A slew of controversial characters took a hit last week.
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.
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.
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.
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. …