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Happy Thanksgiving to all from The Hollywood Gossip!

What would this holiday be without family, food, football and reflection upon the things we appreciate most ... in the case of THG, that means some of the turkeys we have had the privilege, the honor and the burden of covering in the past year.

We are talking some fowl individuals here ... real bird brains.

Without further ado, THG's Top 10 Turkeys of 2011 ...

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Who will win the 5th Annual Spencer Pratt Thanksgiving Turkey Award!?

10. President Obama and GOP presidential candidates (tie). On a day when we share the blessings this nation has provided us, we'll also share the blame for a polarized electorate and a federal government destined for perennial gridlock.

9. Taylor Armstrong. Refining shamelessness, one episode at a time.

8. Gloria Allred. Loudmouth lawyer for accusers in seemingly every random celebrity scandal always wants to talk turkey ... and gobble up publicity.

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Barack Obama returned to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night for his first appearance on the program since March 2009, when he became the first sitting Commander-in-Chief to visit the NBC late night staple.

The President discussed everything from the death of Moammar Gadhafi and withdrawal of troops from Iraq, to Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, potential Republican challengers and his Halloween plans.

First, though, he made fun of his own Teleprompter use in the opening:

Barack's second stint on The Tonight Show as a bit less joyous than his first, and contained a lot of serious subject matter, but also some lighter moments.

Watch the full Obama interview, broken into three parts, below:

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President Barack Obama will return The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week. It will be his first appearance on the NBC show since March of 2009.

The Prez became the first sitting Commander-in-Chief to appear on the program with that appearance, marked by his ill-timed Special Olympics joke.

Making fun of handicapped people aside, those were the good days for Barack, whose popularity has declined substantially in the 30 months since.

Obama and Leno

Can a return to the Tonight Show help Barack recapture the magic?

According to White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, Obama will be on the West Coast next week raising money for his reelection bid.

In the midst of that swing, he will stop by the talk show Tuesday in an effort boost support from the public for his controversial new jobs bill.

Excited to see the President on late night TV again? Indifferent? Turned off? Regardless, we'll post the interview for you as soon as it airs.

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At home, like in the economic sector, Barack Obama would like to instill a few regulations for the common good. But he doesn't always succeed.

Case in point: Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Even the most loyal Tea Party members might have trouble deciding: Who is worse for this country?

In a new interview with iVillage, Michelle Obama says she and her husband keep an eye on what daughters Sasha and Malia watch on television, but they can't control all programming choices.

"Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians - when they watch that stuff - he doesn't like that as much," the First Lady said, clearly trying to choose her words carefully. "But I sort of feel like... if they're learning the right lessons, like, that was crazy, then I'm like, okay."

In other words: the actions of Kim Kardashian and kompany are crazy! But, hey, even if Tea Party members want you to believe this isn't true with Obama in charge, it's a free country. Watch what you want.

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Sean Penn channeled his inner Morgan Freeman this week.

The actor raised eyebrows by calling Tea Party members a bunch of racists, drawing a stinging rebuke from the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.

Penn referred to Tea Partiers as the “Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party” on Piers Morgan Tonight, saying its members want to "lynch" President Obama.

That sentiment and word choice did not sit well with many.

Said Mark Meckler, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots:

“I’m fairly certain that Sean Penn has never been to a tea party or met anyone who belongs to a local tea party. I’d be happy to sit down and speak with him if he’s ever interested in really speaking with one of us and learning what we are about instead of just slandering millions of his fellow American citizens with racist hatred."

"While protected by the 1st Amendment, this rhetoric has no place in reasonable discourse in America. Then again, no one ever accused Sean Penn of ‘reasonable discourse.’”

We know where Herman Cain stands on this, but what about you?

Is the Tea Party racist?

 

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It was intimidating. For Barack.

When Lady Gaga came face to face with President Obama at a fundraising event held by the Human Rights Campaign, gay advocacy organization, in San Francisco on September 25, there were no photos allowed at the private event.

Too bad, because one would've been worth a thousand words.

“She was wearing 16-inch heels,” Obama told reporters after the run-in with the pop superstar. “She was eight feet tall. It was a little intimidating.”

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The press pool said that she added a black veil and a bouffant hairstyle to complete the look, but no one was able to see the evidence until this rare photo surfaced.

You can thank jewelry designer Rodrigo Otazu, who was there for the origin of Lady Gaga's meat dress, and who crafted her diamond teeth, for the image above.

"When she went to see President Obama, she wore one of my necklaces and earrings. She looked like the character from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,'" says Otazu.

Gaga showed up at the $35,800 fundraiser to lobby for anti-bullying policies and enforcement, an issue she cares deeply about. Especially given recent events.

The next day, she honored late fan Jamey Rodemeyer in concert.

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Shakira and the Obama Administration have announced that she will be a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Seriously. The White House said in a statement:

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country ... I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Shakira in Concert

More than a wildly successful singer and celebrity news staple (Shakira and Gerard Pique have reportedly called things off), her list of accomplishments include:

  • Founding the Barefoot Foundation in 1995, which operates schools & educational projects for over 6,000 children in Colombia, South Africa, and Haiti.
  • Collaborating with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to craft initiatives to distribute Latin American educational and developmental programs. 
  • Becoming a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote early childhood policies.
  • Serving as Honorary Chair of Global Campaign for Education Global Action Week.
  • Serving as U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for the Children's Emergency Fund

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Are you ready for some insanity?

When Hank Williams Jr. stopped by Fox & Friends this morning to discuss politics (absurd in itself), few could have imagined the views that the country music singer and longtime voice of Monday Night Football espouses.

Williams described this year’s “Golf Summit” between President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner as “One of the biggest political mistakes ever.” Sadly, that was Hank's high water mark for intelligence:

When the co-hosts asked Williams to explain, he offered this scintillating insight: “Come on! Come on! It would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu!”

To the Fox News panel's credit, they were clearly dumbstruck, turned off and unsure of how to respond to such an outrageous comment in a live interview.

Still, you have to question the wisdom of having this guy on your show in the first place. You can't find an intelligent conservative voice to talk politics?

Your take: Is Obama a socialist?

 

UPDATE: ESPN has yanked Williams, saying in a statement: "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."

UPDATE #2: ESPN has fired Hank for good. He dubiously claims he quit, citing a violation of the First Amendment, which is just a ridiculous statement. Either way, he's out.

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Chalk it up to East Coast bias? Not enough coffee? Sleeping through 9th grade geography?

Whatever the reason, the press corps traveling with President Obama on a campaign swing out west this week were given a map identifying Wyoming as Colorado.

The two rectangular states do look similar, but come on. Colorado is not only crucial to Obama's re-election, it's where he gave his '08 convention speech. Weak!

Colorado vs. Wyoming

Obama's three-day swing took him to Washington, California and Colorado, where he held public events and private fundraisers for his 2012 re-election bid.

Tuesday in Denver, an audience saw a speech on Obama's jobs program.

The larger point of the trip was to help Obama reconnect with voters and gain media coverage in Colorado, which is expected to be a swing state in 2012.

As for Wyoming, Obama lost by 32 PERCENT to John McCain in '08. Maybe subconsciously he blocked that out and forgot the state exists, resulting in this error.

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Kyle Richards did not tune in for Brandi Glanville's debut on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night.

Instead, this show star was actually included among 800 guests at a House of Blues fundraiser for Barack Obama in Los Angeles. With the economy floundering and unemployment unable to drop below 9 percent, what pressing concerns did Richards hope to address with the commander-in-chief?

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"I'm going to ask our President if he can do anything about my favorite lip gloss that was discontinued," Kyle Tweeted, likely in jest "[Or] maybe I will give him my suggestions for the deficit...JUST PRINT MORE MONEY."

Later on in the night, Andy Cohen recounted the meeting between Obama, Kyle and her husband, telling viewers he asked Richards what she and the President discussed. The reality star said Obama asked what show she was on and she replied:

"I'm embarrassed to tell you, but Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Well, at least she's embarrassed.

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Barack Obama Biography

Barack and Michelle Obama Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He became a Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004, and has... More »
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Barack Hussein Obama II

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I do think in Washington, it's a little bit like American Idol. But everybody is Simon Cowell.

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I think I'm a pretty cool dad.

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