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In news only slightly less obvious than if Jon Gosselin held a press conference to proclaim himself king of all douchebags, Mark McGwire admitted steroid use.

“I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize,” McGwire said in a statement released by his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to U.S. media outlets.

“I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989-1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again," he confessed. "I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season."

"I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish that I had never played during the steroid era.”

Mark McGwire: Powered by human growth hormone milk.

McGwire said that in addition to his family, he called commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa earlier in the day to personally apologize.

In 1998, McGwire broke the single-season home run record held by Roger Maris.

"Big Mac" hit 70 that season, a record that stood until another player juiced out of his freaking mind, Barry Bonds, broke it in 2002 with 73 round-trippers.

The reason McGwire acknowledge the use in a statement today, he said, was because of his imminent return to professional baseball as the Cardinals hitting coach.

Called before Congress in 2005, McGwire famously said "I'm not here to talk about the past" about 79 times when asked if he used performance-enhancing drugs.

He officially claims a place among the great, tainted players of the past 10 years, including that dick Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez.

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Gossip Girl star Blake Lively covers the February issue of Esquire.

Suffice it to say, she looks good - although a bit different than we usually see her. Blake is sporting more coverage up top than we're accustomed to, but no pants!

Nice job mixing things up, Esquire! You've gotta keep it fresh. Here's the 22-year-old Gossip Girl actress on the magazine's "People Who Matter" issue cover ...

In addition to the CW hit series, Blake has been filming a flick with Ben Affleck, The Town, and was just cast as the lead in another upcoming movie, Green Lantern.

Blake Lively was also recently seen in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, an indie drama. The youngster is establishing quite the career for herself at a young age.

We can see why. Click to enlarge some more Blake Lively pictures ...

  • A Nasty Thrill Indeed
  • Blively
  • Hottest Blake Lively Photo

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Sarah Palin has signed a deal to become a contributor to Fox News. What she will be contributing is unclear, but the former Alaska Governor will be a fixture.

The network confirmed Palin would appear on the network on a regular basis as part of a multi-year contract, the financial terms of which are not disclosed.

She will not have her own regular show, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Instead she will host a series that will run on Fox News on occasion.

Palin supporters will surely applaud the move, as they would anything she does, while her critics won't be watching. Some suggested titles for her series.

  • You Betcha!
  • North to the Future ... of TV!
  • Paling Around with Palin
  • Going Rogue ... Yes, Again
  • The Week in Levi Johnston Gossip
  • Full of (Pit)Bull: The Sarah Palin Hour

Goodbye, Governor's mansion. Hello, conservative television!

Many suspected that when Palin resigned as Alaska Governor last summer, she was doing so to pursue some sort of lucrative career in television or media.

The Fox News arrangement, however, would not seem to be all-encompassing, and appears to give the mother of five room for her other pursuits, as well.

The deal could be formally announced as early as this afternoon, and may provide additional details as to what we can expect from Sarah's Fox News foray.

We just hope she wears that blue McCain visor.

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Drew Brees, you seem like a very nice guy.

City of New Orleans, you've been through a lot and deserve a celebration.

But we can't bring ourselvs to cheer on the Saints during this year's NFL postseason, not when Kim Kardashian says her marital status hangs in the balance.

Asked today on the Dallas-based radio show "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" about prospects for a proposal, Kim pointed to Reggie Bush's on-field performance as the basis for their future as a couple.

"I would actually like him to have [a ring]," she said. "I would like for them to get to the Super Bowl and win it. Get him a ring first. That's the deal."

Can you imagine how grating an engaged Kim would be? We shutter at the thought of a new story cropping up each day about her wedding gown, her first dance song, her bridal shower...

  • Out with Friends
  • Picture of Kim

Speaking of engagements, Kim also shot down the rumor that sister Kourtney has agreed to marry Scott Disick. She said:

"I don't think Kourtney really is thinking about that. I don't think she wants that responsibility right now. She's just having a good time loving being a mom. And I think she's just going to stick with that for right now."

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Few things are as entertaining as celebrity mug shots. But as far as booking photos of the notorious go, the one below is immediately one of our favorites.

That's because it was taken when Richard Heene went to prison.

The father of Falcon Heene and perpetrator of the Balloon Boy hoax was photographed after turning himself in to the Larimer County Detention Center.

Richard pleaded guilty to charges of telling the world his son was in danger just to get a reality show falsely attempting to influence a public servant.

He will spend 90 days behind bars, or not nearly long enough.

See you in 90 days, Richard Heene (unfortunately).

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After initial reports surfaced that Adam Lambert was hooking up with Ferras Alqaisi, all has remained quiet on that dating front.

Until now!

The American Idol finalist was spotted at Hotel Cafe in West Hollywood this weekend, attending a Ferras concert. The pair were then seen exiting the building and walking closely together:

Ferras and Adam

Soon after American Idol ended, Lambert went public with his sexuality and then with his relationship with Drake LaBry.

But those two broke up in late October and Adam wasted little time in getting close to Alqaisi. Are they an official item? It's unclear at this time.

As long as he's happy, though, fans - including the THG staff - are happy. Click on the images below for a few closer looks at Lambert and his rumored new mate:

  • Possible Couple Sighting
  • Rumored Item
  • Getting a Ride
  • Concert Goer
  • Time for Fans


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Rihanna is not pleased with celebrity gossip sites insinuating that a nasty disease was the reason ex-boyfriend Chris Brown smashed her face to a pulp last year.

In an interview with GQ, she addressed rumors that Brown lashed out at her after spotting a cold sore on her lip - a common sign of the STD known as herpes.

Now dating Matt Kemp, Rihanna wants the record set straight, noting that the alleged cold sore is actually just a facial scar she has had for most of her life.

"It's not true," she said of the herpes rumor, and her tone was far from light-hearted. "It's just a f**king scar. On my lip. That's there every day of my life."

Well that settles that. Not that you can even see it ...

No Herpes Here

Rihanna has set the record straight. She does not, nor did she ever have herpes. She does, however, have kind of a dude's haircut. [Photo:]

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Mel Gibson is upset about the Tiger Woods scandal. Not because Woods cheated on his wife - adulterers gotta stick together! - but with the extensive coverage.

"I feel sorry for Tiger Woods," Mel told the Daily Mail (UK).

Tiger Woods, Goatee

"Why are we talking about this when we're sending 30,000 troops to Afghanistan? You have this history-changing event going on and we're talking about Tiger's private life? He's being used as a diversion and it drives me crazy. I just think, 'Who cares?'"

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mel, you're an idiot. This asinine argument would only make sense if ABC World News led with Tiger's mistresses and not war. It does not.

Like the movies that made Mel a vast fortune, celebrity gossip is an entertainment form with a wide audience. Can people only talk about war at all times?

Of course not. People like to read gossip, and sorry, but the world's most famous athlete being involved in an enormous sex scandal does constitute news.

So does a jackass actor getting arrested for DUI, calling a female cop "sugar t!ts" and blaming all the world's problems on Jews. But that's beside the point.

Mel Gibson's got your back, Tiger.

Perhaps Mel just sympathizes with Tiger's marital drama after he split with his wife of 28 years, Robyn, last year. And knocked up mistress Oksana Grigorieva.

"When all's said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage," the Edge of Darkness star does admit. "I'm to blame, if you're inclined to judge."

He adds, "Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends. You have to shut up, move on and not whine about it. You have to deal with it like a man.

"Whatever fallout comes from it, be it fair or unfair, you've just got to accept your own culpability," he says. "The minute you start whining, it's ridiculous."

That's good advice, and at least it's an honest assessment of the situation. Just don't expect websites not to call you out on your boorish behavior, M-dog.

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For months now, the only Britney Spears rumors we've seen involve her getting engaged to Jason Trawick. Not true, but all has been well in Britneyville.

Today's Britney gossip marks quite a departure from that trend.

According to the Mirror (UK), she is furious after discovering that her agent and boyfriend has been out frolicking with other girls behind her back.

The couple are now thought to be on a "trial split," and a heartbroken Brit has supposedly dyed her hair black. That'd be better than going bald ...

  • Trawick Texting
  • Former Sex Symbol

Trouble began brewing in paradise after Jason Trawick supposedly cavorted with some hot girls at the Roger Room in L.A. [Photos:]

Ella Davis, who was in the bar, said: “Jason Trawick left the bar with two bottles of water – and a stunning girl who looked like Britney did five years ago."

That's rough.

Word spread to Britney who called her man and tore him a new one. She then allegedly turned her phone off and checked into a five-star hotel suite. Solo.

“This isn’t the first time Britney has been let down by a man in her life," said a source, stating the obvious. "She was absolutely gutted and feels betrayed."

“She called her mom who flew in from Louisiana to be with her. They checked into the Mondrian and Brit had black hair dye, saying she needed a change."

Rumors of an impending engagement have run wild for months, but recently we reported a story of Britney smothering him. Could he be looking to escape?

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Paula Abdul is out. Ellen DeGeneres is in. Simon Cowell may soon be gone.

Leading into tomorrow night's ninth season premiere of American Idol, the focus has been on this show's judging panel and its related controversies. Randy Jackson would like to see that change.

“People get sidetracked with [all the changes to the panel]," Jackson told reporters on a recent conference call. "Listen. There are contestants.... this is a singing competition.... Let’s focus on what we’re judging and what the actual meat of the show really is. It’s about finding that next superstar talent.”

Because Hollywood week kicks off later than usual this year, Jackson couldn't tease fans with the names of prospective finalists. But he did hype the auditions so far, which have been judged by a slew of celebrities.

“This season, we’ve got some really good, bonafide, stand-in-your-shoes singers,” Jackson said, adding his main three criteria for success on the show: "Undeniable talent, something that makes you unique, and some star persona.”

Overall, our favorite dawg promises “an interesting, wild, crazy season.” He says that that one thing remains the same:

“This show is definitely a rocket ship to the top.”

Unless your name is Taylor Hicks, that is.

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