Howard got The National Enquirer's Mike Walker on the line, as he does every Thursday, to play The Gossip Game, in which Mike reads four gossip items - three (allegedly) true, one false - and the crew has to pick the fake.
After a quick hello, Mike read this week's stories:
1. Ryan Seacrest tipped $2,000 on an $1,800 bill.
2. Kevin Federline is recording a second album.
3. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz left a cart full of paper products in a Costco parking lot because it wouldn't fit in their car.
4. Paula Abdul's fluctuating weight is causing problems for Fox's wardrobe department - and censors.
Robin immediately picked the Paula Abdul item, Artie went with K-Fed and both Howard and Fred thought Ryan Seacrest's generosity was too good to be true. Mike then gleefully announced that he'd beaten everyone: the Ashlee Simpson/Pete Wentz item was the fake.