Don't count out Michael Vick just yet -- the guy could still be a STARTER in the NFL, so says the former Governor of Pennsylvania ... who says he wishes Vick well after his stint in Philly.
FYI -- Vick is a free agent and there's rumors that he's accepted the fact he might have to resign himself to being a backup if he wants to keep playing in the league.
But ex-Gov. Ed Rendell is taking issue with that ... telling us the guy could still be the #1 for a handful of teams including the Jets, Raiders and Vikings.
His sports knowledge is actually pretty damn impressive for a politician (especially when he starts talking about the 76ers).
Terrell Owens should take note -- not every ex-Eagle gets run out of town.
MJ's Alleged Son
"Dad" Speaks Out
He Warned Me About DNA Lies
3/8/2014 12:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A man has come forward claiming he's the real father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard -- NOT Michael Jackson -- telling TMZ, Howard warned him earlier this week the DNA story would be breaking ... and told him it was phony baloney.
65-year-old Augie Johnson tells us, he fathered Brandon during his relationship with Brandon's mom, Miki Howard in the 80s -- and has remained a central figure in Brandon's life.
He tells us, he was in the delivery room when Brandon was born and even brought Brandon to recording studios as a child. We've seen multiple family photos of them together.
Augie says they're so close ... Brandon called him days before TMZ broke the story about the DNA test, telling him, "Don't worry about this stuff. You are my dad."
Augie insists his son had nothing to do with the DNA stunt -- telling us the "greedy people" around Brandon are the masterminds.
As for Brandon resembling MJ -- Augie says it's purely a coincidence. If anything, Brandon resembles Michael AFTER surgery -- so there's actually no resemblance at all.
Reunion Is Happening
3/7/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan wasn't spewing BS on "Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night -- talking about a "Mean Girls" reunion -- TMZ has learned, it's been in the works for weeks.
FYI, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the film's release -- and sources tell us, co-writer Tina Fey has been leading the charge for a reunion to commemorate the occasion ... wrangling the entire cast over the last month.
And Lindsay was apparently the last to know about it -- she went on "Fallon" Thursday talking about how she had just run into Tina who mentioned the reunion idea to her ... and Lindsay was into it.
It's unclear how the reunion will come together -- Jimmy suggested hosting it on his show -- but we're told it could also materialize as a comedy sketch ... maybe on an awards show.
Sources close to Tina tell us, several prominent cast members are already on board -- Amy Poehler (Mrs. George), Jonathan Bennett (dreamy Aaron), Rajiv Surendra (Math Enthusiast / Bad-Ass MC), and Daniel Franzese (Too Gay to Function).
Pretty awesome. Now get in losers. We're going shopping.
No Retaliation For 50 Cent Diss
He Doesn't Deserve A Response
3/4/2014 1:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent may have been hoping to start a blood feud when he publicly insinuated Rick Ross and Diddy were gay lovers ... but sources close to Ross tell us there will be NO reprisals.
Sources tell us Ross won't retaliate for one simple reason -- he doesn't give a crap about 50 Cent or anything he says -- he thinks 50 is IRRELEVANT.
50 briefly posted a pic on Instagram Sunday showing Ross leaning in close to Diddy as if they're about to kiss ... with a caption that said, 'something ain't right' -- with the clear implication the rappers are gay.
We're told Rick plans to let it slide ... he wants to focus on making hit records ... and not on a childish beef with an old enemy.
Retreats After Suggesting
Diddy & Rick Ross Are Gay Lovers
3/3/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
50 Cent raised the stakes in his beef with 3 rap heavyweights -- publicly insinuating Diddy, Rick Ross and former record exec Steve Stoute are gay together ... but he backed down minutes later.
The shots were fired Sunday -- Fiddy posted the 2 pics on Instagram, one showing a pink-shirted Stoute embracing a pink-shirted Diddy. The other shows Diddy and Rick Ross from an angle that makes it look like they're kissing.
Underneath, 50 wrote the caption, "I ain't saying nothing, but something ain't right. Lmao." He yanked the pics down a short time later.
The photos were the latest in 50's ongoing feuds with the rap titans -- Stoute recently appeared in a VH1 documentary about hip hop, in which he called 50 a has-been. 50's been feuding with Rick Ross and Diddy for years.
As for why he pulled the post ... 50 probably thought twice about starting a nuclear war.
Rapped About Banging Kim Kardashian
I Also Hit It First
3/2/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Game didn't outright say he boinked Kim Kardashian back in the day ... but he did rap about it on a song with Ray J called, "I HIT IT FIRST"
TMZ obtained an early demo of Ray J's infamous song ... turns out Game was originally featured on the track -- and it sounds like he's rapping about hooking up with Kim.
Game is cryptic with his XXX lyrics -- but makes reference to her store "Dash" ... and says he'll show people how to really "drive that ghost" (seemingly talking about Kim's Rolls Royce Ghost.)
He also raps about getting oral sex from someone in a private jet.
All signs definitely point to sex.
'I'm Just Trying to Get Her Back'
2/27/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke was shockingly candid as he arrived in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon ... making it clear he's not throwing in the towel on his marriage, telling our photog, "I'm just trying to get her back."
TMZ broke the story ... Paula Patton called him last Friday and said their marriage was over, and Robin flew to Canada -- where she was filming -- in a desperate but failed attempt to change her mind.
As we reported ... things really fell apart after Robin simulated sex with Miley Cyrus onstage at the VMAs last month. But Robin told our photog, the performance had nothing to do with his marital problems.
Our sources say Paula was livid and felt "utterly disrespected" by Robin's antics with Miley.
Robin is in D.C. for a concert Thursday night. He says his performance will be the same, even though some of his songs are about Paula.
He told our photog he's just trying to figure things out.
I Didn't Bang Khloe ...
But I Did Bang Kim
2/27/2014 9:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
First came Ray J ... then came The Game ... who just decided to announce he bangaranged Kim Kardashian long before she was super famous.
It's the humble brag of the century -- Game was doing an interview for some UK radio station, when the topic turned to rumors he's been hooking up with Khloe in the wake of her split from Lamar Odom.
Game denied the rumors -- but said he is NOT a Kardashian virgin ... casually letting it slide that he got it in with Kim way back in the day.
Game didn't say when exactly -- but sources tell us, Game and Kim hooked up briefly in 2006.
Kim's infamous sex tape was released a year later, but to Ray J's credit ... he really did hit it first ... the sex tape was recorded in 2003.
Split Triggered By Antics with Miley
2/27/2014 9:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke's marriage fell apart when he dry humped Miley Cyrus on stage before a national audience ... humiliating his wife.
Sources connected to the couple tell TMZ ... Paula Patton felt "utterly disrespected" when Robin virtually simulated sex with Miley the night of the VMAs. We're told after the performance Paula got into a blow-out argument with Robin, telling him he insulted her before a huge national TV audience.
What really pissed Paula off is that the performance was a total surprise. Miley improvised the raunchy part without warning, but Robin played along ... and that enraged Paula.
Sources say Paula went nuclear when she saw pictures surface of her hubby at one of the after-parties grabbing a woman's ass ... virtually digging inside.
We're told things never got better after that. They argued constantly and Paula was furious Robin continued to party at clubs with various women ... pictured at times getting very cozy.
It reached the point of no return last week -- at least for Paula. As we reported ... Robin is pulling out all the stops to change her mind, but we're told she wants out of the marriage.
All Smiles After Split
NO WEDDING RING
2/27/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paula Patton can still put on a happy face -- just days after announcing her separation from husband Robin Thicke, Paula arrived in L.A. with a big smile ... and no wedding ring.
The couple announced they were splitting this week -- and as we reported, the marriage meltdown stemmed from Robin's scandalous behavior with other women ... Miley Cyrus in particular.
Robin has pulled out all the stops to save his marriage -- canceling several tour dates -- but Paula's not budging.
Grinds Drake On Stage
How's My Ass Feel?
2/26/2014 9:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna and Drake got it on last night in Paris ... in front of 17,000 people ... grinding on stage to their duet "Take Care" -- and it's all on video.
As we reported, Drake and Rihanna have been inseparable in Paris since Drake flew into town this weekend for his tour, getting dinner, hanging out at nightclubs ... even crashing together at the same hotel.
And the chemistry on stage last night is undeniable -- take a close look at Rihanna's face.
There's no way she's acting either ... because she sucks at that.
'Housewives' Star Joyce Giraud
If I Get Dumped ... That's Cool
2/26/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Joyce Giraud is spinning like a pro ... reacting to rumors she's being dumped from the show and suggesting she may be the dump-or.
Joyce seems to acknowledge producers aren't happy about the way she's blended in ... but she makes it very clear the show is NOT going to compromise her principles.
She also makes it clear there are people she loathes.
And one more thing ... Joyce insinuates SHE may decide to bail.
Cherokees Screwed Again
2/24/2014 10:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke just backed out on the Cherokee Indians -- canceling his concert at a casino in North Carolina on the heels of his separation from Paula Patton.
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort announced Monday night that his Tuesday night show was being postponed "due to unforeseen circumstances" ... aka ... dude's got trouble on the home front.
This makes three straight concerts Thicke has canceled. As we previously reported ... he pulled the plug on shows Friday and Saturday last week -- purportedly for vocal problems -- but it's clear now he was most likely dealing with his marriage.
As for the Cherokee gig ... all ticket holders can keep their seats until the show is rescheduled (sorry scalpers).