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On Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Lady Gaga and Madonna went at it in a cat fight for the ages. But it was a sketch about President Obama that got some of his supporters on the left of the political spectrum fired up.

SNL Obama skits are typically mixed bags, since:

  • Fred Armisen is funny, but looks and acts nothing like Barack Obama
  • He inspires strong opinions, but B.O. doesn't offer comedic material

Well, this week's SNL Obama skit was more attention-grabbing than usual, as it was one of the first that in which the show really went to town on him.

Sure, the skit slammed Republicans for calling Barack Obama a socialist ... but their reasoning is that you can't be a socialist if you don't do anything.

The skit that opened the show ripped Obama's lack of achievements since taking office, even poking fun at him for failing to get Chicago the Olympics.

Unfair to expect him to deliver on lofty promises in nine months? Probably. Factually accurate, however? Indeed. Check it out and see what you think ...

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Pete Wentz is apparently out to remake his image.

No more eyeliner, and now no more man bangs.

The Fall Out Boy rocker took to his Twitter page to show off a new buzz cut, writing “jay-z had the death of autotune. this is the death of the emo swoosh.”

We're guessing that was the name of his previous hairstyle. Regardless, without the signature locks in his eye, you almost wouldn't recognize Pete Wetnz ...

Pete Wentz Buzzed Haircut

Pete Wentz is rocking short hair now!

What's next, button-downs and khakis? As long as he doesn't ditch his wife (Melrose Place star Ashlee Simpson) and baby Bronx, we're all good with it.

As long as he continues to update us via Tweets, of course.

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Taping his first episode of The Late Show with David Letterman yesterday since his stunning admission last week that he'd had sex with female employees, the host apologized to his wife, Regina Lasko, and his entire staff on the air.

It may not instantly fix his reputation, but it was heartfelt.

Of Regina, he said "She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it."

"At that point, there's only two things that can happen.

"Either you're going to make progress and get it fixed, or you're going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me."

The late night host married Regina Lasko, with whom he has 5-year-old son Harry, on March 19 of this year in Choteau, Montana, after more than 20 years of dating.

Presumably, although details remain unclear, he was dating Lasko at the time of his office relationships with Stephanie Birkitt, Holly Hester and possible others.

Letterman also took the time to apologize to the entire staff and Worldwide Pants production company, saying "I'm terribly sorry I put the staff in that position."

"The staff has been wonderfully supportive to me," he added, thanking them for "once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in."

CBS was quick to post the clip online (having yanked Letterman's admission from last week). Dave ended his apology by apologizing to ... Sarah Palin. Funny.

Dave reiterated that despite his regrettable and inexcusable behavior, he is the victim of an (alleged) crime, and was being blackmailed about these affairs.

Typically, the 62-year-old also tried to find whatever humor there is. In his opening monologue, he began with three shots at himself in about 30 seconds:

  • "Didn't the weekend just fly by?"
  • "I tell ya, right now I'd give anything to be hiking on the Appalachian trail."
  • "You know, I got into the car this morning and the navigation woman wasn't speaking to me."

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On American Idol, Paula Abdul is out and Ellen DeGeneres is in.

On America's Top Talent, meanwhile, an even more controversial switch has taken place: Kara DioGuardi has been replaced by Miley Cyrus!

Just for one episode of the latter's TV show, that is.

DioGuardi guest stars on the October 18 episode of Hannah Montana, as the title character fills in for her (alongside judges Andy and Byron) on the aforementioned made-up competition.

Hannah's experience as a guest judge gets complicated, though, when Oliver auditions and does a great job. Below, Cyrus and DioGuardi interact in a scene:

Look at that: we just wrote an entire article about Miley without mentioning her typically grating, self-serving, pompous behavior. Aren't you proud of us? We knew we could do it!

Check out three more shots of DioGuardi guest-starring on Hannah Montana below:

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We admire celebrity gossip photographers' relentless pursuit of the latest Hollywood news, but they should at least follow the rules of the road. Those jerks.

Nicole Richie is seeking medical treatment following a car accident, police say, after sh rear-ended in her Land Rover by a paparazzo in Beverly Hills.

Nicole, Harlow Photo

The run-in took place just before 2 p.m. on Monday, Lt. Tony Lee said.

"She complained of pain," he said, adding that Nicole Richie refused medical care at the scene but is "going to seek her own medical treatment."

According to a witness, the 28-year-old mother of two went to L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with her mother to be treated for minor injuries.

Nicole Richie is okay but seeking treatment.

The driver who rear-ended Richie was arrested and charged with driving without a license, and is in the process of being "physically booked," Lee said.

Police are still trying to verify his identity.

A police spokesperson could not confirm if anyone was speeding at the time of the collision but said that they weren't at a traffic light or intersection.

An unnamed adult was a passenger in Richie's car, but her two children - Harlow, 20 months, and Sparrow, born Sept. 9 - were not in the vehicle.

Get well soon Nicole!

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In an interview with Interview magazine, Kristen Stewart says often feels bored with herself.

Hopefully, that's the reason she chose to mix it up in her photo spread with the publication, as the actress is seen below looking dark, mysterious... and angry.

The anti-Kim Kardashian, Stewart is one to shy away from fame. She never seeks out a camera and admits that the entire concept of celebrity is foreign and scary.

That's fine, even respectable. But does she really need to flip readers off in order to make her point? This is a shot of the actress inside Interview:

Then again, perhaps we're taking this the wrong way.

Stewart may be saying Eff You to the supermarket tabloids that continue to make up lies about her personal life.

Or she may be saying Ef You to boyfriend Robert Pattinson. If that's the case, it's more of an invitation than an insult.

Either way, click on the pics below for more shots of Kristen from this magazine:

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John Travolta was apparently being played - albeit unsuccessfully - by a pair of goons looking to exploit his unspeakable family tragedy and not very subtly at that.

Seriously, these peeps make the tactics of Joe Halderman look subtle.

Transcripts have been released of discussions between alleged extortionist, former Bahamas Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, and Travolta's lawyer, Michael McDermott.

The negotiations, per se, play out kind of like a lame game show.

The documents show Bridgewater, an attorney for fellow defendant Tarino Lightbourne, haggling with McDermott over how much the Travoltas should pay for the "Refusal of Treatment" document they threatened to make public.

At one point, McDermott offers property instead of cash, complaining it is too hard to raise $25 million cash - a common problem for those being extorted.

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John Travolta is dealing with extortion on top of a family tragedy.

Bridgewater says Lightbourne believed that the document was worth hundreds of millions of dollars ... but he was willing to accept a modest $25 million.

McDermott countered with an offer of only $250,000, adding that the Travoltas could go as high as $1 million if Lightbourne would also accept property.

Later, McDermott, recognizing the absurdity of the situation, says, "We can do a little rug merchant negotiations here," then complains that their demands of $25 million require John to come up with "like a pickup truck full of money."

The extortion trial, which resulted from the alleged bilking of the actor after his son Jett's death, continues this week. It's unclear if John will testify again.

Bottom line? Don't attempt to blackmail a celebrity. Not only is it illegal, immoral and unlikely to succeed, but they probably can afford better lawyers.

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Excerpts from Stephanie Birkitt's private diary make up the centerpiece of Robert Halderman's alleged plan to extort $2 million from David Letterman.

Halderman (who is also known as Joe Halderman) threatened to expose his inter-office affairs if he did not comply, according to law enforcement officials.

Late Show Interview

The writings of Stephanie Birkitt was presumably not meant for the eyes of former lover Letterman, or a more recent one, CBS News producer Halderman.

But pages copied from her diary are critical to the police investigation.

Stephanie Birkitt, 34, was an assistant on The Late Show with David Letterman and frequently appeared on camera herself, along with the host, in comedy skits.

She was also once his lover, according to her own diary (another woman, Holly Hester, is alleged to have had an affair with Letterman while he was still at NBC).

Later, she became romantically involved with Robert Halderman. The couple lived together in his Norwalk, Conn., home until August, when they reportedly split.

Stephanie had once worked on 48 Hours Mystery, the show where Halderman was a well respected producer. CBS News has suspended him since his arrest.

Robert Halderman apparently copied pages from Birkitt's diary before they broke up, using them together with e-mails and other information in a package left in Letterman's limo that was intended to extort money from him.

Halderman's attorney, Gerald Shargel, said Monday that Letterman is a master manipulator and only telling one side of the story, while the charges against his client are "so obviously out of character to the point of not making any sense."

After he pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan court last week to a count of attempted first-degree grand larceny, Halderman is currently free on bail.

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While Kris Allen and Adam Lambert share the month of November (their debuts albums will be released on November 17 and 24, respectively), Allison Iraheta has December all to herself.

Fans of the popular American Idol singer should circle December 1 on their calendar, as Iraheta comes out with her first CD that day.

In a new interview, the rocker dishes on her debut single, "Friday I'll Be Over U," which you can listen to below:

On creating the song: I worked with Max Martin, and he pulled it out of his magic box. He came up with an awesome song and sent I to me and we cut it and it was just amazing. He definitely knows how to put himself in other people's shoes.

Rockin Idol

On goal for the song: Pretty much show who I really am as an artist, and what I really want to continue doing for the rest of my life, which is this. Just really do awesome music for the rest of my life.

On her dream collaboration: I keep saying this, and I'm always going to say it until it happens... working with Pink, my friend. That would be amazing. Her music altogether inspires me. I look up to her.

LISTEN TO IRAHETA'S SINGLE BELOW AND LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT:

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The attorney for accused blackmailer Robert "Joe" Halderman says David Letterman is spinning the extortion plot against him and there are two sides to the story.

"I look forward to cross-examining David Letterman," Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, told the Today Show Monday morning on behalf of his arrested client.

"If you only hear David Letterman's side of the story, take it at face value, and say, 'Turn off the sets, that Halderman's guilty' - I think that's just plain wrong."

Halderman is accused of blackmailing Letterman with info about his past affairs with staffers. Stephanie Birkitt and Holly Hester are the two known at this time.

Shargel said that Joe Halderman, an Emmy-winning 48 Hours Mystery producer, has an excellent reputation and that allegations he tried to cash a bogus $2 million check from Letterman to pay off debts make "absolutely no sense."

Halderman and Letterman

Robert "Joe" Halderman is accused of trying to extort money from David Letterman. His lawyer says there are two sides to the story. He just won't say what his is.

Halderman pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innoncence.

The lawyer largely declined, however, to take advantage of the chance to provide Halderman's take on events, dodging virtually every direct question about his client's alleged conduct and repeating his one point over and over.

Instead, the attorney simply maintained that Halderman is innocent and focused on Letterman's attempt to "get out ahead of the story" with a public mea culpa.

One that has since been pulled by CBS, which doesn't help his case.

"He's a master at manipulating audiences, that's what he does for a living," said Shargel of the Late Show host. "To think that David Letterman gave the entire story, and there's nothing more to be said, it's simply wrong."

Follow the jump for his interview on Today ...

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