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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/ 4/2008

Friday List: Outsized Egos Edition

By Liz Kelly

Alec Baldwin (aka The Bloviator) competes for the room's oxygen supply with Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters during this April 2007 'View' appearance. (Reuters)

It's an ugly side effect of fame: celebrities who take themselves way too seriously. Symptoms may include a perception that one can sway an election, write op-eds in major newspapers, sustain a daily blog or spend an hour talking about one's prison experiences on "Larry King Live."

In yesterday's Celebritology Live discussion, readers unburdened themselves, disclosing their most personally annoying self-important celebs: "I think Denzel needs an editor and a publicist to keep him intriguing," said one after listening to this NPR interview. "Katherine Heigl," said another, perhaps referring to the actress's recent bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you criticism of "Knocked Up." Alec Baldwin (dubbed "The Bloviator" by the New York Post), the insouciant Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly -- all were cited as being shameless self-absorbed attention hogs.

Now it's your turn. Go ahead, add your nominee to this roll call of the self-obsessed. And share your opinion on who is the worse offender -- a star who is shamelessly self-centered (a la Kanye West) or one (Oprah) who cloaks her self-importance in the guise of using one's celebrity to "raise awareness?"

By Liz Kelly  | January 4, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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