You know those jokes and rumors out there about Taylor Swift never being able to hold on to a boyfriend because she's a whiny, clingy, desperate, demanding, vindictive prude? And you know how those rumors make you wonder, "Well, why would anyone go out with her in the first place?"

Because, as it turns out, Taylor Swift is a very rich whiny, clinging, desperate, demanding, vindictive prude.

According to Parade magazine, Swift -- in between all that hand-holding with One Direction singer Harry Styles and crashing Kennedy family weddings with dashing young Conor Kennedy -- earned $57 million in 2012. That's more than Brad Pitt ($35.5 million) and Anne Hathaway ($10 million) combined, notes E! Online.

Other big earners Parade's survey included Justin Bieber ($55 million), actor/producer Mark Harmon ($38 million), Channing Tatum ($15 million), Blake Shelton ($20 million), Adele ($32 million), and Alec Baldwin ($15 million).

"THE VIEW" LOSES ONE, KEEPS ONE: Joy Behar is leaving "The View"

Elisabeth Hasselbeck isn't.

That was the scenario at the long-running talk show Friday after Behar, a 17-year veteran of the TV chatfest, announced she will be leaving soon to pursue other, as yet unidentified, ventures.

Shortly after Behar's announcement, Us Weekly reported that Hasselbeck was being forced off the show because "marketing research" had determined that her outspoken conservative views were inconsistent with those of the show's primary audience (um, they're just figuring that out now?).

But ABC denied the Us Weekly story, saying, "Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a valued member of 'The View' and has a long-term contract."

As for Behar, her rep told E! News, "Joy felt that 17 years on one show was enough. She loved 'The View' but felt that finding a home that would allow her to engage in more meaningful conversations was a direction she wanted to pursue."

Whoa! Are we reading that wrong or did Behar just dismiss her "View" co-hosts as a collection of lightweights?

No word on what kind of venture Behar has planned.

JUSTIN BIEBER'S ROUGH WEEK IN LONDON CONTINUES: The morning after Justin Bieber collapsed backstage during a show at O2 arena in London, he went after a photographer who cursed him Friday after either Bieber or one of his bodyguards made contact with him while he was leaving his hotel.

It's a good thing all those bodyguards held him back, or he might have done some serious damage to someone's hand with his face.

The night before, Bieber was feeling short of breath during his show and was attended by medics. He recovered to finish the show, but was taken to a hospital afterward as a precautionary measure, according to TMZ.

Friday morning, it looked like he wanted to send that photographer to the hospital.

After the man claimed Bieber assaulted him and shouted "(expletive) back to America, you (expletive) little moron, Bieber came flying out of his SUV, yelling

"What the (expletive) you say?" The photog shot back "You heard what I said. You heard what I (expletive) said, mate."

It doesn't sound like they're mates.

Bieber came back with "I'll (expletive) beat the (expletive) out of you,"

Bieber's crew got him back in the SUV and they took off.

According to TMZ, shortly afterward, Bieber tweeted "Ahhhhh! Rough morning. Trying to feel better for this show tonight but let the paps get the best of me."

Bieber drew controversy earlier this week when he showed up 2 hours late for a concert (he claims he was only 40 minutes late).

MILEY CYRUS ACTING LIKE A SINGLE WOMAN: Miley Cyrus was out without her engagement ring for the second straight night Thursday ... and was with ANOTHER MAN.

E! News couldn't identify the man behind the wheel of the car in which Cyrus was photographed in the front seat, trying to shield her face, as they apparently drove to a party in North Hollywood.

It didn't work.

Stories have been floating for weeks that Cyrus and fiance Liam Hemsworth are done, after Hemsworth was seen out with January Jones the night of the Academy Awards.

Cyrus tweeted earlier this week that she was still engaged, everything was situation normal, etc.

Then she said she was taking a break from social media.

Duh duh DAAA.

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M ARCH 9 IN HISTORY

Today is Saturday, March 9, the 68th day of 2013. There are 297 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight-saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. Clocks go forward one hour.

1661: Cardinal Jules Mazarin, the chief minister of France, died, leaving King Louis XIV in full control.

1796: The future emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, married Josephine de Beauharnais (boh-ahr-NAY'). (The couple later divorced.)

1862: During the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

1916: Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing 18 Americans.

1933: Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its "hundred days" of enacting New Deal legislation.

1945: During World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths.

1954: CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-communism campaign on "See It Now."

1962: The science fantasy novel "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle was first published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

1963: Two Los Angeles police officers, Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, were disarmed and abducted by ex-convicts Gregory Powell and Jimmy Lee Smith during a traffic stop in Hollywood; the officers were taken to an onion field near Bakersfield, Calif., where Campbell was shot to death while Hettinger managed to escape. (Powell and Smith were sent to prison; the case was detailed in the book "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambaugh.)

1977: About a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, D.C., killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. (The siege ended two days later.)

1983: Margaret Heckler was sworn in as secretary of Health and Human Services, the same day Anne M. Burford resigned as head of the embattled Environmental Protection Agency.

1992: Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) died in Tel Aviv at age 78.

1997: Gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24.

2003: Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a seat in the Turkish parliament, clearing way for him to become prime minister. The film musical "Chicago" tap-danced away with a haul of movie honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including best ensemble cast and the lead-actress prize for star Renee Zellweger.

2008: Spain's governing Socialists won a second term, but without a majority in parliament.

2012: A high-profile international mission to end the Syrian crisis stumbled before it began as the opposition rejected calls by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan for dialogue with President Bashar Assad as pointless and out of touch after a year of violence. Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden to clinch her fourth overall title.

BIRTHDAYS

Former Sen. James L. Buckley, Conservative-N.Y. (90), singer-actress Keely Smith (81), singer Lloyd Price (80), actress Joyce Van Patten (79), actor-comedian Marty Ingels (77), country singer Mickey Gilley (77), actress Trish Van Devere (72), singer Mark Lindsay (71), former ABC anchorman Charles Gibson (70), rock musician Robin Trower (68), singer Jeffrey Osborne (65), country musician Jimmie Fadden of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (65), actress Jaime Lyn Bauer (64), magazine editor Michael Kinsley (62), TV newscaster Faith Daniels (56), actor Tom Amandes (54), actor-director Lonny Price (54), actress Linda Fiorentino (53), country musician Rusty Hendrix of Confederate Railroad (53), actress Juliette Binoche (49), rock musician Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five (45), Rapper C-Murder, aka C-Miller (42), actor Emmanuel Lewis (42), actress Jean Louisa Kelly (41), actor Kerr Smith (41), rapper Chingy (33), actor Matthew Gray Gubler (33), rock musician Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes (30), actress Brittany Snow (27), rapper/actor Bow Wow (26), actor Luis Armand Garcia (21).