The Week They Go

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou exited stage left after helping secure a bailout deal for his beleaguered country. Dubbed a “madman” by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the affable leader gained a reputation for unpredictability in his final months in power.

Silvio Berlusconi Olivier Morin / AFP-Getty Images

The eerily tan and universally loathed Italian prime minister bunga-bunga’d his way out of office last week, after a term that included no shortage of disgraces. The media mogul announced his intention to resign after his latest humiliation in Parliament.

Brett Ratner Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Never known as a Hollywood nice guy, the Tower Heist director finally had to eat his words last week, losing his Oscar-producing gig after a string of nasty and homophobic comments. Plus side: He took would-be host Eddie Murphy with him.

Obama Bill Daley Charles Dharapak / AP

Perhaps no one was more delighted at the reassignment of Obama’s second chief of staff than his first, Rahm Emanuel, whose term Daley described just last month as “brutal.” The business-friendly aide lasted less than a year in the role.

PEARCE RECALL Ross D. Franklin / AP

Arizona’s senate president and the author of the state’s anti-immigrant ethnic-profiling law found himself booted from office in a special election last week, replaced by a fellow Republican. Mormons and decent human beings helped drive him from office.

Penn State Abuse Matt Rourke / AP

He may be a god to Penn State football fans, but that doesn’t absolve JoePa from doing nothing for years after learning his defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was molesting boys. Paterno got the ax last week and started shopping for a lawyer.

Cain 2012 Cliff Owen / AP

A handful of women have accused the pizza pol of sexual harassment, a story that helped derail the Cain Train last week. But it didn’t stop the Republican frontrunner from firing off nasty quips about Nancy Pelosi and Anita Hill.

Dr. Conrad Murray Robyn Beck / AFP-Getty Images

It’s finally official: The dirty doc’s extreme negligence killed the King of Pop. Murray was found guilty of involuntary man-slaughter and whisked off to jail for drugging Michael Jackson with propofol.

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