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Kanye West No 'American Idol' For Me

3/27/2017 6:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0314-kanye-west-tmz-02Kanye West is not in discussions with NBC or anyone else about doing a re-boot of "American Idol" ... contrary to reports.

Reports are surfacing NBC and producers are chomping at the bit to bring Kanye on as host, and discussions are underway. Not true.

Sources close to Kanye and with direct knowledge tell us ... "There is no conversation with Kanye West to join 'American Idol' or any other show for that matter."

There's been a buzz NBC might bring the show back, but not with Yeezy.

Burt Bacharach Sued Your Dog Bit My Fingers Off Thank God for My Groin!!!

3/27/2017 5:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327_Burt-Bacharach_tmzBurt Bacharach's being sued by a dog sitter who claims the mutt chewed off 2 of his fingers, requiring surgery using a skin graft from his groin.

Joel Gayner says he volunteered to take care of Alfie -- a Portuguese Water Dog like the ones the Obamas have. The 73-year-old sitter says one early morning he woke up to Alfie gasping for air, urinating all over the place with its eyes rolling back.

Joel says he dislodged a plastic bone on which Alfie was choking by pressing on his chest, massaging his esophagus and up the windpipe before broken pieces of a plastic bone came out of Alfie's mouth -- along with thick mucus and saliva.

He says this saved Alfie's life but minutes later, when he went to pet him, Joel says the dog snapped and mauled his left hand. The bite was so bad, Joel says his middle finger needed to be surgically reattached. What's more ... he says his index finger was also bitten off and he needed a skin graft from his groin area to reattach the missing chunks.

Joel says his fingers now have dead zones -- no feeling in multiple areas. He's suing for medical expenses and unspecified damages.

We've reached out to Burt, so far no word back.

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Michael Jackson Victory for Estate ... Judge Tells Ex-Biz Partners to Beat It

3/27/2017 5:23 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-michael-jackson-getty-2Michael Jackson's former business partners tried to get a multi-million dollar slice of the pie after MJ's death, but a judge just told them to kick rocks ... TMZ has learned.

Three of the 4 plaintiffs claim they had a meeting with Michael in a Tokyo hotel room on June 1, 2006, and MJ promised them shares of his company. They claim Michael wanted to reward them for their loyalty at a time when the music biz had turned its back on him.

The plaintiffs include MJ's former publicist Raymone Bain and Quadree el-Amin -- a former manager for Boyz II Men -- but they have a big problem. According to docs, there was no written contract, it was an oral agreement. Monday in L.A. the judge said their story lacked credibility, and they were too damn late.

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the MJ Estate, tells TMZ, "This was a frivolous and outrageous case and these claimants got what they deserved -- which was nothing."

The plaintiffs didn't file their claim until 2014 -- 5 years after Michael's death. The judge said if they really did strike this mega deal -- 1.6% each for 3 of them, and 10% for the 4th -- why not try to get it while Michael was still alive? Not to mention the deadline for such a claim was 2010.

In other words: Too Bad.

Kelly Rowland My Bod's STILL Too Bootylicious

3/27/2017 4:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-kelly-rowland-swimsuit-australia-beack-photos-launch-2Kelly Rowland's hanging out in Australia, and so is much of her ass.

Kelly put on her own kinda show on a beach in Sydney. Her one-piece was riding up a bit, but she's making it work. She's Down Under to judge the new season of 'The Voice.'

This outfit's a definite 4-chair turn.

Fetty Wap No Police Reports Jewelry Robbery Handled in the Streets

3/27/2017 4:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-fetty-wap-TMZ-01Fetty Wap's no snitch and that's exactly why he will not file a police report or even talk to cops about his jewelry robbery.

We're told the rapper won't cooperate in the investigation to determine who stole $450k in jewelry and thousands in cash at a Paterson, New Jersey deli early Sunday morning ... a robbery that triggered a shootout in which 3 people were injured.

We're told Fetty sees it this way ...  let the streets handle his feud with Raheem Thomas, aka Fuzz ... who was arrested on gun charges after he flashed Fetty's stolen "1738" chain on Instagram.

It's unclear if cops have tried reaching out to Fetty or anyone in his camp, but they shouldn't waste their time.

The 75 carat gold Cuban chain alone is valued at $350k.

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Cops aren't saying who fired the shots or who got hit.

Jodie Sweetin Ex-Fiance Arrested

3/27/2017 3:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327_Justin-Hodak-Arrest_tmz_wmJodie Sweetin's ex-fiance was just arrested for violating an order requiring him to stay clear of her.

Justin Hodak was arrested in Sherman Oaks, CA Monday ... days after she obtained a restraining order.

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Jodie claims earlier this month they had a nuclear fight, exacerbated by what she says was his anger triggered by steroids and alcohol. She says that's when she ended their engagement.

She says he threatened to kill himself with a 9mm pistol if she made him leave. He left the house with a gun, leaving behind an assault rifle. He also threatened suicide by cop.

Jodie got a restraining order requiring Hodak to stay 100 yards away from her, but Monday Jodie called police and reported a suspicious car in front of her house. When cops arrived they saw Hodak drive by, coming just feet from her home, so they stopped the car and arrested him.

Fetty Wap Robbery & Shootout Bloody Crime Scene Images

3/27/2017 2:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-fetty-wap-crime-scene-tmz-wm-4Minutes after Fetty Wap's crew got into a shootout ... one of the victims struggled to escape, before collapsing in a bloody scene.

TMZ obtained these images shot about 3 blocks away from the deli where the shots were fired. According to witnesses in the Paterson, NJ neighborhood ... the unnamed victim collapsed against the Nissan and lay there moaning until police located him.

In this video, you can hear the officer on scene calling for medical assistance. A total of 3 people suffered gunshot wounds during the battle.

Fetty's rival, Raheem Thomas, known as Fuzz, was arrested for gun possession and assault ... but police have not said if he actually fired during the shootout. He was clearly seen holding a weapon during a fight moments before the shooting started.

Steph Curry Drops $3,800 On Adorable New Puppy

3/27/2017 3:31 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

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Steph Curry's got a brand new family member -- he's adorable, he's furry and he ain't cheap! 

TMZ Sports has learned Steph and Ayesha just brought home a 10-week-old Goldendoodle puppy this week from a place called Murphy's Doodles ... a high-end breeder in Florida.

Click here... it's not over yet

Apollo Nida On the Hunt for Millions In Phaedra Parks Divorce

3/27/2017 2:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327-phaedra-parks-apollo-nida-TMZ-02Apollo Nida is thrilled a judge nullified his divorce from Phaedra Parks, because he's suspicious she hasn't disclosed all of their assets, and he wants his cut.

TMZ broke the story ... the judge decided the divorce was unfair because he wasn't informed of the final hearing where the divorce was granted. The judge was also ticked off by Phaedra's vindictiveness ... intentionally misspelling his name on the docs.

So now it's back to square one, and Apollo wants to go back on the hunt to determine what property is fair game to split ... property he says includes a million-dollar marital home, millions of dollars in personal property and several businesses.

Apollo, who is currently serving a prison sentence, also wants joint legal custody of their 2 sons.

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White House Repeat Fence Jumper Marci Wahl Inspired by Other Jumpers Vows to Do it Again

3/27/2017 1:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0327_white-house_fence_gettyThe woman who was twice arrested for attempting to jump a White House fence says she was inspired by the man who not only made it on the grounds for 17 minutes but even jiggled a doorknob.

Marci Wahl has just been charged with the crime of entering or remaining in a restricted building. True enough ... she never made it past the fence and in the first case her shoelaces became entangled on the spires and she dangled helplessly.

According to federal documents, obtained by TMZ, she said during an interview with Secret Service agents she was motivated by "the recent success" of other fence jumpers.

As for why she jumped the fence a second time after being taken into custody, she said she "lost track of where I was and was walking to the courthouse for a urinalysis appointment."

She told agents she was determined to speak with President Trump.

She went on to say she would stay in Washington D.C. until she felt bored, adding, "I feel like I am supposed to be here right now." She also said she plans on jumping the fence again, and when agents told her it was not the proper way of getting a meeting, she said she would contact her state senator.

Abby Lee Miller Bows Out Of 'Dance Moms'

3/27/2017 12:36 PM PDT
Breaking News

0327-abby-lee-miller-TMZ-02"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller is quitting the show because she says she's tired of being manipulated by male producers who don't know jack about dance.

Abby's been schooling kids in dance -- in her own unique way -- for 7 seasons, but posted her resignation in the wee hours of Monday morning. She blasted producers over creative differences ... saying she's continuously asked for credit on "all the ideas, award winning routines and costumes" but to no avail.

She insists she has no problem teaching the kids, but rather with "being manipulated, disrespected and used, day in and day out by men who never took a dance lesson in their lives and treat women like dirt."

It's unclear if she's quitting teaching altogether or just the reality show. We're waiting to hear back from her camp, and Lifetime has "no comment."

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Artie Lange Still Cool W/ Cops!! NYPD Gig After Drug Bust

3/27/2017 12:05 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

0327-artie-lange-Blue-Lives-Matter-NYCArtie Lange clearly holds no grudges ... because just days after he was busted for drugs he was onstage making hundreds of cops laugh their asses off.

Talk about irony -- the comedian had been booked to perform at the Blue Lives Matter Gala over the weekend ... even before his arrest. We're told there were fears he might not show up due to the heroin and cocaine possession arrest.

But the event went as planned -- with Artie cracking jokes during a 10 minute set for more than 300 NYPD honchos. We're also told Artie, a huge cop supporter, got a lot of support there.

One detective said, "(He's) a real good guy because he owns up to what he does and doesn't blame the system. He's a gentleman."

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Paul Walker Surfer Bros Beg City Council for 12 Foot Statue ... 'A Beacon of Headlights'

3/27/2017 11:51 AM PDT

Paul Walker could be standing tall in San Clemente thanks to some surfer bros who begged the City Council for a statue of their hero "in the midst of gnarly times."

Self-proclaimed freelance journalist Chad Kroeger made the pitch at last Tuesday's meeting, and his rationale for the 12 foot Paul statue is comedy gold ... and also, kinda touching. Chad's buddy gets up there too for some fond words on "unifying figure" Paul.

Dude, we can't even describe it ... you just have to watch this.

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