When it came to parenthood, these dads were the worst of the worst.
Worst Dads of the Year 2009
Michael Monahan put his kids, ages 3 and 6, in the trunk of his Pontiac Trans Am for several minutes while he went inside a sailing shop.
Blue, 53, was also arrested for beating his daughter with a wooden stick and kicking her, and was put in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
He talked trash about his baby's grandmother to a national audience. No matter what your feelings are about Sarah Palin, that's pretty darn low ... and doesn't send a very good message to his kid. (And don't even get us started on that Playgirl spread ...)
Tong Liangliang gave his 2-year-old cigarettes to help his son deal with the pain of a hernia. Now his little boy smokes a pack a day, and is addicted to nicotine.
Sixteen-year-old Ben Smith has fathered four kids with three different girls ... and he's not even smart enough to answer a basic question. Host Jeremy Kyle (like a British Maury Povich) calls this dumb dad out!
Joseph Chapman Jr.
On "Judge Jeanine Pirro," this dad appears to be confused about the number of kids he has and their ages.
Anthony Taylor, 48, who is married and has a young child, was arrested after allegedly traveling to Delaware County from Staten Island to have a sexual encounter with a woman and her 14-month-old daughter.
Richard Heene concocted a spectacular ruse by reporting that his son was aboard a runaway hot air balloon. After the whole nation fell for it, his kid threw up on national TV ... and people began suspecting it was all a hoax. He pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, in what authorities say was an elaborate hoax for publicity.
Phillip Garrido kidnapped Jaycee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11, and kept her in a well-hidden compound behind his home in Antioch, California, for 18 years. Phillip Garrido fathered two children with Dugard during her captivity, authorities have said.
Michael Lohan allegedly demanded $100,000 for secret recordings of daughter Lindsay and wife Dina. He eventually struck a deal with RadarOnline.com to reveal the tapes for free, followed by a paid interview. He claimed he was just trying to get his daughter into rehab.
Dad of two Tiger Woods was busted for having affairs with nine women and counting. Although he apologized for his "transgressions" and even took a break from golf, he's still not earning any "Father of the Year" awards from us.
When Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford admitted to having an affair, he issued an apology to his sons Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake. But does that erase the fact that he left them alone on Father's Day to go visit his mistress? We don't think so.
He hooked up with many younger women immediately following his separation from Kate. He called his wife "despicable" on national television, and said he loved his new girlfriend more than he EVER loved his soon-to-be ex-wife. And he wore Ed Hardy head to toe as he flaunted his midlife crisis to the entire world. FATHERHOOD FAIL.