Political pundit Steven Colbert edged out Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to be named as 'Celebrity of the Year' by Associated Press for his impact on pop culture in 2007.
Mr. Colbert, a mock pundit on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, told The Associated Press by e-mail:
In receiving this award, I am pleased that I was chosen over two great spinners of fantasy — J.K. Rowling and Al Gore. It is truly an honor to be named the Associated Press' Celebrity of the Year. Best of all, this makes me the official front-runner for next year's Drug-Fueled Downward Spiral of the year. P.S. Look for my baby bump this spring!
Other celebrities included Britney Spears, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, rapper Kanye West, comedy director and producer Judd Apatow and country singer Kenny Chesney.