SEXIEST MAN ALIVE

"Thanks for confirming what I've known for years: Johnny Depp is the hottest specimen on the planet"

Jacqueline Huestis

via e-mail

What a fantastic choice! And what's sexiest about Mr. Depp, apart from his irresistible good looks and incredible acting range, is his devotion to his family.

Jessica Ralphs

via e-mail

PEOPLE, I must admit you got it right this year. Johnny Depp brings out the cougar in me.

Patricia King

Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

Johnny Depp is the whole package—inside and out. He is gorgeous, a gifted actor and musician, and he goes out of his way to spend time with his fans. He more than deserves your Sexiest Man accolade a second time.

Krista Nolan

Charleston, S.C.

I really enjoyed the photo spread of Jerry O'Connell in his red Speedo. It was laugh-out-loud funny and a nice break from the brooding "sexy guy" shots. Kudos to Jerry for not taking himself too seriously.

Tami Tate

Sand Springs, Okla.

Our country is obviously an extremely diverse place, and one day soon I would like to see an Asian, an African-American or a Hispanic on the cover of your Sexiest Man Alive issue.

Serrgio Wilson

via e-mail

SARAH PALIN

After Sarah and her family have been so unfairly treated in the media, your accurate glimpse into the lives of the Palins was most appreciated.

Jodi McNaughton

Encinitas, Calif.

So Sarah Palin is "like any other mom out there who loves her children more than anything else in the world—with an extra dose of patriotism and concern for America." Well, I'm surely not the only one who is fed up with her "more-American-than-thou" attitude.

Susan La Joie

Naperville, Il.

HEROES OF THE YEAR

Sexy celebrities may sell magazines, movies and CDs, but real-life heroes make the world a better place for all of us. Thanks for giving space to some folks who are heroes because of their hearts, not their physiques.

Tamar Abrams

Arlington, Va.

Your article about the positive effects of kidney donation was wonderful. Although I am a kidney donor myself, I was still amazed at the number of people who were willing to give up a part of their bodies in order to save another human being's life.

Julie Sindel

Howell, N.J.

I hope your readers will be encouraged to sign donor cards and look for other ways to help those tens of thousands in desperate need of transplants.

Susan Jordan

Milwaukee, Wisc.

'WHAT ABOUT? . . .'

While many readers praised our choice of Sexiest Man, others showed a deep (not Depp) passion for their own contenders for the crown.

ROBERT PATTINSON

Pattinson should have been the clear favorite. I could stare at him for hours.

Janet Bainbridge

Naperville, Ill.

GERARD BUTLER

He's by far the sexiest man out there, and thousands of women agree with me.

Susan Deming

via e-mail

SHEMAR MOORE

Shemar Moore is not only a fabulous actor, but he gives HOT a new meaning.

Linda Canup

Fenton, Mich.

MARK HARMON

He's been heating up the screen for decades and looked damn good doing it.

Maureen Walsh

Melrose, Mass.

Correction

In our Dec. 7 issue we misspelled the name of reality TV star Olivia Palermo. Also, in our Dec. 14 issue we gave an incorrect location for the restaurant Good Stuff Eatery. It is located in Washington, D.C. We regret the errors.