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If you think Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt love the gym, you ain't seen nothing yet!

Larry Birkhead says being a dad is "the best experience of my life." He absolutely can't get enough of the gig.

Dannielynn Birkhead

Moreover, Anna Nicole Smith's ex-lover reveals his pet name for his 10-month-old daughter, Dannielynn.

"I call her 'Little Monkey,' " the Birkhead told People magazine at the Hollywood premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum Wednesday. "[It's] because she just rolls around like a little monkey all the time with me. I call her 'Cricket' sometimes too."

Birkhead also said he's been overwhelmed by all the support â€" and gifts â€" he's received since winning custody of the baby, a tyke that's considered even cuter than Jayden James Federline.

"You know I get tons of things from people who I've never even met before and so everything means a lot to me."

He added, "[Dannielynn] loves all kind of toys. She loves anything that makes noises and sounds and lights, and she's really alert â€" she's just a great baby!"

Lastly, Birkhead makes a statement that maybe Matt Leinart should pay attention to. He says being a dad is "the best experience of my life. I get up early in the morning and I run in as soon as I hear the first cries and I take a peek at my daughter and scoop her up. It's great! It's a lot of fun [and] it's a lot of hours."

Sort of like being the publicist for Britney Spears. Minus all the fun.

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Life is pretty good for Larry Birkhead.

He and 9-month-old Dannielynn recently moved into Anna Nicole Smith's Los Angeles-area home - and over the weekend, the pair celebrated its first Father's Day as a family.

"I spent lots of time with her," Birkhead said to People magazine about little Dannielynn. "Just private time. We had a great day."

Birkhead and Howard K. Stern arrived in Los Angeles a few days ahead of the guardian hearing. Stern even helped Birkhead settle into the two-story stucco house Smith had shared with son Daniel, who died at age 20 three days after Danielynn was born.

"Honestly, for me, it was really hard," Stern said. "I was with her when she picked out that house, and for me, pretty much every item brings back memories. And I'm still having problems even accepting the fact that Anna and Daniel are gone. Anna Nicole was my whole joy in life, my whole reason for being."

At least he can watch Willa Ford portray his former love on screen in the near future.

In a slap to the cute faces of Jayden James Federline and Suri Cruise, Stern - who for now is staying with family in the L.A. area - said Dannielynn is "the most famous baby in America," but he hopes the attention will cool off:

"Hopefully you will give her some respect and allow her to lead a normal life, or at least as normal of a life as possible."

Meanwhile, a loving gesture to his daughter, Birkhead said he has no problem with Dannielynn spending time with the people who were in her life before her mother's death in February. Including Stern.

"Dannielynn seems just as happy as can be," Stern said. "I wish that Anna could see her now. It's just horrible that she can't."

We agree. And hope this tragedy can put things in perspective for whiners such as Tom Sizemore.

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It's Larry Birkhead's baby - and he'll file for sole custody of her if he wants to.

After almost two weeks of relative calm in the custody battle over Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, the case is back in court.

Dannielynn and Dad

Birkhead filed a petition in probate court yesterday to be appointed as the sole guardian of the Estate of 8 month-old Dannielynn Marshall Birkhead. The man who triumphed over Howard K. Stern asks the court to name him as guardian "in order to represent his daughter's interest in the probate proceedings for the Estate of Vickie Lynn Marshall, aka Anna Nicole Smith."

Birkhead's hearing is set for June 19.

Meanwhile, according to Smith's will, Stern has been named special administrator as well as executor of her estate. Smith's personal attorney Ron Rale was named second executor.

There's no word on the role Willa Ford will play in all this yet.

The will, which Smith signed and dated on July 30th, 2001, before Dannielynn's birth and son Daniel's death, lists her sole child as Daniel Wayne Smith. It will directs that all of Smith's property, after the payment of taxes, be distributed to Stern, who will hold it in a trust for her child, Daniel.

Of course, we all know that tragically happened there.

In other unfortunate news, Larry Birkhead, who arrived in the states with Dannielynn on May 1, should prepare for a challenge to his request for guardianship from Anna Nicole Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur.

She's competing with Candy Spelling and Dina Lohan for worst mother in the world.

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Saturday marked the 133th running of the Kentucky Derby, and the stars flocked to the home state of Tara Conner to enjoy some mint juleps, horse racing and outlandish outfits.

Below (left), we see happy new dad Larry Birkhead with two women, who have been identified as Priscilla Barnstable and Patricia Barnstable Brown. Think he's shopping around for new mothers for Dannielynn? Either way, there's no doubt that Larry's lookin' sharp.

Lovable Larry

To Larry's right, we have Kid Rock, who always feels at home in the south and in new girlfriend May Andersen. In addition to rocking a super-cool hat and shirt, Kid took some time out to publicly diss Kevin Federline during an interview.

Elsewhere, Star Jones and her husband, Al Reynolds, took in the events, looking happy and almost normal by her standards. If she's going to bust out a ridiculous hat, at least Star picked an appropriate event with the Kentucky Derby.

Lastly, we have O.J. Simpson. We can't really see what he's wearing at the Derby, but we chose to include him because: 1. He was at the event. 2. It's nice to see that known murderers who will one day rot in the fiery pits of hell can at least enjoy the sport of kings.

Which Kentucky Derby outfit is your favorite?

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Larry Birkhead is smiling a lot these days.

Sure, it may be because Dannielynn is finally his for the taking. But the reported $1 Birkhead received from NBC in exchange for all the scoops he's been giving the network during the saga can't hurt, either.

An insider tells the New York Post gossip column that the network's parent company, NBC Universal, made a deal with Dannielynn's biological father shortly after the Anna Nicole Smith funeral - and that's why the photographer has been giving exclusives to the network's Today show and Access Hollywood programs and its Bravo channel.

 A rep for Bravo confirmed to Page Six: "NBC Universal has an exclusive contract with Larry Birkhead and we don't discuss the terms of our deals."

Birkhead and his lawyer, Debra Opri were spotted several times on the network, while Access Hollywood was the first to report it when these two parted ways.

It's the sort of inside knowledge that Britney Spears will reportedly deliver to fans in a new book.

After the Bahamian court ruled that Birkhead was the biological father of Smith's baby, he immediately went on the Today show to describe his joy, gushing, "Yesterday was just a great day for me and Dannielynn."

Meanwhile, the tyke will need to get used to a new name. She's officially been christened Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.

It's not as drastic a moniker change as the one Jayden James had to go through (anyone remember Sutton Pierce Federline?), but it's something.

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Lost amidst the debate over whether or not Howard K. Stern is a murderer is this fact:

Granted, Virgie doesn't get naked and bend over (thank goodness) to milk money from rich, famous husbands. But she does try to deny the father of a baby custody to his child so she can profit off the death of her daughter. That ain't so nice, either.

Not Bothered

Indeed, TMZ has learned Arthur has filed an appeal, attempting to block the ability of Larry Birkhead ability to take baby Dannielynn to the U.S.

The crazy, selfish, money-hungry mother of Anna Nicole Smith has objected to a judge's ruling allowing Birkhead to take his little girl to the States, providing that he returns with his baby for a June 9 custody hearing.

Arthur's appeal is unusual to say the least - after all, she is a grandmother who herself lives in the U.S. Ironically, she is the one who argued that Anna and her son be buried in Texas and not the Bahamas. Now, she wants Dannielynn to stay in the Bahamas.

There will be public court hearing tomorrow. But there's a response from The Hollywood Gossip staff right now: Virgie makes a baked bean-throwing Hugh Grant look rational.

** Update: Hours after we ran this post, a Bahamian judge denied Virgie's appeal, calling it "weak" and ordering her to pay $3,000 in attorney's fees for wasting the court's time.

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If people can stop complaining about the choice of Willa Ford to portray Anna Nicole Smith on screen for a moment, they could appreciate the following good news:

On Thursday, a Bahamas judge cleared Larry Birkhead to leave the country with his daughter, Dannielynn.

Dannielynn in OK!

According to sources close to Howard K. Stern, who has raised Dannielynn since her birth on Sept. 7, Birkhead will take the infant home to the U.S. on Friday. And maybe normalcy will return to the child's life.

Stern is reportedly "upset and heartbroken" and finds himself facing the reality of being "single and on his own for the first time in many years," a source close to him says.

Still, he told Access Hollywood: "I just want Dannielynn to have a good life, and I'm hopeful that Larry is going to provide that for her, so it's bittersweet. It's hard, but I just want her to be as happy as she can be."

A source tells Reuters that, in exchange for allowing Birkhead to leave the Bahamas with Dannielynn, the court required that he return to the country for another formal custody hearing on June 8. Birkhead has been battling with Smith's awful mother, Virgie Arthur, over custody.

Sources say the photographer will first bring Dannielynn back to his hometown of Louisville, Ky., where his father â€" who recently suffered a heart attack â€" is looking forward to meeting his granddaughter. We just hope, unlike the stepfather of Shyamali Malakar, this guy doesn't make her smoke pot.

Finally, Stern will remain in the Bahamas and is expected to write a book about his life with Smith. "It will be a giant money making cathartic experience for him," says a source.

And not the least bit exploitive of the woman and baby he supposedly loves.

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Awwww ....

It may have taken an unusual amount of time - and the tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith - but father and daughter have finally been united.

Larry and Dannielynn

Tabloid magazine OK! has published the first-ever pictures of Larry Birkhead caressing the adorable Dannielynn, an event months and months in the making.

In an interview, Birkhead states that contrary to what people may think, Anna's lover and evil lawyer, Howard K. Stern, has been "a great help" with the baby, adding: "Howard did things for Anna that no one wanted to. I actually feel sorry for Howard."

Sure, that's easy to say now that Dannielynn is all yours. At The Hollywood Gossip, we find it difficult to conjure up sympathy for someone that did so little to help Anna Nicole during her worst times.

But on a day when Suri Cruise turns one year old, only this cute kid could knock her off the headlines. We wish Larry and baby D all the best.

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Larry Birkhead is the official father of Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.

But he still has the issue of custody to settle with the awful mother of Anna Nicole Smith, Virgie Arthur.

Up Yours, Larry!

In a mature, hopeful move, however, the two sides have agreed to meet privately tomorrow to discuss the matter. Arthu's lawyer, John O'Quinn, told reporters that the two Dannielynn family members will get together"to figure out what they believe is in the best interest of this child - and try to get it done."

According to O'Quinn, Birkhead and Arthur will try to hammer out a custody solution that the court will ultimately "like and approve." And we couldn't be happier to hear it. This child has already gone through more in her short life than Kate Moss on a drunken, drug-riddled night.

Here's to hoping for a peaceful, quick resolution to the issue of custody.

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It was a long-awaited day of relief and happiness for Larry Birkhead.

Not to mention fans of reality TV all across America.

Whitney Port: No Pants?

It has been confirmed that a third season of MTV's hit series, The Hills, is being filmed and will be aired in summer 2007. The Laguna Beach spinoff just wrapped up its second campaign.

The staff at The Hollywood Gossip was thrilled to learn that the breakout smash would be coming back - and quickly. With all the drama swirling around Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag et al., the new season can't come a moment too soon.

So we can certainly understand that such momentous news would be lauded by The Hills' ever-growing legion of rabid fans - Larry Birkhead among them...

Also yesterday, it was confirmed that Birkhead is the father of Dannielynn.