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Jon Gosselin’s ego takes Manhattan

Cue the eye-rolling: Jon Gosselin continued his long march through Manhattan nightlife when he hit the In Touch Weekly’s Icons and Idols Video Music Awards after-party Sept. 13.

The “Jon & Kate Plus 8” dad got off to a bad start before he was even off the red carpet, when he was overheard asking reporters to “please write something nice about me.”

That request might have been possible to fulfill if Gosselin didn’t proceed to behave in egregiously attention-seeking ways.

Exhibit A: Gosselin, when not lighting a cigarette for any female within lighter’s reach, loudly discussed his dislike of celebrities’ egos.

“I hate when celebrities make a big deal of themselves,” he said. “When I talk to Diddy, I'm just like ‘Hey Sean, no big deal.’”

Exhibit B: Gosselin, who’s been known to head out on the town with a paparazzo as his plus-one, saw to it that he posed for many photos as possible with “fans.”

One woman in particular was taking a picture in his general vicinity when someone from Gosselin’s entourage approached, saying, “It looks like you might want a picture of Jon. He’s happy to do it. Come over to him and have your picture taken.”

Taylor Swift and Kanye West — what’s next?
At best, the public saw Kanye West’s endorsement of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video during Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech as an act of extreme entitlement. At worst, West’s upstaging of Swift’s moment can be viewed as fantastically rude and thoroughly childish.

But for the producers of the world, the incident has opportunity written all over it. Several production companies are now in a race to get Swift onstage for their shows — awards shows and New Years’ Eve shows alike — either to do a duet of some sort with West or with Beyonce.

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Before doing so, they may want to wait a few days and gauge the response to West's appearance on "The Jay Leno Show" debut.

Reports from some country radio stations claim “Leno could be Dixie Chicked by country radio” if the talk-show host seems supportive of West. The Dixie Chicks, of course, caused controversy in 2003 when they spoke out against the invasion of Iraq and then-President George W. Bush. According to Wikipedia, the ensuing controversy cost the group half of their concert attendance, and they received hate mail and at least one death threat.

As for Beyonce: Though most agree the move to bring Swift onstage to resume her acceptance speech was a classy one, some have speculated whether it was Beyonce’s idea or one her management came up with.

“It was all Beyonce’s idea. Kanye embarrassed her by bringing her name into it,” said a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation. “She wanted to make it right.”

Gerard Butler disses Kim Kardashian Also at the In Touch party: Gerard Butler, who’s been in New York for several weeks now filming “The Bounty.”

Butler was the picture of perfect behavior, right down to his very polite dismissal of Kim Kardashian.

One of Kardashian’s people approached Butler to say that Kardashian wanted to meet the “300” star. “No thank you,” was all Butler had to say about that.

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