Ex-"American Gladiators" star Nitro was hospitalized for a HEART ATTACK on Wednesday, TMZ has learned ... and Nitro tells us he thinks STEROIDS played a factor.
Dan Clark says he experienced intense chest pains while working out at an L.A. gym that night ... and then his left arm went numb.
Nitro asked a buddy to drive him to a nearby urgent care center ... where they quickly realized he was having a heart attack and put him in an ambulance for a nearby hospital.
Once Nitro arrived to the hospital, he was rushed into emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in one of his arteries. During the procedure, doctors fitted Nitro with a brand new stent.
Nitro says the whole thing was a shock 'cause he's in peak physical condition ... and believes the heart attack must have been a result of the YEARS of steroid abuse from his days as a Gladiator.
According to Nitro, 'roids weren't viewed as taboo back in the AG heyday ... it was just part of the culture.
Clark says he's confident he'll make a full recovery and says the worst part about the whole ordeal ... he can't workout for a month.
Other Networks Circle Like Sharks
If A&E Passes, We're In!
12/22/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" will NOT go homeless if A&E decides to pull the plug ... TMZ has learned, at least two other networks are salivating at the chance to pick up the popular reality show.
The owner of the popular Christian-affiliated Hunt Channel -- a guy named Merrill Sport -- tells TMZ, he'd pick up DD in a heart beat ... and would beam the show straight to its most loyal viewers: sportsmen and Christians.
He says, "We believe in the 2nd amendment and freedom of speech ... A&E needs to put on their big boy pants, and if they don't like the programming, they need to either let [DD] go or shut up and pay them."
Sports adds, "A&E is too scripted. [Hunt Channel] would let the personalities flow."
Rusty Faulk, CEO of the outdoorsy Pursuit Channel agrees, telling us Pursuit is 100% interested in grabbing DD if A&E takes a pass. Rusty adds, "We don't censor our personalities."
Even if DD comes to an end on A&E, we're told its contract with the family provides they couldn't do another show for a certain period of time.
Ex-Danity Kane Singer
I Got Screwed Out Of The Reunion
12/22/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Original Danity Kane singer D. Woods would have LOVED to perform with the group during their reunion concert in L.A. this week ... only problem, she says they didn't invite her.
Woods tells us she first heard about the groups reunion plans back in May -- but not through the girls -- instead she learned via TMZ ... when we shot the girls meeting up with a new manager.
The 29-year old singer says none of the girls ever expressed any interest in a reunion after breaking up 5 years ago ... and Woods was met with resistance every time she tried.
Woods isn't quite sure why the girls want nothing to do with her ... but says she's happy they're still having success with "the sound that I helped them create."
Sure sounds like it.
Tax Man Makes Him Say Uhhh!
12/22/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Master P will be doing his part to resolve California's debt crisis ... he just got hit with a giant tax bill.
P -- aka Percy Miller -- was slapped with liens for unpaid California taxes in 1999 and 2000 ... according to docs filed by the state tax board.
The documents show he owes $237,027.41.
The rapper/entrepreneur scored his biggest hit with "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" in 1998.
This will probably make him say ugh.
To Fight Child Homelessness
12/22/2013 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen loves 2 things a lot -- charities and porn stars ... he just dropped $50,000 for the young and the homeless.
We got proof Charlie anted up to My Friend's Place -- which services homeless young people in Hollywood -- they sent him a thank-you note that we obtained.
My Friend's Place is the latest beneficiary of Charlie's sizable bank account. In the last few months he's donated:
-- $25,000 to the PREDA foundation, a Philippine relief fund
-- $10,000 to The Walk to End Epilepsy
-- $150,000 to 3 charities chosen by the producer and director of "Scary Movie 5"
-- $75,000 to the family of a young cancer patient
-- $100,000 to Lindsay Lohan
Give the dude his due.
Charlie Sheen to Phil Robertson
Or Face a 'Masheen Style Media Beatdown'
12/21/2013 2:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen just WENT OFF on "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson -- threatening to unleash a monstrous media attack on the reality star ... unless he makes amends with gay people.
Sheen posted the long diatribe on Twitter ... and quickly put Phil on notice saying, "just when your desperately sub evolved ass thought the pressure was off, you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media beat down."
Charlie claims he's only voicing his opinion out of the blue for one reason ... to stick up for all his gay friends whose voices are not as powerful.
The letter is filled with classic Sheenism's -- like calling Phil a "shower-dodger", something about Charlie whittling his "cosmic banjo" ... and even a "news flash" for old times sake.
Stars and Scars
You Be the Judge
12/21/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rough week for the "Duck Dynasty" ducklings ... A&E's taking a lot of heat for sacking Phil Robertson. So we gotta ask ...
Cracker Barrel Bails On Phil's Products
12/21/2013 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Cracker Barrel has become the first sponsor to cut bait with "Duck Dynasty" ... but not entirely.
The Southern-themed food chain reacted to Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments by removing "selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests" from their stores and restaurants.
We called a bunch of Cracker Barrel stores, and the managers told us the products that were removed were the ones that had Phil's face plastered on the packaging. Almost to a person, the managers added, "We still offer a wide variety of Duck Commander products," and then we heard a click.
C.B. offers this explanation ... "We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people. These ideals are the core of our corporate culture."
As for most of the remaining products ... we're told you can find them in the sale bin.
... in 'Anchorman' Cameo
12/21/2013 12:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West and Marlon Brando have a lot in common in the acting department ... just ask Kim Kardashian.
Kim and Kanye hit up the Commons in Calabasas Friday to check out West's cameo in the new "Anchorman" flick ... and Kris Jenner, Kourtney, Scott Disick, Tyga and Blac Chyna tagged along for moral support.
After the movie Kim couldn't help gushing over her man's performance -- but the reality star may have taken it too far.
Kanye West -- Who knew he was a thespian?
Didn't Want to Diss Gay Employees
By Keeping Phil on Show
12/21/2013 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Phil Robertson disrespected gay employees at A&E ... and THAT'S why he was sacked from "Duck Dynasty" ... sources connected with the network tell TMZ.
We're told A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc felt she could not in good conscience ask gay employees to kill themselves for a show when he disrespected them by calling them sinners.
Our sources say ... gay employees involved in the production -- and there are a number of them -- were outraged by Phil's comments to GQ and wanted Dubuc to give him the ax.
We're told Dubuc felt this way ... If Phil had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews ... there would have been a public outcry for his head. She felt it was just plain wrong not to have the same sense of indignation when the comments were directed at gays.
Our sources say GLAAD was heavily involved in lobbying the network to 86 Phil, and they had an impact.
As for TMZ's criticism that A&E knew full well what it was getting with Phil when they hired him ... as one source put it, "He just took it too far with GQ ... especially with the coarse language."
Our sources say A&E is adamant -- this has nothing to do with being "anti-religion." Fact is ... the network runs lots of religious programming, notably, Mark Burnett's "The Bible."
The CEO is paying the price. We're told she's been receiving death threats.
With Atrocious Grammar
12/21/2013 10:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Barron Hilton has launched a full-frontal attack on the guy who beat him to a pulp in Miami last week ... and one thing's clear -- his 7th grade English teacher is hanging from the light fixture in her bathroom.
Barron posted his version of events on his Facebook page, scoffing at allegations he threw his famous last name around. Barron says, "This is as ludicrous, and almost as embarrassing as being publicly associated to (SIC -- sorry Barron, it's with) Lindsay Lohan."
Barron does admit, "I am guilty of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, nobody should ever put their hands on someone else." (Blatant run-on)
He continues by attacking puncher Ray Lemoine, "Lemoine sucker punched me, ran away, and used his blog to conjure up an image of himself as a hero by publishing lies." Suggestion -- period after hero -- confusing.
Barron says he wrote what he wrote because he was compelled to "articulate the truth."
He ends with delicious irony: "I hope this has brought clarity to the situation."
My Pasta Tweet Got Racial
12/21/2013 9:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steve Martin learned an important lesson about lasagna last night ... the dish can get racial.
The SNL alum was cracking grammar jokes on Twitter .. when someone asked, "is this how you spell lasonia?"
Steve's response ... "It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant."
Seconds later the 68-year old actor deleted the tweet and apologized. But the floodgates opened, the original tweet went viral and Martin atoned again: "I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I'd done ... In retrospect, bad joke."
A penne for his thoughts.
Tried to Strong Arm Wife
About Child Abuse Claims
12/21/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Steve Harvey tried to pressure his ex-wife into making a mea clupa ... that she lied when she claimed he brutally beat their son ... so she claims.
Steve Harvey's lawyer wrote a letter for Mary Harvey to sign -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she says she made up the allegation that Steve beat their 11-year-old son with a belt and paddle.
The letter reads in part, "I have to deal with that [the lie] and answer to God for my behavior."
The letter goes on, "I know that you love our son and would do anything legal to protect him. You are a loving father."
As for Steve's effort to keep the allegations under wraps, the letter goes on to say, "I realize that you sought the sealing of the record as a measure to protect our son from a lot of unnecessary anxiety from his peers and others and to protect us as a unit from a media frenzy."
Mary refused to sign the letter and their war continued ... ending this week with a judge throwing Mary in jail for leaking documents to the media.
As for Steve ... authorities cleared him of the child abuse charges.