R. Kelly is not a child support dodging jerk ... so says R. Kelly AND his ex-wife Andrea Kelly -- and now the company who put him on blast for allegedly falling behind is backtracking.
Earlier today, The Custodial Support Foundation put out a press release saying "Hollywood Exes" star Andrea Kelly hired them to call out R. Kelly for falling behind on his child support -- but the singer's rep says their claim is BS ... and he's all paid up
Andrea's lawyer backs him up too ... telling TMZ his client says Kelly is up to date on his payments.
A rep for the C.S.F. tells us they're issuing a retraction to their story.
When a man pays up.
Eddie Murphy's Ex
Producers Stole My Idea for 'Hollywood Exes'
12/3/2013 6:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Eddie Murphy's baby mamas is now suing over "Hollywood Exes" -- claiming she came up with the idea for the reality show back in 2008 and producers STOLE it from her ... then cast one of Eddie's OTHER exes in her place.
Tamara Johnson filed the lawsuit against producers Lynch-Dyson Entertainment, claiming she pitched an idea to Vernon Lynch in 2008 called "The Hollywood ExClub" about a group of celebrity baby mamas ... inspired by her own relationship with Eddie Murphy ... but the discussions went nowhere.
Then in 2011, Tamara says she got wind VH1 was making a show called "Hollywood Exes" -- produced by Lynch-Dyson -- which she claims was a complete rip-off of her idea.
The show eventually premiered in 2012, starring girls Tamara had in mind for her own show ... like Andrea Kelly. But the biggest slap in the face ... Eddie Murphy's other ex Nicole Murphy was cast instead of Tamara.
Tamara claims she contacted Lynch-Dyson many times about getting credit -- and money -- for her role in creating the show ... but she's been nothing but rebuffed.
She's now suing for at least $1 million. Calls to Lynch-Dyson weren't returned.
Threatened By Reps
Stop Talking S**t On Us!
9/8/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicole Murphy has gotten way too big for her britches now that her fiance Michael Strahan snagged the morning show with Kelly Ripa ... at least according to her former reps who say she's acting like a monster, publicly trashing and destroying their business in the process.
The ZLP Group has hired a lawyer, who fired off a nasty, threatening letter to Nicole. In the letter -- obtained by TMZ -- the lawyer claims Nicole has "started rumors, misstatements and misrepresentations" which have defamed the PR group.
ZLP's lawyer, Donald Karpel, says Murphy's smack talking has destroyed his client's relationship with QVC, several NYC fashion week designers and a TV show.
Karpel promises in the letter he will file a lawsuit against her for breach of contract (allegedly firing the firm without cause) and defamation -- based on her "poor conduct."
We called Murphy -- so far, no comment.
Fiancee's Reality Show
9/4/2012 2:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Strahan and his fiancée Nicole Murphy are having the BEST WEEK EVER ... TMZ has learned Murphy's reality show "Hollywood Exes" just got picked up for a 2nd season.
Sources tell TMZ -- the VH1 show, which stars the ex-wives of Prince, Will Smith, R. Kelly and Eddie Murphy (Nicole) ... will see a 12-episode second run, after its fate remained unknown for weeks.
The news comes on the SAME DAY that Michael officially debuted as Kelly Ripa's new co-host on "Live! With Kelly."
Now here's a pic of Michael and his booty-full fiancee vacationing last week in Jamaica.
Hears 'Live! With Kelly'
News in Booty-full Jamaica
8/25/2012 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget the champagne, when Michael Strahan found out he was the new host of "Live! With Kelly" it was all about the Red Stripe ... because he was vacationing in Jamaica like a champ and TMZ got the photo.
The former NFL star was actually chillin in the Caribbean with his smokin' hot fiancée, Nicole Murphy, when he got the phone call of the decade ... that he was chosen to join Kelly Ripa as her new co-host.
Sources close to the show tell us, Strahan was through the roof excited when he found out the stellar news and it made his Jamaican get-away that much better.
We're told he and his fiancée celebrated the gig by simply relaxing on the beach and taking in the amazing sites.
Like that backside, for one.
Keenan Ivory Wayans' Ex
I'm a 'Hollywood Ex' Too!
7/23/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-wife of Keenan Ivory Wayans is about to embark on a brand new adventure ... by playing the ex-wife of Keenan Ivory Wayans ... on the VH1 reality show "Hollywood Exes."
Sources tell us, Daphne Wayans -- who was married to Keenan from 2001 to 2004 and has 5 children with him -- will join the cast for the second season of the VH1 show ... just as soon as they get picked up by the network.
Wayans will be in good company ... joining the exes of Prince, R. Kelly, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and Jose Canseco as they try to come out of their husbands' shadows and into their own.
Ya know ... by using their famous last names.
We shot Daphne earlier this week hanging out with her future co-stars (below), and they all seemed pretty chummy.