Donald Trump Ups His Offer to Obama & Other Celebrity Publicity Stunts

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Donald Trump Ups His Offer to Obama & Other Celebrity Publicity Stunts

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Too bad there's no 12-step program for celebrities who are addicted to media attention. Donald Trump might be the first to join.

"Hi, I'm The Donald and I say ridiculous things to make headlines."

After hyping his intention to make a juicy announcement, the real estate tycoon offered Wednesday to donate $5 million to the charity of President Barack Obama's choice if the POTUS made his college and passport records public. Last night the billionaire offered to go even higher on David Letterman's "The Late Show."

"I assume and I hope that his records are perfect," Trump told the Hoosier. "He picks up $5 million for charity. $5 million. From me. Immediate. Check written. I'd even go more to be honest; there, you have a scoop."

Letterman went along with the gag and asked the "Celebrity Apprentice" host, "Would you give him one of those giant checks?"

Humor aside, we all know the so-called scoop Trump gave Letterman was as much for his benefit as the talk show host's. Though "David Letterman" was one of the top Internet searches today, his guest managed to give his loony publicity stunt longer legs.

But Donald Trump is not the only celebrity who crave the media spotlight. Here are some other stars who have a habit of saying and doing things just to get noticed.

Kim Kardashian

To paraphrase the old orange juice commercial, a day without headlines is like a day without sunshine for the most famous member of the Kardashian family. The curvy brunette could win a gold medal for creativity when it comes to getting media attention. In just the past year or so, she has gotten married, filed for divorce, dated a rapper, pretended she wanted to run for mayor, got flour bombed by animal rights activists, worn scads of skin-tight outfits, had her butt x-rayed and posed half naked with her sisters for a Sears ad.


How many stars would go so far as to have a baby just to get the paparazzi to pay attention? While we don't suggest the Guidette became a mama to gain publicity, it helped the "Jersey Shore" star keep the media focused on her. She pranced through her pregnancy with her signature claws, high heels and clingy clothes; and within days of giving birth, she tweeted a picture of her ballooning belly with the caption, "I'm going to burst."

Just this week, the real-life Nicole Polizzi appeared on the "Today" show and hinted her party days may be numbered. "We want him to have a normal life where he goes to school, you know, has friends, girlfriends," Snooki gabbed to Savannah Guthrie about her baby's future. "I want him to have the learning experiences that we did growing up. So I want it to be as normal as possible."

Perhaps. But we wouldn't be surprised if there's a reality show in the family's future. Describing her two-month old baby, Snooki said, "He just always craves attention and I feel like that's me."

Could there be a new momager in our midst?

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