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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/30/2008

2008: The Year in Celebrity

By Liz Kelly

Tomorrow I'll share with you my biggest surprise in the world of celebrity from 2008 -- and ask for yours, but in the meantime I wanted to get our listy juice flowing by sharing a few lists compiled by others. Agree? Disagree? Add your input to the comment section.

Entertainer of the Year Tina Fey. (Paramount Pictures)

Entertainer of the Year: Tina Fey (AP)
Anyone who wants to question Fey's pick as the most talented human being on TV (and sometimes off) can talk to me. And if I can't change your mind, well, suck it monkeys. It should be noted that Fey edged out the almost equally entertaining Robert Downey Jr. for the title.

Person of the Year: Jennifer Aniston (Popeater)
I. Just. Don't. Get. It.

Top Entertainment Stories of the Year (AP)
Nothing to snark about here. Heath Ledger's untimely death last January set a somber tone for the new year and awards season. But will someone please wake up the AP writer who deemed "Britney Spears's Downward Spiral" list-worthy. That was so 2007. Duh.

Top 10 Comebacks of 2008 (omg!)
Hey y'all (this means you AP), it's no surprise that Britney Spears tops this list of stars who managed to turn their sinking ship around in the past 12 months. Robert Downey Jr., again, appears as runner-up.

Top 10 Celebrity Train Wrecks (Hollyscoop)
Comebacks are all well and good, but who took a huge swan dive into the deep end in 2008? The same woman we voted biggest train wreck back in October -- Amy Winehouse. Boo to Hollyscoop for including Lindsay Lohan here solely on the basis of her becoming a lesbian.

Eco-Friendliest Celebs of 2008 (
Oh sure, Ed Begley Jr. is greener than my face on March 18, but I guess the one-time "St. Elsewhere" doc no longer draws enough water to rate on this list of eco-friendly stars. Instead, this list is topped by Oprah, a woman who publishes a monthly print magazine with a circulation of 2,382,917 (at least in 2007). Still, maybe 21 days of vegan eating for O really did save a herd of cows or a flock of cheese.

Top 10 Moments in Celebrity Activism (Los Angeles Times)
Oprah again, this time credited with making Barack Obama a viable presidential contender. Paris Hilton, Sarah Silverman and David Letterman also loom large in this election-dominated list.

Worst Dressed Celebs (
Aubrey O'Day tops this short list of the wardrobe challenged. We concur. However, with no Katie Holmes, this list loses all credibility.

Celebrity Hairstyle of the Year (CelebSalon)
Amy Winehouse may have ended up in rehab, but she can forever look back with pride on 2008, the year of the beehive -- in large part thanks to her mile high updo.

Surprising New Parents of 2008 (
Sorry Brangelina, you may have added Knox and Vivienne to the brood this year, but bigger baby waves were made by Ashlee Simpson, Clay AIken, Jamie Lynn Spears and brand new mom Bristol Palin.

Rookies and Breakouts (
MTV's cup runneth over with tween sensations -- Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and the Jonas Brothers. And, yes, the stars of that vampire movie also make an appearance.

Great Feuds of 2008 (
Another MTV list, another chance to mention Taylor Swift and a Jonas Brother. In this case, Joe Jonas, who apparently dumped Swift for Camilla Belle -- though the lede is totally buried here: Swift apparently made a video telling a Taylor Swift doll not to date a Joe Jonas doll. Moving right along, MTV also summarizes Kanye West's one-man war on the paparazzi, but fails to mention his distaste with the rest of the world's lesser inhabitants. All you lovers of tween culture, please consider your itch now scratched.

Those We Lost... (SplashNews via New York Post)

By Liz Kelly  | December 30, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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Dumbest quotes from lists, 2008:

1. "Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony had twins they named after the kids on 'Dragon Tales.'"

2. At least they didn't name them after the two headed dragon, Zak and Wheezie.

"Approaching 40, Aniston sure doesn't look it, and hasn't slowed down one bit."

Could Lance Armstrong stop schtupping young actresses long enough to hop back on his bike and run down the writer at "Popeater" who wrote that drivel? And while you're at it, thwack the beanhead at "Hollyscoop" for writing this:

3. "Lindsay Lohan: The eternal trainwreck. She didn't work much, but she did become a lesbian."


4. "Gary Busey: He confessed that he snorted cocaine off his dog."

Still not quite in the Keith Richards territory of snorting his old man's ashes.

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

How could MTV have overlooked the great Carrie Underwood-Jessica Simpson feud over Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 30, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

As you know, I am with you on Jen=meh. Especially when mentioned in such proximity to the also almost-40 Tina Fey who has, oh, I don't know, actual talent.

Didn't know you could "become" a lesbian. But then, I wouldn't pass the physical.

Sounds like the beginning of a joke. "Oprah, Sarah Silverman, Paris Hilton and David Letterman walk into a bar.."

Hope your link to the birth of Bristol Palin's baby doesn't lead to some of the same hate posts that have showed up on your print colleagues' site.

"War on the Paparazzi" is a good name for a rock band, if a little long.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 30, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

How on earth did Paris Hilton get on a list of celeb activists? Who did she give to? Oh, nevermind.

Lists for Katie:
Worst Celeb Designers
Celebs in Desperate Need of Stylists
Most Obvious Celeb Beards

Also, I am surprised there isn't a list of celebs who were supposed to be pregnant but as it turns out weren't.

Posted by: petalceleb | December 30, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

oh, and I missed a JLo quote? Maybe it was because she was coupled with that other guy.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 30, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Brnagelina do not qualify as new parents this year. That was the second birth for Angelina, not to mention all those adoptions. They are not new parents, they are tired out old parents.

Totally tacky on the LiLo thing. If anything, she is climbing out of her death spiral, not continuing it.

Oprah twice? Someone is kissing up. BTW, she has not given one dime to the Inauaguration, although she is adding to the crush by moving her show here.

Posted by: epjd | December 30, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

BTW, she has not given one dime to the Inauaguration, although she is adding to the crush by moving her show here.

Posted by: epjd | December 30, 2008 12:19 PM


ep. that's no way to talk about Oprah's weight gain.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | December 30, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey is great, but Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were brilliant during the campaign. I would have died without them!

and LUVJEN says: OMG!!! JEN IS SOOOO birliant! Just got done apllikaying a pair of BOXERS with her FACE for my BORTHER IN JAIL!!! las t time the guard there pinched my butt! HE SAIS I LOOK LIKE JEN!!!

Posted by: possum_pouch | December 30, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

depending on WHERE the face is on the boxers, I might look for em on ebay

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 30, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout biggest egos of the year award going to Tom Cruise, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Diddy, and Oprah.

For feuding celebs Rosie vs Brangelina, and Elizabeth Hassalbeck vs everyone else on the View.

Divorce/break-up of the year to Guy vs Madge

Crazy Celeb website of the year to GOOP

Posted by: hodie | December 30, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Possum says: Tina Fey is great, but Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were brilliant during the campaign. I would have died without them!

I totally agree!

Posted by: hodie | December 30, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Tina Fey is so impression of Sarah Palin, wow that's real creative genius. Please...John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, theres so many funnier, more talented people.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 30, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Okay, help for the celeb-challenged here. What exactly was Britney Spears' comeback? She's being thoroughly managed now, that's all. If she wasn't on lockdown by people who are smarter than she is (which is pretty much anyone at this point), she would be just as much of a train wreck. She has publicly said her life has no color and is boring, blah blah blah. Given the opportunity, she would be right back into drugs, drinking, Cheetos, pantyless partying and neglecting her children.

And why is attention being paid to teenage parents who are products of thoroughly dysfunctional families? Bristol Palin (proof that teaching abstinence is a joke), Jamie Lynn Spears (a younger version of train wreck trailer-trash Britney), Ashlee Simpson for crying out loud?

I know this sounds like an OP rant, but c'mon! These people are a disaster.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 30, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Damn, Dorkus, ya beat me to it on Oprah. My thought is that Oprah would crush the Inaugural wherever she sits.

If Oprah sat on Jen's face on those boxers, that would be a story.

I take it that Liz is telling us that she's going corporate with the "suck it, monkeys" comment. I think that Liz has a girl crush on Tina Fey because Tina's character in 30 Rock is named Liz.

I rate Tina Fey a solid Third on my list of Entertainers of the Year. She's just behind Stewart and Colbert, who are tied for First. The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are the only two shows I have ever watched that have forced me to move my television back beyond spit-take range.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | December 30, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Popeater wins the Sucking Up To The Celebrity Who Will Actually Talk To Us Because They Have A Project To Promote Prize. Also known as the Esquire Hottest Woman Alive Memorial Award.

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Not that this is on topic, but for all the "Lost-ies"

Posted by: Osteph | December 30, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Ya, Sarah Palin. They made fun of Lincoln too.
Wait, that's the other party.

No the same party.

Back when the Republicans WERE the Democrats I guess it would be the other party.

Just goes to show what happens when you try to combine celebrity with politics. As if an actor could ever get elected.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 30, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

(Aside: If a poller had contacted me with such a question, well, I dare not repeat on a blog in a family newspaper what my response would have been.)

Breaking news: According to a poll by "Sarah Palin most desirable celebrity neighbor"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If they had to live next door to a celebrity, American adults would most like to be neighbors with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

But trouble-prone pop star Britney Spears would be the worst celebrity neighbor, according to a survey published on Tuesday of the most and least desirable well-known faces Americans would have in their backyard.

Republican vice presidential candidate Palin topped the poll of most desirable celebrity neighbors with 14 percent, closely followed by Winfrey, who was particularly popular with women.

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps was heavily favored by men but came in third with 9 percent overall.

Paparazzi-magnets such as Spears, actress Lindsay Lohan and British couple David and Victoria Beckham apparently don't make the best neighbors.

Spears, who was followed day and night by packs of photographers for much of 2008, was voted the least desirable neighbor by 19 percent of adults, followed by Rosie O'Donnell (18 percent), Joe the Plumber (8 percent), who made headlines in the final stages of the U.S. presidential elections, and Lohan (7 percent).

Only two per cent of those asked wanted to live next door to soccer player Beckham and his singer wife Victoria.

The poll was commissioned by real estate Web site between Dec 15-17 with 2,196 Americans aged over 18.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 30, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

to add to Katie Holms' nominations: Saint of the Year

Posted by: hodie | December 30, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

You misspelled "Victim".

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I love animals, so Sarah Palin, anyone in her family, their snowmachines and their guns would top my list of LEAST desirable neighbors.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 30, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

You misspelled "Victim".

Posted by: yellojkt | December 30, 2008 3:25 PM

LOL! you are so right

Posted by: hodie | December 30, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I hate deer. To me, they're just rats with hooves. Unfortunately, deer really love my yard. So if Sarah and Todd can pick 'em off without hurting any innocent bystanders, they'd be welcome next door.

The Cheneys, on the other hand, not so much.

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 30, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Katie should be up for

Alien Abductee of the Year.

Posted by: memphis1 | December 30, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

mdreader01, I've read about "deer barriers" you can put in your yard to repel deer. Sort of like the invisible fence, but the other way around. Check it out online -- may keep deer out of your yard.

Posted by: Californian11 | December 30, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

There are also "deer repellant" plants. However, the most effective control is still the obvious one. Sorry PETA.

Posted by: reddragon1 | December 31, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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