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Copay for doctor's office visit to get checked for STDs? $20. Body shop work on the Escalade? $8,100. New 7-iron? $99. Potential net loss for sponsors? $12 billion.

Entertainment value for celebrity gossip sites? Priceless!

So it goes for the Tiger Woods, who's become a one-man stimulus package for gossip magazines and websites worldwide, but a sinkhole for his own sponsors.

According to a study by two economics professors, Woods' sponsors (those who haven't dumped him) are really feeling the fallout of his recent sex scandal.

Tiger may have cost the companies he endorses as much as $12 billion between the time he wrecked his SUV Thanksgiving night and now, they theorize.

Fittingly, that's about one billion for each of Tiger Woods' women!

A BIG WINNER: Well, for us. For Nike and Gatorade, he's the opposite.

Nike, Gatorade and EA Sports were hit hardest as a result of their carefully worded vows of support for the cheater extraordinaire, losing a total of $6 billion.

Just imagine if Tiger and Rachel Uchitel are really still together, which has been reported more than once in the past week or so. Better unload stock now!

Fortunately, Accenture managed to escape their Woods association with no negative financial effects to their company. Then again, they pulled Tiger's ads.

The question is, now that the shock value of Tiger's mistresses has started to fade a bit, will Woods be able to redeem and redefine his image? If so, how?

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In 2004, Ted Nugent gave an interview in which he said homosexuality was "morally wrong."

A year later, the rocker was sued for child support for failing to pay the woman with whom he had a baby out of wedlock.

This irony and hypocrisy is worth noting in light of the recent comments Nugent made to some magazine called Royal Flush. Speaking to the publication, he said of the President:

"I think that Barack Hussein Obama should be put in jail. It is clear that Barack Hussein Obama is a communist. Mao Tse Tung lives and his name is Barack Hussein Obama. This country should be ashamed. I wanna throw up."

Such a viewpoint elicits two responses from a rational individual:

  1. The only "evidence" any critic can cite that Obama is, indeed, a Communist would be the fact that he's daring to reform health care.
  2. Even if one were to somehow acknowledge this bizarre supposition, Nugent might wanna look up the First Amendment. The same passage that allows him to utter these words would also allow anyone to hold the views of Communism without legal repercussions.

Putting aside Nugent's clear lack of sanity, do you agree with his accusation? Is Barack Obama a Communist?

 

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Unlike tens of thousands of Playgirl subscribers who flocked to see pictures of Levi Johnston nude, Bristol Palin wants nothing to do with her baby daddy.

A heated custody battle between Levi and Bristol is heating up after she petitioned for sole custody over their son Tripp, who just turned one yesterday.

Bristol: Dancer With the Stars

The request by Bristol Palin for sole custody was made public after a Superior Court judge ruled last week against keeping the court proceedings closed.

A temporary order authorized the use of pseudonyms while the court handled the request, as no good "could result to the child by an onslaught of media."

Levi Johnston pushed for open court proceedings - there's a shocker!

"I feel more comfortable in a public courtroom which will help everyone stay civil and be on their best behavior," the media whore said in a statement.

RNC-YA! Bristol dumped Levi shortly after the '08 campaign.

Levi is seeking shared custody and denies claims by Bristol Palin that he has been avoiding his parental responsibilities, according to multiple reports.

In addition to sole custody, Bristol requested child support and asked that Johnston's mother, Sherry, not be allowed unsupervised visits with Tripp.

Sherry Johnston was busted for dealing drugs earlier this year.

"The best interests of the child compel the conclusion that Bristol should be awarded 100 percent legal and physical custody of Tripp, with visitation rights in favor of Levi," Bristol's attorney Thomas V. Van Flein said in court papers.

Bristol and Johnston conveniently broke off their fake engagement, concocted to make Sarah Palin look less terrible during the 2008 presidential campaign after the news of Bristol's pregnancy broke, shortly after Tripp was born.

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The guy accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a one-year prison term, according to the New York Post.

Robert Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, denied knowing anything about an offer, saying: "There have been no plea negotiations. None whatsoever."

He would say that regardless, of course, and it's all a moot point until January, when Cyrus Vance Jr. takes over as Manhattan's new District Attorney.

A one-year term would be a far cry from the 15 he's facing.

Halderman stands accused of trying to shake down Letterman for $2 million by threatening to expose the TV star's series of sexual affairs with staffers.

Letterman admitted as much - and was blatantly honest in his on-air apology to fans, staffers and wife Regina Lasko - even breaking the story himself.

WHAT A RACKET: Halderman is accused of trying to shake down Letterman.

Prosecutors allege that Halderman dropped off a one-page "screenplay treatment" with Letterman's driver September 9. The proposed "story line" revolved around an intern-loving comedian whose sexy antics were about to be outed.

That plot appeared to make direct reference to Letterman's admitted affair with intern Stephanie Birkitt - also Halderman's ex-girlfriend - and others.

But instead of caving, Letterman went to war, contacting police and wiring his lawyer for a series of meet-ups with Halderman, who was later arrested.

He is free on $200,000 bail. Shargel has filed papers demanding dismissal of the charges, arguing that this was nothing but a "business transaction."

Prosecutors aren't buying that, though, saying that Halderman hatched the extortion plot with the screenplay nonsense as his intended cover stlory and admitted on tape that he resorted to the scheme because he needed the money.

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Yesterday, THG readers were given the challenge of writing the best caption for the celebrity pic below. Your Caption Contest winner is MissEnya.

While we loved the references to Lindsay and Adam Senn, we had to go with this hilariously straightforward (and likely) the most accurate entry.

Congratulations on a job well done! The winning entry appears below the photo, and you can click here to read the full list of submissions sent in.

Thanks to everyone for playing! Good luck next time!

Lohan Smoking

brb k???!! plz don't leave i want 2 tlk bout r rltnshp!

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Taylor Swift had an incredible 2009. But the year will end on a down note for the singer, or at least for fans of her love life.

Sources confirm that Swift has put the brakes on her relationship with Taylor Lautner, as an insider tells Us Weekly "he liked her more than she liked him."

We've been there, T. Laut. We came to the same realization a few years ago about Jennifer Love Hewitt.

While neither Taylor ever went on record with an official acknowledgment of this relationship, both sides hosted Saturday Night Live over the past couple months and referenced the other in a cute manner. They were also spotted frequently together.

However, "it wasn't really developing into anything, and wasn't going to, so they decided they were better as friends," a source said. "There was no chemistry, and it felt contrived."

This insider claims the relationship pretty much ended when Lautner flew to Nashville for Swift's birthday party on December 13. It was an example of the lengths he often went to for the singer, yet she "didn't travel much to see him," the friend says.

While Swift is still smarting from her 2008 break-up with Joe Jonas, who dumped her in an infamous 27-second phone call, the future looks somewhat bright for these Taylors.

"They plan to stay friends," says the acquaintance.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Amy Winehouse collapsed yesterday.

The cause, as hilariously described by the singer's rep? Nervous exhaustion!

Wino is being treated at home for exhaustion after a chest infection "coupled with the stress of her recent arrest on suspicion of assault" both took their toll.

THG NOTE: Also taking their toll? Massive amounts of hard ass drugs.

A source close to the 26-year-old train wreck said that she is “soldiering on” to get her latest album completed (riiiiiight) despite not feeling well these days.

The star has been told to “keep low profile and fully recuperate” over the festive period. That means keeping Blake Fielder-Civil at least 100 yards away.

Smokin' Wino

Amy Winehouse sure is exhausted a lot. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Amy’s recent arrest - for allegedly attacking a theatre manager at a performance of Cinderella in Milton Keynes on December 19 - has led to her being charged with assault - or in UK terms, "a public order offence and common assault."

She will appear in court to answer to the charges on January 20.

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It's not enough that Kevin Jonas is supremely talented and incredibly attractive.

The singer has to be a major romantic, as well.

As detailed in the latest issue of People, Jonas and Danielle Deleasa got married on December 19. The ceremony was held at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. Why that location?

"I knew that my princess needed her glass slippers and her castle," Kevin told the magazine, while his new wife added: "I couldn't have imagined this."

For a complete Jonas wedding album, pick up this issue of People.

As for other wedding details:

  • Deleasa was escorted down the aisle by her father, as the pair walked to the altar with "Bella Notte" (from Lady and the Tramp) playing in the background.
  • She wore a Chantilly lace Vera Wang gown.
  • Kevin Jonas Sr., an ordained minister, officiated the ceremony; along with Danielle's childhood pastor.
  • The couple exchanged Jacob & Co. wedding bands.

Said Kevin of Danielle: "I've never seen a more beautiful bride."

Said THG editors to Kevin: Stop making us look so bad!

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Hailey Glassman's new love interest, boxing promoter Damon Feldman, believes Jon Gosselin set her up after his New York City apartment got trashed.

Glassman, Jon's ex, moved out of the apartment she shared with Jon last week. Her lawyer admits that Hailey removed her belongings at some point.

The apartment was absolutely ransacked, however, something Hailey says she had nothing to do with, and Feldman says she's not even capable of.

“I spoke with Hailey a week ago and she was pretty depressed about the whole situation [with Jon]," Damon said. “In my opinion she was set up."

"She was definitely over the guy and had already made arrangements with delivery trucks to remove her possessions before the incident went down."

“Hailey may act young and foolish at times but she comes from a really good family and I don’t think she’s the type of person to smash up a place."

Damon Feldman Picture

Damon Feldman and Hailey Glassman. [Photo: Splash News Online]

The Glassman-Gosselin relationship took a bizarre twist the day after Christmas after the reality dad called police and said he found his apartment in tatters.

Items were missing, clothing and other items were slashed, and a note he claimed was from Hailey Glassman was speared to a wooden dresser with a knife.

Gosselin’s attorney, Mark Heller, said unequivocally that that Glassman would be going to jail as a result of the incident, but her lawyer says she's not guilty.

Stephanie Ovadia insists Glassman simply removed her stuff last week and didn't trash anything. The implication is that Jon - or someone - is framing her.

We guess we wouldn't put it past Jon to stage the break-in as a publicity stunt, but if Hailey didn't do it, who else had both the means and the motive here?

Damon Feldman, who was rumored to be involved with her lately, says "things seem to have gotten out of hand but I believe Hailey just wants to move on."

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This is a proud time for Kourtney Kardashian.

The new mother has chosen the publication that will pay her lots of money for is showing the world her newborn son.

Inside the latest issue of Life & Style, the eldest Kardashian sister describes what it's like to be a mother:

"I feel so lucky. He's such a good baby."

Hmmm... would she feel less lucky if he cried a lot?

Baby Cover

As for that controversial middle name, Kourtney says:

"Dash is not for my clothing store, as some people have suggested online. That would be stupid. Dash is short for Kardashian, and it was my father's nickname."

Recent reports suggested that Kourt flipped out at Reggie Bush because he considered proposing to Kim Kardashian around Christmas. Such family news would have overshadowed this cover story.

Meanwhile Scott Disick is not included on the cover shot, he does pose inside the magazine with his son and occasional girlfriend. He even looks sort of happy to be there:

Keep those eyes closed, Mason. We wouldn't wanna look if our parents were Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, either.

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