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Adam Rippon Praises Pope Francis Pro-Gay Comments Were 'So Awesome!'

5/27/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Pope is gonna be stoked ... 'cause he just got some serious props from the guy who won "Dancing with the Stars!"

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon -- the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics -- says he heard about Pope Francis telling a gay man that his sexuality "does not matter" and thinks it's "so awesome!" 

Backstory ... Pope Francis had spent some time back in April with a man who was sexually abused by a priest. When the topic of his sexuality came up, the Pope reportedly said, "God made you like this. God loves you like this."

He added, "The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."

Rippon LOVED the comments ... and told TMZ Sports, "I think that's so awesome what the Pope said. It would be pretty cool to like meet him one day."

Warren Sapp Stage Dancin' ... at Timberlake Concert

5/16/2018 7:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Warren Sapp got one helluva VIP experience at the Justin Timberlake concert Tuesday night when the Hall of Famer was invited up onstage ... to dance!

 It all went down at the Amalie Arena in Tampa ... where they LOOOOVE Sapp. 

Before JT took the stage, DJ Freestyle Steve got to warm up the crowd ... and brought the former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant up to show off some moves while he played "Tootsee Roll."

Interesting move considering Sapp's legal history (he was convicted of domestic violence in 2015), but the crowd didn't seem to care ... and neither did JT, who posed for a selfie with the 45-year-old. 

So, how'd the Sapp cameo go over on social media? Not well ... 

"@WarrenSapp sit ur stupid ass down!"

"@jtimberlake do your @tmz research on @WarrenSapp before you pull him onstage at your concert in Tampa...."

"Warren Sapp at Amalie for the #JustinTimberlake show. QB killah needs a jobbie-job."

Paige VanZant Move Over, Ronda ... I Want In WWE, Too!

1/14/2018 12:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey ain't the only UFC star gunnin' for the WWE ... Paige VanZant says she LOVES the pro wrestling biz, and is "definitely interested" in making the jump.

"If the knock comes onto my door, I'm taking it," Paige told TMZ Sports before adding ... "when the time is right."

PVZ also seemed pretty down to face Rousey in the ring ... especially if WWE lets 'em throw hands for real!

For now, VanZant's gonna stick with kickin' ass inside the Octagon. She's making her debut at 125 pounds this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 124 ... and says she's got BIG plans for 2018.

One of those plans involves the UFC ... but she's also got a serious proposition for "Dancing with the Stars!"

NFL's Rashad Jennings Crossing Over to Competitive Dance ... After 'DWTS' Win

1/11/2018 8:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Now that he's retired from the NFL, "Dancing with the Stars" champ Rashad Jennings tells TMZ Sports he's trying to making a serious run in the dance world!

"I have not put up my shoes yet in the ballroom," Jennings said. "I'm actually gonna enter into a competition in March."

Pretty awesome ... especially considering Rashad -- who was at a gala for the Muscular Dystrophy Association -- had zero dance experience before we got him to shout out the reality show.

The pitch worked, he won Season 24 of 'DWTS' ... and now it looks like he could parlay that success into something big.

Shad's already teaching classes on his new passion -- dude knows what he's doing!

AJ McLean Nick Carter Rape Claim Is Bogus

12/5/2017 10:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

AJ McLean is standing firm with his Backstreet bro, saying there is no way Nick Carter raped anyone ... and although he generally supports accusers ... he just can't in Nick's case.

We got AJ at LAX Monday and he insisted Dream singer Melissa Schuman's claim Nick raped her in 2002 had to be bogus. Others have defended Carter, like his "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Sharna Burgess.

But, AJ has a long history with Nick -- back to their pre-teen days -- and says his groupmate just isn't that kinda guy.

What's interesting here is AJ walking the line. You can see he wants to come out strong for Nick, but he's also wary of victim shaming, and even applauds women for coming forward. Well, most anyway.

Nick Carter's 'DWTS' Partner Not Victim Shaming Here But He Was Respectful to All

12/3/2017 2:51 PM PST

Nick Carter's partner on "Dancing with the Stars" says him being accused of rape doesn't sound like the guy she knew ... 'cause he was a class act on the show.

Pro dancer Sharna Burgess posted a couple videos Saturday defending Nick after Melissa Schuman recently said he raped her in 2002, a claim he's denied.

Sharna says Nick was one of the most respectful partners she's had -- going so far as to say he never lashed out at anyone, even during the most tense times in their season ... which is apparently worthy of praise. She prefaced her clips by saying she isn't victim shaming.

While she might not be doing that per se, Sharna's definitely giving Nick a ringing endorsement here. That second place win in 2015 seems to have gone a long way.

Derek Fisher Kobe's Name's In the Mix for Next 'Dancing with the Stars'

11/23/2017 12:10 AM PST
Breaking News

Kobe Bryant ... in the ballroom?? Maybe. 

With "Dancing with the Stars" doing a full sports-themed competition with athletes next season, Derek Fisher told TooFab.com "Kobe's name keeps coming up."

"He loves the show. He and the family watch it," Fisher said ... "[Producers] should at least try and call him!" 

Fisher competed on the show this season and loved it -- despite being the 3rd couple eliminated. 

Athletes tend to kill it on the show -- with NFL stars like Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward, Donald Driver and Rashad Jennings all winning dancing championships. 

Your move, Kobe. 

Terrell Owens Still Serious About NFL Comeback ... Unlike Ochocinco

11/7/2017 6:22 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

While Chad Ochocino has officially slammed the door on an NFL comeback, Terrell Owens tells TMZ Sports he's still DEAD SERIOUS about playing in the league. 

"I can help anybody," T.O. tells TMZ Sports ... saying his tweet to the NY Giants about filling in as a WR was no joke. 

Owens had been competing on "Dancing with the Stars" for the past few months -- but says he would have left the show immediately if an NFL offer had come in

BTW, did you watch T.O. on that show? Still looks pretty good ... 

'DWTS' Star Lindsey Stirling Possibly Done After Rib Injury

10/30/2017 7:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

 

"Dancing with the Stars" front-runner Lindsey Stirling is in excruciating pain after suffering a devastating injury that could knock her off the show.

'DWTS' sources tell TMZ ... Lindsey was badly hurt Sunday in rehearsal practicing a rapid dance move and was rushed to a hospital. We've learned she suffered a blunt rib injury and possible separation, and the pain's so immense it could force her to bow out of Monday's show.

Lindsey's dance partner, Mark Ballas, went to the hospital with Lindsey, and she asked him what would happen if she's unable to perform Monday. It's crushing ... he tells Lindsey she'll have to forfeit.

The accomplished violinist and YouTube star with more than 1.9 billion views on her channel talks about pushing her body to the limit and is obviously bummed it's come to this.

Frankie Muniz Binge-Watched 'Malcolm in the Middle' Because of Memory Loss

10/12/2017 7:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Frankie Muniz did plenty of Netflix and chill this summer ... not on a hot new show, but on "Malcolm in the Middle" to jog the memory.

We got Frankie at The Grove Wednesday and asked him about his big revelation on "Dancing with the Stars" -- that he's suffering severe memory loss due to multiple mini strokes and 9 concussions from playing sports.

Frankie -- looking healthy and happy, btw -- said drugs and alcohol have ZERO factor in his memory loss, but he does have a remedy for remembering his 'Malcolm' days -- binge-watching!

Terrell Owens 'DWTS' Moves Are Making Me Horny ... Says Lisa Lampanelli

10/8/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Terrell Owens ain't winning over the "Dancing with the Stars" judges ... but he's got the horny women of America on his side -- so says Lisa Lampanelli.

Lampanelli's a huge 'DWTS' fan -- so when we got the raunchy comic out in NYC, we asked her who she likes on the new season.

"This T.O. -- he keeps taking his shirt off, he has Lisa Lampanelli's vote!" 

Lampanelli told TMZ Sports she ain't horndoggin' like she used to ... but says Terrell's signature 6-pack has her seriously thinking about goin' back to her old bro-bangin' ways.

Watch your back, T.O.

'DWTS' Maksim Chmerkovskiy Golf Clubs Jacked ... In Weird Getaway

10/8/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is out one set of expensive golf clubs ... after someone drove by and jacked his gear straight out of his trunk.

Law enforcement sources tell us the 'DWTS' dancer was parked outside a Hollywood Hills home Wednesday night, when someone rolled up in an SUV next to his whip.

Someone inside the house with Maks saw a man hop out, pop open Maks' trunk somehow and steal his golf club set, which our sources say is worth about $10,000.

The guy threw the clubs in his SUV and took off before anyone could stop him.

Cops are investigating.

'DWTS' Barbara Corcoran I Like Holdin' Onto My Junk!!!

9/19/2017 7:27 AM PDT

Barbara Corcoran was hangin' onto Keo Motsepe for dear life ... hangin' onto his junk.

The "Shark Tank" star and her pro dancer scored a 14 on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" Monday ... but the bigger story was Barbara grabbing onto Keo's crotch as the judges were dishing scores.

What's unclear is if Babs was oblivious or conscious that she was in the region.   

We reached out to Barbara and she tells TMZ ... "No, I have better aim than that! I was reaching for his hand and landed on his thigh and hung on for dear life."

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