Cristina Gibson is penning the Awful Truth for Ted Casablanca while he's on vacation. Casablanca will return, probably bitchier than before he left, on Dec. 5.

Paris Hilton

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The holidays are officially upon us, and ‘tis the season for giving—and receiving, right?

The celebs backstage at the AMA Talent Lounge last week certainly thought so. See, showing up to present an award on national television is tough work, so the stars get handsomely rewarded with tons of freebies.

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie presented and partied separately that night, but at least their style was in sync. See, Paris chose a pair of lilac shades from the eyewear array Solstice Sunglasses was offering. And later on, performer Lionel Richie swung through the suite and just so happened to pick the same exact pair for Nicole.

Nicole Richie

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Cute, right? But not so cute, in my unasked-for opinion, was the nickname he used for his daughter. Yes, the name he referred to Nic by was…"Poop."

"Don’t tell anyone," he said, "but that’s what we call her." Really? To her face?

Because I’d be kinda offended if my fam gave me that moniker. Wonder how on earth she got that pet name?  

Nic’s also givin’ nicknames to people herself, it seems, by a recent blog she posted—and has since removed—on her official MySpace page.

And speaking of nicknames, seems Nic’s been channeling her inner Awful-ite and penning Blinds of her own, such as the following:

BLIND ITEM
What 35 year old raisin face whispers her order of 3 peices of asparagus for dinner at Chateau everynight, and hides her deathly disorder by pointing the finger at me, and used her last paycheck I wrote her to pay for a publisist instead of a nutritionist?
HINT: Her nickname is lettucecup...

Rachel Zoe

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So, her spelling ain’t so hot, but she does have a deliciously wicked way with words. This bitchy barb could be aimed at her former stylist, Rachel Zoe, who is right around that age and with whom Nic recently parted paths.

Whomever it is Nicole's referring to, all I can say is she's been looking much better, fashion-wise and weight-wise, since her split with Rachel.

Joel Madden, Hilary Duff

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And speaking of splitsville, Hilary Duff and Joel Madden are over. While deejayiing at a club in Chicago, Joel told peeps Hil dumped him and the split was over "age differences."

See, Hil happens to be 19, while Joel’s a more mature 27.

He’s also been sober for two years. Hil, on the other hand, isn’t even legal yet.

He’s hung up his party shoes altogether, while she’s just tryin' hers on for size, so can’t say I blame the gal.

Kate Beckinsale

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Kate Beckinsale, thankful last weekend for the sprawling selection of designer duds at Fred Segal in Santa Monica. The glam girl flew solo on her shopping adventures through the hip store. The English mum was headin' toward warmer climes and purchased dresses, a cami and some undies to rack up a star-size tab. Also droppin’ dollars at the same boutique was...

Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff, newly single and perhaps doing a little retail therapy. She was shopping with her mama and two femme friends. Hil opted for some L.A.-cliché Juicy Couture as well as a Disney Vintage tee, perhaps payin’ homage to the network where she got her first big break. Saving coin by scoring swag was...

Jamie Foxx

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Jamie Foxx, butchin’ it up backstage. The Talent Lounge at the AMAs. Don’t think just 'cause Jamie gave an über-emotional performance during the show that he’s not a guy’s guy! Reps from Mossy Oak assumed he wouldn’t want the gratis hunting gear they were giving, but J.F. set them straight. "I’m from Texas...I love to go hunting!" he said, before stocking up on the goods. Down in the actual Lone Star State himself was...

Dancing With the Stars, Karina Smirnoff, Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez, fightin’ off those Thanksgiving carbs. 24 Hour Fitness in Houston. Mario rocked shorts, a jacket and a baseball cap pre-workout. But after things got hot and sweaty, the muscular man ditched his jacket and spent the rest of his workout sporting a wife-beater à la Kevin Federline. Guess those muscles and abs don’t come naturally...Glad to know he has to work it like the rest of us!

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