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Miss USA

We're Beggin' NBC

Save The Sash!!!

6/30/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-donald-trump-nbc-miss-usa-TMZ-01Miss USA organizers are trying to entice NBC to reverse their decision to ax the pageant, with the help of 51 beautiful women. 

Sources who run the pageant tell us, they're now scrambling to find a TV home just 2 weeks before the contest. They feel they shouldn't be painted with the same brush as Donald Trump, even though he has a majority stake in the pageant.

So executives who run Miss USA day-to-day are starting a petition, asking everyone associated with the pageant and others to send emails to NBC CEO Steve Burke.

The execs say they're between a rock and a hard place, because only Trump can try to cut a deal with another network, and he's made no such move. But the network has now orphaned the pageant so the only realistic option is for NBC to show mercy on the women who have no dog in Trump's fight.

The pageant people say they were blindsided by NBC's decision ... rehearsals are already underway and the girls are being fitted.   

Who knew 51 hot women would have trouble getting a date.

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NeNe Leakes

Don't Count Me

Out of 'RHOA' Just Yet

6/30/2015 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-nene-leakes-tmz-01NeNe Leakes isn't done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... TMZ has learned producers want her to come back in a reduced role, and she's game.

Our sources say, although NeNe made it seem she was gone for good, the show's producers are still angling to have her appear periodically during the season.  

As we reported, NeNe bailed on the show because the money wasn't right. She's already committed to doing a primetime network sitcom, and the only way she'd continue on 'RHOA' was if they delivered a wheelbarrow full of cash ... to make the crushing workload worthwhile.

But our sources say NeNe is open to a part-time role on 'RHOA,' again if the money is right and it fits with her sitcom schedule.

We're told Bravo is absolutely interested, and the negotiations will begin soon.

Stay tuned.

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‘Young & The Restless’ Star

Soap Opera Is Racist...

But I Still Want Back On

6/30/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-victoria-rowell-getty-01Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.

Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.

Among her allegations: she says she was ...

-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott

-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak" 

-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.

She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history. 

What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return. 

Something tells us it's not happening.   

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Journey Drummer

Charged with Raping Wife

6/30/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deen Castronovo
's recent arrest for domestic violence is much worse than we thought ... he's now been charged with rape ... TMZ has learned.

The Journey drummer had been arrested earlier this month for domestic violence related charges involving his wife, but now the D.A. has added new charges -- rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County, Oregon.

Journey booted Castronovo from its tour following his initial arrest.

Castronovo is due in court Tuesday.

Blac Chyna

I'm Still Not Banging Boxer BF

... 'He's A Muslim'

6/30/2015 9:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's still not banging her boxer/boyfriend J'Leon Love ... and this time the reason for the sexual time-out is down right holy.

Chyna was leaving Ace Of Diamonds strip club in L.A. Monday night when we asked if carnal activities had commenced between she and her love now that the Money Team member is no longer in training. You'll recall, she had previously said he was in a no-sex zone for 30 days before a fight.

Then Chyna hit us with the bad news ... J'Leon is a Muslim ... and is forbidden to do the horizontal mambo during the holy time of Ramadan ... which happens to be going on right now.

Ramadan lasts until July 17th.

Godspeed, Chyna.

Sean Penn

Charlize Who?

Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

6/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick.

These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly's 35th birthday, along with 3 other people.

They were by no means hush hush ... people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event.

They had a feast to end all, with a chicken with the feet still attached, truffle mac and cheese and a birthday cake. The people at Sean's table, along with others in the restaurant, serenaded Minka to "Happy Birthday."

Sean picked up the tab ... and it was pricey.

Minka has not mentioned Sean, but after the dinner she Instagrammed, "Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start."

  

Caitlyn Jenner

Creates Big Apple Frenzy

6/30/2015 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630-caitlyn-jenner-splash-inf-02Caitlyn Jenner stepped out with new best friend Diane Sawyer Monday night in NYC, and she has the paparazzi eating out of the palm of her hand.

It's pretty incredible ... the flurry of questions Bruce Jenner faced over the last few years are all gone ... and now it's all glam and respect as the paps fought to get an over-the-shoulder shot.

Caitlyn and Diane did not know each other before their interview, but we're told they hit it off and created a warm friendship. 

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Shia LaBeouf

Insane Patriotism...

At Mt. Rushmore

6/30/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shia LaBeouf displayed raging patriotism over the weekend at Mount Rushmore. 

Shia's fellow tourists tell us, they thought they he was just a random crazy until they got close ... then realized the guy without the shirt was the famous actor, screaming "AMERICA!!!!!!" 

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An old lady eventually asked LaBeouf to tone it down ... and things got weirder. We're told LaBeouf claimed he was a Marine and then asked her on a date. 

Shia's in the area filming "American Honey," where he suffered a gnarly head wound last week during an accident on the set.

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Slim From 112

They Want to Strip Me

Of My 'Magic Mike' Royalties!

6/30/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-slim-magic-mike-instagram-01"Magic Mike XXL" has been a dream come true for a huge '90s R&B group ... problem is, one of the lead singers isn't gonna see any of those dollar bills.

The group 112 is going to have a resu-erection with its song "Anywhere," which is featured in the flick. Now here's the rub. The lead singer, Slim, has filed for bankruptcy. It seems the official in charge of the case is a fan of the stripper film, because he's aware of Slim's involvement.

So the bankruptcy trustee has filed legal docs saying any profits Slim sees from the song or the movie must  be used to pay off his long list of creditors.  

Slim should tell the trustee to stuff it.

In other news...

Sally Field Looks A Totally Different Age Without Makeup!

This is how you're used to seeing Sally Field, but the actress actually looks younger without all the face paint!

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Paris Hilton

I'm Suing the

'Plane Crash' Pranksters

6/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton is telling business associates ... she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode ... just to get a rise out of her. 

We're told Paris is furious over the stunt ... in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to shut down the engines in her plane, and then nose-dive to the ground. Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life ... something the video pretty clearly shows. 

Our sources say she's "totally freaked out" over flying anywhere ... something she's required to constantly do. She's already called her lawyers to find out who's responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.

Paris tells them she had absolutely no clue this was a prank ... she wasn't in on it. She also doesn't believe anyone in her camp was involved.

An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai.

And Paris says ... it was a lot worse than it looked on video. She says the plane almost hit the water during the dive and then steeply pulled out of the dive, almost doing a loop as it ascended.

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Pat Houston, Tina Brown

Lock Hands

As Bobbi Kristina Slips Away

6/30/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Houston and Brown families came together again Monday as they prepare for the death of Bobbi Kristina.

Pat Houston left the Peachtree Christian Hospice near Atlanta, hand-in-hand with Tina Brown, Bobby Brown's sister.

The families were in a bitter feud for months over the care and the estate of Bobbi Kristina, but it appears there's at least a temporary detente.  

Bobbi Kristina was taken off all life-sustaining medication keeping her alive last week after doctors told the families there was nothing more they could do for her.

Erin Andrews

Back On with Jarret Stoll

... After Coke Bust

6/30/2015 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-erin-andrews-jarret-twitterSeems NHL star Jarret Stoll dodged TWO bullets after his cocaine arrest in Vegas -- 'cause not only did he duck jail, but now it seems he managed to hang on to his celeb GF too! 

For the first time since he was busted allegedly trying to smuggle coke into a Vegas pool party, Stoll was out in public with his longtime girlfriend Erin Andrews

There were rumblings Andrews dumped his ass after the Vegas drama ... but the two hit up a NASCAR event at the Sonoma Raceway this weekend ... acting as couply as they used to be. 

As we previously reported, Stoll was facing 4 years behind bars ... but struck a plea deal in which he basically has to do some community service. 

Dude's gettin' second chances all around -- don't blow it. 

[h/t Busted Coverage]

Michael Sam & Vito

All Signs Point to Breakup

6/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_michael_sam_Vito-Cammisano_TMZHold off on the wedding gifts ... 'cause it seems Michael Sam and his fiance Vito Cammisano are DUNZO ... just 6 months after the couple got engaged. 

Sam's people and Vito's camp are being unusually tight lipped about the couple's official status -- but the signs are all over social media. Here are the clues ... 

Clue #1 -- Michael has REMOVED several affectionate photos of himself and Vito from Twitter and Instagram recently, including their famous engagement pic taken at St. Peter's Basilica.   

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Clue #2 -- The couple hasn't been spotted together in almost 2 months ... even when Sam left the Montreal Alouettes under mysterious circumstances earlier this month.  Bizarre for an engaged couple, right? Also, no tweets of concern or support from Vito. 

Clue #3 -- Vito, an aspiring video blogger, just published his very first YouTube video this week ... and he's not wearing his engagement ring. Again, unusual for Vito, who had been sporting the ring EVERYWHERE ... from the Vegas pool scene to hikes at L.A.'s famous Runyun Canyon. 

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Sam and Vito were college sweethearts -- they met in 2009 at the University of Missouri but didn't start dating until 2011. They broke up during Sam's senior year in college, but got back together. 

We reached out to both camps multiple times -- but no one's saying a word ... which is super weird considering how public their relationship has been in the past. 

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