Gets Fired Up!

The travel series, produced by Mark Burnett, would feature Alaska's ex-governor giving tours of the state. Hopefully some Todd Palin snow machine shots are featured.

Sarah Palin started shopping around the show this month. Major networks passed, but Discovery showed interest. It could air on Discovery or its sister network, TLC.

Palin is asking $1.2 million per episode for Sarah Palin's Alaska, making it one of the most expensive nature series of all time, and constitute a seemingly ridiculous price, but if someone's willing to pay it, that's the free market for ya.

This is America, don'cha know!

HALF-BAKED ALASKA: Sarah Palin's new nature series might finally make her #1 ... at least on THG's list of most overpaid and overexposed celebrities out there.

** UPDATE: The show will air on TLC and Palin will, indeed, receive $1.2 million per episode. See, she's a regulr hockey mom, just like you!

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Phil Spector has already been roughed up by the legal system. Now the convicted killer and certified creep is receiving a new taste of jail house justice!

The hot-tempered music legend is minding his tongue after having several teeth knocked out by a fellow inmate at the state prison in Corcoran, Calif.

"Phil has quite a mouth on him," says longtime pal Steven Escobar. "Not everyone understands his humor. He said the wrong thing to the wrong inmate."

Lacking any of his trusty firearms, poor Phil Spector wound up with a bruised nose, a black eye and the loss of a couple of caps, according to Escobar.

This is Phil Spector. This is just terrifying.

"He mouthed off to a big guy, who punched him," a source says of Phil, who's serving 19 years to life for shooting Lana Clarkson in the mouth in 2003.

"At first, Phil said that he fell down a flight of stairs," says Escobar of his incarcerated buddy. "Later, he told family and friends what really happened."

A spokesman for Spector's wife, Rachelle, initially corroborated that there was a jail house incident in November, telling the N.Y. Daily News: "There are safety concerns."

"We don't want the people who put him in this position to retaliate."

Rachelle did a 180, saying: "Phil was not assaulted. Absolutely not."

Mmm hmm.

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