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The 34th Tacky Taste Awards Top 10 Winners!

 Happy Thanksgiving to all, and a special thank-you to the readers who joined in with their votes and comments for our 34th Annual Tacky Taste Awards.  In a year when some of the biggest scandals in the news — from Penn State to politics — took place outside the Hollywood realm, there’s still a banquet of show business celebrity turkeys to chew on.  And heeeeere they are.

1.  Kim Kardashian & Family.  Riled up over Kim’s 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries, readers voted to bestow 1st Place, Tackiest Celebrities of the Year dishonors on the Kardashian clan.  Among the comments:

“KarTRA$Hian is KarKA$Hingin — the fake marriage down to the crappy clothes at Sears.” — Hannah L., New York, NY  

“She went from saying Kris was so nice and down to earth to saying he was only in it to climb the fame ladder practically overnight.  Of course people are suspicious. She made more than $17 million from the wedding.” — Pam R.,Canton, OH. 

“Kim Kardashian was made for your Tacky Taste Award.” — Nathan P., San Francisco, CA

Steve M. from Dallas, TX had a different take: “I think all the dimwits who watch the Kardashian family and then complain about them deserve a Tacky award.  Idiots, change the channel!”

2.  Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen  So many voters mentioned the “Two and a Half Men” creator and his former star together, it seemed appropriate to reunite them just this one last time in the annals of Tacky Taste.  For example: 

From Julia in AZ:  “Charlie Sheen’s year of tirades, drugs and hookers and Chuck Lorre’s repeated endcaps and on-air rebuttles have really done it for me.  I thought by now the banter would be over and bringing in Ashton would let the show stand on its own, but Chuck doesn’t seem to want to let go.  Week after week they have to rehash all of Charlie’s downfalls.  Come on, kill the show now if you are going to make it a year of Charlie-channeling.  Even Charlie seems to have learned to shut his mouth.” 

G.M. in Santa Monica, CA wrote, “Not that I’m buying Charlie Sheen’s good behavior act, but Chuck Lorre needs to get over being bitter and stop sniping at Charlie and try to improve the show, which sucks now.”  

In the opinion of witty Bernice R. of Naples, FL, “It has been a close race this year for the Tacky Taste Award.  Charlie Sheen was the star of the pack early on, but his admitting to his foolish rages took the edge off criticizing him.  Darn.  But then when all seemed lost, Kim Kardashian came along with her whirlwind romance, brain-free husband, check cashing acrobatics and surprise (not) divorce, and challenged Charlie for the lead.  I’ve got it!  How about a Tacky Couple Award? Theirs would be a match made in Hollywood heaven.  Oh, those two have got to meet, or what’s a Hollywood for?” 

3.  Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Grace H. of Burbank sums it up:  “Former governator Arnold Schwarzenneger makes Bill Clinton look like a cub scout.  First he let Maria find out the hard way that he sired a child by his housekeeper.  Then after they split up he went out in public sporting a T shirt that said, “I survived Maria 1977 – 2010.” 

And this comment from reader Linda D.:  “Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves the award for being unfaithful to his wife, family, and the state of California.  And then having the bad taste to wear an ‘I survived Maria’ t-shirt.” 

Agrees Paula G.: “It has to be the Arnold:  what he has done to Maria Shriver is so awful.  I used to like him, but now, I am not interested in seeing anything he does.  Thank goodness he’s no longer the Governor of California.” 

4.  Gerard Depardieu.  “Gerard Depardieu deserves your award, hands down, for urinating in the aisle of a plane after being told he had to wait until after takeoff to use the bathroom, causing a two-hour flight delay.  If one of us mere mortals did that, we’d be arrested.” — Ken, Tacoma, WA. 

Peggy S. of Los Angeles voted for Depardieu, adding, “I want to mention Anderson Cooper also.  It was one thing to get the giggles during his report about l’affaire Depardeiu — but then to have Depardieu on his talk show to discuss the incident, and hand out peepee bottles to everyone in the audience?  That was Tacky.  But I still love Anderson.”  

5.  Lindsay Lohan.  The troubled actress, who has been doing community service at the L.A. morgue as a result of violating her probation, drew tacky votes for “blowing chance after chance to straighten out,” as J.Y. of Bell, CA put it. 

“Lindsay Lohan gets my vote.  You know you’ve hit bottom when Heidi Fleiss gets on TV and congratulates you for posing for Playboy and says you’d make a great hooker.” — Tara K., Ohio

6.  Kate Gosselin.  “As always, the tackiest person in America is Kate Gosselin,” contends Dee W.  She explains: “From her trashy clothing to her constant bashing of the father of her children, she epitomizes the word tacky.  Her classifiying her ex as ‘mediocre’ because he prefers to work a regular job and live out of the spotlight was classic Kate.” 

“I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than that whiney b#@! any day.” — George F., Woodland Hills, CA

7.  Jesse James.  The reality show star got a late flurry of votes after his ex, Kat Von D, went public with her claim that he’d cheated on her with at least 19 women during their engagement.  “Wasn’t he supposed to have been treated for sex addiction after his cheating wrecked his marriage to Sandra Bullock?  Jesse, you tacky dog, you should demand your money back.” — L.Z.

8.  Courteney Cox and David Arquette.  “Their over-sharing about their sex life problems on Howard Stern’s show has tainted my feelings about them.   Really, Courteney, thought you had more class than to dispense such intimate details with gutter language.  Sad for Coco.” — Linda W., Peoria, IL

9.  Hank Williams, Jr., ESPN and “Fox and Friends.”  The singer’s remark, on “Fox and Friends,” making an analogy using President Obama and Hitler, got his iconic theme song cut from Monday Night Football after 20 years — and both sides chimed in: 

`”Hank totally got the shaft.  If you read the transcript, he never said Obama was like Hitler.  His conservative politics is what really got him ousted from MNF.  And he’s right that ‘Fox and Friends’ set him up.” — Dan H. 

On the other hand, S.B. of Long Island, NY, wrote, “Who gives a damn what Hank Williams Jr. thinks?  He’s a right-wing crackpot with no talent.  Glad to see him go.” 

10.  Brad Pitt.  “Some people continue to add insult to dumping their spouses overboard.  Brad Pitt told Dotson Rader of Parade Magazine that his life was boring when he was married to Jennifer Aniston.  Quote, “I wasn’t living an interesting life, myself.  I think that my marriage [to Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it.”  – Grace H., Burbank, CA

Sheen, Gibson, Mayer Among ‘Toxic Men’ Archetypes, Says Author

Charlie Sheen

Communications expert, professor and author Dr. Lillian Glass reports she’s simply staggered to find the archetypes in her new “Toxic Men” book making news these days all over the celebrity sphere.  And once she starts naming names, she makes a very good case for just that.

“It’s been amazing, what is happening in the headlines.  For instance, Charlie Sheen — a celebrity face and name — is absolutely a toxic type.  He’s in the category of  the gloom and doom self-destructive victim.  He’s had it all, had everything handed to him over and over, yet he has these self-destructive issues including being with the women he should not be with again and again, and being very hostile with them,” says Glass, who’ll be seen with Joy Behar and Dr. Phil this week tubthumping on behalf of the tome.

Mel Gibson

Next, there’s “Mel Gibson, the control freak type, the ultimate bully, so full of rage and hate, and even a little bit of the sadist, we see going on…”

And, “John Mayer, the emotional refrigerator.  We see him go through these major relationships and, as a body language expert, I see that his body language is the same over and over again.  Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson — he walks ahead of these women.  You see no affection.”

Glass, whose book not only includes clues to look for in order to avoid toxic types (women too), but guidelines for dealing with them when one must, on the job or socially, points to Jesse James as another archtype.  “The silent but deadly erupting volcano.  He’s so quiet and sweet,

Jesse James

but then there’s all this cheating with several women, and the photo with him wearing a Nazi hat — this obnoxious passive-aggressive attitude about his alleged racism.”

She views Michael Lohan as the toxic type she deems “the sneaky two-faced meddling backstabber” and who could disagree?

John Edwards she titles The Wishy Washy Spineless Wimp.  We get that.

Kanye West, meanwhile, is “a narcissist.  It’s all about him.  For anybody to go onstage and take an award out of another person’s hands saying they don’t deserve it — that’s the ultimate act of narcissism.  He’s the Me Myself and I type of toxic man.”

The Jealous Competitor type is represented by Chris Brown, in her view.  “When a man hits a woman, it’s about envy and jealousy — competitiveness.  This is where you find cases of abuse — this type and the controllers.”

At the very worst end of the scale are emotionless psycho sociopaths capable of acting very charming.  “They’re blamers, nothing is their fault. And they’re liars.”  She places fraud perpetrator Bernie Madoff and murder suspect Joran Van Der Sloot in that category.

Last but not least, there’s the “manipulative cheating liar, which is Tiger Woods,” says Glass.  “We saw him.   He gave that mea culpa speech, but it was all for his golf game.”

Glass’s book, of course, has much more information and nuance.  “Of the 15 books I’ve written, this is the one I’m most excited about,” she says, “the one I believe can most positively change lives,”  Or at least, be entertaining as all get-out.

With All the Goodies of Celebrity Rehab, No Wonder Jesse and Others Want In

Jesse James

What serves as both a shield and a publicity-generating mechanism, deflects responsibility, dodges legal trouble, garners oodles of public sympathy and career comeback opportunities, and can be exploited in an unlimited, multi-platform way?

Celebrity rehab, of course!

No wonder so many are rushing to check into their favorite $24,000-75,000-a-month rehab center.

Is anyone surprised that, now that his multiple mistresses have been exposed, Jesse James has gone the sex rehab route at a facility in Arizona, trying to save his marriage to Sandra Bullock?  After all, rehab was First Stop on the Image Rebuilding Train for Tiger Woods.

Or that Charlie Sheen is already back working on a closed “Two and a Half Men” set after his three-week “preventative” rehab stint?  Being rehabilitated for something you have not done makes sense in the land of legalese, as in morals clauses in one’s contract, we guess.  Let’s hope it’s not the modern answer to the Middle Ages’ selling of indulgences in advance of the commission of sins.

Don’t get us wrong – it’s great that famous personalities like Maureen McCormick, Ben Affleck and Robert Downey, Jr., have beaten down their addiction demons with the help of rehab, and we applaud the good work that goes on at plush and not-so-plus centers alike.  But you know things have gotten out of hand when you read treatment facility websites that boast of “lush grounds, tennis court, swimming pools, and hot tubs, with great outdoor activities located just across from Malibu beach” (Passages Malibu) or  “a luxurious mountain retreat…Stunning views from each room help residents connect with their higher power” (Cirque Lodge) .

Dr. Drew Pinsky – who shows up for every celebrity rehab just as attorney Gloria Allred shows up for every wronged female celebrity legal case – is up to three celebrity rehab reality shows.  There also A&E and TLC reality shows about addicts.

Addiction as entertainment, whod’a thunk it?  We’re in a media landscape where Paddy Chayefsky’s darkly satirical lines in “Network” about an executions show becoming a huge ratings-getter don’t seem out of the realm of possibility any more.

Rory Albanese Comedy Central photo

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:  Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” has been surprising some of its audience of late, tweaking the Obama administration and various other Democrats – which means it’s time to take a fresh look at “The Daily Show” for what it is, to hear the show’s Rory Albanese tell it.

“I think people thought we were just this left-wing group that were going after the Bush administration, but in reality we’re the wise-asses in the back of the classroom making fun of the people in charge.  At first the audience was like, ‘What are you doing?’ but Obama was screwing up a lot so it was fun to change the tone of the show.   None of us really have political allegiances,” he adds.  “We’re just thinking about how we can make things funny.”

Albanese makes things funny in his own his first Comedy Central special, airing tonight (4/2).  He tells us performing in front of his boss proved to be quite nerve-wracking.  “I was extra nervous because a lot of family and friends were there as well as a lot of co-workers. With Jon Stewart standing in the back you don’t want to bomb,” notes Albanese.

He says Stewart couldn’t have been more supportive.  “Before the show, he came by the green room to give me a pep talk. He gets comedy on every level – as a writer, as a producer, and as a performer – so to have him in my corner is unbelievable.  I work hard on his show and I work hard in standup so I never want to let him down in either.”

Leigh-Allyn Baker

OH, BABY:  The Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” launches Sunday (4/4).  Touted as more of a traditional family sitcom than a show geared towards kids alone, it has a trio of older siblings – teen stars Jason Dolley and Bridgit Mendler, and Bradley Steven Perry — taking care of their baby sister while their parents are both at work.   Series mom Leigh-Allyn Baker admits, “When I entered into this I was very cautious, wondering about working on a show with kids.  I could never have guessed how much fun it would turn out to be.  I love their energy, and it’s just like a giggle fest 24/7.’

Baker’s the mother of a baby in real life as well as on the show, and she says that when she brings son Griffin to work, her young cast mates help her with him.  “He loves them all.  I was glad I could take him,” she says.  “He was starting to be a shy baby who’d cry when people said ‘Hi’ to him.”  His teenage buddies have changed that.

Little Mia Talerico, who portrays the show’s 9-month-old title baby, “Charlie,” has met Griffin as well.  “We all joke that theirs will be the true love story from our show, this little match,” says Baker.

CASTING CORNER:  Speaking of babies, casting forces are seeing candidates for the role of the baby in “The Astral” with Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson – six-month-olds to younger-looking two-year-olds.  But stage parents, be forewarned: it’s from the creators of “Paranormal Activity” and “Saw.”

And actresses are being considered for one of the more “high concept” pilots on the boards this season is NBC’s “In My Shoes,” a body switcheroo spotlighting a short-tempered high school teacher who – thanks to the work of two guardian angels — finds herself in the form of a poor single mother.  Sounds like a variation on “Drop Dead Diva.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster