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Byron Allen

President Obama

'White President in Black Face'

5/24/2015 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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TV mega-mogul Byron Allen trashed President Obama Saturday night, essentially calling him an Uncle Tom, accusing him of not acting "like a black man."

Allen, a major TV producer who often programs for minority audiences, said he was outraged Obama referred to the Baltimore rioters as "thugs."

Allen warned Obama, "remember who you are," telling him, "It's OK to be President and a black man."

And then Allen goes for the juggler, saying Obama is a "white President in black face."

So we gotta ask ...  

Mama June

Bring 'Honey Boo Boo' Back

Or I'll Sue for a Million Bucks!!!

5/24/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mama June has given TLC an ultimatum -- either put "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" back on the air, or she'll sue the network for treating her far more harshly than the Duggar family. 

Mama June's lawyer tells TMZ, he gave the network the demand Friday, claiming the family's rights were violated when TLC yanked the show hours after TMZ posted a pic of June with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. They say Josh Duggar's conduct was far worse, with fewer consequences.

The attorney told TLC the family is willing to work for the same terms as before and they are all on board.

The lawyer told TLC he'd be happy to resolve the matter in court ... where he believes he can score a $1 million jury verdict. 

The attorney says if he doesn't get any action in the next week, he'll file the lawsuit.

Benzino & Althea Eaton

Getting Marriage Counseling ...

And it Pays TOP Dollar

5/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Althea Eaton and Benzino's non-stop drama cost them their "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" gigs -- but it also helped them score $200k to appear on "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars."

Sources close to the show tell TMZ that the powder keg lovebirds will work through their issues and see if they are truly ready for marriage in Season 4 -- and they'll rake in a sweet payday while they do it.

No doubt they make for good TV ... Benzino and Althea got tossed off 'LHHA' last year after allegedly instigating the now infamous all out brawl with Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez

Word of advice: the boot camp counselors should probably keep boxing gloves handy.

WWE Superstars

Wedding Crashers

5/24/2015 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-wwe-wedding-crash-TMZ-01Forget groomsmen .... A Syracuse couple got what they were after Saturday night when 3 huge wrestlers from the WWE barreled into their wedding reception.

Roman Reigns, R-Truth and Jimmy Uso (none the groom) were at a bar in the hotel when they heard the reception and made their way in.  What they didn't know -- the bride, Beth Samuels and her freshly-minted hubby Matt were huge WWE fans.  

Beth knew the WWE was having a show in Syracuse so she sent an email to the wrestling org inviting any of the wrestlers who might be looking for something to do.

Turns out the 3 guys didn't have a clue about the email ... they just dropped by and stayed 45 minutes.

Only thing more awesome ... if one of the guys face-planted someone in the cake.

Chris Brown

I'm Going Back to Vegas

But There are Strings Attached

5/24/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-chris-brown-palms-las-vegas-TMZ-GETTY-01Chris Brown will be allowed back in the Vegas hotel where he brawled during a basketball game ... but there are serious strings attached.

Brown wants to spend part of the Memorial Day weekend at The Palms, but the hotel has reservations.

You'll recall during the Mayweather/Pacquaio fight weekend Chris had a ridiculous suite at The Palms, which had its own basketball court and at around 3 AM he allegedly attacked an opponent. Police investigated but no charges were filed.

The Palms management is agreeable to allowing Chris back, but now there are rules.  For starters, he is not allowed to throw parties in the suite without pre-approval from hotel honchos.  The rule doesn't apply if he has fewer than 15 guests.

But there's more. No outside food or alcohol, which sounds more than a money-maker for the hotel than a real rule.

Chris will be tested, because Karrueche is booked at the same hotel Saturday night, and this will be the first time they've seen each other since their breakup.

Vegas, Karrueche, basketball, and a bunch of rules … what could possibly go wrong?

NHL Legend Mike Bossy

My Super Rare Puck Is On eBay

...And I Want It Back!!

5/24/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-mike-bossy-hockey-puck-TMZ-GETTY-01NY Islanders Hall of Famer Mike Bossy is eyeing a legendary NHL puck on eBay, but  refuses to pay a dime -- 'cause in his mind he's the rightful owner, and he's pissed someone's trying to sell it off.

Here's the deal ... in 1981, Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 games -- a feat only accomplished by 4 other players -- but about 30 years ago the treasured 50th puck slipped out of his hands.

We spoke to the eBay seller, Jake Jacobson ... a HUGE Islanders fan and former swim coach, who claims he ended up with the prized puck when Bossy's young daughter gave it to him as a thank you for her swimming lessons.

A couple years ago he contacted Bossy and offered to return it, but claims Bossy "didn't really seem interested." He says Bossy offered him a signed stick and that's about it. "He couldn't even meet. It just wasn't a good offer."

0522-hockey-puck-ebay-art-EBAY-01So, now Jacobson's gone the eBay route, and Bossy's ready to drop the gloves. The Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum -- which also wants the puck -- tells us, "Mike's position is, if the puck was mistakenly given to the seller, it's his rightful property. He shouldn't have to buy it back."

Bossy hasn't lawyered up, and Jacobson's pressing forward with the auction ... which ends Tuesday. Here's the thing ... his opening bid is $850, and he has ZERO offers.

He says he's not worried ... "I've gotten a few offers this week outside of the auction. I want a true Islanders fan to have the puck. Bossy had his chance to get it back."

'Bachelorette' Contestant

Warns 'Rape Joke' Guy ...

Mess with Kaitlyn, Mess with Canada!

5/24/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Freshly booted 'Bachelorette’ contestant Shawn Evans wants Ryan McDill to man up and apologize for his drunken banter -- including the "rape" comment -- or he’s taking matters into his own hands.

Evans – who pulled up to the bachelor mansion in a hot tub car  -- says he’s “disgusted” with McDill’s unapologetic remarks and sexually aggressive behavior with "our Canuck Bachelorette.”

He has given McDill a deadline for a public apology – the end of Monday’s episode. If McDill does not comply, Evans says he will “MAKE him apologize for his actions.” Exactly how, we're not sure.

Evans says he feels a responsibility to stand up for bachelorette Kaitlyn and all his offended fellow Canadians … even though they didn’t spend a ton of time together because he was nixed on one of the first episodes.

Evans says McDill needs to man up and apologize or he will call him out. 

'19 Kids and Counting'

Josh Duggar on the Chopping Block

5/23/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"19 Kids and Counting" may survive the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but Josh might not.

Connected industry sources tell TMZ, TLC is considering a number of options, weighing the pros and cons. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh.  

Our sources say there's a strong sense axing Josh would not materially hurt the show. We're told TLC has done research and it shows the daughters have become the driving force. The weddings of Jill and Jessa were ratings successes, as was the birth of Jill's baby.

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It wouldn't be hard to remove Josh. He's moved away from Arkansas to D.C. where he's focused on lobbying Congress. But that could change because he just resigned from the Family Research Council.

As for cancelling the show, our sources say there is significant concern that big advertisers will bail. TMZ broke the story, General Mills has already pulled the plug.

On the other hand, we're told TLC believes the show has a strong, loyal evangelical base and so far support has not wavered.

But removing Josh could be a good middle ground for TLC. 

Stay tuned.

Bobby Flay

Low Divorce Blow Over Breasts

5/23/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bobby Flay has taken an incredibly cheap shot at his estranged wife, telling the judge in their divorce case that any medical problems she has are the result of vanity ... specifically a boob job.

We're told as part of her argument to invalidate their prenup, Stephanie March says she's been plagued by well-publicized medical problems, including a burst appendix and 3 deep infections. As a result, she says she's unable to work as an actress and the prenup would create an undo financial hardship.

Bobby has responded to Stephanie's argument, but he got surprisingly detailed, saying the infections were the result of breast enhancement surgery. It's pretty clear the point he's making is that Stephanie's problems are her own doing ... choosing to go under the knife for the sake of vanity.

Stephanie also took a shot at Bobby, saying revelations of his alleged infidelity have compromised her health and mental state.

As TMZ reported, the prenup provides a relatively meager $5k a month in support. Stephanie claims she was a key reason Bobby was able to build his empire.

Josh Duggar

I'm Backin' Out of Sandusky

5/23/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-josh-duggar-TLC-01Josh Duggar has pulled the plug on a conference he was scheduled to attend in the most ironic of places ... Sandusky, Ohio.

Josh was supposed to speak at a home schooling convention next week, but in the wake of his public sexual molestation admission, we've learned he's cancelled the appearance.

We're told Josh told the organizers he would be too much of a distraction and didn't want the focus of the conference blurred.

We're also told convention organizers are commending Josh and his parents, saying they've handled the matter well and it all reflects back on Christ.

Scott Stapp

Amazing Recovery

After Drug/Alcohol-Fueled Meltdown

5/23/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scott Stapp looks incredible after a stint in rehab following one of the most bizarre meltdowns in recent memory.

The Creed frontman and wife Jaclyn breezed into LAX Friday, and we're blown away by how good Scott looks and sounds.

You may recall his paranoid rants last November, where Scott put himself on video saying he was on the run because the CIA was trying to kill him.  Jaclyn filed legal docs trying to get him committed.

Fast forward to Friday ... he's lucid and seemingly clean.  Scott says he's looking forward to seeing their friend, Jennifer Gimenez, who appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."  She's been a big part of Scott's recovery. 

We're told they're in town to appear on "Couples Therapy."

Ex 'Real Housewife' of BH

Live Streams Burglary ...

AT HER HOME!!

5/23/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-joyce-giraud-TMZ-01Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Joyce Giraud's home got hit by an alleged burglar -- and she watched the whole thing go down LIVE ... from her safe and relaxing vacation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the male suspect scaled an exterior wall, broke into the house through a back window, and then opened the front gate to pull his car into the driveway.

An employee who was home pushed the panic button, which triggered the alarm system and its surveillance app -- allowing Joyce to watch the entire incident unfold in real time on her phone. Talk about a vacay buzzkill.

We're told nothing appears to have been taken, since cops responded immediately and nabbed the guy for burglary -- and Joyce went right back to her mimosa ... most likely.

'Basketball Wives' Sundy Carter

My Weekend in Jail

5/23/2015 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-sundy-carter-dui-turn-in-TMZ-01Sundy Carter will be spending Sunday in jail ... Saturday too.

The former "Basketball Wives" star turned herself in Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Sundy was a no-show at the L.A. County Jail a while back, where she was supposed to serve a 2-day stint for a drunk driving conviction.

It appears the "better-late-than-never" principle applies to inmates, because Sundy was welcomed with open arms as she entered the facility.

It's possible she'll get out long  before the 2 days  because of jail overcrowding.

Sunday tells us,she's learned her lesson, saying, "I am a mother first and I am totally against drunk driving and encourage everyone to not drink and drive."

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