Entertainment: 2010's top stories

If 2009 was the year of celebrity deaths - Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze - then 2010 was marked by Hollywood bust-ups.

Some of the industry's more solid couples were among the long list that parted ways during 2010, including Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, Tiger woods and Elin Nordegren, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James and Eva Longoria and Tony Parker.

But for Stuff readers the biggest story of the year was the scandal surrounding broadcaster Paul Henry.

HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
THREE'S A CROWD: Les White, Ian Morris, and Dave Dobbyn in Southland during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.
THREE'S A CROWD: Les White, Ian Morris, and Dave Dobbyn in Southland during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.
STAGE PRESCENCE: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White, Bruce Hambling and Dave Dobbyn perform in Hamilton during their 2006 reunion tour.
STAGE PRESCENCE: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White, Bruce Hambling and Dave Dobbyn perform in Hamilton during their 2006 reunion tour.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White and Dave Dobbyn perform during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Ian Morris, Peter Urlich, Les White and Dave Dobbyn perform during Th'Dudes 2006 reunion tour.

The controversial broadcaster, who famously called Susan Boyle a retard, was initially suspended by TVNZ after saying Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand didn't look or sound like a real New Zealander.

The remark followed closely on the heels of the Breakfast star's comments about Indian minister Sheila Dikshit's last name, which sparked a diplomatic incident. The controversy ended with his resignation from TVNZ in October.

The third most viewed Stuff Entertainment story surrounded his occasional Breakfast co-presenter, Alison Mau.

HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
HAPPY COUPLE: Ian Morris with his wife Kim Willoughby in 2005.
HENRY SUSPENDED: Paul Henry was suspended by TVNZ after comments he made concerning Governor-General Anand Satyanand. Here, two protestors stand outside TVNZ offices demanding his suspension for the comments.
HENRY SUSPENDED: Paul Henry was suspended by TVNZ after comments he made concerning Governor-General Anand Satyanand. Here, two protestors stand outside TVNZ offices demanding his suspension for the comments.
LEAVING LONGORIA: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and husband Tony Parker are in the process of legally seperating.
LEAVING LONGORIA: Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and husband Tony Parker are in the process of legally seperating.
BINGLE IN THE BUFF: Lara Bingle sued after a nude photo of her was leaked.
BINGLE IN THE BUFF: Lara Bingle sued after a nude photo of her was leaked.
LESLIE NIELSEN GONE: Naked Gun Actor Leslie Nielsen tragically passed in November. He was 84.
LESLIE NIELSEN GONE: Naked Gun Actor Leslie Nielsen tragically passed in November. He was 84.
ALISON ANGRY: TV presenter Alison Mau hit out at gossip magazines on her TV One show Breakfast.
ALISON ANGRY: TV presenter Alison Mau hit out at gossip magazines on her TV One show Breakfast.
MODEL MAYHEM: Australia's Next Top Model's finale was marred by a blunder causing the wrong winner to be announced by presenter Sarah Murdoch. When she realized the mistake she was close to tears, although the mistaken winner Kelsey Martinovich was very calm and accepting.
MODEL MAYHEM: Australia's Next Top Model's finale was marred by a blunder causing the wrong winner to be announced by presenter Sarah Murdoch. When she realized the mistake she was close to tears, although the mistaken winner Kelsey Martinovich was very calm and accepting.
SANDRA SEPERATION: Actress Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James filed for divorce in April.
SANDRA SEPERATION: Actress Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James filed for divorce in April.
BELIEBERS: New Zealand was gripped by 'Biebermania' when he visited in April.  A fan stole his hat when he arrived in Auckland Airport, causing twitter hate all over the world.
BELIEBERS: New Zealand was gripped by 'Biebermania' when he visited in April. A fan stole his hat when he arrived in Auckland Airport, causing twitter hate all over the world.
COLEMAN DEAD: Gary Coleman tragically died at age 42 in May.
COLEMAN DEAD: Gary Coleman tragically died at age 42 in May.
BOSLEY PASSES: Happy Days Actor Tom Bosley sadly passed in October. He was 83.
BOSLEY PASSES: Happy Days Actor Tom Bosley sadly passed in October. He was 83.
TRUE BLOOD: Anna Paquin featured in this bloody nude Rolling Stone cover promoting her show True Blood.
TRUE BLOOD: Anna Paquin featured in this bloody nude Rolling Stone cover promoting her show True Blood.
JUST FRIENDS: Courtney Cox and David Arquette have recently separated, but are still technically married.
JUST FRIENDS: Courtney Cox and David Arquette have recently separated, but are still technically married.
CAPITAL: Brad Pitt was reportedly sighted in a Wellington Restaurant in July.
CAPITAL: Brad Pitt was reportedly sighted in a Wellington Restaurant in July.
LEWD LOHAN: Rumours sprung up in January about a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, but the tape never showed up.
LEWD LOHAN: Rumours sprung up in January about a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, but the tape never showed up.
BECKHAM BANTER: David Beckham was caught up in a divorce battle between a couple in October, with the "delusional" husband believing the wife was sleeping with Beckham.
BECKHAM BANTER: David Beckham was caught up in a divorce battle between a couple in October, with the "delusional" husband believing the wife was sleeping with Beckham.
NEXT TOP MODEL: Danielle Hayes won the second cycle of New Zealands Next Top Model in October, despite only entering the competition on a dare.
NEXT TOP MODEL: Danielle Hayes won the second cycle of New Zealands Next Top Model in October, despite only entering the competition on a dare.
BIZZARE BOYLE: British singing sensation Susan Boyle stunned passengers and staff at London's Heathrow Airport with her bizarre antics in January. She sang and danced and was asked to calm down by airport staff.
BIZZARE BOYLE: British singing sensation Susan Boyle stunned passengers and staff at London's Heathrow Airport with her bizarre antics in January. She sang and danced and was asked to calm down by airport staff.
HAIM PASSES: Actor Corey Haim tragically passed in March. He was 38.
HAIM PASSES: Actor Corey Haim tragically passed in March. He was 38.
IAN MORRIS DEAD: The Dudes guitarist Ian Morris died in October. He was 53.
IAN MORRIS DEAD: The Dudes guitarist Ian Morris died in October. He was 53.

Mau, who split from her husband, news reader Simon Dallow, earlier last year, hit out at a gossip magazine who she says hired a "creepy" paparazzi photographer to stalk her as rumours flew she was in a relationship with another woman.  Mau later confirmed that she was in a same-sex relationship with Karleen Edmonds. 

Stuff's second-biggest entertainment read was the scandal surrounding the release of a nude photo of Australian model Lara Bingle by AFL footballer Brendan Fevola to Australia's Woman's Day in March.

Bingle went on to sue Fevola for leaking the image, which had reportedly been circulating in football circles for years. But it later emerged that Bingle and her agent Max Markson had sold her story relating the nude photo to the same magazine for nearly A$200,000.

The year was not without its sad deaths either. New Zealand lost two talented musicians - Pauly Fuemana who tragically passed away in January and The Dudes guitarist Ian Morris died in October.

Offshore Different Strokes star Gary Coleman, 42, died after suffering a brain haemorrhage while 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim died age 38 following a career blighted by drug abuse.

Canadian comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of The Naked Gun, died age 84.

RELIGIOUS FULFILMENT: Leslie Nielsen arrives at the Odeon Leicester Square for the British Film Awards in London in this April 9, 2000 photo.
RELIGIOUS FULFILMENT: Leslie Nielsen arrives at the Odeon Leicester Square for the British Film Awards in London in this April 9, 2000 photo.
LASAGNE: Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack in his break-out comedy hit Airplane!
LASAGNE: Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack in his break-out comedy hit Airplane!
SHIRLEY NOT: Leslie Nielsen poses with Priscilla Presley during a benefit screening of Naked Gun 33 1/3 : The Final Insult.
SHIRLEY NOT: Leslie Nielsen poses with Priscilla Presley during a benefit screening of Naked Gun 33 1/3 : The Final Insult.
GREAT RESPONSIBILITY: Comic Actor Leslie Nielsen arriving at the premiere of 2007 film Superhero Movie.
GREAT RESPONSIBILITY: Comic Actor Leslie Nielsen arriving at the premiere of 2007 film Superhero Movie.
OIL JOB: Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
OIL JOB: Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
TOP OF THE WORLD: Actors Leslie Nielsen and Melinda McGraw spoofing a scene from Titanic on the set for 1998 film Wrongfully Accused.
TOP OF THE WORLD: Actors Leslie Nielsen and Melinda McGraw spoofing a scene from Titanic on the set for 1998 film Wrongfully Accused.
GOOD LUCK: Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen in an ad for the 1994 film The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.
GOOD LUCK: Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen in an ad for the 1994 film The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.
I’M A HAMSTER: Actor Leslie Nielsen with co-star Nicollette Sherdian in the 1996 film Spy Hard.
I’M A HAMSTER: Actor Leslie Nielsen with co-star Nicollette Sherdian in the 1996 film Spy Hard.
TORONTO, CA(NADA): Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen unveils his star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
TORONTO, CA(NADA): Canadian Actor Leslie Nielsen unveils his star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
FRANK TALK: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen joking around with former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
FRANK TALK: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen joking around with former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
I AM SERIOUS: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen becomes an officer in the Order of Canada by then Governer General Adreinne Clarkson in 2003.
I AM SERIOUS: Actor and Comedian Leslie Nielsen becomes an officer in the Order of Canada by then Governer General Adreinne Clarkson in 2003.

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