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As 2007 draws to a close, it's time to reflect and pay tribute to the stars who made this a year to remember. On that note, The Hollywood Gossip is announcing its 10 finalists for its first annual Celebrity of the Year award.

They've given us their best, their worst and, in a more than a few cases, their naked pictures. Now it is time for us to give a little something back with this special feature, because without these celebrities, we are nothing.

We previously profiled High Schol Musical hunk Zac Efron at #7. Now, without further delay, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #6 … The Hills cast!

In a manner of speaking, Lauren Conrad is the straw the stirs The Hills drink. At the same time, without Lauren's smarmy and sexy supporting cast, this Laguna Beach spin-off would never have been catapulted to its massive success.

In Season 3 of The Hills, the end of LC's friendship with Heidi Montag turned into to a public feud, with conflict outside the show spilling into the media.

Suckin' Face

A Year in The Hills: Star Lauren Conrad led her life, Spencer and Heidi staged a lot of pics, Jason Wahler went to rehab and jail, and Whitney Port sure looked pretty.

Amidst rumors of the Lauren Conrad sex tape, much of the season served as a mole hunt as Lauren had suspicions that the (false) sex tape rumors of were spread by Heidi and boyfriend Spencer Pratt (both Heidi and Spencer denied it).

Combine that central theme with former star Jason Wahler getting arrested four times, Spencer and Heidi getting engaged and staging bikini photo shoots every other day, LC's friend Whitney Port stepping into the limelight, and romance rumors involving Lauren Conrad and Brody Jenner, and a hit series was born.

The drama was so widespread that even bit players such as Gavin Beasley, Stephanie Pratt, Justin-Bobby Brescia and Jenn Bunney got in on the action. It was a year to remember on The Hills, and with at least eight new episodes coming next spring, we can only hope for a repeat - and then some - in 2008.

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The melodramatic, tear-jerking, season-ending montage on The Hills - set to Jordin Sparks' debut single, "Tattoo" - featured Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag at a crossroads, unsure if their relationship will survive.

Judging by the bikini photos of the media whore and pimp that we come across every other day, it looks like it did. Anyway, let's recap last night's finale!

Lauren Conrad hinted all week that she made a "life-changing decision" in the Season 3 finale of The Hills, and she made good on her promise.

After passing up a summer internship in Paris to be with then-boyfriend Jason Wahler in Season 1, LC got another chance to visit the fashion capital - and this time, not even a kiss goodbye from Brody Jenner would stop her.

"I haven;t had the best relationships in the past so...  I'm scared to get into a relationship," Jenner said, upon hearing Lauren Conrad was going to Paris.

Guess they're gonna stay, like, good friends.

Earlier, Teen Vogue head Lisa Love announced that Whitney Port alone would be going to Paris to represent the magazine. But later, a need for additional help arose, and Lisa - her very tough boss - finally showed LC some Love.

After the finale, it was announced by Lauren Conrad that this spring, we'll get to see their Paris trip as part of eight bonus episodes of The Hills! Holla!

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad visit Paris in an episode of The Hills to air this spring. Audrina Patridge, Whitney and Cauren will star in eight bonus Season 3 episodes!

Meanwhile, Spencer and Heidi's ongoing fight over wedding plans prompted Pratt to crash at his folks' house for a few days without contacting Montag.

Upon hearing this, little sister Stephanie Pratt asked what their mom and dad thought about this. Spencer admitted to her that they think he's an idiot.

Heidi then told her coworker, Kimberly, that "I feel like I'm in a relationship with a 5-year-old" and then avoided her fiancé when he stops by her office.

When Spencer Pratt finally returned to their pad, Heidi Montag was packing her bags and telling him she wants to go home to Colorado to reflect on all this.

"It's not working. I need some space," she says as they hug, kiss and cry.

What will happen on the bonus episodes, as Spencer and Heidi stay in SoCal as Lauren and Whitney Port hang out with fashion's elite at the Crillon Ball in Paris? That we will have to wait and see. Needless to say, we can't wait.

Phew! Discuss the night's events and all things about everyone's favorite non-reality reality show in The Hollywood Gossip's exclusive Hills forum!

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Any episode of The Hills is a must-watch for us, but the penultimate Season Three offering was particularly stellar Monday night. Let's get down to business, shall we?

With a little cajoling from pal Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad decided to be a bit more proactive in pursuing Brody Jenner. At a Halloween party at LC's pad, LC defeated him at beer pong, though you could argue that Brody Jenner, dressed as Robin to Frankie Delgado's Batman, was a beaten man by the time he walked in the door.

In typical fashion, however, the palpable chemistry between the two did not result in any hookups as Brody and Frankie left the party early. On a dinner date later in the week - after a funny scene in which Lauren read off the list of babes in Brody's phone - both LC and Brody seemed hesitant to ask the other for a commitment.

It wasn't all bad news at the Halloween party, though. Finally free of Justin-Bobby (real name Justin Brescia), Audrina Patridge has turned her romantic attention to Corey, an easy-going and fun-lovin' Australian fellow who seems very nice.

Lauren couldn't help but rattle off Corey's list of upgrades over Justin-Bobby:

  • He returns telephone calls
  • He likes to kiss
  • He showers

It's hard to argue, as usual, with the logic and wisdom of LC. Needless to say, her roomie and BFF Audrina Patridge is back on the right track with her new man.

Both of the primary couples on the third season of The Hills - Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt / Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad - debated their futures last night.

On The Hills 2 - as The Hollywood Gossip staff terms alternate universe featuring Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag - tensions rose and a fight for the ages ensued.

At the beginning of the episode, Heidi confided in Spencer's little sister, Stephanie Pratt, about her pre-wedding hesitations and frustrations. Heidi even went so far as to say she is nervous and might want to postpone the wedding day a bit.

Stephanie Pratt, out of concern for her brother, later defied Heidi's orders and told Spencer about this as he went to pick up their save-the-date cards.

He was far from thrilled. Spencer accused Heidi of not wanting to marry him at all because she wants to push the date back. Heidi shot back that she's the only one who sacrifices anything. And so on. Staged or not, this was one hell of an argument. Heidi warned Spencer as he stormed out, "If you leave, don't come back!"

The climactic spat might have resonated more with our staff if we didn't see Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt photos every day in the tabloids, but no matter. It was
one of the better moments from one of the best episodes of The Hills ever.

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The Hollywood Gossip has no problem with Brody Jenner. He seems to be a decent guy who likes having a good time - and our girl, Lauren Conrad.

But for fans of The Hills clamoring for a season finale love declaration between this friendly pair of SoCal hotties, well, don't hold your breath.

Lauren Conrad: Celebrity Style Icon

Rumored to be dating LC on and off for more than a year now, Brody Jenner denies that he and Lauren Conrad are an item - or really ever were.

Brody Jenner says he's never really dated his friend Lauren Conrad.

"There's nothing romantic â€" it's never really been like that," Jenner, 24, told People magazine Friday at New York City's newly opened nightclub Touch.

"I love Lauren. She is a great friend of mine."

Brody Jenner, who was in New York City promoting his new jewelry and clothing line, Archangel, was somewhat more noncommittal when pressed for details about The Hills' much anticipated December 10 season finale, however.

"My contract really doesn't allow me to talk about that stuff," Jenner said.

Hmmm. Interesting. There is supposed to be a "big announcement" made during the show or after-show, and we're hoping that it means another season of TV's guiltiest pleasure in the works. Or Brody saying he pimp-slapped Stephanie Pratt.

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There was some big-time drama for both Audrina Partridge and Lauren Conrad on last night's all-new episode of The Hills. Let's get right down to it.

First, there was the introduction of Stephanie Pratt (yes, she's the "She-Pratt"), a girl who you can immediately tell is related to the great Spencer Pratt.

Heidi Montag Pratt Picture

Not only does the sister of the show's villain talk like he does, they sort of look the same! Stephanie might even be a little cute if she weren't a Pratt.

Anyway. Stephanie Pratt confronted Lauren Conrad at the hot L.A. club Opera while LC was out with her pals. The she-Pratt and LC started she-bickering and Conrad pal Brody Jenner found himself in the middle of it as well.

"When you hate my brother, it makes me hate you," a drunk Stephanie Pratt hissed at Lauren Conrad, before redirecting her wrath at Brody Jenner, who told her to back the hell off. Damn straight, bitch. Take your catfight elsewhere!

Later, upon hearing his sister's recollection of the night's events, the male Pratt and his faux fiancee, Heidi Montag, weighed in on the situation at home.

"I could never be friends with someone who's [friends with Lauren]" said smarmy Spencer Pratt, reiterating his intense dislike for his ex-BFF Brody Jenner.

Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad and Brody Jenner were all under the gun last night, facing off with foes old and new - Justin-Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt.

Meanwhile, during the same crazy night at the Opera, Audrina was thrown for a major loop when Justin Brescia - a.k.a. Justin Bobby - was busted making out with some redhead ... then laughing about it as Audrina confronted him.

Seriously folks. We love to rip on Spencer Pratt at The Hollywood Gossip, but even he has nowhere near the ass bag qualities of Justin-Bobby Brescia.

Fortunately, Audrina Patridge ended up giving Justin Brescia the heave-ho, but it was not easy. The weasel tried his best to hang on, and darn near talked himself into yet another chance. Good to see Audrina hold strong at the end.

As Audrina reflected upon how her life had been effectively ruined by this waste of space for months now, she decided that despite her attraction to him, she had to send Justin-Bobby heading for The Hills (so to speak) forever.

"It's hopeless," she said. "We should just be friends."

Way to go, girl. Way to go.

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With Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad considering rekindling a relationship on The Hills, LC is already getting the go-ahead - from Jenner's dad, Bruce.

At a recent celebrity golf event hosted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Bruce Jenner told People, "I wouldn't watch the show probably if it wasn't for Brody. But I try to get in as many episodes as I possibly can."

Lauren Conrad Covers Lucky

It's proven to be a way to keep a close eye on his son's love life. While Bruce Jenner says he has a "hard time trying to keep up with all the drama on that show," he admits he's tuned in enough to make a judgment call on whether Lauren Conrad would be a good person for his son to date.

"I have no problem with that," he said. "Brody's a good kid. He's dated a lot of girls and yeah, Lauren would be very good for him."

Bruce Jenner won an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon. He's also a good judge of character, having endorsed Lauren Conrad as a girlfriend for son Brody.

When asked how she felt about getting Mr. Jenner's approval at the launch party for the new video game "Assassin's Creed" Tuesday night, Lauren Conrad laughed - and revealed that he wasn't the only one she'd impressed.

"When I kissed him on his birthday, his mom [Linda Thompson] was there, and walked over and gave him the double thumbs," she said. "I almost died!"

It's no surprise to The Gossip that Bruce Jenner digs LC ... compared to what his step-daughter (Kim Kardashian) gets up to, The Hills is a walk in the park.

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In a surprising twist, this week's episode of The Hills focused almost entirely on LC and Whitney's jobs and responsibilities at Teen Vogue, and did not feature Heidi Montag on screen for a second. Episode of the year nominee, anyone?

With the all-important Fashion Week right around the corner, Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad were sent New York City by their boss, Lisa Love, to discuss the party-planning for a magazine bash at Teen Vogue's Manhattan HQ.

Upon arriving in the Big Apple, Whitney Port learns she will be all alone giving the big presentation to the management team - Team Whitney! - while LC is sent off to assist at a Marc Jacobs model casting session across town.

In front of the Teen Vogue brain trust, Whitney Port is sweating bullets in her hot dress (which raises eyebrows) as she attempts to explain her plan for the big bash to the executives, who keep throwing her harder questions she wasn't planning on! Whitney holds her own, but it's tough out there in the corporate world.

But our girl pulls through, and upon reuniting with Lauren at the hotel, learns that Lauren met Marc Jacobs himself. Like, OMG. Perhaps more impressively, she left the event without getting any guys' numbers, unlike the previous model casting event (during which she met a young fellow named Gavin Beasley).

Meanwhile, back in SoCal, Frankie Delgado tells Spencer Pratt to stop being such a little bitch (our words, not his) and call Brody Jenner to end their dude feud.

It turns out Spencer does call, but it's Brody Jenner who wants nothing to do with him. LC tells Brody how she doesn't want to be responsible for the boys' break-up, but Brody assures her it's his decision not to patch things up with Spencer. Nice.

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Enough with the Lauren Conrad sex tape rumors, already.

It's time for out girl LC to get out there and date someone.

Assault Weapons Ban

That said, what better place to get started than at a male model casting event at Teen Vogue. Working with Whitney Port, that's where Lauren Conrad met at model named Gavin - a guy she remembers she actually met before, at a similar event, and tried to set up with Heidi Montag. It's, like, a small world.

He asks Lauren Conrad out and she accepts. OMG!

At LC's place, Lauren "Lo" Bosworth and Audrina Patridge are excited about meeting Gavin. Lo says: "How fun! I love passing judgement on people!"

There's your quote of the night on The Hills, people.

The scene of the meet-up? Gavin joins Lauren, Whitney, Audrina and Lo at a beach BBQ at Brody Jenner's pad. Brody grills Gavin as gavin grills up burgers. This guy is clearly a little jealous of the new guy taking LC out on dates.

On the beach, Brody tells Lauren Conrad that Gavin is a nice guy, but a little bit boring. For LC's part, she's having fun, yet doesn't act too interested in Gavin.

Think Lauren Conrad is still a little hung up on Brody Jenner perhaps?

Lauren and Gavin go on a date to a sushi restaurant and it goes, like, okay, but just okay. On her way home, Lauren Conrad calls Brody Jenner to tell him he's right - Gavin was a bit boring. LC asks if he wants to come over and watch a movie. He asks which one. She says, "Does it matter?" OMG!

In gigantic tool news, Spencer Pratt continues to struggle with time constraints thrust upon him by Heidi Montag having an actual job. Every time Heidi must leave for a work commitment, Spencer acts legitimately put out.

Watching this guy, you just want to laugh... and simultaneously bludgeon his face and all its mysterious disappearing facial hair.

He's gotta be completely making this $h!t up for the sake of ratings. No guy actually cares about anniversaries... especially when they can't even buy a real engagement - or tell their parents they're engaged. Good riddance.

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After a week absence that tested our patience, The Hills girls returned to bring Season 3's rising, soap-opera style tensions to a new high.

  • The subject of this week's drama: Lauren Conrad sex tape rumors.
  • The creator of the rumors (or at least the person bringing them up again, months later): Notorious troublemaker Jen Bunney.

Blame it all on the Bunney, indeed.

Lauren Conrad's fair-weather friend returned to The Hills with a vengeance last night, making that annoying ass pouty face and saying "like" and "um" more times than we can count. And blaming Brody Jenner for spreading those LC sex tape rumors that we thought simmered down months ago.

Of course, to any Hills fan, the theory that Brody Jenner spread sex tape rumors about Lauren Conrad sounds crazy. Where's the motive? This is a guy who won't say a harsh word towards anyone. And his alleged involvement in these rumors is a result of hearsay from - guess who - Heidi Montag.

Yes, Jen Bunney tells Lauren Conrad that Heidi Montag said Brody Jenner made up the rumors. Looks like she's just trying to take the heat off Spencer Pratt.

Traveling the way much celebrity gossip does these days - txt msg, omg - LC gets a message at work that Jen Bunney needs to talk to her. Small talk is not a big part of the equation here, as "Buns" is quick to drop the Lauren Conrad sex tape bomb, so to speak. Poor LC. She's just trying to move on and live her life!

Slightly suspicious of Brody Jenner, Lauren confronts the Prince of Malibu and he skirts the issue, reluctant to admit that he knows Spencer did it. But Lauren starts accusing him and finally he relents, stating that he knows "100 percent for a fact" that the loathsome Spencer Pratt is to blame.

Basically, this whole episode confirmed what we've known for months. You have to love The Hills, people, there's really no show like it.

In other news, Whitney Port was adorable (yet far too sparingly used) at the Teen Vogue offices, while Lauren apologized to Audrina Patridge for being judgmental about Justin Brescia (better known as Justin-Bobby) in Las Vegas.

He had a couple of good lines while shooting pool, although they may have to start giving him subtitles, because he mumbles too much to be understood.

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After weeks of standing on the sidelines and weighing in on her friends' romances on The Hills, the lovely Lauren Conrad finally got a little action herself - at the birthday party for her ex, Brody Jenner, in Las Vegas.

After a surprise arrival in Las Vegas for pal Jenner's birthday, LC gave her hunky ex a birthday kiss, and then later, some "just-because" kisses. Sexy!

Paparazzi Mobs Perez, Speidi

While we don't think these two are officially back on, that Lauren Conrad sure is cute when she gives people those flirty eyes, don't you think?

Credit for their possibly rekindled romance has to go to Brody's bud, Frankie Delgado, who seemed to spend a lot of time convincing Lauren Conrad that the reason she and Brody used to fight was - what else - the presence of Spencer Pratt.

Speaking of Frankie Delgado, he got some action himself - from LC's namesake pal, Lauren Bosworth, a.k.a. Lo. The highlight of the night was a tipsy Lo falling over and flashing her friends, to which Lauren replied, "I just saw Lo's Britney!"

Yup, it was all good in Las Vegas... except for Justin Bobby. The boyfriend of Audrina Patridge (real name Justin Brescia), J-Bobby didn't say two words the whole time, despite the girls' efforts to engage him in conversation.

When Lo and LC confront Audrina regarding J-B's unwillingness to, you know, act like an adult and speak, Audrina lets them have it, saying "Okay, I'll blow him off, I'll never see him again, just to make you guys happy... I'm done!"

The high drama of the night goes to Heidi Montag's co-worker, Elodie. Still pissed over Heidi's promotion, she quits. Then, on her last day, Elodie agrees to cover a big event for Heidi, who wants to celebrate her anniversary with Spencer.

In one of the biggest, funniest, passive-aggressive bitch moves in Hills history, Elodie says sure, she'll cover for Heidi, knowing damn well she won't even be working at the company by that night. Details, right?

As a result of Elodie's mean maneuver, Spencer and Heidi's romantic dinner at Don Antonio's Mexican Restaurant is cut short when she gets an urgent call that the event she is supposed to be running is not staffed by... anyone!

Oh snap! Next up? If you thought the Lauren Conrad sex tape drama was over ... you were right. But that won't stop everyone from pointing fingers at each other regarding who spread the rumors in the first place!

Brody Jenner Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Los Angeles, California
Full Name
Sam Brody Jenner

Brody Jenner Quotes

[Spencer bails on Brody's BBQ]
Brody Jenner: Just stop flaking out. I mean if you're going to make plans with me then just stick with it.
Spencer Pratt: You're a lot like LC over here.
Brody Jenner: I understand that you're in love. But it just sucks when you just flake out on your homies like this all the time.

You said you've been a bachelor for 23 years... that's good because you're about to get married, and you won't have any sex. I know some married couples, dude. They don't have sex!

Brody Jenner [trying to talk Spencer Pratt out of his engagement to Heidi Montag]
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