Ah, it looks like the rumors were true — hunky heart-throb Channing Tatum has been selected People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2012, taking over the title most recently given to Bradley Cooper by mistake last year. As they always do, People gave Tatum a chance to awkwardly respond to this humbling but mostly well-deserved gift:

“My first thought was, ‘Y’all are messing with me,’” says Tatum, who married actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum in 2009. “I told Jenna after we’d been in the bathtub washing our dogs because they’d gotten skunked.”

Says the actor: “She was like, ‘What?’”

“Yeah, she calls me [the Sexiest Man Alive] now,” he adds. And who can blame her?

Channing: Now that we’ve de-skunked our dogs I would like to tell you that I am the sexiest man alive.
Jenna: What?
Channing: People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”
Jenna: Oh. I will call you “Sexiest Man Alive.”
Channing: Thank you.

But is Channing Tatum, who also says, “I like to be lean. If I get too bulky I can’t move well and I like to move. When I’m not training, I get really round and soft,” (ROUND AND SOFT!) your “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2012? If not, WHO IS? Your husband? Ryan Gosling still? Benedict Cumberbatch? Doug Hutchinson? BARACK OBAMA? Plz leave your sexiest man in the comments, but plz do not forget him there b/c sexiest men need love & attention just like the rest of us.

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  1. This picture has disappeared from the top of Videogum and I will not let it disappear from our hearts:

  2. That makes TWO major losses for Romney in one month.

  3. Krispy Kreme.

  4. Sorry but you’re boring Channing! I need a man with some flavor – Jake Johnson plz!

  5. Chiwetel Ejiofor, always and forever.

  6. Thought it was in the bag for Nate Silver. :(

  7. Presented without comment:

  8. Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender. My uterus just exploded.

    • I had a cute flirty waiter this weekend that looked a lot like Tom Hardy. And he had an accent like Tom Hardy. And I wanted to make out with him, like Tom Hardy.

  9. I think almost anyone would have been better than Channing Tatum, Human Tater Tot.

    • I probably would’ve been okay with Channing Tatum if I hadn’t seen Magic Mike, because he is such a fucking idiot in that movie that it makes me mad. Of course they’re not going to give you a loan if you just dump $10,000 on the loan officer’s desk, you fucking idiot. Take that money and pay off your credit cards! At least open a god damn bank account. Why don’t you like actually talk to one person about how credit works???

      I still have some feelings about Magic Mike, but unfortunately all the tingly feelings faded almost immediately and all that’s left is frustration about money, which I guess is how typical long-term relationships work.

      • What I didn’t get is why he needed a loan to make coffee tables he was already making. Like, he was making them out of random junk, right? Couldn’t he keep making them and selling them on the internet or whatever? I didn’t understand ANY of his financial problems. He didn’t really seem to be having financial problems.

      • can they edit magic mike down to just the dancing

      • Auugghhhhhh, that made me so angryyyyyyyy. WHY would you present a loan officer with a stack of cash instead of putting it into an account and saying “hey, I’ve got an account here, you know”? No one else I know found that scene as infuriating as I did, so thank you for sharing your rage, Superglue. I feel heard.

    • he does look like a tater tot. kind of like a white hip-hop poseur tater tot.

  10. I’m thinking that Mary Kate’s boyfriend will be in the running for next year. What lady can resist those fresh moves?

  11. Every time I see Channing Tatum I can’t help but think of Richard Lawson’s masterful descriptions of him – the best being “sentient bologna statue” or “cognizant pork tower.” Love you, Richard!

  12. She was all like “what?” And I was all like “huh?” Then we were like “oh.”

    Fascinating. Watch me rise to the top at People. I will kill them with my skills.

  13. What? Not David Petraeus?

  14. Fun fact: when Aaron Echolls was on trial in Veronica Mars season 2, they mentioned that he was People’s Sexiest Man Alive 1987 — WHICH WAS TRUE (for the actor).

    Also the ep of the B in 23 last night made fun of this perfectly. (Not Veronica Mars, but this magazine.)

  15. I’d say Dolph Ziggler, but that’s only if you like sex that’s too athletic for Amy Schumer… ladies.

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