Mariah Carey says she HATED being a judge on "American Idol" -- claiming everyday it was like "working in hell with Satan."
Carey never mentioned Nicki Minaj by name during the explosive interview with Hot 97 in NYC yesterday ... but it's clear who she was talking about since their feud was no secret.
Carey -- who made $18 mil for her 1st season on the show -- says she was duped by producers who told her she was going to sit on a 3-person panel ... and when they added Minaj as a 4th judge, things quickly spiraled out of control.
"It was like hell ... going to work every day in hell with Satan," Carey said.
We broke the story ... Minaj and Carey fought right from the start -- and in their most famous spat, the rapper told producers, "I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."
So, guess no Christmas duet??
Breaks Jaw in Bizarre 'Accident'
11/12/2013 3:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Zac Efron broke his jaw. His jaw is wired shut. It supposedly happened when he slipped in a puddle of water at his home. That's Zac's story.
Zac has been in rehab twice this year for cocaine abuse. He also had been dabbling in Molly.
In addition to the broken jaw, Zac apparently also suffered a big ol' gash that had to be closed with stitches.
Maybe it's true, but it's a very weird story ... slipping and breaking your jaw in a puddle of water.
We're told Zac -- who has been a hard partier for years -- has been struggling to stay clean.
It LOOKS Like Kanye ... BUT ...
11/12/2013 12:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A video has just surfaced showing a man purported to be Kanye West fist fighting like a champion ... knocking 2 guys out cold. If it's Kanye it could be disastrous in his upcoming criminal case because prosecutors want to show he's violent by nature -- HOWEVER....
TMZ has confirmed ... the fighter is NOT Kanye. The video was shot in Austin, TX and Mr. Kardashian wasn't there at the time this hit the Internet.
Our Kanye sources say he's aware of the video and laughed, saying if it were really him, he'd be in jail for sure.
All that aside, you gotta see this video. It's awesome.
I'm Dumping The Ol' Bag
11/8/2013 3:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom is living the life of a vagabond ... never staying in one place too long. Latest stop -- a friend's home.
Lamar dropped off a fully-packed suitcase at a pal's house in L.A. on Wednesday -- which also happened to be his 34th birthday.
TMZ broke the story ... Lamar and Khloe Kardashian are secretly selling their Tarzana mansion -- although Lamar hasn't lived there for months -- and Khloe plans to divorce Lamar once she thinks his life is stable enough to handle it.
Lamar took a momentary break from his baggage handling to flex his reduced muscles.
Everybody's got baggage.
Amber Portwood and Gary
We Are Never Ever
Getting Back Together
11/8/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amber Portwood may be hanging out at a Panera Bread with her ex ... but that doesn't mean they're bangin' again ... this according to Amber and her baby daddy.
Amber and Gary Shirley made it clear outside the tasty food chain in Indiana today ... telling a photog they have no plans to get back together following her exit from prison this week.
As you may recall -- Gary and Amber had an extremely volatile relationship ... Back in '10 Amber was arrested for attacking Gary while MTV cameras were filming for "Teen Mom."
It was a whole thing.
For now, it seems the two are simply trying to get along for the sake of their kid ... but in case that doesn't work out -- hopefully Gary's learned to duck.
Justin Bieber Video
SHE'S NOT A HOOKER
11/7/2013 11:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The woman who videotaped a sleeping Justin Bieber in a video that exploded on YouTube is NOT a prostitute ... members of Bieber's camp who were with Justin in Brazil tell TMZ.
Ever since the video surfaced, showing an unidentified woman blowing a kiss to a passed out Bieber ... rumors began to swirl that she was a local Brazilian whore who Justin paid for.
Here's what we're told -- Justin had rented a home outside of Rio to stay at during his concert in Brazil. After his show, JB threw an after-party and invited roughly 50 people. At some point during the shindig, Justin fell asleep on a couch and one of the partygoers shot footage of the singer sleeping.
Bieber is telling friends ... he is completely creeped out by the video and is disappointed that he now has to defend himself against false hooker claims.
Bottom line -- sorry whores, it just ain't true.
He Can't Keep Up the Khloe Lie Anymore
11/7/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom seems to be waiving the white flag over his marriage -- at least that's the way it appeared when he was asked about Khloe Kardashian on his way out of lunch to celebrate his 34th birthday.
Lamar went to Casa Vega in the San Fernando Valley -- a place Kim, Khloe and the rest of the klan often go for good Mexican food.
Watch the video and see the look on Lamar's face when he tries to deal with the Khloe question.
TMZ broke the story ... Khloe plans to divorce Lamar, but she's made a decision NOT to prepare or file any legal docs, because she thinks it could be the last straw in his fragile life. On top of that, there's no pressing reason to pull the trigger on the marriage ... yet.
Khloe and Lamar
SECRETLY Selling Family Home
11/7/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are packing it in -- we've learned they are secretly selling their Tarzana mansion.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Khloe has given several San Fernando Valley realtors a pocket listing -- meaning the house will not appear in the multiple listing service. It's being done on the down low. Any prospective buyer must pre-qualify before seeing the house, meaning they must have the dough to buy the crib.
We're told Khloe and Lamar want a cool $4 mil for the house. They paid $3.95 million in 2009.
Our sources say Khloe is the driving force behind the sale, telling realtors she wants to "start fresh and move on."
Title to the house is held in both Khloe and Lamar's names.
As TMZ first reported, Khloe intends to divorce Lamar, but no documents have been prepared or filed because she knows he's in a fragile state and doesn't want to push him over the edge.
I Never 'Abandoned' Suri
Defends Parenting Skills in Lawsuit
11/6/2013 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tom Cruise is declaring he's a damn good dad to Suri ... opening up for the first time about his divorce from Katie Holmes and how it affected his relationship with his daughter.
Cruise just filed docs in his $50 million lawsuit against the publisher of "Life & Style" and "In Touch" magazines for cover stories that claimed he "abandoned" Suri after divorcing Katie in June 2012.
In the docs, Cruise says ... "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life -- whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."
He goes on to cite specific times he saw his daughter in person in the months following the divorce, and says ... "even during the times when I was working overseas and was not able to see Suri in person, we were (and continue to be) extremely close."
The docs are pretty revealing ... since Tom has said next to nothing publicly about the divorce from Katie.
Cruise admits he was busy shooting 2 movies when "In Touch" ran its headline, "Abandoned by Daddy" -- however he says, "As my numerous emails with Suri's mother during this time period demonstrate, I was a constant presence in Suri's life."
Tom's declaration continues ... "While I'm sure my daughter misses me when I am not with her (as I miss her), she is a very happy child, and we have a wonderful relationship and cheerful phone calls."
I'M GOIN' AFTER CHARLIE!
11/5/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brooke Mueller is on the attack ... gunning for Charlie Sheen, who called her a whore, drug addict and terrible parent on TMZ -- and if she gets her way Charlie could end up in jail.
We just received a subpoena from Brooke's lawyers, ordering us to preserve the video and audio interviews we did with Charlie last Friday. Where to begin. Charlie said Brooke has damaged their twins emotionally, to the point they're on the verge of getting kicked out of school. He says every time the kids visit with Brooke, they come home completely freaked out and suffer from night terrors.
Our sources say Brooke's lawyers will go to court with our video and audio and argue Charlie has violated the gag order and should be punished -- possibly with jail -- and have his visitation curtailed.
Charlie told us the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services cares more about protecting and rehabilitating Brooke than protecting the twins. He also calls the judge in the case "The Dishonorable Judge Douchebag." Charlie also called him fat.
The subpoena orders us to hand over the video and audio interviews we did with Charlie. What ... they don't watch TMZ Live?
At Beacher's Madhouse
11/1/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom was drunk -- very drunk -- at Beacher's Madhouse in Hollywood Wednesday night ... eyewitnesses tell TMZ -- and it's a dramatic, depressing turn in his life.
People who were present tell us ... Lamar showed up with several guys. In short order Lamar was hanging at the bar doing shots of Patron. For the next 3 hours, Lamar could not be seen without a glass of champagne.
Our sources say he was "hammered." One witness -- who knows the difference -- says Lamar didn't seem like he was on drugs. It appeared to be alcohol-fueled.
Lamar stayed until closing at 2 AM. By 2:30 AM he was in the valet area talking about where to go for the "after party."
Lamar claims he's been clean for the last few weeks. Khloe Kardashian even invited him to a Kanye West concert earlier in the week as a show of support, although we're told she's already decided to divorce him.
Porn King Gunning for Sex Tape
It Could Be Worth Millions
10/31/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Farrah Abraham's sex tape was huge, Tori Spelling's could be titanic -- at least according to Vivid President Steve Hirsch, who's already prepared to offer big money to acquire the footage that Tori claims exists.
Hirsch just fired off a letter to Spelling, saying Vivid would like to make a "substantial offer" on the tape, presuming it's actually real (possibly in the millions).
Hirsch writes, "This is a serious offer for a real tape and it could yield significant returns to help you through your difficult financial situation." But first, Hirsch wants to see a clip of the tape to verify its authenticity.
Spelling recently revealed in her new book that she recorded a sex tape with her husband Dean McDermott on Valentine's Day 2009, and one of Dean's "friends" later claimed to have copied the file from Dean's comp.
Spelling says her lawyer quickly went on the attack and they didn't hear from the man again, but now the cat's out of the bag ... and Hirsch is pouncing on the opportunity.
It's unclear if Tori plans to take Hirsch up on his offer, but she might want to consider it -- Tori has also recently said that she and Dean are having money problems.
For what it's worth, Farrah Abraham earned in the "high six figures" for her tape ... nearly $1 million ... so Tori would probably get even more.
I COULD DUNK A BASKETBALL
... But Not Anymore ...
10/30/2013 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Stockton is finally settling one of the great mysteries surrounding the NBA -- can he dunk a basketball????
The Hall-of-Famer was out in NYC yesterday promoting his new book," Assisted" when we asked if he ever got above the rim.
John's answer -- "Not anymore ... I could at one time."
For the record, trying to find a video clip of John dunking a basketball is like trying to find the Loch Ness monster ... it's virtually impossible.
So, here's the next best thing ...