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Cheryl Tiegs Ashley Graham IS Beautiful ... In the Face

5/19/2016 3:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cheryl Tiegs has a strange way of defending her comments about plus size models, in general ... and Ashley Graham, specifically.

We got the OG supermodel Thursday at LAX, and she told us the media misinterpreted her words when she said this year's S.I. Swimsuit cover girl Ashley's look was ... not healthy in the long run.

0519-ashley-graham-si-01So, check out the video -- Cheryl breaks down exactly what she really meant, and in the process says she prefers "the normal, fit athletic, Sports Illustrated girl."

There's more, including her true feelings about Ashley's beauty ... though we're not sure how Ashley will take this. 

#Covergirlwars

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Naomi Judd Never Said 'Slave Food' ... Ray J Got It Wrong

5/19/2016 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0519-judd-ray-j-getty-tmz-01Ray J did Naomi Judd dirty when he accused her of calling grits "slave food" while they were shooting their reality TV cooking competition -- because she NEVER used those words.

According to sources connected to "My Kitchen Rules" ... when the cast gathered Wednesday, producers played back the "grits" footage in question. We're told what really happened is Lance Bass and his mom served shrimp and grits -- as part of the show -- and during the meal Naomi said when she was growing up her mother wouldn't let her eat grits ... because it was poor people's food.

It's a huge distinction from what Ray J said in his video post -- that he'd seen Naomi refer to grits as "slave food." We're told Naomi was merely telling a story about something her mom had said.

Not to say the "poor people" comment is great, but it's a big difference from "slave food" -- plus, they were her mom's words, not Naomi's.

Still, we're told Ray J took the comment as low key racism, and he's unhappy about it.

Kesha Screw You, Dr. Luke ... Performs Dylan Tribute, After All

5/19/2016 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_barKemosabe Records is giving Kesha permission to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, after all.

Dr. Luke's label announced Thursday that it reached an agreement with the BMAs ... once it was satisfied there would be NO reference to Kesha's legal battle.update_grey_gray_bar Kesha got a small victory over Dr. Luke by pulling off the live performance he's blocked her from doing at the Billboard Music Awards.

Her pal, Ben Folds, invited her onstage during his Wednesday night concert at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre ... and they did a somber version of Bob Dylan's classic, "It Ain't Me, Babe."

Kesha said she wanted to do the song at Sunday night's BMAs ceremony -- but as TMZ first reported, Luke's Kemosabe Records bigfooted her ... and yanked its approval for her to play at the award show.

Sources at the BMAs say Kesha was planning to make a "statement" about her battle with Luke and Sony, and that's why he shut it down. Kesha denies she was going to mention Luke.

Ray J Naomi Judd Said Grits Are 'Slave Food'

5/18/2016 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Ray J is making serious accusations about Naomi Judd and grits -- namely, that she called the Southern dish ... "slave food."

Ray was on his way to the set of "My Kitchen Rules" when he described the alleged incident. Check out the video because what he has to say is incredibly shocking, if true.

As we reported ... Judd very openly said she didn't want to be on the cooking competition show once she found out her co-stars were people like Ray J, Brandi Glanville and Andrew "Dice" Clay.

Ray says he was disappointed to hear that's how Judd feels. As for the grits incident, he adds it definitely "smells like some racism."

We've reached out to Naomi's camp. We'll let you know as soon as we hear back.

Naomi Judd Burns Cooking Co-Stars ... I'm Above These Brandi & Ray J Types

5/18/2016 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0518_Naomi-Judd_my_kitchen_rules_gettyNaomi Judd wants nothing to do with reality TV stars like Ray J and Brandi Glanville, which is why she tried to quit "My Kitchen Rules" -- the cooking competition she's shooting with them.

Naomi went on the attack on Facebook claiming producers misled her about who her competition would be on the show. The other contestants include Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Glanville and LeAnn Rimes' ex Dean Sheremet, Ray J and Brandi, and Lance Bass and his mom Diane

Naomi skewered most of the cast, saying Brandi's from "one of those tawdry Housewives shows" ... Ray J's a "bad boy" who made a porn and calls Dice "a no holds barred comedian."

Naomi says she wanted off the show since she'd never "choose to socialize with" people like her co-stars, but she'd already signed on the dotted line. So, she's stuck.

She insists she's not judging, she just has different views from them. She also claims they've all formed an alliance against her on the show. Can't imagine why.

Donald Trump My Fans Are The Best Bullies In The U.S. of A

5/17/2016 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump says his fans can deliver a nasty tweet like nobody else ... especially when directed at Megyn Kelly.

The Donald sat down with the Fox anchor and made it clear ... his supporters come out guns a blazing when he's embroiled in a feud. Megyn called Donald out on retweeting some of the more aggressive posts aimed at her, to which Donald replied he knew she's been called MUCH worse. 

Donald has a clear take on how he'll feel if he loses the election ... let's just say, he likes to win.

Master P Sonya Makes HIM Say Uhh ... Has to Fork Over $825k

5/17/2016 5:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517_master_p_Sonya-Miller_tmz_instagramMaster P will not be collecting his reality show payday ... instead the entire lump sum of nearly a million bucks will go directly to his longtime estranged wife.

The judge in their ongoing war over child and spousal support ordered Master P to hand over $825,000 -- his salary for Season 2 of "Master P's Family Empire" -- to Sonya Miller. According to docs, that amount will cover back child and spousal support payments. The judge said the amount will also be used to secure future support.

As we've reported ... Sonya's been griping for years that P refused to give her a cent in support -- even though she was with him when he built his No Limit fortune, now estimated at $200 million.

The judge's order also requires him to pay $15k to Sonya's lawyer.

We've reached to Master P ... so far no word back.

Jillian Michaels My Neighbor's Dogs Are A Real Bitch

5/17/2016 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517-jillian-michaels-tmz-02Jillian Michaels has a real issue with her neighbor's pooches ... and it's gotten so bad she's called in the big guns to fix it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jillian's been in a fight with her Malibu next-door neighbor for months. We're told Jillian recently filed a complaint with animal control, saying the neighbor's dogs are a total menace ... charging her fence, bothering her dogs and scaring her kids and horses too. 

Animal control made a visit to Jillian's place last month but didn't see any cause for concern. They also checked the fence line for any breaks, but saw no problem.

At this point ... our sources say the feud's little more than "she said, he said" so animal control will continue to monitor the situation, but no disciplinary action's been taken yet. 

Kesha Dr. Luke Torpedoes Billboard Gig

5/17/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0517-kesha-tmzupdate_graphic_red_bar4:30 PM PT -- Kesha now denies she was going to take a shot at Dr. Luke at the BMAs ... insisting she was merely going to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of his, "It Ain't Me, Babe."

She says she was never going to "allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to."

Production sources on the award show tell us the Dylan classic includes several lines that could easily refer to Kesha's situation with Luke ... and that was not a coincidence.update_grey_gray_barDr. Luke is putting the kibosh on Kesha performing at the Billboard Music Awards ... where she was planning to make a "statement" about her war with Luke and Sony.

A rep for Dick Clark Productions -- which is producing the award show on Sunday -- says Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, has been unable to reach an agreement with Kesha for her to take the stage.

TMZ broke the story ... production sources told us the singer was going to reference her epic legal battle during her live BMAs performance. Problem for her is Kemosabe holds all the power, since it still controls her music rights.

We're told Dr. Luke had signed off, but pulled the plug once he got wind of what Kesha was planning.

Of course, she could still get onstage, and just not sing her own songs -- but we're told producers are still holding out hope for an 11th hour deal.

Matt Barnes On Fighting Fisher & Kaepernick 'I'll F*** 'Em Both Up'

5/17/2016 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's got no love for either man ... so we asked Matt Barnes who he'd rather fight, Derek Fisher or Colin Kaepernick?

His answer -- "I'll f*** both of 'em up."

Boom! 

As we previously reported, Barnes has had animosity toward the 49ers QB for years -- stemming from a situation where Matt felt "disrespected" by Colin. Clearly, there's still strong feelings. 

BTW, we also asked Matt if OKC Thunder star Steven Adams should get a pass for calling the Warriors "quick little monkeys" Monday in his post-game interview. 

Matt's all about forgiveness on this one -- explaining why he believes the New Zealander didn't mean any harm. 

Prince Dueling TV Specials Siblings at War

5/17/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0516_PRINCE_TRIBUTE_getty_compositePrince's siblings are now in a battle royale over how to market their late brother ... and make money in the process.

We've learned more than a dozen lawyers representing Prince's 6 siblings have been at each other's throats, competing for ways to get money for their clients ... and quickly.

Our sources say 3 and possibly 4 of the siblings and their lawyers have put together a TV package, with major music producers and famous artists who will perform Prince songs for a 2 hour TV special set to air in August.  

The plan is to make the 6 siblings co-producers, which will give them enough money to tide them over as the bank running the estate figures out how to dole out the cash.

Here's the conflict. We're told Tyka and at least one other sibling is not on board ... she wants to produce her own special and control it.

The other siblings are enraged Tyka gets to live rent free in a house Prince owned ... a house on which the bank is still paying the mortgage and home-related expenses. The siblings feel they too should get comparable support, but they're getting nothing ... thus their idea for the TV special.

One source connected with the negotiations tells us, the lawyers met last week and "it's gotten really nasty. No one can agree on anything."

Sinead O'Connor I'm Suing My Whole Family ... If I Don't Kill Myself First

5/17/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0517-sinead-oconnor-getty-01Sinead O'Connor's been forced out of her native Ireland by her father, ex-husband and ungrateful son ... if you buy what she's selling in a rambling angry letter about her suicide attempts.

Sinead blames her ex, John Reynolds, and son Jake for forcing her to "run to another continent just to stay alive." As we've reported, she's now living outside Chicago, and disappeared for 24 hours ... leading friends and family to think she was going to kill herself.

She acknowledges having a "suicidal compulsion" and says to the men in her family ... "Every one of you had better pray I die. Because I'm suing the f****** lot of you for what you've done to me if I manage to live through it."

In her Facebook post the singer also rants about abortions, her mother's death, her "psychological destruction" and a mountain of medical bills.

Sinead vows that if God doesn't kill her ... "We are all going to court and we are gonna have this out in full public for once and for all."

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Sinbad Prince Feuding About to Get Crazy ... Everyone Wants a Piece

5/17/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The rift between Prince's family and Prince's church did not affect his memorial service ... according to Sinbad, who was in attendance. 

The comedian was coming back to L.A. after attending the Jehovah's Witness memorial in Minnesota -- and explained how he got the coveted invite.

As TMZ reported -- Prince's family refused to take part or send his remains to the service.

Sinbad scoffed at any attempts to "one-up" other memorials, but added that there's about to be a lot of feuding over all things Prince ... even though it's the last thing he would've wanted.

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