RadarOnline Presents the Year's Best and Worst Celebrity Behavior
By PopEater Staff Posted Dec 24th 2010 01:00PM
If there's one source we trust to know who's been good and who's been bad (aside from our own Naughty But Nice columnist Rob Shuter), it's RadarOnline.com. Breaking Mel Gibson's racist rants and sharing inspiring photos of stars volunteering in places like Ethiopia, Haiti and New Orleans, Radar is a bona fide authority on which celebrities can expect gifts and who can expect coal in their stockings this year.
Who's Been Bad?
Mel Gibson's caught-on-tape meltdown catapults him to the top of this year's naughty list, as the Oscar winner inadvertently starred in an instant horror classic. The Mel tapes, published exclusively by RadarOnline, featured the actor coming unhinged for nearly 30 minutes of ranting, raving, screaming and bizarre heavy breathing, plus racist and misogynist comments. It all happened during his breakup from Oksana Grigorieva, and while romances come and go, some things, like audio, last forever.
When it comes to headline-making bad behavior, Charlie Sheen is a perennial stalwart. The 'Two and a Half Men' star had a memorable 2010, first bargaining his way out of felony charges (to a single misdemeanor) from his domestic violence arrest, then capping things off with a very strange night in a New York hotel with porn star Capri Anderson. That night led to Anderson filing a police complaint against Sheen, who was taken to a hospital and later filed a lawsuit against his one-night companion.
Tony Parker's alleged numerous infidelities caused wife Eva Longoria to file for divorce in November. The NBA star moved into the Big Leagues of Bad Behavior when Eva revealed he was exchanging inappropriate texts with the wife of former teammate Brent Barry. Though Erin Barry denies an affair with Parker, Brent filed for divorce in late October.
Courteney Cox's husband made a new friend in 2010, and it turned out to be a scandalous move. Surprising everyone, Cox and Arquette announced they were separated. Then, proving discretion is not one of his attributes, David went on Howard Stern's satellite radio program and revealed he slept with wannabe actress Jasmine Waltz while "on a break" from Courteney. (Hello, Rachel and Ross?) Everyone knows it's not nice to kiss and tell, but it's even worse when the other woman publicly gives you a ho-hum rating, which Waltz did!
Jesse broke the hearts of both Sandra Bullock and America when his many infidelities hit the news shortly after Bullock sang his praises at the Oscars. His affair with heavily-tattooed stripper Michelle "Bombshell" McGee made many question his sanity and led to a quick divorce. Not even a tear-filled interview on 'Nightline' could generate public sympathy for the biker mogul. He has since moved his family to Austin to be nearer to Sandra and son Louis, whose adoption James and Bullock began together.
Taylor Momsen went from adorable child actor in Shake 'N Bake commercials to an innocent up-and-comer in 'Gossip Girl' straight to the bad behavior list thanks to her antics as singer for the band Pretty Reckless. The group's adult sound and style raised eyebrows over the past year. The 17-year-old even ripped open her shirt during one performance; now we know why the band is called Pretty Reckless.
Randy & Evi Quaid
We're not sure if they're naughty or just downright nutty, but either way the Quaids belong on this list simply for pure entertainment value. They spent the year dodging and eventually facing court actions over charges they skipped out on a hotel bill and burglary. That gave the dynamic duo a forum to espouse some pretty out-there views, including that Hollywood's top actors were being murdered by "star whackers."
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Arrest warrants issued. Missed court dates. Jail time. A failed drug test. Fake alibis and bad excuses. Lindsay could have landed on anyone's naughty list for any one of those reasons, but she guaranteed her selection here with a year filled with bad behavior. After missing a mandatory court date, the actress was sent to jail and later forced to wear a SCRAM bracelet. When the bracelet went off, Lindsay swore it malfunctioned. She also claimed a dirty drug test was inaccurate. The 'Mean Girls' star finally fessed up and finished the year in the Betty Ford Center, courtesy of a judge's order.
Maybe he should just stick to singing. John Mayer certainly made a case for that sentiment when he managed to offend a large portion of the population with a ridiculously juvenile Playboy interview early in the year. After calling Jessica Simpson "sexual napalm," the singer casually tossed around the N-word and launched into a bizarre monologue, calling his, um, member a "white supremacist."
Who's Been Good?
In August, Sandra Bullock cut the ribbon on the new high school she helped rebuild in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She and other donors raised more than $700,000 for the new facility. Earlier in the summer, she made a surprise appearance at a benefit for flood recovery in Nashville, strapping on a guitar before introducing the night's host, Faith Hill. The event raised $2 million. And while Jesse James created a scandalous public spectacle with his cheating, Sandra stayed classy, never trashed him and quietly divorced.
Taylor Swift had a stellar year with a hit record, a hit tour and a new beau in movie star Jake Gyllenhaal, but she also excelled at spreading her good fortune throughout the world. In May, she donated $500,000 to Nashville flood relief efforts. She also handled the Kanye West controversy in a classy way, penning a song of forgiveness, which she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.
Prince William made the world swoon when he finally proposed to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton and gave her Princess Diana's ring. Proving he's not just a pretty face, the young royal has remained committed to his military duties and his charity work -- he even helped save a man's life in November as part of a helicopter rescue mission. He also has been applauded for his protective instincts toward Middleton and her family, going to great lengths to include them in decision-making and to prepare them for the trappings of royal life.
Kate Middleton has handled the intense media scrutiny of her nearly decade-long courtship with grace, even good-naturedly joking about their lengthy relationship in her post-engagement television interview alongside Prince William. She also put the British public at ease with her promise to mind her royal duties and work hard to live up to the privilege and responsibility of being a royal. Her first act of business: Attending a Christmas carol charity benefit in William's place.
Lady Gaga is often in the news for her antics, bizarre outfits and questionable comments, but the singer also has a heart of gold. She has been a strong advocate for gay and lesbian rights (she actively lobbied for months to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed) and AIDS awareness. In September, after one of her concerts, she met a fan named Noelle who has leukemia. After spending some quality time together, Gaga gave Noelle some shoes to boost her morale. "These are your chemo shoes!" Lady Gaga told her. "Next time you have to go to chemo, walk in there wearing these and remember you're are a superstar. No illness can take your inner-beauty or your spirit of life away. You are beautiful!"
George Clooney was honored at this year's Emmys with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award for his extensive charity work. Following the earthquake in Haiti, Clooney worked tirelessly to put together an A-list lineup for his Hope For Haiti telethon -- an event that reportedly raised $57 million and was broadcast to 640 million homes worldwide. Clooney himself donated $1 million.
Matt Damon has been on a mission to provide impoverished communities with clean drinking water through his organization Water.org. He also works with Save the Children to raise money for people fleeing poverty and political turmoil in Zimbabwe. He was recently honored for his good deeds at a fundraiser in Connecticut.
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Oprah put all her might behind her "No Phone Campaign" to make roads safer by getting people to stop texting and talking on the phone while driving. The media queen made many of her guests sign a pledge, including Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
Brad Pitt continues to bring his megastar money and efforts to New Orleans through his Make It Right charity, which focuses on building eco-friendly homes in New Orleans' 9th Ward -- an impoverished neighborhood that was ravaged by Hurrcane Katrina. Brad also took New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on a tour of the Make It Right homes and then later met with local residents.
He's rich, dates beautiful women, is at the center of practically every A-list event and has his own reality TV show. But the man who seemingly has everything has devoted a large part of his life to helping others get what they need. It would be easier to put together a list of charities Simmons is not involved with rather than list the myriad causes he supports with his name, money and hard work. Suffice it to say, fighting homelessness, AIDS, violence and supporting the arts are just a few of the projects he not only devotes time to but also brings in his celebrity pals. "I find the more I give, the more I get back," he said about his charity work -- that's how you land on the "nice" list!
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