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'DWTS' Guy-On-Guy Dancing During Ariana & Meghan Gig Too Fancy for ABC

11/12/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-ariana-grande-who-is-fancy-meghan-trainor-TMZ-GETTY-INSTAGRAm-01ABC has put the kibosh on 2 dudes dancing hip to hip on "Dancing with the Stars."

Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, the issue came up over an upcoming performance by an openly gay artist who goes by the name, Who Is Fancy. The performance is set for November 23, where he will debut his new song, "Boys Like You," featuring Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, who will also appear on the show.

The song is about a man falling in love with another man. We've learned Who Is Fancy's choreographer sent an email to a 'DWTS' producer, saying, it would "be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other."

Our sources say the 'DWTS' honchos discussed it and a producer fired back an email, saying, "Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network."  

We're told ABC agreed to allow "near dancing" during the performance, like a recent appearance by two men -- Alek and Carlos -- who shared the stage this week. Check out the video ... it's more like a Cirque performance than romantic ballroom dancing.

We contacted ABC, and the rep said they had no comment ... but a high-level source tells us, "Creative conversations are ongoing about the dance number."

Hulk Hogan Neutral in Mike Brown Case ... Despite Hulk Name Drop

12/5/2014 1:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hulk Hogan Mike Brown ShootingHulk Hogan is nonplussed that Officer Darren Wilson compared him to Mike Brown ... he's staying neutral.

The Hulkster was cruising into LAX Friday when our photog asked about Wilson telling ABC News ... Mike Brown was as powerful as Hulk the day he shot and killed the teen.

It doesn't take much to read between the lines ... Hulk thinks the truth lies somewhere in the middle ... somewhere between the Brown and Wilson scenarios.


Darren Wilson Michael Brown Said I Was 'Too Much of a Pussy to Shoot'

11/26/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
112614_darren_wilson_launchDarren Wilson says Michael Brown was goading him, saying he was "too much of a pussy to shoot me."

Wilson went through the events of the evening step-by-step ... prompted by ABC's George Stephanopoulos ... who, by the way, showed he's a great interviewer.

Wilson said it was either his life or Michael Brown's when he fired the shots in Ferguson, saying Brown absolutely did NOT have his hands up when he discharged the gun.

Wilson also said he and his wife are expecting a baby.

'DWTS' Celeb Janel Parrish Rehearsal Injury Makes Final Performance Iffy [VIDEO]

11/24/2014 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
DWTS Janel Parrish InjuryJanel Parrish just had her chances of winning the Mirrorball Trophy derailed ... at least that's the way it looks after she suffered a gnarly injury during rehearsal.

TMZ just got this video of the "Pretty Little Liars" star and Val Chmerkovskiy practicing lifts. Something bad clearly happened because you see her dissolve into tears as she hobbles to a room where doctors examine her.

It looks like she suffered a broken or compressed rib.

She hasn't been counted out, but it doesn't look good. The finals are tonight.


'DWTS' Star Cheryl Burke I'm Not Dying

7/11/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Dancing with the Stars" star Cheryl Burke looks dramatically different these days ... but she says she's NOT deathly ill ... hasn't had plastic surgery ... and she's pissed at all the trash talk.

Burke -- who recently dropped a sizable amount of weight -- posted this pic on Facebook ... and got bombarded with comments from people saying she looks anorexic.  Someone even suggested she's dying of AIDS. 

One person wrote, "Those Botox lips need there [sic] own FB page, gross" ... and another said she should delete the pic before it ends up on TMZ.

Burke is especially upset because she believes the same people who are trash-talking her now are the ones who called her fat before.

Burke -- who was once a regular on the club/party circuit -- tells TMZ there's absolutely nothing wrong with her ... she recently turned 30 and decided to stop drinking and hard partying.  She says she's living healthy ... and that what you see is the result of hard work.

Burke tells us, "I didn't have plastic surgery and I don't have an eating disorder. I'm just actually happy."


Elisabeth Hasselbeck Bringing Rosie Back Is TREASON!

7/9/2014 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is disgusted that "The View" is bringing Rosie O'Donnell back, as much as saying Rosie is a turncoat American.

Elisabeth -- who's on vacation from "Fox & Friends" --  called in to the show today to comment on the story TMZ broke Tuesday ... that Rosie's coming back for a second round on "The View."

Elisabeth said, "Here comes to "The View" the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network and really in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there."

Elisabeth and Rosie pretty much hated each other ... which ironically made the show compelling.

Fact is ... "The View" now needs another Elisabeth to survive.


Rosie O'Donnell Officially Joining 'The View'

7/8/2014 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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has made her deal with "The View" ... sources connected with the negotiations tell TMZ.

We're told the show will make the announcement shortly.

TMZ broke the story ... the negotiations fired up a few days ago and the deal was almost completed by end of business day Monday.

The deal is now complete. Rosie will join Whoopi Goldberg on the show.  As we reported, producers are also looking for a Latina and a conservative. Two conservative candidates who are being scoped are Abby Huntsman and Margaret Hoover.

'View' fans remember ... Rosie always made things interesting.


Rosie O'Donnell In 'Active Negotiations' To Rejoin 'The View'

7/7/2014 4:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rosie O'Donnell is currently in "active negotiations" with "The View" to come back to the program ... sources in connection with Rosie and the production tell TMZ.

We're told Rosie's people are discussing money and other terms with execs from the beleaguered show. She's definitely interested in coming back if the money is right, and we're told the negotiations are far along.

We're told the deal could be sealed shortly and the announcement could be made as early as tomorrow.

Rosie would be joining Whoopi Goldberg and that's about it so far.  The show is actively looking for replacements for Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.

'GMA' Hosts Robach and Spencer We Love Each Other So Much ... We Can't Stand It!

4/5/2014 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
040514_gma_launch"Good Morning America" anchors Lara Spencer and Amy Robach love each other so much, they can't keep their hands off each other ... or so they say.

We got Amy and Lara leaving lunch in NYC Saturday and they poo poo'ed our story that they hate each other, even suggesting sexism.

TMZ reported ... multiple sources connected with GMA say the women despise each other. Nevertheless, Lara and Amy insist -- REALLY INSIST -- that they're the best of buds.

So, we gotta ask ...

Michael Strahan I Can Stop the Bleeding at GMA

4/1/2014 7:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is joining "Good Morning America" on the heels of Josh Elliott's departure ... TMZ has confirmed.

ABC sources tell TMZ Strahan will appear during the 7:00 hour of GMA ... 3 to 4 times a week.  He'll be a utility player ... features, lifestyle, sports ... pretty much anything.

GMA is in trouble ... Josh Elliott's departure for NBC Sunday was bitter.  Sam Champion is gone.  Lara Spencer and Amy Robach hate each other.  

Not to mention ... Josh's departure makes little George Stephanopoulos look lost in the land of Amazons. Dude needs a testosterone-assist which Strahan provides. 

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How far behind could Kelly Ripa be?

Josh Elliott I Wanted Out of "GMA" So Bad I Took a Pay Cut!

4/1/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Josh Elliott was so disgusted with ABC ... he took a pay cut of more than a million dollars ... multiple sources connected with both ABC and NBC tell TMZ.

Our sources say ABC offered Josh between $4 and $5 million to stay, but he chose NBC despite the fact that they offered him just over $3 million.

We're told Josh was at the point of no return when Robin Roberts signed a $14 million a year contract to anchor GMA.  He felt slighted by the ABC offer and just wanted out.

Sources say the feeling is mutual.  As one source put it, "He's definitely an abrasive guy."  Another source says, "People hated him.  He was always just rude."

And get this ... we're told just weeks ago Sr. VP of ABC News James Goldston confronted Amy Robach -- Josh's replacement on GMA -- and called her "toxic" because she created tension on the set.  Indeed, we're told Amy and Lara Spencer "hate" each other and can't hide their contempt.

Another source says Robin Roberts hasn't helped matters -- one person saying she acts like a "diva" on the set.

As for Josh's future ... our network sources say NBC did NOT promise Josh any role on "Today," but we're told there's no doubt he's got to the top of the heap as the likely successor to Matt Lauer.

Morning TV ... it's just like grade school, only all the students are really rich.

'Bachelorette' Boyz II Men Date War

3/20/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LET THE GAMES BEGIN -- the men on the new season of "The Bachelorette" are already competing hard for the affections of sexy attorney Andi Dorfman ... and somehow, Boyz II Men got dragged into the fray.

Spoiler alert -- sources tell TMZ, Andi and her suitors were out in Santa Barbara Wednesday for their third group date ... when they arrived at an outdoor Boyz II Men show ... and took over the stage.

It was all obviously a set-up for the show, but it still looked like a blast. We're told the bachelors were split into two groups -- one in khaki blazers and one in blue cardigans -- and they each sang their own renditions of "I'll Make Love to You."

We're told the guy in the foreground (on the left) had the best voice.

And Andi ... looked hot.


Juan Pablo Who Needs 'The Bachelor'??? I'm Famous Without It

3/18/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo is already suffering from delusions of grandeur -- insisting he's big enough to host major nightclub events around the country ... WITHOUT mentioning his claim to fame, because that's exactly what he demanded.

TMZ has obtained the flier for Juan's upcoming club appearance at The Pool After Dark in Atlantic City on March 29th -- and NOWHERE on the flier does it mention "The Bachelor."

Looking at it, you'd think Enrique Iglesias canceled and the club was forced to hire a cheap replacement.

And it's no accident -- sources tell us, Juan specifically instructed the casino NOT to associate him with "The Bachelor" in any press releases or fliers.

And his ludicrous demands didn't end there -- we're told Juan agreed to a 15-person meet-and-greet on the condition no one asked about his reality show stint. Same rule goes for reporters looking for interviews.

Best part -- he's getting around $20,000.

Oh yeah, Nikki -- whom JP ultimately settled on by the end of the show -- will be there too. That is, if they're still together.

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