Time yesterday announced that its much sought-after P.R. prize, the Person of the Year, this year goes to U.S. President-elect
. Said the mag: "In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th president of the United States."
Other finalists were Treasury Secretary
, French prez
Saturday Night Live
sensation (and GOP veep candidate)
POTY - which pales next to People's more prestigious Sexiest Man Alive - began in 1927 as a result of a gaffe. The editors forgot to get
on the cover following the aviator's trans-Atlantic flight (
). They made up for it by calling him man of the year.
won in '07, while
got it in '06 for your postings on user-generated sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube.
the Playboy Playmate and fiancée of the Eagles'
, is backpedaling furiously from her comments about the Eagles, made Monday on a podcast of Fox Sports'
Best Damn Sports Show
I was kidding. I am sorry.
"I just jokingly said stuff," Wilkinson, 23, said yesterday. "I didn't have any intentions of causing any problems." Wilkinson said producers cornered her before the Eagles-Browns game with the "intention of twisting my words around, to make me look like a Jessica Simpson. I am
not a Jessica Simpson."
Among Wilkinson's gaffes on the podcast: That she had cornered coach
at the Eagles' Christmas party last weekend and suggested that McNabb throw "fade" passes more often to Baskett. Yesterday, she said she had said this jokingly to Reid at the party.
"Everything I said was just joking," said Wilkinson, who was one of
girlfriends on the E! reality series
Girls Next Door
. "But now that everyone on the team is on Hank about it, I feel worse. I am so sorry. It came out like I am bashing the Eagles. I swear that I am not. . . . You won't hear my voice talking about football again."
- Michael Klein
So what's up with the free Bon Jovi concert which
Jon Bon Jovi
had promised Philadelphia Soul fans? Jon, who co-owns the Soul, told WMMR (93.3) listeners in February he'd do a free show if the Arena Football League team won ArenaBowl XXII. (It did.) Things went sideways with news that the Arena's entire 2009 season has been canceled. Yesterday Bon Jovi rep
said the show will be rescheduled once the Arena's 2010 schedule is announced.
yesterday avoided jail by pleading guilty to harassment for throwing a fan off stage at an Upstate New York concert last year. He was given 65 hours of community service and a $250 fine.
The UN's refugee agency says it has made a 23-minute film, directed by
with help from Sir
, about the state of refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
, which features the Rolling Stones tune, was shot in the North Kivu province, where 250,000 civilians have become homeless since fighting resumed between government forces and rebel troops in August. Info:
Universal Studios Home Entertainment says
Mamma Mia! The Movie
has become one of the fastest selling DVDs in modern history. More than 2.25 mil copies were sold on its first day of release on Tuesday.
is too sick to perform in his Broadway show,
, according to TMZ, which says the
actor missed Tuesday night's show and was expected to skip yesterday's matinee and evening curtain times. Piven's rep confirmed he's ill, but would not elaborate. TMZ says there are rumblings the show could be yanked for good.
An Orange County, Calif., judge yesterday ruled in an emergency hearing that
cannot see her 8-month-old daughter without supervision, says TMZ. The hearing was called after Sweetin's estranged hub,
, accused the thesp, who is an admitted meth addict and alcoholic, of being an unfit mother. He claimed Sweetin has driven drunk with the baby in the car. No comment from either party.
is denying a statement from her own rep,
, that the pop star paid
between $76 mil and $92 mil as part of their divorce settlement. Madge and Guy yesterday said in a joint statement that financial terms of their split will remain private. "We have tried to maintain a dignified silence regarding the details of our divorce for the last few months," the duo said.
London's Daily Mail says Liz's statement was issued to counter pro-Guy gossipers who had suggested the
director is so noble he has refused to accept any money. The former soulmates have yet to finalize custody arrangements for their kids,
, 8, and
, 3. (Madge also has a daughter,
, 12, from a previous relationship.)
, who had a faux elopement last month in Mexico, really married? Monday's episode of
ended with a teaser for an episode which showed
being joined together in a courtroom ceremony. But the Associated Press learned the MTV show was filmed outside court hours, in a room rented by the show's producers.
Child-centric cabler Nickelodeon TV said it is sending a team of special news correspondents to cover Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration "from a pint-sized perspective," to quote the A.P. The veteran journalists who will help the kids include
' 19-year-old willow o' the wisp of a daughter,
, who made headlines earlier this month for her tasteful, yet smoldering, photo spread in the new issue of In Style. She'll be joined by some mystery dude(tte) Nickelodeon will identify only as
Nick says kids totally dig the election. The cabler drew 2.2 mil kids for its own online faux-election. (Obama won it with 51 percent to
's 49 percent.)