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'Bachelor in Paradise' Josh Murray Nick Viall Won't Answer My Calls

8/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0823-josh-murray-nick-viall-instagram-01The beef between "Bachelor in Paradise" stars Josh Murray and Nick Viall is so real, Nick hasn't returned Josh's phone calls since season 3 wrapped ... TMZ has learned.  

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... when 'BiP' wrapped in June, several cast members warned Josh that Nick portrayed him as the villain for stealing away Amanda Stanton. Our sources say Josh felt blindsided by the bad blood but wanted to make things cool with Nick, so he reached out to him before the show aired ... but Nick never responded.

Sources close to Josh tell us he feels Nick seized the opportunity to play the role as a "victim" and feels that he won over Amanda fairly. When Josh first arrived at the house, he asked the girls if any of them were in a serious relationship ... and Amanda said no. However, we're told the clip didn't make the cut.

After seeing the drama unfold, we're told Josh feels it's now too late to ever respect him again.

Now that's tough love.

Ariana Grande Lip-Lock with Another Rapper

8/23/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0822_ariana_grande_mac_miller_kissing_tmz_wm Ariana Grande and Mac Miller are going very public with their relationship -- sucking down sushi and each other's faces, and we got the pics.

The couple hit up Katsu-Ya in the Valley Sunday night and couldn't keep their hands off of each other -- kissing and giggling through the meal. Witnesses tell us at one point Ariana was even lying on his lap. 

Sources close to them tell us they are dating, even though Mac's downplayed their relationship in interviews ... referring to Ariana as just a "homey." 

They've got some history. Before Ariana hooked up with Big Sean ... Mac was on the scene as her boyfriend in her "The Way" music video.

Way to go, homey.

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Tamar Braxton & Vince Herbert We're Still a Happy Couple ... Forget What You Heard!

8/23/2016 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's no trouble in paradise for Tamar Braxton and her husband, Vince Herbert ... at least that's how they're making it seem.

We got the couple Monday night at LAX, walking hand in hand, and asked if all is well in their marriage -- after an alleged incident Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. According to police docs, officers responded to the Ritz-Carlton for a couple having a heated argument.

Vince had reportedly bolted from the hotel when cops arrived ... and ultimately officers determined it was just a shouting match and there was no crime committed. 

So, check out the video -- they've either patched things up, or the Oscar goes to ... 

Billy Bush Lochte Demanded Sit-Down with Lauer ... There's No Bad Blood!

8/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Bush says Matt Lauer did NOT bigfoot him out of the coveted first sit-down interview with Ryan Lochte ... telling TMZ Sports it was Lochte who called the shots.

There are reports that Lauer and his "Today" show team have been mean-girling Bush behind the scenes ... treating him like an "outcast" ever since he joined the show back in May.

And eyebrows were raised when, after Bush scored that huge exclusive 1-on-1 with Lochte on the beach in Rio (the one where Lochte straight up lied) ... the follow-up sit-down went to Lauer.

So, what happened?

Bush says it was Lochte who set the terms for the follow-up and hand-picked Lauer. Bush says any suggestion that Matt orchestrated some diabolical plot to hijack his story is just wrong. 

As for Lochte ... we asked Bush if the swimmer owes him an apology for lying to him on camera -- he didn't exactly say no.

Jeremy Meeks No Dreamy Shoots With McMug Shot

8/22/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-jeremy-meek-anwar-hadid-instagram-01Bella and Gigi Hadid's little bro is NOT teaming up with an ex-con -- no matter how much of a handsome bastard the guy is.

Jeremy Meeks -- the former Cali state prisoner known as Dreamy McMug Shot -- posted a pic with Anwar Hadid ... which became a thing on the Internet, and started rumors the guys were doing a modeling shoot together.

Sources close to Anwar tell us he and Jeremy were introduced in Bev Hills last week, and Jeremy asked for a pic because he's a fan. Anwar obliged because he's a nice guy. 

Jeremy's no dummy though -- he's trying to make it big in modeling, which is probably why he didn't caption the photo.

Never hurts to be Hadid-adjacent.  

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Dwight Howard I'd Beat LeBron In MMA Fight ... Lemme Explain

8/22/2016 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NBA star Dwight Howard is a huge UFC fan -- so when we got him leaving UFC 202, we had to ask ... who would win if you stepped into the Octagon with LeBron James??

Howard ain't no bitch -- and says he'd put his money on himself. 

Look, he was just joking around ... but let's check out the tale of the tape:

Dwight -- 30 years old, 6'11", 265 lbs with a wingspan of 7'4".

LeBron -- 31 years old, 6'8", 250 lbs with a wingspan of 7'0". 

So, who YOU got???

Check out the clip ... Howard also says he's a big WWE fan and would be down to follow Dennis Rodman's lead and do a little wrastlin' himself at some point. 

"I'll get out there and scream and yell and suplex sombody! RKO outta nowhere!"

Heads up, McMahon family.

Usain Bolt Gold Medal Grinding ... But That Ain't Your GF!

8/22/2016 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Usain Bolt might have some 'splainin' to do ... 'cause the Jamaican track god was grinding all over some chick at a Brazilian nightclub this weekend ... a chick who ain't his GF.  

Bolt hit up the All In nightclub in Rio to celebrate his 30th birthday -- and went full crotch to ass with his female dance partner in front of a packed crowd ... while Rihanna's "Work" played in the background. 

As we previously reported, Bolt's been dating Jamaican fashionista Kasi Bennett -- but she was nowhere to be seen at the club. 

We've reached out to Usain's camp for comment -- stay tuned. 

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Jerry Stackhouse Michael Jordan NEVER Sang To Me ... My Ex-Teammate LIED

8/21/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-NBA star Jerry Stackhouse says claims that Michael Jordan would taunt him back in the day by singing Anita Baker lyrics to him are BS ... and he called the guy spreading the lies to rip him a new one.

We got Stack at LAX and asked about his former 76ers running mate Roshown McLeod's claim that His Airness had serenaded Jerry with some Anita Baker during an NBA game to throw him off.

Cool story ... but Stackhouse -- who had a reputation as one of the league's most terrifying players -- says the whole story is a Ryan Lochte (shame on you) ... and he had to call his boy and let him know.

Check out the clip ... and tell the truth, people.

Dana White I Don't Believe Jon Jones Used 'Roids

8/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Jones is ALMOST out of Dana White's doghouse ... with the UFC honcho telling TMZ Sports he doesn't believe the ex-champ was using steroids ... but he did take SOMETHING he shouldn't have. 

White joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weeknights on FS1) -- and spelled out the latest with Jones and the failed drug tests that got him kicked off the card at UFC 200

"He was accused of taking the drug that you take when you're getting off steroids ... and it's looking now like it's not the case. He did not take that drug. He took something else that had it in it."

White says he's not as pissed off at Jones as he was in the wake of the failed test -- but he's still upset. 

"I'm a little happier now that he wasn't taking that drug and that I now believe that he wasn't taking steroids ... but still, you can't put anything in your body without notifying USADA or the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

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Robert Griffin III 'No Way Wife Was Blindsided' ... QB's Friends Say

8/19/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0818_robert_giffin_Rebecca-Liddicoat_gettyRobert Griffin III is telling friends ... his wife was NOT blindsided by his decision to pursue a divorce -- insisting their marriage has been on the rocks for two years.

But it begs the question ... why would the couple then buy a house TOGETHER in April? 

As we previously reported RG3's wife, Rebecca Liddicoat, was devastated over a Cleveland.com report that Griffin was in the process of filing for divorce ... and has told people she was "blindsided."

But our RG3 sources are saying BS.

One source extremely close to the QB tells us, "They have been working on their marriage for the past 2 years. Things didn't get better. They have been separated since January."

"Robert decided to separate while pursuing a divorce, she was not blindsided by his decision to go through with the divorce at this time."

"All he cares about is being a great father to his daughter moving forward."

But TMZ Sports has learned ... Robert and Rebecca bought a house together in April. And according to the deed, filed on April 14th with the recorder's office, it includes BOTH of their names.

Our RG3 sources say he bought the house for HIMSELF only -- and there was no intent to live together.

But that begs question ... why would Rebecca go in on a house with her rich soon-to-be ex if she wasn't planning on living in it?

Ryan Lochte $400 for Cracked Sandwich Sign ... Highway Robbery?

8/18/2016 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan Lochte and his crew paid around $400 to the Rio gas station owner for a sandwich sign they cracked during their drunken escapade, and the amount of cash may actually help the boys.

Our guy in Rio got a pic of the damage, and all you see is a slight crack on the plastic cover of a sign on the wall outside the bathroom. Although cops talked about a mirror that was broken in the bathroom, we saw no evidence of this and someone who works there said the sign was the only thing damaged.

Lochte claims he and the other swimmers offered around $50 for the damage but the station wanted more. Our Lochte sources tell us he paid around $400.

Our sources say by extracting exponentially more than the damage warranted, with the help of a gun, that constituted robbery and therefore the police report was not false.

As we reported, cops have recommended that Lochte and fellow swimmer, James Feigen, be prosecuted for filing a false police report.

Ryan Lochte Rio Cops Are Full of It ... Chicks Were NOT with Us

8/18/2016 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cops in Rio are making things personal by claiming Ryan Lochte's teammates rolled over on him, and by dragging random women into the story ... according to sources connected to the swimmer.

Sources in Lochte's camp tell us the police news conference was full of lies -- including the bit about two female witnesses the cops said were hanging with the 4 U.S. swimmers. We're told that's absolutely BS ... and a personal attack designed to make the guys look bad, especially since some of them have girlfriends.

Lochte's camp also says there's no truth to the cops' claim one of the swimmers confessed to lying. We're told Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen all stand united on what went down, including the fact a gun was used to commit the robbery.

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Avril Lavigne & Ryan Cabrera We're Friends Who Kiss & Cuddle

8/18/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817-avril-lavigne-tmzAvril Lavigne and Ryan Cabrera had the most romantic steak dinner you've ever seen 2 "friends" have.

The duo was spotted Tuesday night at STK Midtown in NYC, sipping rosé and chowing down on filet and foie gras. Witnesses say they were cozy, cuddly and even kissed a few times.

Avril's been adamant they're just pals. As we reported, Ryan moved in with Avril after she ended things with Chad Kroeger -- but only because his GF kicked him out. That's what friends are for, right?

Ryan was in NYC for his My2K tour and obviously ... some QT time with his friend.

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