5 October 2012
Celebrity Heat Index: Royals roiled by topless tempest
USA TODAY reported
2012 - Fallout from racy royal photos ruled in September on the Celebrity Heat Index, which measures media exposure. USA TODAY rounds up the month's top headliners.
Top newsmakers and their scores:
1. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (545). Not the kind of media splash she had hoped for: Topless pics of Kate hit newsstands in Europe as she travels across Asia and the Pacific Rim with hubby Prince William.
2. Kristen Stewart (277). The actress makes her first public appearance after cheating scandal; tabloids speculate that she and ex, Robert Pattinson, might be getting back together.
3. Robert Pattinson (229). See No. 2
4. Kourtney Kardashian (226). She continues to be the subject of intense media scrutiny, including her life with baby daughter Penelope, son Mason and fiancé Scott Disick.
5. Jessica Simpson (215). The new mom debuts her post-pregnancy body on premiere of Katie Couric's talk show and chats about her gig as a Weight Watchers spokesperson.
6. Blake Lively (197). She and Ryan Reynolds foil all the gossip girls out there: They surprise the media with news of their wedding at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Sept. 9.
7. Tom Cruise (183). The actor's post-divorce life and relationship with daughter Suri keeps the media speculation machine in overdrive.
8. Khloe Kardashian (167). Her struggles with infertility are featured in her reality show finale, and the drama is irresistible to some media outlets.
9. Ryan Reynolds (164). See No. 6
10. Heidi Klum (163). The Project Runway host confirms her relationship with her bodyguard Martin Kristin.
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