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As 2008 winds down, it's time to reflect upon those - from household names to relative unknowns, from A- to D-list - who made this year so memorable.

The Hollywood Gossip is unveiling 10 finalists for its 2nd Annual Celebrity of the Year award. They've given us their best, their worst, even their nude pictures in some cases. Now it is time for us to give something back with this moving tribute.

We previously profiled the political Home-Wrecker or the Millennium, Rielle Hunter. Today, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #9 … The Palin Family!

When Sarah Palin burst on the scene at the end of August as the Republicans' nominee for Vice President, she took the political and celeb gossip worlds by storm.

Rumors that Sarah's daughter Bristol was actually the mother of Sarah's son Trig led to the revelation that Bristol Palin was pregnant with boyfriend Levi Johnston.

While Sarah invigorated the GOP base and ignited a media firestorm, incredible sound bytes from SNL look-alike Tina Fey and the candidate herself soon followed.

What a great ride it was. Click to enlarge more photos of the self-styled maverick, hockey mom and Joe Six-Pack candidate, along with her husband and kids ...

  • Sarah Palin, Newsweek
  • Mother of Five
  • Levi Johnston Picture

MEET THE PALINS: After an election-day thumping at the hands of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Sarah and family are gone, but not forgotten. We can't wait for 2012.

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Like some sort of governor with a rifle inside a helicopter, taking aim at a defenseless moose, Levi Johnston has his sights set on parenthood.

The soon-to-be son-in-law of Sarah Palin, and impending father to a baby with Bristol Palin, has spoken out to a reporter from the Associated Press. Here's what young Levi had to say. Forgive The Hollywood Gossip staff from editorializing when necessary, we couldn't help it...

On marrying Bristol: "We were planning on getting married a long time ago with or without the kid."

** THG Note: A long time ago, huh, Levi? You're 18, Bristol is 17. She's six months pregnant. Were you planning this marriage over an Easy Bake Oven, or during an episode of Barney and Friends?

On being a fathe
r: "I'm looking forward to having him. I'm going to take him hunting and fishing. He'll be everywhere with me... We're up for it. I'm excited to have my first kid. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but we can handle it."

** THG Note: Sort of like the Iraq war. After impregnating Bristol, we wonder if Levi hung a banner in the bedroom that read Emission Accomplished.

Levi Johnston was nervous before appearing on stage at the Republican National Convention in August... but whatever.

On joining the Sarah Palin campaign, which included sitting in open view at the Republican National Convention: "At first, I was nervous. Then I was like, 'Whatever.'"

** THG Note: This is actually more articulate than Governor Palin has been about her foreign policy experience.

On Barack Obama: "I don't know anything about him. He seems like a good guy. I like him."

** THG Note: You don't know anything about him, Levi? Seriously, do they have access to national newspapers, the Internet and/or news channels in Alaska?

On Sarah Palin: "I just hope she wins. She's my future mother-in-law. She better win."

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Bristol Palin, the pregnant teenage daughter of Republican V.P. candidate Sarah Palin, and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, are considering a summer wedding.

Bristol, 17, and Levi, 18, haven't set a date yet, according to the boy's mom, Sherry Johnston. They announced their engagement and pregnancy last month.

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The two "have been considering getting married next summer, but that could change," she said during a short interview outside her Wasilla home.

Meanwhile, the London Times, quoting an unnamed source, claims that "expectation is growing" inside the John McCain campaign that there may be a "popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska." Don't bet on it, though.

Not long after Levi was finished thrusting into Bristol Palin, the couple was thrust into the national spotlight after her mother, the first-term Governor of Alaska, was unexpectedly selected as John McCain's running mate in late August.

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Leave it to the UK's News of the World - also known as the super-trustworthy English equivalent of In Touch Weekly - to make up dig up probably the funniest batch of lies gossip yet about America's sweetheart pregnant teen Bristol Palin.

According to the publication, Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's baby-daddy, was in a three-year relationship with her best friend, Lanesia Garcia, when he and Bristol - Republican V.P. candidate Sarah Palin's daughter - started hooking up.

Bristol Palin in L.A.

Bristol then started pressuring Lanesia to break up with Levi Johnston when rumors started flying that he was cheating on her with other girls.

Lanesia Garcia said she was devastated to find out through another friend that Bristol Palin - her friend since the age of six - was one of them:

"I didn't believe it, I never dreamt she was capable of doing that to me. But when I called her she just said, 'I'm so sorry, I couldn't help it. Levi and I are together now and I think he's the man for me.' I put the phone down and have not talked to her since. I was distraught for a year - I missed Bristol desperately but also Sarah, who was like a second mom to me. Neither of them have tried to contact me, though - which says something about how ruthless they can be. The phrase Sarah used comparing herself to a lipstick-wearing pit bull is spot on."

Yeah, Lanesia Garcia totally produced this quote. Lies. All of it. Doesn't make it any less funny or entertaining, but come on, News of the World.

At least try to make it semi-believable next time?

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Nothing new here - just a photo from the Republican National Convention last week in St. Paul, Minn. But it's a cute picture we had to pass along.

With Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin expecting a child soon, they need all the practice they can get! Fortunately, Bristol's mother - Alaska Gov. and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin - just gave birth to a son, Trig, earlier this year! See below ...

Jodie Sweetin, Zoie Herpin



AWW: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston look like naturals tending to Trig Palin.

Regardless of your political views, the Palin family has made for some cute baby photos and funny commentary in the last week and a half. On that note, if you haven't already, be sure to check out this week's Caption Contest!

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Welcome, celebrity news and gossip fans, to The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest, our Friday tradition. Who won this week's Caption Contest?

It was a tough call, but we're going with YoBama! The winning entry appears below. Thanks to all of you for playing and good luck again this week!

Once again, Republicans show they don't know how to pull out.

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The embattled Levi Johnston cleans up nice - and while he hasn't married Bristol Palin yet, he's already got a tattoo of her name inked on his ring finger!

Their hands were never un-clasped as they watched her mom, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, deliver a standout speech at the Republican National Convention.

The Palins have been under the gun ever since she was chosen as John McCain's running mate last Friday, but Sarah responded in kind Wednesday night.

Check out Levi Johnston's "Bristol" tattoo ...

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin Tattoo

Since Sarah Palin and her family have been the subject of negative rumors and gossip ever since she became the Republican nominee for Vice President, it was interesting to watch her actually talk about politics! What a concept.

Follow the jump for Sarah Palin's speech ...

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The Hollywood Gossip would like to offer sincere apologies for mistakenly posting pictures of what we believed to be Bristol Palin Tuesday.

Several of our most trusted news sources erred on these photos as well. We regret the mistake and are sorry for any offense it caused anyone.

Bristol Palin Shakes It

The photos of guns, booze and girl-on-girl action were actually of Mercedes Johnston, the sister of Bristol's boyfriend, Levi Johnston.

Bristol Palin may not be in it, but this Levi Johnston pic remains a classic.

What it says about Levi Johnston that he knocks up a girl who looks a bit like his twin sis is a discussion for another time. For now, we're very sorry, and invite you to view our updated gallery of Bristol Palin pictures that are actually her.

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Levi Johnston, the boyfriend / baby-daddy of Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's 17-year-old pregnant daughter Bristol Palin, is going to join the family at the Republican National Convention, according to his mother.

He left Alaska to fly to St. Paul, Minn., where Sarah will speak tonight.

Bristol: Dancer With the Stars

GOP vice presidential candidate Palin announced Monday that her daughter is five months pregnant and plans to marry Levi Johston, 18.

To answer some of the comments on this site from yesterday, you have to be two years older than the minor for it to be considered statutory rape. He isn't. Doesn't anyone read Casey Aldridge and Jamie Lynn Spears news?

Asked to respond to reports that the young couple had been pressured to marry, mom Sherry Johnston replied, "Absolutely not."

She said that Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin had made plans to get maried even before found out learned that Bristol was pregnant.

Like Bristol, Johnston was raised in Wasilla, Alaska, where he was a star forward for his high school hockey team, the Wasilla Warriors.

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New pictures of Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter, 17-year-old Bristol Palin, have emerged, and it looks like this girl is one who hows to have a blast ...

Sometimes literally! Whether she's playing with firearms or posing with baby daddy Levi Johnston and other pals, Bristol's life is a non-stop party.

Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston

At heart, the Republican V.P. nominee's daughter is your typical All-American girl: hunting, pregnant and drinking underage (presumably not all at the same time).

Think you can pack heat in the Vice President's residence? We just might find out come January. Click to enlarge the Bristol Palin pictures below!

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston

UPDATE: It has come to our attention that some or all of these pictures may be of Mercedes Johnston, Levi's sister, and not Bristol Palin. Our staff apologizes for any errors, but still encourage your comments on these amusing photos below.