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Celebrities who should zip their lips

Stars such as Megan Fox, Spencer Pratt and Katherine Heigl just can't seem to keep their mouths shut.

Megan Fox

“Transformers” actress takes aim at blockbuster success and holding onto her sexiest woman alive status.

Back in the old days, movie studios worried their stars would say something idiotic so they had them zip it and trotted out publicists to do the talking. Megan Fox is the kind of star that makes you realize why that idea once existed. Fox has made so many witless statements that Co-Ed Magazine put together a David Letterman-style top 10 list of her “quotes that will make you go hmmm.” Fox’s quips about bisexuality are beyond confused and her screeds about unflushed toilets and the like are really gross. Couldn’t get any worse, could it? Yes, it could. Fox also said something that managed to offend the very person who made her a star, “Transformers” director Michael Bay. Fox apparently felt Bay relied too much on special effects for the films, rather than the acting of the stars. Um, Megan, didja think that maybe he was trying to tell you something?

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga’s music might be a bit one-note, but she makes up for it with interviews that are all over the place. On the one hand, she’s all about the sex, talking to Rolling Stone about how she’s bisexual, and then telling a U.K. interviewer about the only quality she looks for in a man (hint: it’s sexual); yet she has no time for men because she “makes love to (her) music.” Fair enough. But when the aforementioned U.K. interviewer asked whether she’d rather give up sex, fame or music, she took offense: “I think that question is kind of ridiculous,” she sniffed. “I’m a quite complex woman.” Lady Gaga clearly learned Madonna’s game of making every interview an event, but she sure isn’t playing it well. Madonna at least came off like she knew what she was talking about. Gaga’s ridiculous pronouncements make her music seem less like the clever pop-art project some claim and more like commercial product that’s being (poorly) overhyped.

Kanye West

**FILE**Kanye West performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' concert series at New York's Lincoln Center on Sept. 2, 2005. West, Mariah Carey and John Legend picked up a leading eight Grammy nominations each, as the nominations were announced in New York Thursday, Dec.8, 2005.(AP Photo/Michael Kim)Michael Kim / AP

If you’re a recording artist and you want to be the voice of your generation, you probably shouldn’t go around telling people you think you’re the voice of your generation, as Kanye West did last year. It just sounds presumptuous. But West has made so many over-the-top statements that a rumor emerged in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death that West said he was the new “King of Pop.” West never said that, but the fact that people believed he did exemplifies that people think his bragging has no bounds. Years ago, rappers were known for the words they threw down on records. West is now best known for the words he speaks to the press. One good example of this was singled out by the blog Amy Grindhouse. Said West: “I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. I have to be in a way more grimy environment to turn any rap music on.” Well, at least he wasn’t self-promoting this time.

Spencer Pratt

TV personality Spencer Pratt arrives at a Taco Bell in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles to raise awareness and funds for World Hunger Relief Week on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)Matt Sayles / R-SAYLES

Wait, did we just talk trash about Kanye? We didn’t mean to be so hard. Next to Spencer Pratt, West really does look like the “King of Pop,” since West actually has discernable talent. Reality star Pratt parlayed his preppie good looks into C-list celebrity, but couldn’t stop at just being a tabloid fixture. No, he had to try and become a hip-hop star and while he was doing it, claim: “I think I’m the future of hip-hop. You know, I feel bad for saying that. That’s unfortunate, but that’s a fact.” In the same interview, he also said he thought his co-reality star (and wife) Heidi bested Beyoncé as a singer, since Beyoncé had to get her start with a group (the horror!) while Heidi was a sister doing it for herself (my wording, but you get the idea). Using that logic, isn’t she better than Paul McCartney, too? Pratt has racked up so many lame quotations that Hollywood Gossip has put together a whole page of ’em. Happy reading!

Katherine Heigl

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Just a few years ago, nobody knew who Heigl was. So after hitting it big on “Grey’s Anatomy” and the silver screen, you’d think she’d be grateful. You’d be wrong. Almost from the moment her name went household, Heigl’s engaged in what the Washington Post has termed “rude, abrasive and spoiled” behavior. She trashed the scripts she was given in “Grey’s Anatomy” and even withdrew her name from the Emmy Award nominations, because she didn’t feel she “was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination.” Er, OK. Then she badmouthed a movie in which she starred, “Knocked Up,” all of which inspired a chastising open letter from New York magazine’s Emma Rosenblum. After that, Heigl complained about her “cruel and mean” TV shooting schedule to David Letterman. But former TV producer Ken Levine shot her down when he publicly reminded everyone that Heigl’s schedule for television was difficult because of her own doing. Oops.