Celebrity gossip is often shocking. But there are always stories that everyone saw coming. Here are just a few of the most and least scandalous stories of the year.
Most: Amanda's bad behavior
Something not many people saw coming was the odd, and often illegal, behavior of former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes. The "What I Like About You" actress was arrested for DUI (but claims she doesn't drink -- she even tweeted at President Obama to help her out) and was involved in two hit-and-runs and several minor car accidents within a few months. Her driver's license was eventually suspended, but she kept getting behind the wheel. At one point, TMZ crews followed her around and witnessed unusual and erratic behavior along with apparent drug use.
Least: Lindsay's bad behavior
Something everyone saw coming in 2012 was more crazy Lindsay Lohan stories popping up almost every day. In June, the actress hit an 18-wheeler and claimed she wasn't driving -- cops later found out she was lying and arrested her. She was arrested after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her car, and she was again arrested for punching a woman in a club. The IRS seized her bank accounts after she failed to pay taxes for a few years. A judge revoked her probation, and she is facing jail time in 2013. Oh, and her big comeback film "Liz & Dick" totally flopped.
Most: Elmo puppeteer scandal
Kevin Clash, the longtime puppeteer behind "Sesame Street's" Elmo, was accused of sexual assault. Kevin resigned, but the accusations didn't stop. Despite his denials, more teenagers came forward saying they met the puppeteer on a gay sex chat website.
Least: John's masseur scandal
All hell broke loose for John Travolta this summer after several masseurs filed lawsuits against the "Grease" star for sexual assault. Four anonymous men came forward -- two sued -- but John has denied the claims both that he sexually assaulted anyone and that he is a gay man.
Most: Kristen cheating on Rob
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson seemed like a well-matched couple. Both liked to lay low and keep their personal lives personal. That is, until Kristen was busted cheating on her "Twilight" co-star with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders. This saga isn't complete yet, folks, because Kristen, who is back together with Rob, just confirmed that she has signed on to do the Snow White sequel with Rupert.
Least: Chris, Karrueche, Rihanna drama
Chris Brown has been showing his bad side for years now. So that's why stories of him cheating on his girlfriend Karrueche Tran with his ex, Rihanna, aren't surprising. Even after Chris broke up with KT and allegedly got back with Rihanna, the "We Found Love" singer seemed to spill on Twitter that Chris was again seeing both women, this time sneaking around with Karrueche while dating Ri.
Most: R&B star comes out
While it's becoming more and more common for famous folks to come out as gay, hip-hop stars still rarely, if ever, follow suit. But Frank Ocean wrote a letter on his blog this summer about his first love, who happened to be a man. He later told GQ, "It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn't been happy in so long."
Least: CNN star comes out
Anderson Cooper came out publicly as a gay man the same week Frank did, but his admission was much less surprising. Anderson's sexuality was one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood. Experts said at the time that Frank coming out would have a much larger impact on the gay community, given the intolerance the rap and hip-hop communities often have for gays.
Most: Kate's nude scandal
In September, an Irish tabloid printed photos of a topless Kate Middleton, causing yet another royal scandal. Kate, who was on private property at the time, was sunbathing with her husband, Prince William. Kate, who is always subject to scrutiny, has made up for any embarrassment it may have caused. She is, after all, currently carrying the future king or queen of England.
Least: Harry's nude scandal
Prince Harry made headlines in August when he was photographed in a Las Vegas hotel wearing absolutely nothing. But this royal is no stranger to scandal. He's been busted drinking underage, smoking pot, cheating in school, using racist language and wearing Nazi-themed clothing. Naked in Las Vegas seems like it was the next logical step.