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Is there such things as star-couples repellent?

OK, raise your hands if you are sick of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. (That rumble you just felt was no doubt the sound of thousands of arms darting into the atmosphere at once.)

If their recent cheesy interview on Dateline NBC wasn't bad enough, Gigli has certainly cemented their status as the most overexposed, cringe-inducing, egomaniacal couple in Hollywood.

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But "Bennifer" isn't the only celebrity couple that makes our stomachs queasy or causes our teeth to involuntarily gnash. There are plenty of equally repellent pairings out there.

Give us a break. Or give us less of Affleck and Lopez. And also certainly less of:

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Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher: We think it's just hateful that naysayers are speculating that the relationship of '80s Brat Packer Moore and film and television star Kutcher is just one more prank for Kutcher's hidden-camera show Punk'd. We say go for it, Demi. But can you stop vacationing with your hottie and your ex? That's just too, too weird.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown: Do these people actually still have careers? They certainly seem to have trashed the ones they had. Bobby's now better known for rap sheets than rap. They've gone from being music world superstars to the butt of talk-show jokes.

Bill and Hillary Clinton: When Hillary said in her best-selling memoir that she wanted to wring President Bill's neck over his relationship with Monica, we wanted to wring his neck, too. And hers. And Monica's, as well, come to think of it. Enough, already!

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart: As May-December romances go, this one takes the cake. Whenever they're photographed together, they look like grandpa taking his granddaughter out for ice cream. The star luster has clearly worn to a dull, matte-finish with these two.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant: He said. She said. He apologized for cheatin', but we fear even nastier revelations. He cried. She tried to be supportive. He bought her some bling-bling. She bought his explanation. Guess it's easier to stand by your man with a $4 million ring on your hand.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins: Great as it is to have a couple unafraid to exercise their right to free speech, it's beginning to feel as if Mr. and Mrs. Bull Durham are spreading themselves kind of thin: opposing the war in Iraq; supporting Neww York's new "gay" high school, and who knows what else. Time to give somebody else the bullhorn.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt: We're relieved to know that Matt LeBlanc's Joey Tribbiani will have life after Friends. Because if it were Aniston's whiny Rachel instead, we might just go postal. And what's up with Brad's career? In the pit?

Carole Goldberg and Susan Campbell of the Courant, a Tribune Publishing newspaper, contributed to this report.


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