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'19 Kids and Counting'

Josh Duggar on the Chopping Block

47 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"19 Kids and Counting" may survive the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but Josh might not.

Connected industry sources tell TMZ, TLC is considering a number of options, weighing the pros and cons. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh.  

Our sources say there's a strong sense axing Josh would not materially hurt the show. We're told TLC has done research and it shows the daughters have become the driving force. The weddings of Jill and Jessa were ratings successes, as was the birth of Jill's baby.

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It wouldn't be hard to remove Josh. He's moved away from Arkansas to D.C. where he's focused on lobbying Congress. But that could change because he just resigned from the Family Research Council.

As for cancelling the show, our sources say there is significant concern that big advertisers will bail. TMZ broke the story, General Mills has already pulled the plug.

On the other hand, we're told TLC believes the show has a strong, loyal evangelical base and so far support has not wavered.

But removing Josh could be a good middle ground for TLC. 

Stay tuned.

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Bobby Flay

Low Divorce Blow Over Breasts

57 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Bobby Flay has taken an incredibly cheap shot at his estranged wife, telling the judge in their divorce case that any medical problems she has are the result of vanity ... specifically a boob job.

We're told as part of her argument to invalidate their prenup, Stephanie March says she's been plagued by well-publicized medical problems, including a burst appendix and 3 deep infections. As a result, she says she's unable to work as an actress and the prenup would create an undo financial hardship.

Bobby has responded to Stephanie's argument, but he got surprisingly detailed, saying the infections were the result of breast enhancement surgery. It's pretty clear the point he's making is that Stephanie's problems are her own doing ... choosing to go under the knife for the sake of vanity.

Stephanie also took a shot at Bobby, saying revelations of his alleged infidelity have compromised her health and mental state.

As TMZ reported, the prenup provides a relatively meager $5k a month in support. Stephanie claims she was a key reason Bobby was able to build his empire.

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Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

5/23/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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TLC has a new crisis with the Josh Duggar revelations, and Bobby Flay's divorce has just gotten even nastier. So we gotta ask ...



WWE Diva Sunny

I Wanna Get Slammed Between The Sheets ...

Not The Ropes

5/23/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-sunny-tammy-lynn-sytch-WWE-01WWE junkies can rejoice, because WWE Diva Sunny may get in the ring for a XXX face plant, because we've learned she's inclined to sign on with a huge porn company.

Sunny tells TMZ she's been mulling over Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch's 6-figure porn offer and is now 60/40 in favor of it. 

But there's a snag. Hirsch really wants the scene set in a wrestling ring, but Sunny thinks the gag has been played out. 

Sunny favors the more traditional setting, like a hotel room.  

The 42-year-old won't get flak from her boyfriend. She says her 27-year-old man is excited and wants an advance screening.

As for the lucky guy who gets to suplex Sunny ... she doesn't care who he is "as long as he's hot."

Ex 'Real Housewife' of BH

Live Streams Burglary ...

AT HER HOME!!

5/23/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-joyce-giraud-TMZ-01Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Joyce Giraud's home got hit by an alleged burglar -- and she watched the whole thing go down LIVE ... from her safe and relaxing vacation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the male suspect scaled an exterior wall, broke into the house through a back window, and then opened the front gate to pull his car into the driveway.

An employee who was home pushed the panic button, which triggered the alarm system and its surveillance app -- allowing Joyce to watch the entire incident unfold in real time on her phone. Talk about a vacay buzzkill.

We're told nothing appears to have been taken, since cops responded immediately and nabbed the guy for burglary -- and Joyce went right back to her mimosa ... most likely.

TMZ's Beachin' Baby

PHOTO CONTEST

MAKIN' WAVES!

5/23/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0522_beachin_baby_contest_launchThe seaside shots poured into the TMZ newsroom for our annual Beachin' Baby Photo Contest to help you coast right into the long weekend.

Be sure to check back on Memorial Day to vote for which waterfront photo should score the $250 prize and some top secret mystery gifts from TMZ!

**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**

In other news...

Sofia Vergara Reveals Bedtime Attire

Sofia Vergara is very particular about what she wears to bed and, well ... let's just say Joe Manganiello is one lucky guy.

SEE MORE »

Mike Tyson Reporting:

Cops Nailed Flavor Flav ...

They Found Some Other S**t Too

5/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Trapped deep inside of Mike Tyson is an evening news anchor ... who came busting out right after Flavor Flav's latest arrest -- and the video of his "audition" is just awesome.

Tyson was on "The Damon Elliott Show" in Las Vegas -- a new talk show set to air on the CW this summer -- and while waiting for Flav, who was also a guest, they got word he'd been busted.

Sources on set Thursday ... tell us Iron Mike suddenly went all Edward R. Murrow, and decided he needed to report the news to the studio audience.

Watch, it's hardly "Nightline" -- but then again ... it's way more entertaining.

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Gloria Govan

I Never Banged Colin Kaepernick

No Clue On Barnes Feud

5/22/2015 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan is so over the rumors about her and Colin Kaepernick ... she's now addressing them -- and wants everyone to know the 49ers QB never crossed her end zone.

Gloria was at the "So Sexy L.A." party at SKYBAR in West Hollywood Thursday night ... when our photog asked about her estranged hubby, Clippers star Matt Barnes, and his very public hatred of Kaepernick.

Just a few weeks ago, Barnes called Kaep "a hoe" on Instagram -- which is why our guy asked Gloria if she knew what was behind the beef.

Watch ... Gloria took the ball and ran, first telling us -- "There's been a bunch of different rumors" about her and Colin hooking up. But she says, "I've never had a thing with Colin Kaepernick."

Double G seems to think fans blame her for their feud, but she tells us it's something else altogether.

  
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'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Yanks Show From TV Schedule

5/22/2015 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522-duggar-family-twitterTLC has just pulled all airings of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.

We're told they absolutely have not made a long-term decision, but it's clearly a bad sign for the show.

And there's this ... a rep for General Mills tells TMZ, they have already blacklisted the show and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule. 

As we reported, TLC ran a Duggar marathon Thursday, prominently featuring Josh. There was big backlash, not the least of which came from Mama June, who felt TLC was giving the Duggars a pass for far worse conduct than hers, which caused TLC to pull the plug on 'Honey Boo Boo.'

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In other news...

Jane Fonda's Body Is Like WOAH!!

Jane Fonda is 77 years old and absolutely killed it last weekend in a cutout dress! 

SEE MORE »

Casey Kasem's Widow

Will NOT be Prosecuted

For Elder Abuse

5/22/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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Casey Kasem's widow Jean has been cleared in the elder abuse investigation, which has lingered for a year.

TMZ broke the story ... police launched an investigation after Casey's kids filed a report claiming Jean had taken the famous DJ on a wild, multi-state car ride which compromised Casey's health, creating bedsores that became infected. 

Casey died last June, and Jean took the body to Norway, where it remained for months. Police wanted it brought back to the U.S. for a complete autopsy but that never happened.

We've just learned the L.A. County D.A. rejected the case, saying Jean did a good job caring for her husband, and concluded, "The development of a bedsore by itself is insufficient evidence of abuse or neglect."

Case closed. RIP, finally.

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Al Sharpton

Lose Weight Tubby!

Fat Shames Kenan Thompson

5/22/2015 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Kenan Thompson ever wants to host a late night show, Reverend Al Sharpton says he better drop some major poundage because nobody wants to fall asleep to a puffy porker.

Our photog asked Sharpton which black comedian he'd like to see snag a hosting gig, when out of nowhere he begins blasting Thompson's weight.

It's a strange response from Al -- who was once 305 lbs. himself, but now thinks Kenan is so big ... just seeing him gives people the munchies.

Ooooh-weeee ... what up with that, Al? Check it out.

In other news...

Katie Holmes May Have Just Spilled A Secret!

Katie Holmes may have just let the cat out of the bag!!!

SEE MORE »

TMZ Live

Bobby Flay:

Divorce War Zeroes In On Ex-Wife's Mouth

5/21/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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David Letterman

Drops Thousands

On Staff's Parting Gifts

5/22/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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David Letterman's former employees didn't walk away empty-handed this week -- he dropped thousands of dollars hooking them up with ... wait for it ... custom-made letterman's jackets. 

Letterman's final gift to his staff  have the words, "Thank you and good night" scrawled across the front. Dave scooped up more than 200 of them ... according to the owner of Golden Bear Sportswear.

Dave's been buying staff swag from GBS for 15 years, and the owner tells us they were contacted last winter, after Letterman announced his retirement plan. She says Dave designed the jacket as a final gift. 

GBS wouldn't divulge exactly how much Letterman spent, but the jackets run AT LEAST $300 each ... so you do the math.

Safe to say, Dave can afford it.

  

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