December 9, 2009
Posted: 01:51 AM ET
(CNN) - Out of all the headline-grabbing celebrities this year, HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" has chosen Jon Gosselin as the most provocative.
Gosselin was crowned the winner from a competitive pool that included former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, singer Chris Brown, disgraced beauty queen Carrie Prejean and Michael Jackson.
"Jon Gosselin was the tabloid train-wreck gift who just kept on giving!" said "Showbiz Tonight" senior executive producer David Levine. "It was almost like he was begging for attention. Divorce Kate? Check. Date the 22-year old daughter of your wife's plastic surgeon? Check. Consider doing another reality show with fellow train-wreck Michael Lohan? Check. It was almost like he was writing the script for the eventual TV movie about his life."
"Showbiz Tonight's" most provocative celebrity is chosen on the basis of who generated the most continuous shock and interest throughout 2009 and which celebrity's very name sparked a visceral reaction in the general public.
Jon Gosselin, who rose to fame as the embattled husband on the reality television show, "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," fulfilled all of those criteria and then some this year.
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