07:49 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 10/12/2013 11:00AM
Baby news makes everybody happy, just as satirizing a pop star is a pretty sure bet to bring on the belly laughs.
But what really caused shockwaves was the past history of a now-popular TV host.
Here are this week's five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from PEOPLE.com readers, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, and angry – to wow.
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Originally posted 10/05/2013 04:00PM
Hulk Hogan seems to be having a ball these days – and it's at Miley Cyrus's expense.
The wrestling star gleefully spoofed the twerktastic pop tart's infamous "Wrecking Ball" video by unleashing his own swinging homage to her provocative antics. Emphasis on swinging.
In an ad for his Web hosting service, Hostmania, Hogan, 60, mounts his very own wrecking ball, riding high while brandishing a fierce feather boa.
Not to be outdone by Cyrus, 20, who goes au naturel in her video, Hogan wears a thong in his, um, cheeky spoof, flashing his butt to viewers as he literally peddles his wares.
Originally posted 07/01/2013 10:00AM
With so many wedding chapels nearby it's a miracle Brooke Hogan didn't race from engagement to married in Vegas this weekend!
She was even already wearing white for the big moment.
Ecstatic shots on her instagram feed capture the moment when Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Phil Costa proposed on bended knee with the Paris hotel's Eiffel Tower in the background and then slipped the ring on his 25-year-old bride-to-be.
Originally posted 08/14/2011 09:25AM
Brooke Hogan has one thing to say to people who criticize her for her decision to unveil an arty nude photo in front of her father recently: leave me alone!
"Im SO sick of people saying me and my dad are in some perverted relationship," she Tweeted on Saturday morning, days after revealing the photo in Miami. "Go home and do your own thing! Stop picking on me!"
For his part, Hulk Hogan didn't scold his daughter for posing completely nude for PETA. In fact, he embraced the concept – sort of.
When Brooke, 23, brought her dad along to the unveiling of the photo at Miami's Cafeina Lounge on Thursday, Papa Hogan was actually photographed with the shot, a source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 05/20/2011 06:30PM
Hulk Hogan is mourning the loss of former pro wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage, who died in a car accident.
"I'm completely devastated," Hogan, 57, Tweeted on Friday, shortly after news broke of Savage's death at age 58. "After over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate."
Originally posted 12/15/2010 02:05PM
Moments before saying their "I do"s on Florida's Clearwater Beach Tuesday evening, Hulk Hogan and his bride Jennifer McDaniel were interrupted by a fight that prompted police to be called.
"Yes, police came to the scene but we have no details to report yet," a Clearwater police spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "The officer who answered the call has not written up his report. We have no further comment at this time."
The waterfront wedding behind Hogan's home was interrupted when a photographer tried to take pictures of the couple during the ceremony, TMZ.com reports. A family employee asked the photographer to leave, at which point the photographer allegedly put his forearm to the employee's throat, and a brawl broke out.
Originally posted 10/27/2009 08:55AM
Hulk Hogan admits he was nearly driven to suicide following his wife Linda's divorce filing in the fall of 2007 – a surprising admission the wrestling legend makes in a book dedicated to none other than his ex-wife.
"To Linda, I pray that you find peace and joy in life. I love you," Hogan writes on the dedication page of My Life Outside the Ring, a tell-all autobiography, co-authored by PEOPLE senior writer Mark Dagostino, that hits bookshelves Tuesday.
The affectionate dedication may come as a shock to fans who followed the couple's bitter divorce, which ended when they reached a settlement last July. Hogan describes that tumultuous period of his life, beginning with his son Nick's August 2007 car accident. Four months later, shortly after his wife Linda filed for divorce, Hogan found himself chasing Xanax pills with swigs of rum one weekend – while holding a gun in his hand.
Originally posted 07/28/2009 01:00PM
After nearly two years of contentious court dates and bitter feuding, Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) and his wife Linda settled their divorce Tuesday morning.
"The war is over," Linda Bollea told The Tampa Tribune after a hearing in downtown Clearwater, Fla. In a sign of peace, she even kissed her ex on the cheek in the courtroom. "I still love him. He's the father of my children," Bollea added.
Hogan, echoing his wife's surprisingly soft sentiment, told the paper, "When you're married to someone for 23 years ... you hope for the best .... We just got torn apart."
Originally posted 06/02/2009 08:15AM
Jon and Kate Gosselin aren't the first reality stars to face marital problems. Although audiences love the unscripted TV couples, the constant scrutiny can put the brakes on "happily ever after." Here are a few couples whose marriages couldn't survive another season.
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Aired: August 2003 to March 2005
Split: November 2005
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey became household names by adjusting to married life after their 2002 wedding. In the 41-episode series, Simpson played the "dumb blonde" while Lachey was the longsuffering husband.
Simpson and Lachey announced their separation just eight months after the last episode aired on MTV. In the divorce filing, Simpson cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason behind the split. Lachey later told USA Today that the reality show was a factor in the decision. "Jessica and I began playing these parts even when we were by ourselves," he said of their roles. "It became a really blurred line. There was a question about what truly was our reality."
Since the split, Lachey has been dating Vanessa Minnillo. Simpson briefly dated John Mayer and is now seeing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Originally posted 10/21/2008 09:00AM
Nick Hogan walked out of the Pinellas County jail in Clearwater, Fla., a free man early Tuesday morning after serving 166 days of an 8-month sentence for causing a serious traffic crash.
The 18-year-old son of pro wrestling star Hulk Hogan was met by his sister Brooke and flashed a peace sign as he left the facility at 12:30 a.m. He had no comment for reporters.
Nick, whose real last name is Bollea, had pleaded no contest in May to causing the August 2007 smashup. Authorities said he raced through a busy street and crashed his father's car, critically injuring a friend and former Marine who served in Iraq, John Graziano.
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