2007′s Craziest: Imus’ Dirty Words

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don-imus.jpg Some gossip stories are too big to forget. We’re counting down the 20 biggest, baddest, most ridiculous and saddest celeb scandals of the year. You’ll get a new one posted every day.

Don Imus is famous (and super rich) for the crap that comes out of his mouth, so it was only fitting that his words would also cause his demise. Back in April, Imus triggered a societal meltdown when he referred to the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team as “some nappy-headed hos” during his morning show on CBS Radio. Outrage over his comments spawned a national dialogue about race, racism and language, and Imus was swiftly fired from both his radio and television shows. The scorned host later met with the players he verbally degraded and apologized for his words. In the weeks that followed the players went on Oprah, Oprah talked to some hip-hop bigwigs about the issues of racism and language, Al Sharpton spoke out, and activists pushed to ban hurtful words. Yet in the end, Don Imus ended up back where he started: back on the radio.

Vick Lands in Dog House for 23 Months

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Michael Vick, the former star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, has been sentenced to 23 months in jail for his participation in a dogfighting ring run out of a home he owned. Dressed in a black and white prison suit, Vick apologized to his family and friends and said, “I am willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions.” The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, seemed unaffected by Vick’s professed remorse, and responded curtly to his comments. “You need to apologize also to the millions of young people who look up to you,” he snapped. He later said of Vick’s involvement, “”I’m convinced it was not a momentary lack of judgment on your part. You were a full partner.”

Vick, who was once one of the best played players in the game, began serving his sentence early in November. He still faces another trial for more dogfighting charges brought forth on behalf of the state of Virginia. [CNN]

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Last Night’s Pics: Kardashian, Tila, and Heidi

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Movie premieres, awards shows, benefit concerts, and plain old clubbin’ – even though most of us are at home, the beautiful peeps are living it up somewhere. Last Night’s Pics puts you in touch with all the action.


The 7th Annual Breakthrough Of The Year Awards attracted stars such as Megan Fox, Ellen Page, Kerry Washington, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, Kristen Stewart, Kim Kardashian & Co., Emile Hirsch, and Jonah Hill.

Celebs such as Tila Tequila, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Kristen Bell, Rachel Bilson, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Criss Angel came out for Spike TV’s 2007 Video Game Awards.

Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, James Blunt, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mary Louise-Parker were spotted strolling the red carpet at the P.S. I Love You Premiere.

Amy’s Mum Makes A Tabloid Plea

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amy_winehouseIn a desperate attempt to reach her daughter, Amy Winehouse‘s mother has written an 1,100-word open letter, asking her daughter to get help. In the plea, appearing in The News Of The World (the American equivalent of The National Enquirer), Janis Winehouse explains she felt compelled to write to her daughter after seeing pictures of Winehouse wandering the streets in the early morning hours wearing a bra and jeans.

“All I wanted to do was rush into those pictures and wrap you up in a big,warm blanket,” said Janis. With pledges of home-cooking to fatten the emaciated Winehouse up and a request for her to pick up the phone, Winehouse’s mother made no reference to her daughter’s possible drug addiction. She did, however, mention she hopes Winehouse’s recently-incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil turns his life around. In the past week, Winehouse has canceled several tour dates, been photographed wandering the streets in her underwear and kept the company of one of England’s most notorious drug addicts, Pete Doherty.

Teen Heartthrobs Tie the Knot – or Not

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baio.jpgVh1′s formerly single star Scott Baio made it official with longtime love Renee Sloan on a roof-top ceremony in LA this weekend. How romantic for a guy who’s dated (and done) half of Hollywood! The ceremony was taped for the upcoming season of Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant, so we’ll all be able to ogle at the adorableness of Chachi settling down. Half way across the country in Orlando, Florida, Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough married his longtime girlfriend in a traditional Catholic wedding. His new wife, Leigh Boniello, was the webmaster for the Boys’ site before the pair started dating six years ago. Web-dorable!

The only former teen heartthrob not getting tied down this weekend was Nick Lachey, though rumors spread all over the web thanks to Fox News claimed otherwise. While he and gal pal Vanessa Minnillo where supposedly down in the Bahamas preparing for their big day, Nick was really home in Ohio working on his new show for NBC, Clash of the Choirs. Jessica Simpson can breath easy – for now!

Diddy and Cassie: Crazy in Love

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diddy-cassie-1210.jpgSo much for Diddy getting back together with one if his baby-mammas. The rap mogul and lady lover has cut off ties with his many girls on the side and is now 100% committed to dating his prodigy Cassie. A source revealed that, “She recently broke up with her boyfriend…They’re holed up together in Miami, very low-key. He’s really in love with her.”

The ‘Diddy and Cassie are doing it’ rumors have been swirling for a while, even though the singer denied it as late as last week. She said, “No I haven’t ever dated Diddy. I’m his artist, and we are actually friends. We really are friends. I am fortunate to have that connection with him, we just happened to have really hit it off as friends, but that’s it.”

Or is it?

Monday: Lindsay Bounced From Hotel

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LiLo and her ex Riley Giles apparently wrecked a room at Malibu’s Shutters hotel, trashing the mini bar and leaving behind a bloody syringe. Wait, what about rehab? [DListed]

Ellen Still Loves her Pets
Ellen DeGeneres fights back against the Iggy backlash by rebuilding animal shelters across the country. [NYP]

Nicole Kidman Bombs Again
Tommy’s ex can’t catch a break at the box office, but at least her face looks unfazed. Thanks botox![Us]

Britney Spears Steals Lighter, Acts like an Ass
The singer stole a lighter worth $1.39 from a gas station and then sarcastically commented about it to the paps. Being insane is one thing, but being a total asshole? Lame. [TMZ]

Larry Birkhead Thinks He’s a Big Deal
Anna Nicole Smith’s ex thought he was going to be the surprise number one person on Barbara Walters’ special, “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ha. HAAAAA. [NYDN]

Pop Friday: Country Soul & Troop Support

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Joss Stone & Leanne Rimes Throw Down Some Country Soul

R&B meets C&W as the two singers connect on Crossroads. They do “Super Duper Love” and others. The show airs tonight on CMT, but you can watch it at the above link now.

Five For Fighting Helps the Troops That Are Fighting

A new CD put together by John Ondrasik has an array of artists including The Fray, Goo Goo Dolls, and Josh Groban, who are giving our military some music for the holidays.