‘Showbiz Tonight’ and Celebuzz Countdown: The Top 3 Buzzmakers of the Week

By Celebrity News Wire on January 25, 2013

Paula Deen and her family lost nearly 200lbs, LL Cool J opened up to Oprah about his childhood abuse and Manti Te’o finally explained the hoax behind his fake girlfriend.

Count down the week’s top buzzmakers with Showbiz Tonight host, AJ Hammer.

No 3. - Paula Deen – Being called the ‘slim down queen,’ the TV chef for a love of butter got healthy. Deen and her family reveal in the latest issue of People magazine that they have lost a combined 178lbs.

No 2. - LL Cool J – In a new episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, rapper LL Cool J talks for the first time about the crazy incident when he took down a man who broke into his home. He also opens up about his painful childhood abuse. The full episode airs on Sunday, Jan. 27 on Oprah’s OWN.

No 1. - Manti Te’o – The Notre Dame football star sat down with Katie Couric to discuss the dating hoax that he got caught up in. During the interview, Te’o explains how the person, who was pretending to be his girlfriend, rationalized the whole thing once the secret was revealed. “He didn’t say why, he just explained that he wanted to help people and that was his way of helping people, by being someone that he wasn’t and connecting with someone on a different level to help them out. Obviously it didn’t really help me out, I was speechless,” Te’o told Couric.

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