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As 2009 draws to a close, it is with great pride that The Hollywood Gossip staff unveils 10 finalists for its prestigious, Third Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These celebs have given us their best, their worst, their nude pics (sometimes) and their scandals (often). Now it's time THG paid tribute to their greatness.

We present Celebrity of the Year finalist #10 … Levi Johnston!

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Last year, we first got to know Levi Johnston as the teenager who put a baby in Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Governor and GOP V.P. nominee Sarah Palin.

Right now? Well, that's still all he's known for.

By bashing Sarah relentlessly and jumping at every offer for money and PR, he's milked his 15 minutes harder and longer than anyone would have guessed.

For this, we salute the single father of Tripp.

Whether he's busting Palin's chops on Larry King, busting a nut (literally) in a TV ad spot or busting out nude Playgirl pics, Levi always keeps it interesting.

Here's a little photo tribute to Levi Johnston, who overcame long odds to become a quasi-celebrity in 2008 and went on to boost his profile big time in '09.

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The first batch of Levi Johnston Playgirl pictures left much to be desired.

Last month's pics weren't as risque as advertised, and you couldn't access most of them without entering a credit card number on a site full of naked dudes.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, if your last name is Palin), the magazine has released a newer, nuder shot of America's favorite unwed teenage baby daddy.

He's so naked, we've had to post it after the jump!

We'll say this much about it: The man who knocked up Bristol Palin is wearing only hockey gear, and little of it. You ready to see the full Johnston? Go forth:

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As an encore to his nut-busting ad, GQ and Vanity Fair spreads and not-totally-nude Playgirl pictorial, Levi Johnston is toying with all potential career options.

One he'd totally be down for? Dancing with the Stars!

Watching the show's season finale with Entertainment Tonight, Levi Johnston says, "I think if my phone were to ring right now, I would probably say yes."

The 19 year-old is a novice, but thinks being a hockey player could help him: "I mean, I'm pretty athletic so I think I could do just about anything."

His amateur dancing experience? He boasts that he can "slow dance like no other man." How do you think he got in the pants of Bristol Palin?

Levi Johnston and Dancing with the Stars are a natural fit.

They don't cast actual stars on that show anyway, so he's already cleared that possible hurdle. And he's clearly, well, uninhibited by the spotlight.

Yet the hunky Alaskan whose nude Playgirl pictures caused a stir this month, says that "being able to loosen up" would be his biggest challenge.

How would they introduce Levi if he were cast? Teen dad? Sarah Palin enemy? Nude Playgirl model? Male prima donna? You have to wonder.

As revealed Tuesday, Donnie Osmond won the ninth season of DWTS.

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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Hollywood Gossip!

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

With that said, we present our Top 10 Turkeys of 2009 ...

10. Kanye West and Richard Heene (tie). Perhaps it's unfair to include him by virtue of one incident, but Kanye's hijacking of Taylor Swift's VMA speech was an all-timer. He's almost as full of hot air as Richard Heene's invention.

9. The Kardashians. Pregnancies. Breakups. Marriages. Reality shows. Twitter accounts. Blogs. So many Kardashians, so few ways to escape them.

8. Miley Cyrus. Whether she's grinding on stripper poles, angering Asians, making up her own controversies or deleting her Twitter, the teen can be a bad influence.

7. Tila Tequila. A late entry to the list thanks to her ustream rant. There's no PR stunt she won't stoop to, or article of clothing she won't remove, to get attention. 

6. Spencer Pratt. 2008's top turkey staged two weddings, caused an epic fiasco on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, pimped his own wife to Playboy and pretended to get a vasectomy on The Hills. For him, a relatively tame year.

Sorry, Spencer Pratt. You're only our sixth biggest turkey this year.

5. Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston (tie). One's a possible 2012 presidential candidate, the other the 19-year-old unwed father of her grandson. Both have gone rogue (one baring all in Playgirl, the other in a book by that name). Neither shuts up.

4. Perez Hilton. Talk about a fowl human being. With every ounce of fame the celeb gossip magnate garners, the more his own celebrity goes to his head and the more damage he does to his own causes. That will.i.am fight won't be the last.

3. Dr. Conrad Murray. Worst. Doctor. Ever.

2. Carrie Prejean. The dethroned Miss California became a phenomenon after voicing her opposition to gay marriage. She went on to become a self-serving, hypocritical, lying solo sex tape star who throws hissy fits on Larry King.

1. Jon Gosselin. No explanation required. When you're talking about turkeys, there's the Ed Hardy-wearing d-bag and there's everyone else playing for second.

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The biggest turkey of the year, ladies and gentlemen. Need we say more?

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Dying to see Levi Johnston in Playgirl, hockey stick and all?

Then you better get ready to enter your credit card number.

The magazine is milking this thing for all it's worth, telling visitors that they must JOIN NOW TO SEE LEVI JOHNSTON NUDE! Or, um, so we've heard.

Yeah, someone told us ...

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The bottom line? Despite massive hype, you won't even see Levi Johnston nude ... at least full-frontal style. We also don't recommend going to Playgirl's website.

Well, unless your idea of a good Saturday night is being inundated by pop-ups and pop-under ads featuring naked men, in which case, what are you still doing here?!

For your shirtless hunk fix, we suggest the new Twilight movie instead (check out our New Moon review). Taylor Lautner's torso is basically the star of the thing.

Anyway, if you're still interested, we've got another naked (well, semi-naked) picture from Levi's Playgirl spread for you after the jump. Follow it if you must ...

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The Office's Kelly and Erin penned their girl group Subtle Sexuality's first single, "Male Prima Donna," after co-worker Ryan, but it would also apply to Levi Johnston.

He's officially a first-class idiot after being spotted earlier this week at JFK airport, wearing sunglasses and refusing to stand on line with the "regular" passengers.

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Among the commoners? Seinfeld star Jason Alexander.

A witness reports: "[Levi] then made a big show of getting on first."

"He was seated in the front row of first class, looking like he was born to be there and waiting for recognition. Jason Alexander was quietly sitting behind him."

Levi Johnston and Kathy Griffin at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

Levi, who became quasi-famous last year after knocking up Bristol Palin, has parlayed that into ... well, some interviews, a nuts ad and one Playgirl pic.

It's one thing to cash in on your celebrity and do it in a self-deprecating manner. Everybody's got a right to make a living. But letting it go to your head?

Much as this guy continues to entertain us, you gotta wonder how long before he's back in obscurity, toiling away on the Alaskan oil fields for a living.

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Those rumors of Levi Johnston showing us "the full Johnston" in the upcoming issue of Playgirl was all just hype - dude was never gonna go full frontal.

That's according to Levi himself. The 19-year-old who put a baby in Bristol Palin says he never intended to get fully nude for the magazine photo shoot.

"I was never going to do that," Johnston said, denying that he wussed out at the last minute. "I'm not into x-rated stuff... come on now, I'm only 19!"

The archenemy of Sarah Palin says he put on about 15 pounds for the shoot and said he thought that despite some setbacks, the pictures are "alright."

"I wasn't in as good of shape as I wanted to be. But with the little time I had I couldn't have done better," he said. "We worked hard and are pleased."

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FULL FRONTAL SELLOUT: Levi's manager played us on this one.

The first Playgirl pic featuring Levi was leaked earlier in the week, with the rest of the spread - hockey stick and all - to come any day now. Calm yourself.

It sounds like the whole experience was traumatizing for the Alaska native, who said that any hope of doing Playgirl again in the future is off the table.

"I think this was a one time gig for me," he laughed, adding that his family had different reactions to the pictures. "My sister just laughed," he said.

"I haven't heard any feedback from my old man yet. I hope I don't!"

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Finally, the time has come. 

The time to see Levi Johnston nude. Well, mostly anyway.

Even though he wussed out and declined to give us the full Johnston in Playgirl after all, Levi is still very much posing for the magazine. And he is in the shower.

We hear there is also a hockey stick involved, but we'll have to wait for the full photo spread to know for sure. Here's hoping he didn't bail on that promise too.

Playgirl just released this promotional teaser for Johnston's upcoming shoot, which has gotten the mag plenty of buzz. Here's Levi in all his half-nude glory ...

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A showering Levi Johnston leaves you wanting more. Or not.

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Levi Johnston talks the talk, but won't walk the naked walk.

After all the hype, we won't be seeing Levi Johnston nude in Playgirl. At least not full-frontal style, despite what his manager, Tank Jones, promised us. Poor.

"[Levi] did not give 'full frontal' as his manager Tank [Jones] reported he would," Daniel Nardicio, a spokesman for Playgirl, told the New York Daily News.

Playgirl still insists that the "package" is sure to please:

"Although there may be glimpses, we did not get full on frontal nudity. But we're thrilled with the photos we got, and are confident people will love them."

So much for that "venture into porn," as Sarah Palin called it.

Speaking out on Oprah yesterday, Palin mocked Johnston's newfound fame, saying "I don't know if we call him Levi. I hear he goes by Ricky Hollywood now ... If that's the case, we don't want to mess up his gig he's got going."

Jones took issue with Palin's criticism of her would-be son-in-law, and described Levi Johnston's much-hyped photo shoot for Playgirl as "art," not porn.

"He came in this world naked. So all of a sudden it's dirty to take your clothes off?" Jones said. "It depends what you do once you take your clothes off."

The irony? Levi is only famous and receiving attention in the first place because of getting naked ... and really giving it to Bristol Palin without protection.

The former Alaska governor said she is disappointed at those who are "handling" Johnston and allowing him to speak "mistruths" about the Palin family.

"The premise of Levi having lived with Bristol is false. You take that foundational untruth and you can kind of measure all the other things he's saying."

"He's a teenager. I don't think he realizes quite yet what it is that he is being handled and orchestrated - for him to be participating in this," she said.

Who knows if Sarah knows what she is doing on any given day, since she's the one Going Rogue and all, but it's nice of her to express her concern.

Whose side are you on?

 

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Don't expect Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin to settle their differences over turkey dinner this month. In fact, she'd probably rather give him this treatment.

The Playgirl model (day two of his nude photo shoot took place Friday) spoke about Sarah Palin's recent Thanksgiving invitation to Playgirl's editor-in-chief.

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"He said 'you could tell by her laugh she was full of it,'" Playgirl Director of Marketing Daniel Nardicio said, calling it "a nice gesture but she didn't mean it."

Johnston said it would be beyond "awkward" should he actually show up.

Palin, the grandmother of Johnston's son Tripp, says on the pretaped November 16 Oprah Winfrey Show that her daughter's ex is still "part of the family."

She suggested he join her family for the traditional November family holiday. Levi Johnston's response? Now exactly holding his breath for a real invite.

Meanwhile, Thursday's Playgirl shoot "was fantastic," Johnston's manager Tank Jones said "People are going to see more of Levi than they thought."

"There was a hockey stick involved."

Now that we'll hold our breath for.

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