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Andy Samberg Vs. Andy Sandberg

Haters, Get it Straight!!!

9/22/2015 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-samberg-sandberg-tmz-twitter-01You'd think having the name Andy Samberg has its perks -- after all, the 'SNL' vet just hosted the Emmys -- but it's turned a namesake into a target of hate. 

Andy Sandberg, a Tony Award-winning producer, says his Twitter account has been flooded since Sunday night by haters who went on a mission to trash Samberg for his jokes about Donald Trump and Kim Davis

0922-subasset-andy-sandberg-twitter-02Turns out Samberg the comedian doesn't tweet from his own Twitter account ... he uses The Lonely Island account. The real problem here ... people don't know how to spell Samberg's last name.

It's been going on for years ... Sandberg says he gets Samberg's fan mail and pleas to audition for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." He's even gotten a residual check ... but he didn't open it.

Sandberg also says he barely watched the Emmys. Join the crowd.


Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters Emmy Diss ...

You Can't Cut Our Songs Short

9/21/2015 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921-dave-grohl-emmys-tmz-01Now we know why Dave Grohl was so pissed about the Foo Fighters getting yanked from the Emmy Awards stage -- and it's all about size. Yes, it matters ... especially at award shows.

A rep for Grohl tells TMZ ... the band was all set to perform, and would have been the first ever rock band to play the Emmys. But the rep says, "FOX then refused to allow the band to play a full song from the Emmy-winning Sonic Highways."

According to our sources, the network wanted the band to play half of their winning song and then play part of their hit song "Learn to Fly" ... but the band wasn't having it. 

We're told the directive came straight from the network and not the television academy, who was on board with the band's plan to play what they wanted to.

FF won 2 Emmys for its HBO docuseries, but you can tell from his reaction last night ... Dave wanted to play, but obviously ... he wanted it his way.

We have a call in to FOX and the Emmys for their side of the story. 

Terrence Howard

Bring On the


9/21/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0921-terrence-howard-miranda-APTerrence Howard was weirdly in an armlock at the Emmys with one of his divorced wives, and they were both wearing wedding bling.

Mira Pak was clutching Terrence's arm as they mugged for the camera.

Terrence and Mira were married on October 2013, but she filed for divorce this March. She gave birth to their son 2 months later. The divorce became final in July.

So it's surprising that not only are they together, they're wearing rings. 


Tracy Morgan

Makes Triumphant Return

at the Emmys

9/20/2015 8:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tracy Morgan made his first big public appearance since his accident in June 2014 ... presenting the award for Best Drama Series at Sunday night's Emmy Awards. 

Morgan spoke from the heart -- thanking his family and doctors -- and even cracked a few jokes as only he can.

The "30 Rock" star was in a coma for eight days following a car accident on June 7, 2014 when his vehicle was struck by a trailer operated by Walmart. 

Since his recovery, Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Walmart, got married, and will host "Saturday Night Live" next month.


Justin Bieber

Sobbing Was Real

Jitters Got Best of Me

8/31/2015 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber wasn't crying crocodile tears ... he really did get choked up and overcome with emotion when his VMA gig ended, and he's blaming his nerves for the sobfest.

Sources at the award show tell TMZ ... the Biebs was super nervous before his big "What Do You Mean?" performance ... because it's been five years since he last sang at the VMAs. 

Although Justin included a message about his "journey" -- with clear religious undertones -- we're told his break down was more about a sense of relief that he got through the comeback performance.

Justin recovered just fine from his butterflies though -- one video posted on Shots showed him onstage at Henry's singing his new hit again. No tears this time. 


Kanye West

Hosting VMAs On The Table

8/31/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0831-kanye-vmas-TMZ-01Next year's VMAs could become a 10-hour ordeal, because we found out MTV is considering Kanye as its host.

VMA sources tell TMZ ... MTV was thrilled with Kanye's 12-minute diatribe, despite the fact he brutally trashed the network and awards shows in general. As it was put to us, Kanye hosting next year is "on the table." After all, who woulda thunk Miley? 

Here's how much MTV loved it ... we're told they only allotted him 2 minutes, but people in the control room were told to stand down, because it was crazy entertaining.   

We're told after Kanye left the stage, an MTV big wig followed him to his dressing room and gushed about the spectacle. 

Kanye West

Over a Barrel ...

On Presidential Domain Name

8/31/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0831-kanye-president-VMAs-GETTY-01Kanye West may have just made a young man a fortune by announcing his possible run for President.

Tramall Ferguson registered "" back in April on a whim ... thinking maybe one day Yeezy would make it in the oval office.

The 24-year-old recent graduate said he registered a few other domains, including "" 

After Kanye's announcement at the MTV VMAs ... Tramal's phone is blowing up with huge offers to own the domain ... upwards of $80k.

0831-kanye-president-domain-SUB-INSTAGRAM-01Tramal says he's holding out ... waiting for Kanye to call.  He wouldn't say how much he'd charge, but he was clear ... Kanye's not getting it for free.

It'll take a lot more than a pair of those Yeezys.

Kanye West

I'm Running for President!!!

8/30/2015 8:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West just announced he's running for President in 2020.

On almost every level, it would seem like a gag to end his endless speech at the VMA's, but the Filibuster was so self-aggrandizing he just may mean it.

Here's the thing ... CNN's Brian Stelter just tweeted "Kanye for President" was registered earlier this year.

The whole speech was bizarre ... he relived the Taylor Swift hijack in endless detail, choking up, then acting contrite and the next moment outraged.


Busta Rhymes

Alleged Threats at BET Awards

Trigger Criminal Investigation

8/12/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0811-busta-rhymes-tmz-03Busta Rhymes is under investigation for allegedly threatening to slap fans at the BET Awards.

Kim Simpson says it all started when her friend accidentally bumped into the rapper while dancing at the June awards show. They apologized, but she says Busta went nuts, warning, “I’ll bite you and not that kinda bite” if it happened again.

Things escalated later when the two gals started snapping pics with reality star Deelishis, and Busta somehow got caught in the camera flash crossfire.


His reaction … “Don’t make me slap you” and then charged them, but security stopped him.  

Kim filed a police report and cops are trying to find Busta to interview him.

We reached out to Busta's lawyer ... he had no comment.


Nicki Minaj

Taylor Swift Was Wrong

... And She Admitted it

7/24/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj went on TV to tell the world ... Taylor Swift screwed up when she assumed Nicki was attacking her over the VMA noms.

Nicki went on 'GMA' and revealed she and Taylor had a chat yesterday and Swifty admitted she was wrong when she went after Nicki on Twitter, jumping to the conclusion that Nicki was ragging on her over "Anaconda" being passed on for video of the year.

Minaj says everything's now kumbaya between the 2 of them now that Taylor's eaten crow.

Peter Berg

Pissed Over Caitlyn Jenner

She Doesn't Deserve the Praise

7/16/2015 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0716-sub-peter-berg-instagram-01Peter Berg ain't happy with all the praise being heaped on Caitlyn Jenner -- and is now mocking everyone from ESPN to President Obama for honoring her ... instead of military vets. 

The "Friday Night Lights" director -- who also produces and co-stars in "Ballers" -- reposted a crass meme to Instagram following the ESPYs which compares a double amputee military vet to Caitlyn. 

Berg co-signed on the meme with a simple comment -- "Yup."  

Berg wasn't the only star to express outrage over Jenner getting the award -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry tweeted, "What exactly is 'COURAGE' these days?" 

He was retweeted by NFL linebacker Sio Moore

So, how is ESPN handling the criticism? Michelle Beadle summed it up this way:  

"This rage over an arbitrary award is silly. Courage and bravery come in many forms and faces. I welcome progress for everyone. #BeYou."  


Ben Affleck

Ring Around the ESPYs

7/15/2015 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0715-ben-affleck-wedding-ring-espys-GETTY-01Ben Affleck may be separated, but in the marriage department he has something Jimmy Fallon doesn't ... a wedding ring still attached to his finger. 

Ben gave Derek Jeter his award at the ESPYs and the ring was front and center. He's been wearing it lately, even though the couple announced they were getting divorced.

It was pretty funny ... watching the diehard Red Sox fan handing an award to his nemesis. Actually, pretty awesome.


Jazz Jennings

I May Meet My Transgender Hero Caitlyn at the ESPYs!

7/15/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jazz Jennings, one of the transgender community’s youngest crusaders, is a massive Caitlyn Jenner fan and she's gunning to meet her idol tonight at the ESPYs. 

Our photog caught up with the 14-year-old Tuesday in Bev Hills. She's in town promoting her new reality show “I Am Jazz,” but the highlight of the trip ... she scored a ticket to the show, where Caitlyn will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. 

Jennings was born a male but started her transition at age 3. Kid drops some serious knowledge on transgender equality.

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