CTV Original Special STARS & SCANDALS THAT SHOOK 2012 Reveals the #1 Entertainment Story of 2012

— December 21, 2012

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Toronto (Dec. 21, 2012) – A stealth divorce, aKorean web sensation, a battle of the engagement rings, and countless courtappearances – 2012 was definitely a year for the gossip books! Following theseason finale of THE X FACTOR last night, CTV’s brand-new original special STARS & SCANDALS THAT SHOOK 2012 counteddown the 10 most-buzzed about entertainment stories of the year with theshocking split of Hollywood power couple, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes,clinching the #1 spot. Taped in front of a live audience, CTV entertainmentexperts Ben Mulroney, Tanya Kim, Traci Melchor, Danielle McGimsie, andcelebrity blogger Lainey candidly chatted about the Top 10 stories of the yearranging from Lindsay Lohan’s downward spiral, Gangnam Style and the 50 Shades of Grey phenomena, to theinfamous relationships between Chris Brown and Rihanna, theBrad-Angelina-Jennifer-Justin connection, and more!


Gossip-lovingviewers can catch encores of STARS &SCANDALS THAT SHOOK 2012 on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, Sunday, Dec.23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTVTwo, and Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local times). It is also available nowon CTV.ca, the CTV App, and on the CTV Mobilechannel.


**Media Note** Photography for STARS &SCANDALS THAT SHOOK 2012 is available online at BellMediaPR.ca


Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise during happier times


The Top 10 most jaw-dropping entertainment stories ofthe year are:


10. Honey Boo Boo Overnight Sensation

After her TLC series, HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO, beatout the Republican National Convention in ratings, it’s no wonder thispint-sized princess with a whole lot of attitude has become a householdname. 


9. Lindsay Lohan’s Downward Spiral

From violating probation, car crashes, court cases,and the recent flop of her film Liz &Dick, Li-Lo ruled the gossip sites this year for all the wrong reasons.


8. The Anthems that Rocked 2012 – PSY andCarly Rae Jepson

The infectious medley of Canadian artist Carly RaeJepson’s Call Me Maybe and Koreanphenomenon PSY’s internet sensation GangnamStyle swept the airwaves this year and kept everyone on their feet!


7. The Sexy 50 Shades of Grey Phenomenon

The hugely popular book 50 Shades of Grey began flying off bookshelves after igniting sexual imaginations all aroundthe world.


6. Chris Brown and Rihanna’s On/OffRelationship

After Chris Brown assaulted his then-girlfriendRihanna in 2009, the saga continues to captivate audiences as these top playersin the music industry appear to have reconciled after releasing a duet,attending concerts together, and even kissing each other during a televisedaward show.


5. Brad & Angelina vs. Jennifer &Justin

After years of competitive courtship and recentengagement announcements, the press cannot get enough of Jennifer Aniston andJustin Theroux and their “rival power couple,” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

4. The Royal Naked Scandals
From Prince Harry’s “crown jewels” in Vegas, to KateMiddleton’s nip slip in Provence, the world was transfixed by royal naked bitsin 2012. 


3. Tragic Death of Whitney Houston

Fans around the world were left shocked andheartbroken when news of pop queen Whitney Houston’s untimely death surfaced.


2. Twilight Romance Shakeup

Once those incriminating photos surfaced, there was nodenying that Twilight’s KristenStewart was caught in one of the biggest cheating scandals of the year. However,it appears Rob Pattinson has forgiven Stewart after appearing on red carpetstogether.

1. TomKat Surprise Split

OK, so perhaps the term “surprise” may be used a bitloosely here. But for the love of Xenu, the tearing apart of TomKat made someserious headlines.


Social Media Links:
Ben Mulroney – @BenMulroney1976
Tanya Kim – @Tanya_Kim
Danielle McGimsie – @MissDMcG
Traci Melchor – @stayfabulous
Lainey – @LaineyGossip


About CTV

CTV isCanada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news,sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’smost-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is adivision of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assetsin television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE:BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV canbe found on the network’s website at ctv.ca.


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For moreinformation, please contact:

Laura Catania, EntertainmentSpecialties, 416.384.3173 or laura.catania@bellmedia.ca

Amanda Rinaldo, Entertainment Specialties, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca



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