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In 2013, celebrities really were just like us.

They debated Miley Cyrus's twerk, cringed at Geraldo Rivera's selfie, gasped at Beyonce's new 'do,' love-hated Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and wished they were Bat Dad's kid.

It didn't matter whether they had a hit show or an Olympic medal, they binged on "House of Cards," fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence, and wondered if Sacha Baron Cohen really killed an old lady by pushing her off the stage at an awards ceremony — same as everyone else.

From singer Michael Buble to actress Jane Lynch, members of the NBC family shared some of the most memorable — and wish-we-could-forgettable — moments of the past year for "A Toast to 2013," airing Tuesday at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central.

"Oh, 2013 was the year of Miley Cyrus without a doubt," E! News correspondent Kelly Osbourne proclaimed of the former Disney star.


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"She broke down every single Hannah Montana wall that had ever been put up in front of her, and came out as the woman she's always wanted to show herself to the world as, and I applaud her for that."

And you know what else came out? Reality show star Nene Leakes has some thoughts on that.

"She could put her tongue in now," Leakes said of Cyrus' open-mouthed poses. "'Cause we've had enough of the tongue."

"Community" star Yvette Brown had her fill of "shenanigans" from Justin Bieber, who drew groans by referring to Holocaust victim Anne Frank as a "belieber."

"I don't want Canada to take the Biebs back. But I do want the Biebs to just calm down," she said.

Once the owner of the world's most famous haircut, Bieber was dethroned in 2013 by Queen Bey, who used Instagram to unveil a blonde pixie cut.

"The whole world took notice," said Roots frontman Questlove, barely exaggerating.

Actor Willie Garson, star of "White Collar," took notice of another tonsorial trend. "If I had hair, I would wear it in a man-bun," he said. "Obviously."

And facial hair had its biggest moment in the sun as the Boston Red Sox raced to another World Series victory, bringing joy to a city traumatized by terrorism.

"I love the beards," Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin said. "I love that they do something that really sets them apart and makes them unique."

Yes, for one shining night, a thrilling television event united a nation. That's right — "Sharknado," the so-bad-it's-good cable movie that mesmerized the twitterati.

Ian Ziering gave some (literally) insider perspective on the phenomenon: "I'd have to say my favorite moment in the movie was when I got to chainsaw my way out of the belly of the shark. I mean that doesn't happen too often to me."

Like many Americans, the stars didn't just watch TV last year. They OD'd on it.

Buble, for one, recalled an 11-hour marathon session of "House of Cards." He started and finished the entire run of "Breaking Bad" as the show ended.

"I watched the pilot and three weeks later, I had watched every single season," he said.

But the small screen had competition from even smaller screens. Viral videos were everywhere, and no one was immune.

"White Collar" star Tim DeKay loved Bat Dad, a guy imitating the Caped Crusader as he led his family through mundane tasks.

"What was great about it for me was the daughter just being so over her dad every time he would try to do something," DeKay said.

The video in which a mom singing a Rod Stewart ballad made her baby weep got to "Chicago Fire" actor David Eigenberg. "That's the human experience," he said.

Prank videos got more elaborate. Franklin empathized with the fast-food cashiers who were confronted with a driver in a headless costume, saying, "I probably would have fainted."

The trick Sacha Baron Cohen played at the BAFTA awards, "accidentally" pushing an elderly awards presenter's wheelchair off the stage, startled "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper.

"When he knocks that woman off the stage, it didn't matter that you're thinking, 'Oh, this has gotta be a hoax.' For that instant, you're like, 'Oh my God! What happened?'" he said.

"I love Sacha Baron Cohen," said Lynch, who hosts "Hollywood Game Night."

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"I think he is revolutionary and ballsy and I stand amazed."

There were moments that people only wished were pranks.

NBC News correspondent and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager could scarcely believe Fox News host Geraldo Rivera purposely tweeted a topless picture of himself.

"He meant to send that out?" she marveled. "Oh gosh."

And cat-bearding — the practice of putting your feline's mouth and nose in front of yours for a photo — confounded "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels.

"What the [expletive]" she exclaimed. "Are you serious?"

'Fraid so.

As the year drew to a close, one thing everyone was — mostly — serious about was their hope for 2014.

For Harper, it's more states recognizing same-sex marriage. For Garson, less fighting in the government. Osbourne wants people to "start getting held accountable for their actions, whether it be on social media, whether it be what they've said in public."

E! correspondent Alicia Quarles is hoping for a big cover-up.

"I don't need to see any more nipples, any more pasties, no more short-shorts," she said. "Put on clothes, people. They're nice."