Kanye West is NOT a reluctant member of reality television ... quite the opposite, he was actively involved in reality TV even before he hooked up with Kim Kardashian.
TMZ got hold of a failed pilot from 2010 -- starring Kanye's travel agent Brett Grolsch ... the self-proclaimed travel agent to the stars. The pilot is awful, but there's a big scene with none other than Kanye, schooling the agent on his choice of European flights to the U.S.
And speaking of flying ... Kanye has some revealing things to say on why he hates airports ... the place that has repeatedly gotten him in serious legal trouble.
Watch the video. Kanye is right at home on reality TV.
Lawsuit Is the Code Word
After Allegedly Trashing Home
7/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cameo front man Larry Blackmon trashed his Atlanta rental home and left it littered with dog poop ... according to a landlord who's going after the singer for back rent and property damage.
Blackmon -- famous singer of the 80s hit "Word Up" -- is about to be sued by National Lender Services for $6K in unpaid rent.
A rep for NLS tells us they slapped him with eviction papers to get Blackmon to leave, and he finally cleared out at the beginning of July.
We're told Larry left the place covered with trash ... along with ruined carpets, holes in walls, damaged appliances ... and dog feces all over the deck.
NLS estimates the damage at $10K ... and they plan on suing him for that too. So far, we haven't heard back from Blackmon's camp.
Now, all you sucker DJs who think you're fly ...
I Didn't Poison Prisoners
7/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arnold Schwarzenegger is NOT responsible for exposing prison inmates to a leprosy-like disease while governor ... so says The Terminator himself.
Schwarzenegger claims in new legal docs ... he is not personally responsible for an outbreak in Pleasant Valley State Prison, where spores in the soil triggered an epidemic of Valley Fever -- a disease that attacks the body's organs and leads to skin lesions, amputations and brain damage.
Arnold's being sued by inmates who claim they got sick because of his indifference -- warehousing prisoner where dangerous spores were in abundance.
But in the court docs Arnold says he was not indifferent ... he even held a news conference acknowledging the problem. But he says he was busy running the state and others were responsible for solving prison problems.
In essence ... Arnold is saying he's not personally responsible but if his underlings screwed up then the State might be on the hook.
Cash Strapped Rapper Unloads Condos
Heads for the Hills
7/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget the hos and their area codes ... Ludacris is more into realtors in different zip codes now -- he just ditched a sweet West L.A. penthouse condo to move into the Hollywood Hills.
We got pics inside the 2 bed, 2-bath West L.A. condo he sold for $830K. He paid $669K for the place back in 2002 ... right after "Area Codes" blew up, by the way.
Luda also sold a 2nd unit in the same building ... but lost a couple hundred grand on that one.
If the condos seem like small potatoes for Ludacris ... keep in mind he recently paid $4.8M for a baller pad up in the Hills of Hollywood, and still keeps a $2.8 million crib in Atlanta.
Pretty good for a guy who's pleading poverty in his child support case.
Michelle Thomas on
7/14/2014 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nancy Stafford is best known for playing the good looking blonde lawyer Michelle Thomas -- opposite Andy Griffith as Benjamin Matlock -- in the long running crime show "Matlock." Guess what she looks like now!
Bravo Show 'Game of Crowns'
During Bloody Premiere Party Fight
7/13/2014 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A bloody brawl broke out during the premiere party for a show on Bravo that debuts Sunday night ... and during the melee, one cast member chomped down Tyson-style on another cast members ear -- TWICE!
"Game of Crowns" star Vanassa Sebastian and her husband Brian ran into co-star Leha Guilmette and her husband Nick on the red carpet at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut Sunday ... and eyewitnesses tell us the two hubbies got into a full blown fight.
We're told Nick went ballistic during the scuffle ... biting Brian's ear twice before security stepped in.
"G.O.C." is about a group of married women who compete in "Mrs." beauty pageants.
The Connecticut State Police say no one was arrested ... but they're investigating the incident. They say the victim received minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.
Sources close to Brian Sebastian say he plans on pressing criminal charges against Nick.
Recovering in Style
First Pics Since NJ Turnpike Crash
7/13/2014 4:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan may be in a wheelchair ... but he's still rocking his signature fashion style -- while recovering from the terrible injuries he suffered last month in the NJ Turnpike crash.
Morgan was spotted out in New Jersey Saturday ... sporting a gold chain, a funky hat, some fresh Asics -- and a bandage on one of the legs he injured.
As we previously reported ... Tracy broke his femur in the accident but plans to continue rehabbing his injury at home with an aggressive outpatient program.
Get well soon.
My Baby's Name Is ...
7/13/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jwoww's stubborn baby is now officially here ... one day after inducing labor, she gave birth Sunday to a baby who's name you'd probably hear at the shore ... but not the Jersey Shore.
Jwoww and fiance Roger Mathews named their daughter Meilani Alexandra Mathews ... the guidette weighed 7lbs, 13 ounces.
As we previously reported, some members of the reality star's family and friends flew out to Jersey for the occasion.
No word on whether any of her co-stars were on hand for the birth.
Congressman Aaron Schock
Obamas Did Nothing Wrong
Getting Photo of Malia Deleted
7/13/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
President and Michelle Obama are rightly trying to protect their daughters by pressuring media outlets NOT to publish and post pics of the girls when they're out and about ... so says Congressman Aaron Schock.
We got the 33-year-old congressman out in D.C. Sunday and asked him about the pic that a photo agency shot of Malia leaving Gjelina, a popular L.A. restaurant, frequented by celebs and paparazzi. As we reported, Michelle Obama's people contacted the agency and got them to delete the pic.
Schock -- a Republican -- had an interesting comparison between the Bush twins and the current first daughters.
My First Tat Burned Off in Plane Crash ...
But I'm Gonna Fix It
7/13/2014 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Barker says he's finally gonna fix the tattoo on his leg that burned off in the 2008 plane crash that left 4 dead and Travis badly burned.
The Blink-182 drummer was talking tattoos on his way out of Brooklyn Projects in Los Angeles (confusing name, we know) ... and told us his plan for the area of burned off ink.
Travis has said in the past it was extremely painful to re-tattoo that part of his leg.
For those who don't remember ... Barker and DJ AM were the only two survivors when a private jet blew a tire while taking off and crashed into an embankment. The plane burst into flames.
Bloody Party Brawl
7/13/2014 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UPDATE: We now know Paris' side and it's WAY different. There were only 5 or 6 people at the house when Jeremy and a few of his friends just walked in without invitation. They were unwelcome and Brandon Davis asked them to leave. Jeremy went ballistic, saying, "Don't you know who I am? I was on 'Baywatch' and 'Celebrity Rehab'."
Jeremy then grabbed one of the guys and started choking him out, almost with superhuman strength. Several people jumped him to subdue him, and Jasmine Waltz hit him over the head with a vodka bottle.
Jeremy left and he and his friends broke something off Paris' car. Barron Hilton was bleeding, got stitches and is still in the hospital.
There was an all-out bloody brawl in Malibu early Sunday morning at Paris Hilton's house ... leaving a former "Baywatch" star a bloody mess ... TMZ has learned.
Jeremy Jackson says Paris, Brandon Davis and others viciously attacked him at around 2 AM ... someone cracking a liquor bottle on his head. Jeremy says, "They were literally going Rodney King on my ass."
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they got a call from 2 people, each claiming they were attacked by the other. Our sources say one of the 2 people was Paris Hilton's brother ... she has 2 and cops didn't know which. We do know Barron Hilton was at the party.
We're told when cops arrived at Paris' $65K a month rental ... no one wanted to press charges so no one was arrested.
We have not been able to reach Paris or Brandon for comment.
Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe
I'm Comfortable Saying I'm Gay
7/13/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe confirmed he's gay during an Australian sit-down interview Sunday ... after years of speculation over his sexuality.
Thorpe had denied he was gay for a long time, but told Network Ten he realized the truth about himself sometime in the past few weeks ... and started coming out to the people closest to him.
The Thorpedo -- who dominated the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney -- says he lied about his sexuality because he was too young at the time to know the truth.
Thorpe says he doesn't feel bad about lying either, explaining, "I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man. And I don’t want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable, and you can be gay."
Thorpe added he was worried about reaction from family, but says they've been extremely supportive.
Attends Wedding For Kim's Ex ...
Feel the Burn!
7/13/2014 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brody Jenner may have been too busy to attend his step-sister's wedding last month, but he cleared the decks to attend her ex-boyfriend's nuptials.
Reggie Bush tied the knot in grand style -- though still short of Versaillis -- at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego ... rated the #1 hotel in America by TripAdvisor's.
It's no secret ... there's no love lost between Kim Kardashian and Reggie, so it's pretty interesting Brody chose to go.
Brody took a plus one ... GF Kaitlynn Carter.