Howard got Mike Walker of The National Enquirer on the line, as he does every Thursday, to play "The Gossip Game," in which Mike reads four gossip items – three (allegedly) true, and one false – and the crew has to guess the fake. Mike then read this week's stories:
1. Britney Spears smelled "fishy" and flirted openly with her co-stars on the set of "How I Met Your Mother."
2. Kid Rock paid a hotel $5,000 to let him and his entourage smoke indoors.
3. Matt Lauer was upset after a giant NYC rat jumped into his kid's stroller.
4. Jessica Simpson's boyfriend, Tony Romo, made her pay a $3,000 dinner bill.
Howard didn't think Tony Romo was that big of a jerk, Robin and George thought Kid Rock would never pay $5,000 just to smoke, Artie said the Britney story was too ridiculous and Fred's suspicions were raised by the Matt Lauer item. Mike then announced that Fred had won yet again.