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Heir to Frito-Lay Potato Chips

Found Dead

9/4/2015 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904-carter-lay-tmz-01Carter Lay, an heir to the Frito-Lay potato chip empire, was found dead in his L.A. home Thursday.

Cops tell TMZ they got a call around noon for an unconscious male.  When they arrived they found Carter in his bedroom, unresponsive. CPR failed and he was pronounced dead on the  scene.

Carter was the grandson of Herman Lay -- the founder of Frito-Lay. The company is valued at $13.1 billion, according to Forbes.

An autopsy is underway.  We're told there is nothing suspicious surrounding his death.

A friend of Lay tells TMZ he recently beat leukemia.

Carter, who has 2 kids, was 44.


Brutal McDonald's Beatdown

Teen Arrested

For Battery

9/4/2015 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A Louisiana teen could face Mc-Jail time after a video surfaced of her violently pulling a McDonald's employee through a drive-thru window. 

17-year-old Kailin Holland was arrested and booked for second degree battery. Cops say they used the video and witnesses to track down Holland and 3 passengers who they say were instigators.

It appears Holland had long-standing beef with the Mickey D's employee. 

Holland's 3 passengers have been ordered to appear in court for disturbing the peace and battery.

No break today for them. 


Joey Chestnut

I Crapped the Bed

... With a Hot Chick

9/3/2015 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joey Chestnut's losing streak goes way beyond competitive eating ... 'cause the ex-champ is revealing a major defeat he suffered in the bedroom -- and it's pretty nasty.

Joey joined #DateFails, a podcast co-hosted by comedians Stephen Kramer Glickman and Kate Quigley last week ... and to stay true to the name of the show, he let loose with a tale about about a 2009 hookup with a chick he met at a party -- hours after he was in a chili burrito competition. 

You gotta hear the story, but fair warning ... it ends with him paying $600 for a cleanup crew in the woman's bedroom. 

46 burritos. Not exactly an aphrodisiac.

Joey Chestnut


Stonie Crushes Champ At Rib Cook-Off

9/3/2015 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Might finally be time to stick a fork in Joey Chestnut, 'cause after tasting defeat at the Hot Dog championships ... the eating legend has now lost at RIBS as well. 

FYI -- Chestnut was the reigning rib champion at the annual Rib Cook-Off at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada ... "was" being the operative word, thanks to his arch enemy Matt Stonie


Stonie ate like a MONSTER Wednesday night -- throwing down 10.5 POUNDS of ribs in 12 minutes. Chestnut only sucked down 9.75 pounds, good enough for 2nd place. 

It's been a rough year for Joey -- after losing his crown at Nathan's Hot Dog eating championships on July 4th ... and even breaking off his engagement to his GF earlier this year. 

Let's not take away from Stonie's accomplishments though -- his numbers are good ... and at 23 years old, he seems to be the future of gluttony. 


Tori Spelling

Sues Benihana ...

I Got 3rd Degree Burns!!

9/2/2015 6:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902_tori_spelling_benihana_tmz-2Tori Spelling wants to torch Benihana in court after getting burned so badly in one of the restaurants, she was hospitalized ... according to a new lawsuit.

Spelling says she was at a Benihana in Encino, CA in April when she slipped and fell ... receiving, "deep second and third degree burn injuries." She reportedly fell onto one of the hibachi grills.

In the lawsuit Spelling says she racked up medical expenses, "general damage" and wage loss ... although there's no mention of where she was employed. She's suing the Benihana corporation -- not just the Encino location.

Tori's alleged injuries were still obvious in these pics from July.


Ronda Rousey

I Can Make Breakfast Sexy

... Debuts Carl's Jr. Ad

8/28/2015 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ronda Rousey is following the footsteps of some unlikely people ... Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge and even Kim Kardashian -- she's starring in a hot Carl's Jr. commercial.

The UFC superstar strips down to a sports bra and sexes it up to promote the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich. 

She looks good ... damn good. 

Gonna assume she got paid pretty well for the spot -- and, while it probably won't put her on the Forbes list, if she can continue to lock down mainstream sponsors like this ... she could definitely get there.  

Seacrest's Ex-GF

Taste Matters

When It Comes to My Men

8/28/2015 8:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We got to know Shayna Taylor when she was dating Ryan Seacrest -- but after this encounter she will forever be known for her skills in the kitchen ... and possibly the bedroom.

Shayna was leaving Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we hit her up for some recipe advice -- she hosts an online cooking show, after all.

The question: What can a woman cook to make a man go crazy for her? Shayna -- in a near-sheer top, btw -- actually had a great suggestion for men AND women ... and tasty too. 

Seacrest (missing) out!


Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah

I Got Maced

Over Serious Dog Issues

8/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-chester-cheetos-voice-actor-GETTY-FRITOLAY-01Chester Cheetah confronted a neighborhood bully about his barking dogs but got maced in the face instead ... so he says.

Adam Leadbeater, the voice actor behind the Cheetos mascot, says he got pepper sprayed in his PJs when he tried reasoning with his neighbor's son about their barking dogs.

Leadbeater said he couldn't defend himself because he has a condition which prevents him from closing his left eye.

He says he thought the neighbor was about to pull a gun, but instead got hosed with a can of mace.

Leadbeater got a restraining order against the neighbor, so looks like the guy was messing with the wrong cat.

Miss Cleo Lawsuit

Psychic Network Tarot Parts

French Toast Crunch Ad

8/26/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A call to Miss Cleo could cost General Mills a chunk of its cereal fortune -- thanks to a lawsuit you'd think a certain Jamaican lady woulda seen coming. 

The Psychic Readers Network -- which owns rights to the famed psychic persona -- is going after the cereal giant for using MC in new French Toast Crunch commercials. 

In the suit, PRN says it's dropped more than $100 mil in advertising to make Miss Cleo a pop culture phenom -- and then French Toast Crunch came along and jacked the whole Cleo look.

The psychics want all profits attributed to the ad campaign. General Mills had no comment on the lawsuit.

Ex-NFL Star Jason Taylor

I'm About to Lose My Juice

8/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-jason-taylor-fun-art-getty-01Jason Taylor -- former superstar defensive end for the Miami Dolphins and "Dancing with the Stars" alum -- has just learned juice bars and banks don't blend well.

Seems Jason invested in JuiceBlendz, located in South Florida, famous for its Strawberry Samba, Hangover Healer, and Your Whey. He and his partners borrowed $750k from the bank, but according to court docs stopped paying in April. 

The bank has now filed a lawsuit, demanding money and declaring its intention to foreclose on the business.

It's Your Whey or the High Whey.

Joey Chestnut

I Could Be the Next Subway Spokesman

8/23/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joey Chestnut says he may be nutty, but he would carry the Subway banner better than Jared Fogle for sure.

Joey was licking his wounds after losing another eating competition Saturday to Matt Stonie at the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship at the L.A. Japanese American Cultural Center.

As for Subway, it's unclear if his selling point is that you can eat 50 12-inchers and still not gain an lb.

Pink's Hot Dogs

Car Crashes Onto Sidewalk ...

Of L.A. Landmark

8/19/2015 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pink's Hot Dogs -- the most iconic eatery in Hollywood -- just had a customer come crashing up to its counter ... driving his or her car up on the sidewalk and smashing into parking meters.

According to witnesses ... it appears no one was seriously hurt when the car came to a stop, just inches from Pink's famed counter top. We're told the car careened onto the sidewalk after colliding with another vehicle in the street.

There's always a long line for the dogs -- so, it's really amazing no one was injured. Even more incredible ... looks like no one dared lose their place in line, despite the car wreck!

Warning to tourists: There is NO drive-thru window at Pink's. 




Come to My New Restaurant

Eat a Meatloaf Cupcake!

8/18/2015 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

T.I. is pushing the frontiers of cuisine in his new ATL restaurant, where meatloaf cupcakes are on the menu.

We got T.I. Monday at Equinox in L.A., and he gave us the lowdown on Scales 925, what he calls his upscale soul food eatery. 

T.I. has his fingers in all the pies, testing everything. He gives us menu highlights, but never explains the whole meatloaf cupcake thing.

Maybe it's the next kale. 

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