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Rick Ross

Tired of Jail

Asks for Bail

30 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-rick-ross-court-01Rick Ross finally has his day in court ... after sitting in a Georgia jail for 7 days.

Ross -- who's visibly tired -- didn't have the option of bailing out ... the judge has treated this as a no-bail case because the rapper faces kidnapping and aggravated assault charges over an altercation he had with a groundskeeper at his estate.

It appears Ross' lawyer is there to argue his client should be released on bail.  

The alleged victim claims Ross pistol-whipped him, injuring his jaw and neck and chipping two teeth, and that the injuries were so bad, he's been forced to eat through a straw.

The judge hasn't ruled yet.

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NeNe Leakes

Calling Out Liars

For ABC Game Show

13 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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NeNe Leakes, who became famous as a truth teller, will now decide who's telling the truth on primetime TV, and Betty White's gonna help her.

We've learned NeNe will be one of the stars on the reboot of ABC's "To Tell the Truth," once a huge '60s game show.  

The premise of the show ... 3 contestants will try to convince NeNe, Betty and a third panelist that they invented something, discovered something or whatever. Two of the contestants are impostors and one is the real deal. The panelists ask questions to figure it out.

 Anthony Anderson is the host.

It's a big move for NeNe, who wanted to break out of reality TV, even though primetime is riddled with reality. No air date has been set.

Fun Fact: one of the panelists of the original "To Tell the Truth" was Allen Ludden ... Betty's late husband, who went on to host "Password." 

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Flo Rida

I'm Bailing from Miss USA, Too

55 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-donald-trump-flo-rida-miss-usa-TMZ-01Flo Rida has joined the Miss USA exodus, telling TMZ he won't be performing at the upcoming pageant.

The rapper wouldn't be specific as to why he won't perform ... he made no mention of Trump or the controversy over the Prez candidate's statement about Mexicans.

There's also this reality ... since NBC has dropped the pageant, the appearance money could be different. But Flo Rida is mum about the reason behind his decision.

He was supposed to perform during the evening gown competition.

Jennifer Garner

'Fed Up' With Ben's Gambling, Drinking

7/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Garner reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck's drinking and gambling and that's why she pulled the plug on their marriage ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Our sources (not surprisingly) have two views of what happened ... some align with him and some with her.

The Jen sources say Ben's drinking and gambling have escalated over the last few years to the point "she couldn't take it anymore." Ben's sources also say he likes to drink and loves to gamble ... in fact, Ben has rhapsodized about gambling in interviews.

Sources say "partying" had nothing to do with their problems. Ben did not go out and did not womanize ... Jen complained he just drank and gambled too much.

As for our Ben sources, they say it's really just about 2 people who want to live their lives differently. His people say they've been in therapy for more than 2 years -- he even mentioned his marital problems during his 2013 Oscar acceptance speech. They add the couple has been separated for 10 months, so there was no recent "breaking point."

0701-ben-affleck-playing-blackjack-tmz-7Ben's gambling is well-documented. TMZ got photos of the actor last September during a high-stakes blackjack session in Detroit. And TMZ broke the story, Ben was banned from the Hard Rock in Vegas in late April 2014 for counting cards.

The other thing our Ben sources say ... he wins big in gambling.

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Donald Trump

Blasts Macy's for Backing 'Illegals'

After Clothing Line Yanked

7/1/2015 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump
's clothing line has been hung out to dry by Macy's -- but he's firing back at the company for caving to pressure, and claiming it backs illegal immigration. 

Macy's made it short and sweet, saying it doesn't "believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation."

Trump immediately blasted his former biz partners -- saying Macy's and NBC dropped him at the first sign of trouble ... and he sees that as a sign they "support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country."

Trump added one financial dig ... that his Macy's deal was a "small business" worth much less than his principles.

He was heavily involved with Macy's since his line was launched in 2004, even appearing in commercials.


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'Whites of West Virginia' Star

Hey, I'm Famous ...

Please Bust Me!

7/1/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-virginia-sue-sue-bob-white-mugshot-YOUTUBE-01Sue Bob White -- who stars in the documentary "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" -- learned a 'no duh' lesson ... don't name-drop yourself to cops, when you have outstanding warrants!

Sheriff deputies in Martin County, Kentucky tell TMZ ... Sue Bob and her soon-to-be mother-in-law Virginia came in to bail out Sue Bob's fiancé, Eric -- who she also referred to as her brother ... soooo, yeah. 

During the process, we're told Sue Bob couldn't help but mention that she's a famous TV person since the documentary's release. So, deputies ran her name -- just for fun -- and it turned out Sue Bob had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting. 

The name-dropping only cost her a $525 fine, but Virginia was less lucky. She had an outstanding warrant for public intoxication, and got arrested.   

Silence is golden ... and also something Sue Bob needs to learn. 

  
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G-Unit Rapper Kidd Kidd

Arrested

Cops Hunt Him Down at Concert

7/1/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kidd Kidd was scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the XXL 2015 Freshman Class concert at the Best Buy Theater ... a show that hypes up and coming rappers.

The NYPD has been on the hunt for Kidd Kidd since February, when he allegedly assaulted and strangled a woman in a domestic dispute.  

Kidd Kidd was hauled off and 50 Cent and the rest of the G-Unit crew jumped into action and filled in for him at the show. 

Kidd Kidd has had his problems. In 2011, he was parked outside a house in New Orleans when someone sprayed his car with bullets, hitting him 6 times ... 3 less bullets than his mentor.  

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Ricky Bell

Bobby Brown's Almost At

His Breaking Point

7/1/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's only so much Bobby Brown can take ... which is why his friend of 40 years, Ricky Bell says there's no way to comfort him over the impending loss of Bobbi Kristina.  

Ricky, one of Bobby's New Edition mates explained it's hard to find the right words when he talks to Bobby, because he's suffered so many tragic losses (4 of them) in the last few years. He added ... his heart goes out to the Brown and Houston families.

On Tuesday, Pat Houston and Tina Brown came together for the first time since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized back in January ... as the families seem to be putting aside their differences during her final days. 

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Sherri Shepherd

Settles Divorce

Rolls Over on Child Support, Sorta

7/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_sherri_shepherd_lamar_sally_tmzSherri Shepherd's nasty divorce and custody battle is finally over ... and stunningly, she has agreed to pay child support for the kid she disavowed from birth ... but with a catch.

Our sources say, Sherri and estranged hubby Lamar Sally have struck a settlement agreement in which the ex-'View' co-host will pay $4,100 a month in child support. The monthly obligation increases to $4,600 when the kid turns 13.  

Remember, Sherri fought Lamar tooth and nail in court, claiming he defrauded her into getting a surrogate to carry a baby for the purpose of getting child support.

Now for the catch. According to the settlement agreement, Sherri is allowed to pursue her fraud claim and if the appeals court rules in her favor, her child support obligations will disappear. 

And there's a Sofia Vergara twist ... the couple has embryos in storage and Sherri wants them destroyed. Lamar is undecided. According to the settlement, if Lamar chooses to bring the embryos to term, Sherri will not have to pay child support.

Sherri's not walking away completely empty-handed ... she'll get to hold onto the rights to her show, "Funny Mothers" which is currently in development.

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Carlos Slim

Mexican Billionaire Says

'No Gracias' To 'Apprentice'

7/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-carlos-slim-donald-trump-tmz-01Mexican mogul Carlos Slim sits on a telecommunications empire worth billions, making him the perfect replacement for Trump on "The Apprentice," but it’s not gonna happen, TMZ has learned.

Slim’s rep tells TMZ, "No creo que le interese. Esta muy ocupado sobre todo con Las Fundaciones y la labor social."

Rough translation: He’s not interested because his foundations and social work already keep him very busy.

As for Slim's views on Trump, one of Slim's TV companies, Ora TV, followed in the footsteps of Univision and Televisa and cut ties with Trump on a pending project.

Trump … mas remedio tiene un muerto.

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Lil Wayne

My 15 Minutes Of Fame

Will Cost Clubs A Fortune

7/1/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_lil_wayne_tmzLil Wayne will perform at your club for $110,000 … for a 15 minute/5 song set.

We got a hold of Weezy’s contract and rider for his upcoming club gigs.

In addition to the loot, Wayne demands an artist section big enough for his 20-plus entourage, stocked with 10 bottles of Dom Perignon, 5 Cirocs and 3 D’usse bottles at least 10 minutes prior to his arrival.  

And with a history of being shot at, it's no surprise he demands 2 security guards on either end of his booth.

Not bad for 15 minutes ... kinda makes you want to quit your day job. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Check Me out on Broadway!!! (PHOTO)

6/30/2015 5:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Caitlyn Jenner made a very sexy splash on Broadway Tuesday night ... and she's giving Kim a run for her money.

Caitlyn went with transgender actress Candis Cayne to the Broadway show, "An American in Paris." 

It's the first time Caitlyn -- who is 65 -- has been out in public with full-on cleavage and lace. It's pretty apparent ... she's been taking Kim's advice on how to dress and especially how to look good in photographs.

When Caitlyn left the theater, a throng of fans were there to greet her. 

One thing is clear ... Caitlyn ain't wearin' Bruce's baseball caps anymore.

  

Too Short

I Got Just What the Pot Lady Needs

A New Wheelchair

7/1/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Too Short has come to the rescue of a handicapped marijuana dispensary worker humiliated by cops.

The rapper and some of his fellow tokers bought 54-year-old Marla James a new wheelchair ... she's legally blind and missing a leg.

James was the on-duty manager at Sky High Holistic when the Santa Ana PD raided the dispensary last month over permits.

Hidden cameras caught cops eating the edibles and victimizing James for her slow moving carriage. One cop even joked they should kick the amputee in "the nub."

The footage went viral and Short got the good deed bug after learning James' previous whip was old and held together by duct tape. 

Puff, puff ... give back.

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