Hippo Tale Elicits Reader Gasps, Danielynn Birkhead Brings Smiles

Model-in-the-making Danielynn Birkhead, the late Anna Nicole Smith’s 6½-year-old daughter, prompted an outpouring of oohs and ahs this week when she dressed up like a favorite Disney heroine for the Kentucky Derby, while the gasps were strictly reserved for the amazing tale of the man who served as a hippo’s dinner – and then survived to tell his tale.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers over this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.

Nick Lachey Hasn't Talked to Ex-Wife Jessica Simpson in Six Years

It seems like decades ago that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson were the first couple of reality TV – but on Tuesday’s Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen couldn’t seem to forget!

When Lachey, 39, and the rest of 98 Degrees visited Cohen’s talk show, the singer’s ex-wife and her family were hot topics.

Joe and Tina Simpson's Divorce Is Finalized

Joe and Tina Simpson’s 34-year marriage is officially over.

A source confirms to PEOPLE that Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson’s parents’ divorce has been finalized. Tina, 53, filed for divorce in October and cited “discord or conflict of personalities” in court papers.

Ashlee Simpson Flaunts Her Hot Bikini Body in Hawaii

Ashlee Simpson is sending 2012 off with a bang!

The 28-year-old showed off her svelte figure in a tiny bikini as she splashed along the shores of Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday.

Joe Simpson Sentenced to Probation for DUI

Joe Simpson has pleaded no contest in his drunken driving case and will serve three years of probation and attend an alcohol-education class.

The father of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson entered the plea to one misdemeanor count through his attorney on Tuesday, according to court papers released Friday. A second count was dismissed.

Jessica Simpson Saddened by Her Parents' Split: Source

Her parents may be getting a divorce after 34 years of marriage, but Jessica Simpson is coping with the situation well, according to a source.

“She’s going on with everything,” the source tells PEOPLE. “She’s sad, but she’s okay.”

Joe and Tina Simpson File for Divorce While Rumors Circulate

Jessica Simpson’s parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce, a rep for the family tells PEOPLE. But that is where the headline-worthy news about the Simpson clan ends, says the rep.

Their statement to PEOPLE Wednesday came the same day that buzz built around a story in the National Enquirer reporting that Joe had come out to his family.

Joe Simpson Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

Joe Simpson will fight the charges that he allegedly drove drunk last month in Los Angeles.

Simpson, 54, the father of Jessica and Ashlee, pleaded not guilty in an L.A. courtroom on Thursday, TMZ.com reports.

He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. If convicted, he could face six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and 36 months of probation.

Joe Simpson Charged with DUI

Joe Simpson was charged on Tuesday with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

The 54-year-old father of Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson was arrested on Aug. 4 after he was pulled over at approximately 10 p.m. on Ventura Boulevard in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.

Joe Simpson Arrested for DUI: Report

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s father, Joe Simpson, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and spent the night behind bars last weekend.

Simpson, 54, was pulled over at approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday while driving on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Calif., authorities tell TMZ.