by Mischalova at . Comments

Americans love to hate Spencer Pratt.

And they like to look at photos of Eva Longoria nude.

Ricki Lake, Derek Hough Picture

Neither of these facts come as a shock to us. But we were surprised to learn that people really, love to read about Ricki Lake.

According to the Us Weekly website, the magazine's recent cover story about a bikini-clad Lake losing 125 pounds was the third most popular article in the history of that online destination. You won't be taken aback by the two topics it trailed:

  1. Britney Spears shaving her head
  2. Anna Nicole Smith dying

That's crazy and tragic impressive company for Ricki to be included in.

"I f--king love the cover! It's amazing!" Lake said. "So many people from my past have come forward telling me how great I looked, and it has been an overwhelming response. I am thrilled with everything and love the way I look on the cover and in the magazine."

It just goes to show that Americans can't get enough of a good weight loss story. Why else would Jared Fogle still be on TV?

Or Valerie Bertinelli be in the news again?

by Mischalova at . Comments

Kristine Lefebvre is a natural beauty.

But not everyone is that lucky. Take former talk show host, Ricki Lake, for example.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

Once weighing 250 pounds, the rotund celebrity decided to give dieting a chance. Shunning surgery, but dedicating herself to the cause like The Sports Gal ripping contestants on The Bachelor, Lake became a 123-pound, size-4 beauty.

Here's a snippet of the interview Ricki recently gave Us Weekly:

On crash dieting in 1991:
"… I went on this extreme diet. I used to faint because I wasn't eating and I was always exercising."

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Sound at all familiar, Nicole Richie?

On the most exciting thing about her new weight:
"For the longest time, when I was very heavy, I couldn't cross my legs. I couldn't physically do it. LOVE that I can cross my legs now ... Even my shoe size is changing. My Jimmy Choos are too big now."

On what she thinks of super-skinny actresses:

"I think I have no wrinkles because I always had fat on my face. Really skinny girls age so fast."

And with that, Keira Knightley finally at a Big Mac. Thank goodness.