Joan Rivers is scoffing at the 2 women who were held hostage in a Cleveland, Ohio basement ... telling TMZ they shouldn't complain -- "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."
The women are pissed at Joan's comments on the "Today" show this week ... when she talked about her daughter's guest room, saying "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."
The women -- Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus -- came out swinging, saying they were shocked and disappointed at the "hurtful" comment.
Joan tells us she WON'T apologize, telling them to lighten up, adding, "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're ok. I bet you within 3 years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."
And Joan says, plenty of comedians have done schtick about tragic events like Hitler's terror and the sinking of the Titanic. Joan says, "The TV the guy gave them must not have had SNL."
The Day the Sizzurp Died
Main Ingredient Yanked
4/23/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
QB Calls Audible ...
I'm Getting Divorced
4/23/2014 2:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is filing for divorce from his wife Ashton ... after 2 years of marriage -- and less than 3 months after earning his first Super Bowl victory.
Wilson just made the announcement, saying ... "I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don't come easy."
Stuck in Jail 'Til June ... At Least
4/23/2014 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will rot behind bars until June -- at the very least -- because the singer's latest bid for freedom was just DENIED.
Brown -- who was jailed last month after getting booted from rehab -- was flown to D.C. and promptly jailed as he awaited trial in his assault case.
The trial was supposed to start today ... but it was just postponed until June.
Brown asked the judge in the Rihanna beating case to release him, but the judge just shut him down.
Translation: Brown will soon be flown back to L.A. -- where he'll remain in jail until June ... at the very least. It looks like he'll be flown back to D.C. on Con air ... a trip way worse than economy.
The stakes are high ... if Brown is convicted in D.C. ... the judge in the Rihanna case could violate his probation and sentence Brown to four years in PRISON.
No Big Deal
4/23/2014 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Leave it to Jodie Foster to go and get married and not make a big deal out of it.
Foster and her photographer girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, tied the knot over the weekend ... Jodie's rep confirms to TMZ. The pair had been dating for about a year.
Foster has never addressed her sexual orientation directly ... her speech at last year's Golden Globes -- where she said she did her "coming out 1,000 years ago" -- was really as close as she ever came.
Fact is ... it's pretty clear she's never felt a need or obligation to make a public declaration, and by getting married she's merely living her life and not screaming from the rafters.
Just one note ... remember how hard it was following that Golden Globes speech ... let's hope Foster and Hedison didn't write their own vows.
Get Your Stuff ... And Get Out
4/23/2014 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Scandal" star Columbus Short is being allowed to return to his home -- after being banned from the premises for allegedly threatening to kill his wife -- but he won't have time to get comfortable ... a judge is giving Short just 2 hours at home to get his stuff ... and get out.
Short was in court today seeking permission to move back into his house after his wife obtained a restraining order, barring him from entering the home -- but a judge denied his request.
Instead, the judge gave Short 2 hours next Monday to go to the house and gather any belongings he needs ... and only with his attorney present.
TMZ broke the story ... Tanee Short got the restraining order, claiming Short had threatened to kill her during an explosive fight in their Chatsworth home April 7. Tanee claimed Short pinned her down, choked her, and threatened to stab her unless she admitted to having affairs.
She also claimed Short put a knife to her throat and threatened murder/suicide.
Tanee has since filed for divorce and wants sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter.
DJ'ing Like a Commoner
Is This What the Poors Are Doing These Days?
4/23/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looking like the uncoolest person on the planet, Prince William did his best poor person impression Wednesday, hitting the "decks" for some "spinning" in Australia ... and Kate Middleton was obviously his only biggest fan.
Big Will and Kate are currently on a tour of New Zealand and Australia, and today's stop was the Northern Sound System in Adelaide, where William got some DJ lessons.
After dropping some "fat beats," William then pulled a Bieber, hitting up a nearby skate park for some "tagging." Or whatever the kids call it.
Nuclear Screaming Match
Wynn Called Obama an Asshole!
4/23/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Clooney stormed away during his fancy Vegas dinner with hotel tycoon Steve Wynn after Wynn called Prez Obama an asshole.
It sounds like an epic dinner. According to Wynn ... Clooney got drunk on tequila shots and when Wynn attacked the President ... he says George hurled an F-bomb and left.
Clooney says Wynn was railing over the Affordable Care Act. He says "I said that the President was my longtime friend and then he said, 'Your friend is an asshole.'" Clooney adds, "At that point I told Steve HE was an asshole and that I wasn't going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass."
Wynn told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "When he's [George] drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the President."
Wynn passes a lot of it off to alcohol, saying, "Clooney's fun to be with when he's sober ... If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don't stay late."
For Clooney's part he says there were 9 people at the dinner 2 weeks ago at Botero restaurant at Wynn's Encore hotel, adding, "It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character."
For Wynn's part, he says, "Everybody who's in my business -- the casino business -- knows to take actors with a grain of salt."
Producer Gary Goddard
I'm Not a Boy Rapist, Either
4/23/2014 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gary Goddard -- who has produced several big shows on and off-Broadway -- is now speaking out against allegations he participated in a Hollywood sex ring that victimized young boys.
Goddard's attorney tells TMZ, the allegations against the producer are "categorically denied."
As we reported, 31-year-old Michael Egan filed lawsuits against Goddard, "X Men" director Bryan Singer, TV producer Garth Ancier, and former president of Disney TV David Neuman -- claiming they sexually abused him as a young teen at various Hollywood parties and in Hawaii.
But Goddard's lawyer tells us, "Mr. Goddard was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan. He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged. Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time." Ancier and Neuman have also denied the allegations.
The lawyer calls Egan's claims "so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face."
Buys Up All the Vogues
But Why Now?
4/23/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian cannot get enough of herself ... hitting up a newsstand on Tuesday to buy up every issue of her Vogue magazine cover she could get her mitts on ... but why did she wait three weeks after the magazine hit shelves?
The video might answer the question ... as she and Kendall Jenner go rifling through the magazine racks, a camera crew (most likely from her reality show) is tracking their every move.
So maybe it was just a cool moment -- Kim celebrating a historic career achievement.
I Can Still Get Loose With 'All My N*****'
4/23/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Someone needs to remind Roseanne Barr her ass is 61 years old ... 'cause last night she was shaking it like it belonged to Miley Cyrus.
The new slimmed down Roseanne jumped on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset with comedian Red Grant -- and when the DJ dropped "30 Deep" by Chevy Woods ... RB got real loose.
By the way, some of the lyrics she's freaking to:
Jokers to the left and the right
See all my n*****
Same n***** that I started with
All my n*****
At least she didn't sing along.
In other news...
They're not living in mansions, but you know the Teen Mom stars must be raking in some money.
Jenelle Evans dishes some insight!
Forget Love in an Elevator
... She Got Engaged in One!
4/23/2014 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angie Everhart is engaged once again after her man proposed to her in an elevator, but trust us ... it's way more romantic than it sounds.
Our photog bumped into Everhart and her fiancé, Carl Ferro, not long after he popped the question at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood after dinner at ultra-cool hotspot Cleo.
The story about the proposal is cute ... but be sure to check out the rock on Angie's finger. Nice work!
But don't save the date juuuuuuuust yet ... this makes Angie's fifth time getting engaged, but she's only actually walked down the aisle once. But this one sounds like she'll seal the deal.
'Ice Road Truckers' Star
About That Whole
Hooker Kidnapping Thing
4/23/2014 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr claims HE is the victim and not the hooker he's accused of tying up, beating, and forcing to jump out a window ... and he is itching for his day in court.
As TMZ first reported, Zickuhr was charged with three felonies -- first degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion -- after an incident involving a Las Vegas hooker last December.
Zickuhr told our TMZ photog he did not hire the woman as a prostitute, instead insisting she's a friend. Zickuhr says he was trying to be a nice guy by loaning the woman money ... giving her his ATM card and PIN number. Instead of taking out a little ... Zickuhr claims she wiped him out.
Zickuhr says he never tied her up, never beat her and never made her jump out of a window ... but admits this whole ordeal has probably ruined his career in Hollywood.
BTW ... yes, we know that's Syrus from "Real World: Boston" standing next to him in the video. And yes, that's weird as hell.