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  1. Up a 'Creek'

    After six years of marriage, actor James Van Der Beek, best known for his work on "Dawson's Creek," and Heather McComb divorced in November 2009. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Usher-ed out

    R&B singer Usher Raymond, better known simply as Usher, filed for divorce from his wife, former hairstylist Tameka Foster, in June. The couple split after photos surfaced of the star with Island Def Jam staffer Grace Miguel.

    The couple, who have two sons, faced controversy from the beginning, as Raymond's mom was explicitly unsupportive of their 2007 wedding. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. No 'Middle' ground

    Actress Jane Kaczmarek and actor Bradley Whitford filed for divorce in December 2009. Whitford is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Josh Lyman on "The West Wing," and Kaczmarek played the crazy mom on "Malcolm in the Middle." The couple were married for 17 years and have three chidren. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for CDG) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Pricey 'Milkshake'

    Singer Kelis filed for divorce from rapper Nas (real name Nasir Jones) when she was seven months pregnant with the couple's son. The hip-hop couple reportedly reconciled briefly, but then seperated again. The "Milkshake" singer asked Nas for $72,728 in spousal support, according to TMZ, and they are currently battling it out in court. (Vince Bucci / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Secret alliance

    Music executive Justin Siegel filed for divorce after a year and a half of marriage to actress Emmy Rossum, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking spousal support. The couple, who wed secretly and were issued a confidential marriage license, split in August, according to sources close to them. Rossum has now been linked romantically to Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz. (Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A 'Jungle' out there

    Actors Lindsay Price and Josh Radnor met in 2007 when she appeared in his hit sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother," and began dating a year and a half later. The relationship fizzled out after about a year, and sources close to the couple said Pierce, who starred in the now-cancelled show "Lipstick Jungle," ended it. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Not-so-rosy picture

    Rosie O'Donnell and her longtime girlfriend Kelli Carpenter married in San Francisco in 2004, and separated in 2009. Carpenter moved out of the couples' Manhattan condo with their youngest child, and RadarOnline.com reports that O'Donnell's mood swings caused the split.

    The couple have four children, three who were adopted and one that was born to Carpenter with the help of a sperm donor. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Separate countries

    Country music stars Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks split in November 2009, after dating for about a year. PEOPLE.com reported that the couple just "needed some time apart" to focus on their respective careers. (Frederick Breedon / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Relationship malfunction

    Janet Jackson and music executive and rapper Jermaine Dupri ended their seven-year relationship shortly after the death of Michael Jackson. During an interview with an Atlanta radio station, Jackson said the two remain amicable. "Jermaine is one of my best friends," she said. "I love him to death. We're still connected. We're still good friends. We still talk." (Getty Images / Getty Images for Atlantis, The P) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. New man for LeAnn

    After seven years of marriage, singer and actress LeAnn Rimes and dancer Dean Sheremet divorced, when news broke that she was having an affair with her "Northern Lights" co-star, Eddie Cibrian. Rimes and Cibrian later went public with their relationship. (Rick Diamond / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Sour note for 'Piano Man'

    The May-December marriage of musician Billy Joel and author and chef Katie Lee Joel ended in June after five years. This was the third marriage for the "Piano Man," and rumors swirled that Joel and his wife, who is 33 years his junior, were growing apart as she spent more time with an Israeli designer. (Joe Corrigan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Jon minus nine

    "Jon and Kate Plus 8" stars the Gosselins filed divorce papers after 10 years of marriage. The relationship, which ended in a very public, messy way, had been full of tension for a long time, as viewers saw on their reality show. Though the couple denied them, rumors swirled about both Jon and Kate having affairs, and Jon went on to have a string of short-term relationships. (Mark Arbeit / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. End of story for Corey

    It's hard to be shocked that the marriage between Susie Sprague and former teen star Corey Feldman ended after seven years. The couple met in 2002 in a nightclub, and wed on the set of "The Surreal Life," in a ceremony offciated by MC Hammer and a rabbi.

    Sprague has filed for sole custody of their 5-year-old son and is asking for spousal support.

    "Corey is deeply hurt and saddened by this unexpected change in their relationship, and has done nothing to contribute to the demise of the marriage," Feldman's rep said in a statement. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. So complicated

    Pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, who married when Lavigne was 21, divorced in September 2009, after three years of marriage. The couple took to social networking sites to explain that the split was amicable. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Sex, drugs and divorce

    Amy Winehouse's troubled marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil finally ended in August 2009. Reports cited Fielder-Civil's lawyer as saying "Amy's adultery" was the impetus for the divorce, while Winehouse was quoted by a London tabloid as saying that their marriage was based on drugs. Fielder-Civil acknowledged in earlier reports that he introduced the singer to heroin and crack cocaine. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images for MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Knoxville knocked out

    "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville (real name Philip John Clapp) filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years, Melanie Clapp, in 2007. The split was finalized in 2009, after he agreed to pay her $6,000 a month in child support. The couple will share joint custody of their daughter. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Dancing solo

    Television personalities and professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, left, and Karina Smirnoff broke up after dating for about a year. The duo, known for their work on "Dancing With the Stars," were engaged and planning to wed at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Penns written off

    Actor Sean Penn filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, Robin Wright Penn, for the second time in two years. The couple began initial divorce proceedings in December 2007, but decided to reconcile. Rumors of the second split started when Penn didn’t mention his wife during his Oscar acceptance speech for “Milk.” He cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking joint custody of their two children. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The passion of the Gibsons

    Actor Mel Gibson's wife of 28 years, Robyn, filed for divorce in April, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have seven children. The Gibsons are currently in the midst of a court battle, as Robyn vies for a share of his $900 million fortune. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Jilted Jessica

    Instead of getting a gift on the eve of her 29th birthday, singer Jessica Simpson got a broken heart. Her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, broke up with her and, according to US Weekly, officially banned the star from his home two weeks later. The couple began dating in 2007. (Tony Gutierrez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Painful parting

    In the most explosive breakup of 2009, singers Chris Brown and Rihanna ended their relationship after Brown assaulted her in February, leaving her bloodied and bruised. Rihanna reportedly considered getting back together with Brown, but changed her mind after speaking with friends and family. In June, Brown pled guilty to one count of felony assault. (Scott Gries / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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    Slideshow (22) Jon and Kate Gosselin
By The Scoop
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updated 12/18/2009 1:49:57 PM ET 2009-12-18T18:49:57

After filing papers in June to end their 10-year marriage, Jon and Kate Gosselin’s divorce became final on Friday.

The Associated Press reported that a lawyer for Kate said she gets the family home in eastern Pennsylvania in the no-fault agreement.

Lawyer Mark Momjian said the mother of eight will continue as the primary caretaker of the reality TV couple's 9-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets, the AP reports. Momjian said the Gosselins worked out custody arrangements but let an arbiter decide financial issues. He said Kate is relieved and excited about restructuring her life.

“Divorce is always a difficult process, and in this case there’s obviously the added challenge of being a celebrity and having to deal with the reality of such a large family,” Momjian told The Associated Press. “But I know she is very excited about restructuring her life and looking forward to the new year.”

One item of contention in the divorce didn’t surface until late in the game: Jon’s gun. Jon was recently spotted shooting a .38 pistol on the property he and Kate own in Wernersville, Penn. On Thursday, a judge issued a court order barring the gun from the property. Expect that ban to remain in effect as part of the divorce agreement. The source said that it’s been agreed the gun is not allowed in the house with the kids.

As for how the divorce might affect TLC’s relationship with Jon and Kate, the network had no comment, but a production source doesn’t foresee a scenario where the network would change its stance. For now, they have plans only for the new series centered around Kate that could debut this spring, and “have no plans to shoot the kids,” according to that source.

The couple had previously spoken on their show of plans to take turns with the children in their sprawling new home in Wernersville, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia. However, Momjian declined to say whether that remains the plan.

“This is her home now,” Momjian said. However, he added, “she clearly wants the children to be involved in both parents’ lives.”

In a statement issued by her lawyer’s firm, Kate Gosselin called the marital breakup difficult.

“I am very relieved that our divorce has been finalized, and I look forward to the new year, focusing on the children,” said Kate Gosselin, a former nurse. “This has been a challenging transition for all of us.”

William Shatner’s ears are ringing
You wouldn’t know it from William Shatner’s mellow delivery of Sarah Palin’s tweets on “The Tonight Show,” but Shatner suffers from tinnitus, a persistent, incurable ringing of the ear.

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Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings “It began 17 years ago,” Shatner told GQ magazine, and likened it to “the loud sound of an unoccupied radio station or television station … but there is a harder element to it. I think of it as an evil sound. I’m listening to it now. It’s like a fuse … SHITCH-ssssssssssssssssss … going on and on and on and on, and you LIVE in the anticipation of the explosion that fuse is crawling toward.”

Shatner said the sound never changes, except for the first five or six years, when it became steadily louder. Shatner, poetically, told the magazine about the sounds it prevents him from hearing. He said he “would never experience a silent night again. Those moments out in the country, the starlit sky, the sound of a single cricket, were gone. Or those nights where there was only the breeze on the waves of the sea: gone. … I have to work to discriminate between what I am hearing in my head and the sound that is occurring outside my head. It is horrific.”

Weekend box office
There’s only one movie that matters this weekend: “Avatar.” The much anticipated James Cameron flick opens wide, in 3,453 theaters.

Since the film will run with a 3-D premium on ticket prices, you can look for it to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million.

“Did You Hear About the Morgans?” will be worshiping at the altar of counterprogramming. The Hugh Grant-Sarah Jessica Parker film doesn’t stand a chance of besting “Avatar,” but since “Morgans” will open on 2,718 screens, it’s may make some financial impression if enough of the non-sci-fi crowd hits the theaters.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc

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