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Ben and Jen

Career Explosion Torpedoed Marriage

7/1/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-TMZ-02Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced NOT because of his drinking and gambling, but because he's become such hot property in Hollywood, she felt neglected ... so say some well-placed sources.  

There are clearly 2 views on the demise of the marriage. As we first reported, some sources with a bird's-eye view have told us Jen was fed up with Ben's booze and blackjack habits. But other sources who are also very familiar with the couple are saying when push came to shove, Jennifer made no mention of alcohol and gambling ... her beef was that Ben wasn't a "present husband."

Fact is ... Ben has had back-to-back film projects for several years, and spent much of his time out of town. The sources say Jen felt ignored and neglected, and they argued frequently over it.

These sources say this has nothing to do with Ben being a neglectful dad. Quite the opposite, they say he's a great dad who does everything he can for the kids. And, we're told, she didn't really have any beef about his parenting skills ... her  problem was with Ben as a husband.

In the end, we're told the breakup was mutual. Ben felt he was a good husband, who was juggling his career and family, but it wasn't enough for her.

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Emmitt Smith

Bails On Miss USA

In Wake of Trump Backlash

7/1/2015 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL legend Emmitt Smith is now distancing himself from Donald Trump ... backing out as a judge in the upcoming Miss USA pageant after Trump trashed Mexicans. 

Smith was one of 5 celebrity judges that was scheduled to participate on the show. 

Several high profile people have dropped out from the production including co-host Cheryl Burke, Flo Rida (who was supposed to perform) and Roselyn Sanchez. 

Don't forget Univision and NBC have also cut ties with Trump ... after he referred to Mexican immigrants as mostly drug dealers and rapists.  

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The Gambling & Drinking That Led to Their Downfall

7/1/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Star

Dope Freestyle …

About His Dog’s Crap

44 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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Score one for the Treblemakers! "Pitch Perfect" star Utkarsh Ambudkar ripped a freestyle rap that was totally the s**t, because that's what it was about ... his dog's crap to be exact, and it was near perfect. 

Ambudkar had just gotten off a plane from shooting "Barbershop 3" -- and still managed to drop a cypher when our photog gave him a dope beat. Best of all ... his dog had juuust dropped a deuce outside LAX, so he worked it right into the rhyme.

You gotta see it. Someone get this guy a record deal!

Enrique Iglesias

Arrested for ...

Driver's Seat Switcheroo

7/1/2015 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Enrique Iglesias got busted trying to slip out of the driver's seat of his ride when cops pulled him over recently -- possibly because he knew he had a suspended license ... just a guess.

According to Miami police, Iglesias was driving a white Cadillac Escalade back in May when cops pulled him over for driving in a closed off express lane. That's when his Houdini act began -- police say Enrique hopped into the back seat while his passenger slid into the driver's seat. 

The magic act bombed ... with cops, anyway.

Enrique and the passenger, his tour manager, both got arrested ... and both have pled not guilty to obstruction. Enrique also pled not guilty to driving with a suspended license. 

Bobbi Kristina

Family, Not Oprah

Took Heroic Steps to Save Her

7/1/2015 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bobbi Kristina's family is pissed over reports that Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry orchestrated a Hail Mary to save BK's life ... when they had nothing to do with it.   

Sources close to the Houston and Brown families tell TMZ ... it was Pat Houston -- and not O or TP -- who organized a medevac airplane to bring BK to meet with a specialist in Chicago. 

We're told the family feels the report makes them seem like they're relying on celebs to take care of BK ... when that just isn't the case. 

As TMZ previously reported, once the specialist told the family there was nothing to be done ... they decided to take BK off all medications and allow her to die in peace.

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Rick Ross

Tired of Jail

Asks for Bail

7/1/2015 9:27 AM PDT 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

7/1/2015 9:44 AM PDT 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

7/1/2015 9:02 AM PDT 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.

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Katy Perry Battles Nuns.

Katy Perry is trying to purchase a Los Angeles convent, but two nuns are not having it.

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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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'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. 

  

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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