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Please ... pick your shocked, awed jaws off the floor.

It appears that the epic romance of Jessica Simpson and John Mayer - a match made in heaven from the start - has officially run its course.

Jessica Simpson: Country Crooner

As first reported by Perez Hilton, Jess and John have split. TMZ cameras caught a solo Mayer at the NYC hotspot Stereo, last night, looking happy on his own.

Get in line ladies, your body could be a wonderland next, if you play your cards right (even if you're not as hot as Jennifer Love Hewitt).

As for the reason for the dissolution, a rep for John Mayer refused to comment on the Grammy winner's personal life and a rep for Jess couldn't be reached.

Could it be because Myer is an award-winning singer and songwriter who meets with presidential candidates and made Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list, while she's just an airhead with enormous boobs and some hair extensions?

Just a theory.

Still, this is such a shame. Our staff is visibly shaken. We're sure Joe Simpson is really busted up about it. Get it? Bust? Jessica's chest is frickin' huge, people!

Anyway, hang in there, Jess. We know breakups are hard, but one of these days, a dashing Simon Monjack will come along and sweep you off your feet.

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Learning that her journey on American Idol ended Wednesday night was the first time Melinda Doolittle had taken a breath in a really long time, the singer said yesterday.

"Knowing that I had made it this far and knowing that I was going to be able to sing from here on out without being judged and voted... it was just like this sigh of relief," Doolittle told Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show. "Now I'm getting ready to sing just because I love it."

Idol Contender

The former backup singer called Seacrest's 102.7 KIIS FM show and told the host that she didn't feel any resentment after being voted off - despite receiving immense and consistent praise from the American Idol judges.

"Two amazing people are in the finale right now and I couldn't be more proud of them," Doolittle, 29, said, referring to next week's pair of finalists, Jordin Sparks, 17, and Blake Lewis, 25.

"Those are still my babies. I'm still their mama. I'm so proud about it and don't feel cheated at all. There are always opportunities out there to grab onto and to take a hold of so I'm just ready for that."

According to Doolittle, Simon Cowell may be prepared to help her find the right opportunity.

"Simon was especially supportive and said, 'I want to see you succeed,'" she said. "That means the world to me. It was great to hear last night."

The ousted American Idol hopeful admits the rigorous process of rehearsals, performances and getting judged on reality TV week after week was difficult.

"I felt like I was working so hard and when [the judges] would say good things I was so excited to hear it... it would put a look of shock on my face."

That isn't the only thing that shocked Melinda Doolittle, who said that the level of fame and recognition she has achieved so far also surprised her.

"Nothing could have prepared me for this. I knew that the show was huge. I did not know that it was this huge," she said. "The fact that it awarded such a big opportunity to me is just the most amazing thing ever."

In other Idol news, Petty Officer Third Class Phil Stacey has been given the go-ahead by the U.S. Navy to join this summer's American Idol tour.

"It is absolutely true," U.S. Navy spokesman Bob Anderson confirms. "They are working on the logistics right now: what he'll be paid, wear, stuff like that."

Stacey, a married father of two (his second child, McKayla, was born while he was trying out for American Idol), will join the top 10: Haley Scarnato, Sanjaya Malakar, Melinda Doolittle, Lakisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Gina Glocksen, Chris Richardson, Chris Sligh and Jordin Sparks as part of the American Idols Live! tour.

Sadly, Shyamali Malakar won't be there. At least not on stage. We think.

The nationwide tour kicks off July 6 in Sunrise, Fla., not far from Phil's Jacksonville home, and wraps up on September 22 in Manchester, N.H.

"I give the Navy all the props in the world," Stacey said the day after his elimination May 2.

"I have loved every moment in the Navy... to do my duty and be a part of what was happening in the war against terror. I don't have any plans of getting out early."

"The Navy is proud of him," adds Anderson. "He's done very well. We want the best for him."

So do we. We're looking forward to seeing Phil on tour. And seeing Jordin Sparks win it all next week. No offense to Blake Lewis, who's an awesome talent with a bright future, but the Gossip has made its choice. We hope you'll make the same one and vote Jordin Sparks!

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We've been told by Kevin Federline that he's trash.

But we thought at least he'd stopped getting trashed.

Apparently, however, Howie Day has fallen off the wagon. The 26-year-old "Collide" singer, who befriended Britney Spears after the two met back at Promises Center in March, is apparently back there.

A source close to Howie Day tells Us Weekly simply that: "He has some more issues he has to deal with."

The source did not comment on whether one such issue is his ongoing battle with John Mayer for Lamest Singer of the 21st Century honors.

Howie Day reportedly hooked up with Britney Spears while both were in rehab, and was spotted in L.A. hanging out with the pop star again April 28. 

The loser's problems date back to 2004, when he was arrested after locking a female fan in a bathroom after she refused to perform a sex act on him, and a separate incident in which he was charged with breaking a woman's phone.

Naomi Campbell can appreciate that.

"That was probably wrong of me," Day admitted at the time. "But I felt violated."

Well, that's one way to put it. Here's hoping Howie Day gets violated in an entirely different way back in the good ol' detox facility.

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You may not know who Coley Laffoon is, but surely the latter half of this headline doesn't come as a huge shock to you.

Laffoon, Anne Heche's absurdly-named, soon-to-be-ex-hubby, claims that he's worried that the actress isn't psychologically capable of caring for their son... and says she refuses to see a shrink!

In court papers filed this month in L.A. County Superior Court, Coley Laffoon asks a judge for joint custody of the couple's 5-year-old son, Homer, and claims that Heche may be unfit for parenthood.

Specifically, he says that the "bizarre, delusional behavior" and "poor parenting skills" of Heche, who once dated Ellen DeGeneres, could be a problem.

In the papers, Laffoon claims that Anne eschews car seats like Britney Spears, and that she often cusses in front of the child, as well as routinely packing school lunches that Homer "did not like."

Laffoon believes that his prior experience as a nanny and a summer camp counselor justify giving him joint custody. It may also justify him as a Grade A tool.

Laffoon is also asking for $33,000 a month in spousal support, even though he claims he only made $6,000 a year as a videographer before the two were married.

Anne Heche makes $81,000 an episode for her role in "Men In Trees."

Laffoon filed for divorce February 2, 2007. Right around that time, his formerly lesbian wife took up with her co-star, James Tupper. Rumors that Heche and Tupper were more than co-stars surfaced even before the divorce filing.

A spokesperson for Anne Heche released the following statement:

It is disappointing that Coley Laffoon has resorted to filing lies with the court because Anne Heche would not cave in to his astronomical monetary demands, including his demand for $45,000 a month in support. For the past several years, the child's father has refused to get a job in order to contribute financially to the child's care.

Wow. These two loons might not be entering Bobby Brown / Whitney Houston territory, but let's just say our staff feels sorry for poor little Homer.

And not just because his name is Homer. His parents are nuts.

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Momentarily free of her $35M mansion and her Scientology shackles, the lovely Katie Holmes enjoyed a light moment with daughter Suri Cruise on the set of "Mad Money" yesterday.

Suri Cruise is just so darn cute. We can't wait for the day until the day she files for legal separation and writes a tell-all book. The little Asian baby, who just celebrated her first birthday, is going to have some great stories about Tom Cruise.

Tom and Suri Pic

Follow THIS LINK for a video of Katie Holmes and Suri on set.

Follow THIS LINK for a video of Suri's fun-loving and possibly crazy dad, Tom Cruise, goin' wild and freaking out on Oprah, and - just like the Emperor in Return of the Jedi - trying to destroy the universe by channeling the Dark Side of the Force!

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Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton have more than a few things in common.

To make a few, they both enjoy partying a lot, dominating celebrity gossip blogs, and sleeping with lots and lots and lots and lots of men.

Lohan Looks Back

But it looks like the Crotch of Fire won't be joining the whore-able heiress in the slammer after prosecutors determined Lohan will not face felony grand theft charges over allegations that she walked away with a woman's clothes. [Insert your own punchline]

The district attorney's office said it had insufficient evidence to file charges on May 9, spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday.

The case stems from allegations by a woman who alleged that Lohan stole a shirt and other clothing after visiting a woman's apartment while she was away for a few days.

According to the case-rejection notice, a housesitter invited her to the residence and told authorities that she had given Lindsay Lohan some clothing.

The alleged victim, however, provided investigators with photos showing a plaid shirt she claimed Lohan had taken. But a plaid shirt Lohan was wearing reportedly did not match the one in the photos.

THG NOTE: Someone's gotta tell these stars, such as Lindsay and Mary-Kate Olsen, that the whole lumberjack look is not "in" and never was.

"[Lindsay Lohan] can't be shown to have been seen either taking or to have been later in possession of missing items and items she can be shown to have possessed were with [the housesitter's] permission," Deputy District Attorney Greg Somes wrote.

Well, there you go. Funny as it would be for LL to get locked up, the plus side is that we won't have to talk about Spencer Pratt launching a "Free Lindsay" campaign.

Reps for the Mean Girls star did not immediately return calls. Meanwhile, LL has been spending more quality time with her new British beau, Calum Best.

After they were spotted (along with Lindsay's nipple) on a romantic jaunt to the Bahamas last weekend, the pair hit up the New York restaurant Dos Caminos Wednesday, giggling and being affectionate, sharing guacamole and drinking Diet Coke.

Knowing Lindsay, it was probably spiked with Captain.

Tuesday night, Lohan and her Best man hit the hotspot Stereo to watch her ex, Jamie Burke (now linked to Sienna Miller) perform with his band Bloody Social. After the performance, the three of them hung out in the club.

Still, a Lohan source said the Bahamas trip that it wasn't necessarily the start of something serious with Calum Best.

"They were making out, but I wouldn't call it a relationship," says the pal. "More just hooking up."

Almost as shocking as Britney Spears clubbing after getting out of rehab. Guess you can't teach a 20-year-old dog new tricks.

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No, he's not shacking up with Brad Pitt.

Or adopting little Asian cuties like Pax Thien.

House of Carters

Nick Carter is channeling Jolie by using his star power to help save the world... or at least do good something nice for it. As United Nations Special Ambassador.

Carter talked to Us Weekly about his decision:

"People like Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Nicole Kidman have inspired me to put my celebrity to good use. I have the advantage of reaching multiple generations to make a difference."

The one-time Backstreet Boys star will represent the United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on Migratory Species, and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society for their "Year of the Dolphin" campaign, designed to raise awareness of threats to the survival of dolphins in the wild.

And should you think the position is purely ceremonial and a PR stunt, the older brother of Aaron Carter has words for you.

"I am really excited, but also a little nervous about the responsibility... it is an actual job. There are responsibilities and commitments that I must make to be the voice of dolphins, whales and conservation issues, and the expectations are quite large."

Angelina Jolie would indeed be proud. Especially after seeing this picture of Nick Carter with a cute inflatable dolphin.

We think Nick will have no problem with the new venture. After all, he's clearly already smart enough to know that if there's anything the ladies love more than the Backstreet Boys, it's dolphins and do-gooders who try to protect them.

Yes, even do-gooders those who hang with Paris Hilton and have lame feuds with Jack Osbourne.

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Let's go behind the scenes of last night's surprising American Idol results show, shall we?

Melinda Doo-So-Much
After the most shocking moment of season six, when Melinda Doolittle, by far the best singer this year, got her walking papers, half the audience gasped in disbelief while others cheered that their favorite, Blake Lewis made it through. But Doolittle kept her cool throughout, gave another great performance and managed to thank the most important people other than the Idols onstage â€" Ricky Minor and the band.

On the Finale

Rather than keep the beautiful bouquets given to her by finalists Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis, she walked over and handed them to the backup singers. Then it was hugs goodbye and a congratulatory embrace for Melinda as well as Jordin and Blake. Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson came up to congratulate them all for getting so far, give advice, and say goodbye to Melinda.

Mario's House
Last season's Dancing with the Stars winner Mario Lopez was instantly spotted by the warm-up guy, as well as fans while chilling in the front row of Wednesday's audience and was given a Lewis-like welcome when they did so. When Corey the warm-up guy shouted, "Mario Lopez in the house" the crowd lit up like he was the next American Idol. "I love you, Mario" was heard so much throughout the show, he might as well have been onstage with the other three Idols.

Big Love for Kiki
LaKisha Jones was larger than life as she made her way over into the front row of Nigel Lythgoe's section. Corey the warm-up guy quickly shouted, "LaKisha â€" what up, girl?" sending the fans into frenzy, cheering and even giving her a standing ovation as she made her way into the room. Other former Idols that made the scene: leggy Haley Scarnato and season two's Josh Gracin.

Judges Have Left the Building
For the first time since the season started, it was Ryan Seacrest who made the first appearance of the night with only three minutes to air. Then it was Randy, of course, Simon, and then the Idols ... where was Paula? With only 40 seconds to make it to her seat, Abdul casually cruised down the aisles and right into her chair without batting an eyelash.

Elliot Yamin Fever
Every time Elliot Yamin's name came up the fans went absolutely wild. Maroon 5 also performed on the show, but maybe it was home-court advantage because fans were giving Yamin a standing ovation before he even began his set. But there was definite Maroon 5 lover in the house: Blake Lewis, who covered one of their songs the night before. The guy had definite "Levine-envy," as he mouthed the words to their new tune, as well as ogled the front-man before making his eager way over to the band members one-by-one to shake their hands and meet them after their set.

Evil Ryan
Why does Ryan Seacrest keep singling out young Jordin Sparks at each results show? Tonight he made her cry for a second time when he dimmed the lights and read the judges' comments again tricking her into thinking she was out just before announcing that they're they were going to break. Once cameras stopped rolling, Ryan went off to do his thing while poor Jordin was left to her tears and the couch. But it was mama bird Melinda Doolittle that came to the Idol's rescue, quickly comforting her as she helped wipe the tears from her face and bringing Jordin to giggles and making it all better.

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Britney Spears' comeback has hit the Internets! The pop star has penned one of her famous "fan letters" and posted it on her site. It reads:

The reason for this letter is to let everyone know that their prayers have truly helped me. I am so blessed that you care enough about me to be concerned and will continue to live in this brighter state with all of you by my side during this trying time. We are all lights of the world and we all need to continuously inspire others and look to the higher power. You are all in my prayers.

Britney Spears and Jason

Love, Britney

Aww. *sniff* Thanks, babe. Accompanying the gushy note is this slimmed-down, nearly nude Britney Spears picture, with our gal sporting only a blonde-bob wig and white elbow gloves.

Damn. That's the kind of photo that brings back memories of the old Britney... the girl so hot you wanted to get your Akon on every time "Baby One More Time" got played. Yow. The Michael Jackson thing is a little odd, but we can get past it.

Actually, we stand corrected. TMZ has just informed us that Britney's new long blond locks aren't a wig, but new hair extensions! That's right, Beyonce style!

A stylist from Heavener Salon in Lake Forest, Calif., says spent two entire days setting, matching and dyeing extensions for Britney Spears' almost-bald head.

Spears added several inches to her shaved white dome, which is still only about an inch long. If it would only grow back faster!

The pop star is reportedly scheduled for another touch-up in just a few days, but Britney Spears won't be going to the Orange Country salon to get the work done.

Jayden James' mother doesn't go to the store. The store will go to Jayden James' mother. We clear on this? Good. Just making sure. Thanks.

When the wigger was spotted outside of Millennium Dance Studios on Tuesday, she confirmed that she's... no longer wiggin' out. She's for real. Well, kinda.

Anyway, this may mark the end of the quirky wigs, curtains and cowgirl hats that have marked Britney's whirlwind return to the public eye. Of course, she could go shave her head again tomorrow for all we know. Would it surprise you?

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Jenna Fischer should stick to posing nude. It's a lot safer than... walking.

Especially now that The Office actress fractured her back in four places from a fall down a set of stairs. That's something not even co-star Steve Carell would find funny.

Jenna Fischer and Lee Kirk

"She avoided anything scary near the spine and she'll make a full recovery in time to shoot season four of The Office this summer," Fischer's publicist told the New York Daily News.

The accident reportedly took place Tuesday in the downtown Manhattan bar Buddakan, where a TV upfront party for Fischer's NBC sitcom was being held. It's the sort of injury that seems like it would hurt more than being forced to watch the Jodie Marsh reality show on continuous loop.

Fischer's friend and costar Angela Kinsey "has been with her the whole time," the rep told USA Today, adding that Fischer's husband, actor-filmmaker James Gunn (Slither), has arrived to be at her side.

Fans are already leaving dozens of get-well messages for Fischer on her MySpace page, wishing her a speedy recovery. Says one, "You've got a lot of people lookin' out for ya. Keep strong, Jenna!"

Maybe watch a video of Blake Lewis during your recovery time.

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