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'Archie'

Goes Out a Hero

By Saving Senator's Life

7/15/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Comic book icon Archie Andrews -- who was ginger long before it was chic -- stopped an assassination attempt, but died in the process … leaving some big shoes to fill at the ole Chocklit Shoppe. 

Only question now is -- how quickly does crown-wearing creep Jughead put the moves on Veronica?  AND Betty for that matter!
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Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe

I'm Comfortable Saying I'm Gay

7/13/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

071314_ian_thorpe_launchFive-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe confirmed he's gay during an Australian sit-down interview Sunday ... after years of speculation over his sexuality.

Thorpe had denied he was gay for a long time, but told Network Ten he realized the truth about himself sometime in the past few weeks ... and started coming out to the people closest to him.

The Thorpedo -- who dominated the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney -- says he lied about his sexuality because he was too young at the time to know the truth.

Thorpe says he doesn't feel bad about lying either, explaining, "I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man. And I don’t want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable, and you can be gay."

Thorpe added he was worried about reaction from family, but says they've been extremely supportive.

Dallas Davidson

I'm Not Racist or Homophobic

... Just Angry

7/10/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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 says he only screamed racial and homophobic slurs during his bar fight in Nashville because someone sent him into a blind rage.

Dallas tells TMZ he was provoked into an altercation and lost his temper while defending himself.  Cops say he hurled racial slurs and screamed, "There's that f***ing fa****t that punched me."

Dallas says he's not racist or homophobic, adding ... "Although I cannot defend what I said, I am sorry for my insensitivity." He did not elaborate about who started the fight or why.

TMZ broke the story ... the country lyricist was arrested at Tin Roof in downtown Nashville for public intoxication and disorderly conduct after allegedly trying to start fights with various bar patrons.

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Michelle Rodriguez

Workin' The Pole

During Zac Efron Makeout Sesh (PHOTOS)

7/9/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Michelle Rodriguez is treating herself to an early birthday present -- Zac Efron -- the two were all over each other Monday during a night of hard partying in Sardinia.

Michelle -- who turns 36 Saturday -- and the 26-year-old "Neighbors" star hit up a club in Porto Cervo off the coast of Italy ... and if there was any doubt they're banging, well ...


The photog says Michelle was drinking and smoking and had to steady herself at times ... grabbing onto an overhead pole while Zac slobbered all over her.

So we gotta ask ...

Nash Grier

Vine Star

Drops LOUD Homophobic Slur

7/8/2014 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Nash Grier -- the most followed person on Vine -- billowed out a homophobic slur so loud and angry it is truly shocking.

The 16-year-old posted the video in April -- then quickly deleted it.  It features a snippet from a TV commercial about HIV.  Grier clearly took issue with the message.

The reason it just surfaced -- Tyler Oakley, another social media star, got his hands on it and was appalled enough to blast it out.

Grier has since taken to Twitter to apologize. 

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Zoey Tur

O.J. Chopper Pilot

Completes Sexual Reassignment

6/30/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-zoey-tur-01Former legendary news helicopter pilot, Bob Tur, can officially roar like a woman ... because she's completed gender reassignment surgery.

Bob ... who now goes by Zoey ... famously covered the O.J. Bronco chase and captured the Reginald Denny beating for KCBS in L.A.

Zoey tells TMZ she finished the sexual reassignment surgery last week, and is recovering in the hospital.  We're also told she had "major cranial facial surgery."  

Zoey called in to TMZ Live while she was in the early stages of becoming a woman ... and explained her experience with gender dysphoria ... and how happy she was with the transformation process.

One of the things that worried her was the ability to fly with the same expertise ... which she admitted had become difficult.

As we previously reported ... Tur's rival helo-pilot, Dirk Vahle, underwent the same transformation to become Dana two years ago, and the two are now close friends.

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R. Kelly

Refuses To Accept

His Daughter Is Now His Son

6/27/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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R. Kelly can't accept the fact he has a transgender child -- a daughter who chooses to live as a male -- and at least one very close relative is attacking the singer as heartless.

Andrea Kelly says R still refers to 14-year-old Jaya as his daughter ... even though Jaya came out as transgender earlier this month and now calls himself Jay.  She tells TMZ, "That's like calling him [R. Kelly] a background singer, not the king of R&B."

The "Bump N' Grind" singer made his feelings clear last weekend ... when a Chicago radio host dared to ask about Jay.  It's apparent, Kelly not only can't handle it ... he doesn't believe it.

Andrea says Jay has not had gender reassignment surgery, but Andrea says she's respecting the change.  Well, that makes one.

Dr. Phil

Walks Famous Interior Designer Down Aisle

In Same-Sex Wedding

6/26/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dr. Phil  played a supporting role at a wedding over the weekend ... proudly walking the groom down the aisle at a same-sex ceremony.

Neal Wagner and Thomas Piscitello exchanged vows Saturday at Vibiana -- formerly a Catholic church in downtown L.A. -- the guests included Dr. Phil, his wife and his sons.

Sources tells us Phil is both a friend and a client of the couple -- both interior designers. We're told he happily stepped in for Neal's father, who passed away, and agreed to escort Neal down the aisle.

One wedding guest said the ceremony was like the gay wedding in "Sex and the City"... over the top, but amazing.

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Hank Baskett

Alleged Mistress Warns Mag ...

Stop Spreading Lies!

6/25/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The transsexual woman who allegedly had an affair with Hank Baskett is threatening to sue a magazine company she claims is spreading lies about their alleged encounter.

As TMZ first reported, Ava London claims In Touch and Life & Style lied when they said they interviewed her and their reporters harassed her to the point she had to call the cops.

Now London's lawyer has fired off a cease and desist letter to Bauer Media, writing, "You must be delusional ... You must be living in a land of strawberry fields where nothing is real and nothing to get hung about." 

London wants the stories in question removed from the Internet.  She also says if the mags continue to write these stories ... she'll sue.

The bad news for Baskett ...  London acknowledges she did give an interview to another outlet in which she claimed to have hooked up with Baskett.  She says the two of them simply engaged in a little fun with their hands, nothing more. 

Baskett has yet to comment.

O.J. Simpson Chase

He-licopter Pilots Become She-licopter Pilots

6/19/2014 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Two L.A. helicopter pilots who went mano a mano during the O.J. Simpson saga are no longer mano -- they're both women.

TMZ broke the story ... former KCBS pilot Bob Tur -- who famously shot the Reginald Denny beating and covered the O.J. slow speed Bronco chase -- underwent sexual reassignment surgery and is now Zoey Tur.

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Former KNBC chopper pilot Dirk Vahle was a fierce competitor of Bob's during O.J. ... she's now Dana Vahle

Tur and Vahle were the first 2 chopper pilots to spot the O.J. Bronco ... and they fought publicly over who saw O.J. first.

The 2 hated each other back in the day, but now they're bosom buddies.

Tur was on TMZ Live not too long ago and talked about his transition.   It's pretty interesting.

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Ex-TV Host B. Scott

Blows Off Sweet Offer from BET

Could Cost Him $150K

6/18/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-b-scott-02B. Scott -- the transgender host who went to war with BET -- turned down the network's offer to settle their ongoing lawsuit ... and the gamble could end up costing him 6 figures. 

As TMZ first reported, Scott lost his lawsuit against BET after suing for discrimination. He claimed network execs forced him to change into men's clothes at the BET Awards last year.

Losing the case left Scott on the hook for BET's attorney's fees ... which, according to court docs obtained by TMZ, totaled $279,000! But in a letter to Scott, his former employer offered to let him off easy for a mere $15,000 ... IF he promised to drop any appeals. 

Scott opted to roll the dice -- he rejected the offer, filed an appeal, and now BET is going after him for the fees again ... demanding at least $150K. 

Scott's not backing down, telling us ... "No one will tell me who I should be, how I should present myself, or what I do with my life."

A judge will decide what he does with his money.

Dennis Rodman

In Case You're Wondering

... I'm Not Gay

6/14/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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061414_rodman_launchDennis Rodman wants to make one thing clear ... he is 100% heterosexual -- but sober? That's not even 17% clear from this strange video of him out in West Hollywood last night.

Rodman was loitering chilling outside Hooray Henry's last night and chatting up an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy, a random dude, and chick ... who may or may not have been with Dennis.

When our camera guy opened with, "How you doing tonight?" -- The Worm responded, "I'm not gay." Dennis then starts rambling about all sorts of things ... law enforcement, quality of L.A. hospitals ... it's weird. He even goes back to the gay issue -- again, unprompted by anyone.

In case you forgot ... Rodman checked into rehab back in January after that whole North Korea debacle.

You gotta see his charming advice for his "white" lady friend, and the deputy's reaction. He's smiling, but clearly as confused by Dennis as we are.

Stacey Dash

The GOP Supports Gay Marriage

Who Said We Didn't?

6/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Stacey Dash is a rare breed ... not only is she a loud and proud Hollywood Republican, she also believes her party, as a whole, is a big supporter of same-sex marriage.

Stacey gave us her spin on GOP politics while hiking Friday -- in a Mexico World Cup jersey --  and flaunting 25-year-old model Michael Evers ... her reported new BF.

Stacey is a new contributor for FOX News Channel -- and perhaps, based on this clip ... a new voice for the Republican party.

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