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CBS & 'Big Brother'

We're OFFENDED By

Our Racist Houseguests

7/2/2013 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The honchos at CBS tell TMZ ... they were certainly OFFENDED by several racist and homophobic comments made by the current "Big Brother" houseguests ... but hey, that's live programming for ya.

The houseguests have been under fire from what appears to be the ENTIRE INTERNET over the following comments:

-- GinaMarie referred to welfare as “n**ger insurance”
-- Aaryn called gay contestant Andy a "queer."
-- Spencer referred to Andy as “Kermit the F**" ... and praised Hitler as a gifted speaker.

CBS has released a statement to TMZ ... saying, "We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive."

However, The Eye points out that 24/7 live programming can sometimes reveal some bad things about people ... saying, "At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone."

There have been rumors that Big Brother will be 86ing some of the offensive cast members -- but it certainly doesn't appear that's gonna happen.

Lindsay Lohan

I Am NOT Doing

'Celebrity Big Brother'

12/30/2012 10:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230-lindsay-lohan-ffnCameras follow Lindsay Lohan everywhere she goes, but she's not about to live with them ... telling friends she has no interest in doing "Celebrity Big Brother."

With LiLo arriving in London yesterday (see above), the rumor mill spun into overdrive ... saying Lindsay was in town to film the super-popular British show.

But according to our sources, the idea is "completely untrue" and total "nonsense." As one source pointed out ... how could she lock herself in a home for a few months when she has a court date next month?

If anyone locks up Lindsay Lohan, it won't be TV producers ... it'll be a judge.

'Big Brother' Star Willie Hantz

I'm NO Drunk Driver

7/26/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726_survivor_bailbonds_article"Big Brother" troublemaker Willie Hantz claims he's no drunk driver ... insisting he was merely sitting in the driver's seat with the car running when he was confronted by police this morning.

A short time after he was released from jail following his drunk driving arrest in Louisiana, the reality star went to his Twitter page to tell his side of the story:

"I wasn't driving. I was sitting in the driver's seat with the car running. I know stupid."

As TMZ first reported ... cops claim Willie tried to flee the scene ... but didn't make it too far before he was captured and arrested in a parking lot around 2AM.

But Hantz is calling BS on the alleged chase ... saying, "I didn't run from anyone. I was just moving my car like the cops asked me to. Then they came up and arrested me."

"If I would have ran then I would have been resisting arrest. I don't know where that came from."

For good measure, Willie posted a photo of himself posing in front of the bail bonds office after he was released from jail (above) ... and offered a final pearl of wisdom about the situation:

"I mean all I can do is laugh it off. Learn from it. Maybe."

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Willie called in to BBAD radio last night to further clarify, saying, "I just moved a car in a parking lot because the cop told me to ... when I moved the car, he arrested me ... I felt like I got Punk'd."

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Willie Hantz

'Big Brother' Villain

ARRESTED

7/26/2012 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:40 PM PT -- Willie has been released from custody on $750 bond.

Willie's brother, Russell, has since tweeted a CONGRATULATORY message to Willie ... writing, "Youre not famous until you have a mug shot congrats Willie @HantzBB lol"

11:17 AM PT --
The Lafayette City Police Department tells TMZ ... cops initially received a call about a fight in a parking lot near a bunch of bars.

When cops arrived, there was no fight ... but there WAS a big crowd. Cops tried to clear the scene ... when they noticed a yellow 2012 Camaro driving toward the back of the parking lot when everybody else was exiting.

Cops say they approached the vehicle ... but before they could get there, Willie swung open the door and started to run. After a "very short pursuit" ... Hantz was apprehended and arrested for OWI.

We're told Hantz refused a breathalyzer and a blood test to determine if he was over the legal limit.   

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"Big Brother" villain Willie Hantz was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this morning ... just DAYS after he was kicked out of the "BB" house for attacking one of his co-stars.

According to law enforcement, Hantz was arrested in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana at 2:07 AM for OWI -- operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Hantz is from Louisiana.

Hantz was kicked out of the BB house on July 20 after attempting to headbutt Joe during a heated exchange.

In his mug shot, 34-year-old Hantz is still sporting the mohawk haircut he gave himself while inside the "Big Brother" house.

Hantz is the younger brother of "Survivor" villain Russell Hantz.

Hantz is still in custody.

Story developing ...

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Ex-Big Brother Champ

TASED

After Dom. Violence Arrest

7/12/2012 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Another ex-"Big Brother" champ is in trouble with the law ... this time, it's the winner of Season 5, Andrew "Drew" T. Daniel ... who got his ass TASED by police during an arrest earlier this month.

The 30-year-old former reality star was arrested on July 2 after police in Champaign County, Ohio say he was involved in a domestic dispute with another man.

According to the police report, obtained by whiotv.com, the victim claims he was attacked by Daniel and sustained scrapes to his arms and body.

When cops responded to the scene, Daniel was reportedly difficult with police ... so cops broke out the taser ... and shocked the hell outta the guy.

Daniel was eventually arrested and charged with domestic violence. He's due in court on July 24.

Daniel ain't the first BB champ to run afoul of the law ... just last year, 2008 winner Adam Jasinski was sentenced to 4 years in prison for masterminding a prescription drug ring.

ABC to 'Big Brother'

You're Not THAT Original

5/23/2012 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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ABC is firing back at CBS -- claiming its new realty show "Glass House" is NOT stealing trade secrets from "Big Brother" ... because NOTHING about Big Brother is a secret.

The Alphabet network has filed a response in its legal battle with CBS -- asking a judge to throw out the "over-the-top" lawsuit ASAP.

In the docs, ABC says the insinuation that "Glass House" is stealing top secret info is "outrageous" ... because "there is nothing secret about editing a program with multiple feeds together or developing a narrative structure for it. That is reality TV."

ABC also says hidden cameras, putting contestants in isolation and doing contests is nothing special ... and shouldn't be considered a trade secret. 

In the suit, ABC claims there are significant differences between the two shows -- notably "Glass House" will be a team-oriented game ... whereas "Big Brother" contains an "every man for himself theme."

ABC scoffs at CBS' claim that 19 former "Big Brother" employees -- all of whom know the secret sauce -- defected to "Glass House." The network claims the reason so many BB employees left is because "Brother" producers run a reality TV sweat shop -- claiming "it is common knowledge in the industry that low pay and the 24 hours a day/7 days a week filming schedule makes life on the Big Brother set difficult."

The suit adds, "That employees prefer a different show with benefits and better hours is hardly evidence of a trade secret violation."

ABC is asking the court to deny every demand CBS has made -- so it can produce its show in a timely and cost-effective manner.

A judge has yet to rule on the matter.

CBS Sues ABC

You'll PAY for

Ripping Off 'Big Brother'

5/10/2012 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS wasn't bluffing ... 'cause the network has made good on its threat to sue ABC over an upcoming reality show which CBS claims is a blatant rip off of "Big Brother" ... and it's NASTY.

As we previously reported, CBS fired off a cease-and-desist letter to ABC last week ... claiming "Glass House" is "strikingly" similar to "Big Brother" -- a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes.

Now, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in L.A., CBS states, "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC's latest reality television project, 'Life in a Glass House.'"

In the suit, CBS refers to "Glass House" as a "carbon copy" of "Big Brother" -- and calls ABC's decision to green light the show an "obvious attempt ... to capitalize on its unique success."

CBS claims its trying to stop ABC from committing a blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information.

CBS also claims ABC has hired at least 19 former "BB" staffers to work on "Glass House" -- and believes the employees are actively disclosing CBS's trade secrets and confidential information to produce the show. CBS also believes at least one "Glass House" exec has been trying to poach current "BB" employees.

CBS wants at least 3 former high level "Big Brother" employees who signed with "Glass House" to fork over $500,000 EACH for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with CBS.

CBS is also suing ABC for unspecified damages.

Stay tuned.

CBS Threatens ABC

Shut Down 'Big Bro'

Rip-Off ... Or Else!

5/5/2012 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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is clashing with ABC over a new reality show -- claiming ABC's newest reality project "Glass House" is a "Big Brother" rip-off ... and if ABC doesn't pull the plug on it stat, CBS will sue.

Lawyers for CBS fired off a cease and desist letter to ABC on Friday, claiming "Glass House" -- about contestants living in a house, filmed round-the-clock, and voted out by viewers -- is strikingly similar to "Big Brother."

CBS says it's no coincidence either -- claiming 18 former "Big Brother" staffers are now working on the new ABC project.

CBS writes, "In the strongest possible terms, we must admonish ABC and anyone involved in the development or production of `Glass House' that they will be acting at their own peril if they continue to proceed in this manner."

ABC had no comment.

'Big Brother' Star

Topless at the Airport

2/27/2012 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Former "Big Brother" gym rat Jessie Godderz took his shirt off in the middle of LaGuardia Airport in New York yesterday ... so if you're into it, enjoy.

If you're not into it ... don't worry ... bikini pics on the way soon!

Israeli Snooki

'I'm Not a Whore!'

10/5/2011 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Jersey Shore" virus is spreading ... and no country is immune -- because Israel has a Snooki of their very own ... but she's adamant about one thing -- she's no "f**king whore!!"

Her name is Lihi Griner -- she came in second on "Big Brother: Israel" -- and she's an aspiring  reality train show wreck ... who's hoping she can one day out-trash The Snook.

It's gonna take hard work ... a TON of booze ... and a punch-resilient face.  God speed.

'Big Brother' Shelly

From Bullied

To Anti-Bullying Spokeswoman

10/2/2011 5:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Big Brother" contestant Shelly Moore is looking to turn her experience of being threatened and bullied because of her antics on the show into something positive ... by working to become a spokeswoman for an anti-bullying campaign.

Sources close to Moore tell TMZ ... Moore wants to use her 15 minutes of "BB" fame to start a speaking tour for kids K-12 to discuss the topic of bullying. We're told Moore wants to address how hate not only affects the person bullied, but can affect their whole families.

According to our sources, Moore is reaching out to other "Big Brother" contestants to put together a PSA about bullying.

As TMZ first reported, Shelly's family received death threats after Shelly voted to evict fan favorite Jeff Schroeder. The FBI investigated the threats, but the threatening calls and emails stopped after a few days.


'Big Brother' Winner Rachel

From One Reality Show

TO ANOTHER?

9/19/2011 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0917_rachel_brandon_big_brother_tmz_EX"Big Brother" winner Rachel Reilly and her fiance Brendon Villegas are going Hollywood, literally -- we're told Rachel plans on moving to Los Angeles and pitching her upcoming nuptials as a possible reality show.

Turns out ... when Rachel told our photog on Thursday night that she was getting married THIS weekend, well ... that was just the alcohol talking. Sources close to Rachel tell TMZ they have no plans on a quickie wedding, but they do want to settle down in Los Angeles (Brendon is currently enrolled in grad school at UCLA).

We're told Rachel is planning to use her "BB" winnings to buy a condo in town, look for opportunities in the entertainment biz, and plan her wedding.

And according to our sources, "planning her wedding" entails pitching it as a reality show to various production companies and networks in hopes of having it all paid for.

She's a shrewd player, all right.

"Big Brother" Star Shelly

Jeff and I Are BFFs Now

9/17/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0916_shelley_video_launch"Big Brother" contestant Shelly Moore says she's now best buds with former housemate Jeff Schroeder -- despite last month's feud that led some crazed fans to threaten to kill Shelly and her family.

In case you forgot, Shelly voted to evict the fan-favorite Jeff last month -- and a handful of psychotic viewers REVOLTED ... calling Shelly's house and issuing death threats.

But last night in L.A., Shelly said it's all in the past -- the threats have since died down ... and she's now on great terms with Jeff.

Shelly tells us, "This is a game ... Some fans get really excited, some get really crazy. It is what it is. We are fine. We are wonderful ... Jeff and Jordan and all of us, we're all buddies ... LIFE IS GOOD!"

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