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Americans love to hate Spencer Pratt.

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

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.

Ricki Lake in 2014
Photo via Rich Polk

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?