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Miley Cyrus, President Obama among 'GQ' least influential list

Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ‘s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.

The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”

Rodman said this week he’s preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.

Deen, whose cooking empire imploded this year after she admitted to having used the N-word to describe black employees, came in at No. 2 on the list behind Rodman, while former sexting U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner took the No. 3 spot.

“He’s the saddest lecher in American politics, and that’s saying something, because they’re all lechers,” the magazine said.
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'Law & Order: SVU': Every issue shoehorned into the Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin episode

According to a message that appeared before Law & Order: SVU last night, the episode that followed — titled “American Tragedy” — “[was] fictional and [did] not depict any actual person or event.” In reality, of course, the hour was clearly ripped from one of the 2013’s biggest headlines: the case of George Zimmerman, on trial for shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But wait — there’s more! The woman who shot SVU‘s Martin facsimile happened to be a celebrity chef with a history of racial prejudice… much like Paula Deen. And the storyline also hinged, partially, on New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. And… actually, you know what? Maybe it would be easier if we just listed every single issue that came up in “American Tragedy” — starting with this year’s indisputable Song of the Summer.

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'MasterChef': Meet! Gordon Ramsay's teenage son. A stunning! Lamb.

Disgraced butter-baller Paula Deen has found work again — and on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, no less. AWKWARD. (And especially weird considering Walmart, MasterChef‘s favorite gourmet supermarket, cut its ties with Deen this summer.) Fox did its best to not advertise Deen’s guest judge appearance (filmed before all the scandal) and tuck it into a two-hour episode. And they’re in luck! I have no interest in dwelling on this. Paula Deen came, she screamed her heavily edited sentences, she drove the Top 5 around on a tractor, she advised a contestant to “Turn that sucker on blast,” and that was it. I’m much more intrigued by….

Gordon Ramsay’s absolutely! Stunningly! Cute. And well-mannered! Adorable British son, Jack. Check out their matching belts! And curt. Optimism! READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen on 'Dancing With the Stars'? Ugh, no.

Rumor has it that as Paula Deen gets phased out by an unforgiving real-life America, she could have a place in alternate-universe America on Planet Mirrorballus. Dancing With the Stars has approached her before, and considering the show’s magnetism for controversial “stars” like Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin, the Twinkie Pie pariah could be a perfect fit for the ballroom.

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'The Soup' simmers Paula Deen in yummy Nutella

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I just knew The Soup would help us make sense of this Paula Deen mess. Joel McHale noted that Deen’s impassioned “I is what I is” speech to Matt Lauer on the Today show made her sound like a “racist Popeye,” and marveled that with her plea for any Americans who never said something they wish they couldn’t take back to “pick up that stone and throw it so hard that it kills me,” Deen had invented a new carnival game.

“Paula says she’s hoping to become the spokesperson for Nutella,” said McHale, “since that’s her second-favorite N-word.” Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen defends herself in teary 'Today' interview -- VIDEO

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After begging off from a planned appearance last week due to exhaustion — an excuse Matt Lauer and Al Roker accepted with a few suppressed eye-rolls — Paula Deen finally appeared on Today this morning, giving an emotional interview in which she vehemently denied being a racist.

Deen has been under fire since she admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed June 17; in light of her testimony, the celebrity chef has been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Foods. Her full, 13-minute interview with Lauer is below:

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Anne Rice defends Paula Deen, refers to 'lynch mob culture'

Things haven’t been going great for Paula Deen the last few days: She’s been dropped from the Food Network, QVC is “reviewing the relationship,” and her biggest defenders so far have been her sons — and their examples left a lot to be desired. But Deen has got at least one public figure in her corner: Anne Rice. The vampire author took to her own Facebook page to defend the chef, but her comments (first discovered by Jezebel) are likely to just cause more controversy.

After first posing the question to her readers by saying, “What’s happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome….aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture?” Rice then decided that the “opinions, thoughts” needed were her own, and had quite a bit to say in the comments, including, in part, “…This woman is just what you said. She’s an old southern lady, and she never made these unwise remarks of hers to a black person. We have no evidence at all that she has ever personally insulted or injured any black employee or friend.” READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen's sons defend her, call racism charges 'extortion' and 'character assassination' -- VIDEO

Ever since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed last week, her butter-soaked empire has been slipping through her fingers. The Food Network elected not to renew the celebrity chef’s contract when it expires at the end of this month; Smithfield Foods is dropping her as a spokesperson; QVC is reviewing its business relationship with her. Somewhere, Anthony Bourdain is smirking and lighting a cigar.

But at least Deen can count on the support of two staunch defenders: her sons Jamie and Bobby, who are Food Network personalities in their own right. Allegations of Deen’s racism are “simply not true,” Bobby told CNN’s Chris Cuomo this morning.

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Paula Deen apologizes for 'inappropriate, hurtful language' -- VIDEO

Following this morning’s Today show interview cancellation, Paula Deen has released a YouTube video apologizing for her offensive remarks in which she admitted in a sworn deposition to using the n-word, among other racist statements.

The 46-second apology opens with Deen saying, “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this … inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”  Despite the short length, the video is oddly shown in multiple takes. UPDATE: The video was taken down, but others users have captured and uploaded. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

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