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Michael Sam

Cut From Cowboys Practice Squad

10/21/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1021_michael-sam-tmzMichael Sam's dream of being the first openly gay player to start a regular season NFL game took a major hit today ... with the rookie DE being cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

Sam, who was signed to the Cowboys after failing to make the St. Louis Rams 53 man roster, was released earlier today after Dallas signed linebacker Troy Davis.

Moments ago, Sam spoke out about the move releasing a statement via his Twitter account.

"I want to think the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for their opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday."


Kris Jenner

Calls Transsexual Talk Re: Bruce 'Silly'

10/20/2014 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
102014_kris_jenner_launchNBC News is HILARIOUS ... pretending to be above "tabloid" celebrity news and then not-so-coyly jumping into that pool.

Hoda Kotb interviewed Kris Jenner on "Today" Monday ... pretending to care about her new cookbook -- but you gotta hear how she transitions into transsexual talk. Hysterical.

It's also interesting. Kris calls reports about Bruce Jenner becoming a woman "silly" ... saying there have been rumors since the '70s. But when it came to our story about Kris being furious that Bruce is now dating her former BFF ... she pretends she doesn't know who he's dating. She does.

Nice cooking segment.


Gayle King

Did She Just Say ...

'I'm Gay' ???

10/8/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gayle King definitely said something that sounds a lot like, "I'm gay" ... during "CBS This Morning" -- what's not clear is why she said it, and if she was joking.

Watch the clip ... she and co-hosts Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose are having a convo with a guest about choosing the right mate -- and Gayle jokes with Charlie that they'd be a perfect couple.

But then she backs away, saying ... "I'm just kidding. I'm gay."

Well, that's how it sounds. But we've spoken to people at CBS who tell us ... Gayle says that's NOT what she said, and if she was she would have said it years ago.

As for what she really DID say -- Gayle says she was stuttering after saying she was kidding.


Aries Spears


But I Won't Apologize for Gay Joke!

10/7/2014 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aries Spears says he will NOT apologize for cracking a gay joke about Michael Sam on ESPN last week -- telling TMZ Sports, "There's nothing to apologize for. It's a joke."

Spears was at LAX Monday -- and acknowledged he ruffled some feathers when he appeared on "Sportsnation" and said, "I went out and got my first Michael Sam jersey. It's got 15 S's on the back."

"Disney runs [the network]," Spears told us ... "They got their guidelines."

But Spears was adamant that he did NOTHING wrong -- saying he likes Michael Sam ... wishes him well in the NFL ... and was just being funny, NOT malicious. 

As for whether Spears will be back on ESPN, the comedian says he's up for it ... as long as ESPN's cool with it.

Lil Kim

Pisses Off Gay VIPs

10/6/2014 9:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Kim is in danger of losing a huge portion of her fanbase ... after stiffing a large group of gay fans who paid big money to meet her over the weekend.

All the rapper had to do to score a fat $23,000 payday Saturday was mingle with 100 high-paying fans, then do a quick show to help celebrate the club's 5th anniversary.

Not a bad gig, right?

But The Manor claims she showed up late and skipped out on the scheduled meet and greet ... and now they're on the hook for refunds they had to shell out to the VIP fans.

Kim, who's fattened her wallet in recent years by almost exclusively playing gay clubs ... claims it's the promoter's fault because she was never told about the meet-and-greet. See flyer below.

The Manor's attorney Howard King tells us they plan to sue Kim ... but he says she already got her comeuppance ... because concertgoers booed her when she left the club.



I Have a Girlfriend

But Don't Call Me Gay OR African American

10/6/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
100614_raven_symone_own_launchRaven-Symone came out of the closet to Oprah Winfrey Sunday night, but made one thing very clear -- she's not down with putting a label on herself ... and that includes being called African-American.

During Symone's interview with the Big O ... Raven spoke for the first time about her tweet celebrating the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage last year -- and explained she's in a relationship with a woman, but added, "I don't want to be labeled gay, I want to be a human who loves humans."

Raven continued, "I'm tired of being labeled, I'm an American. I'm not an African-American; I'm an American."

Check out the video to hear her explain the African-American comment. It's debatable ... she's clearly not trying to offend, but much of the Black community could take it as dissing her roots.


Hulk Hogan

Threatens 'Nephew' Over Bisexual Reality Show

... You're Not a Real Hogan!

10/3/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hulk Hogan is vowing to drop the legal hammer on a "nephew" who's pushing a reality show about finding the perfect 3-some ... telling TMZ Sports he's a DISGRACE to the Hogan name. 

The man behind the reality show is David Bollea -- who calls himself King David Hogan ... a pro-MMA fighter who last stepped in the ring back in 2012 and claims to be Hogan's "nephew."

King David is trying to shop a reality show called, "My Girlfriend Wants a Girlfriend" ... in which he sorts through 16 different ladies to find the perfect addition to their freaky sexual lifestyle. 

But Hulk is PISSED -- telling TMZ Sports he barely knows the guy and can't believe he would try to cash in on the Hogan name without permission.  

"I've only met him twice in my entire life ... he knows nothing about the Hogan family, the Hogan name and has no right to use it," Hulk says. 

And now for the threat ... "I will pursue legal action against him for diminishing the Hogan brand." 

Ball's in your court, brother ... er, nephew ... er, "nephew." 

Nicholas Sparks

Sued By School Headmaster

He's A Racist, Homophobic, Anti-Semite

10/2/2014 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
update_graphic_red_barScott Schwimer, Sparks' entertainment lawyer, tells TMZ, “As a gay, Jewish man who has represented Nick for almost 20 years I find these allegations completely ludicrous and offensive.” Sparks' lawyer for this case, Theresa Sprain, adds, "We deny these allegations." 
update_grey_gray_barNicholas Sparks is a homophobic, anti-Semitic racist who ironically also disrespects Alzheimer's patients ... according to the Jewish ex-headmaster of Sparks' Christian school.

Saul Hillel Benjamin claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was hired to run the Epiphany School for Global Studies founded by Sparks in 2006.

Benjamin says he began complaining to the author of "The Notebook" and others ... the school had virtually no African Americans -- 2 out of 514 students.  Benjamin claims Sparks responded, "Black students are too poor and can't do the academic work."  

Benjamin also says Sparks got incensed when he [Benjamin] met with the NAACP North Carolina chapter, telling the headmaster to "engage only in private and less visible contact with African Americans." 

The lawsuit goes on ... claiming Sparks ignored bullying claims by gay students and even lent support to a student group that wanted to enact a "homo-caust."

Benjamin also claims Sparks publicly humiliated him by forcing him to get up in front of the entire school and justify his Jewish heritage. He says the parents of the students hurled insults at him while the board applauded.

Benjamin says he was fired and Sparks -- who famously wrote "The Notebook" about a couple's love transcending Alzheimer's -- telling others in the school to ignore Benjamin's claims because he was suffering from Alzheimer's.

Benjamin's lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, tells TMZ ... "Apparently, despite the efforts our society has made, Mr. Sparks wants to travel back in time and vilify those who promote diversity and tolerance of all people regardless of their sexual orientation and race."

We reached out to Sparks' people ... so far no comment.

Aries Spears

Cracks Michael Sam Gay Joke on ESPN

'I Probably Won't Be Back'

10/1/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aries Spears says he doesn't expect to return to ESPN after cracking a gay joke about Michael Sam live on "SportsNation."

The comedian was sitting on a panel with Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley when he brought up Sam -- the first openly gay football player in the NFL.

"I went out and got my first Michael Sam jersey," Spears said ... "It's got 15 S's on the back."

Beadle shot him a cold stare. Wiley told him, "You ain't right."

After the show, Spears tweeted, "Just left sports nation on Espn! Great crew I probably won't be bk though! Didn't know it was Disney operated! LOL."

Heidi Fleiss

Dirty Birds Terrorizing Ex-Girlfriend

9/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Heidi Fleiss
turned her birds loose on her ex-girlfriend's house in a way that would have made Alfred Hitchcock gasp.

Heidi -- who was famously the Hollywood madam of choice for Charlie Sheen and a bunch of other celebs -- hooked up with Judy Bailey-Savage and lived with her at her home in Temecula, CA.  

Judy claims Heidi's pet parrots destroyed the house by ripping wood and drywall from the walls and eating the doors and hinges of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  They also pooped like CRAZY.

And this is the best part ... Judy claims in legal docs, "I am unable to enter the residence to have a contractor give me an estimate  because I am attacked by birds. I have been bitten on several occasions."

And to add insult to injury ... Judy claims she caught Heidi stealing plants from her medical marijuana garden in the middle of the night.

Judy scored a restraining order keeping Heidi 100 yards at bay for the next 2 years.

Problem is ... the restraining order is NOT for the birds.



Ronda Rousey

Fallon Fox Has Unfair Advantage

But I'd Still Beat Her Ass!

9/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
091414_ronda_rousey_launchRonda Rousey tells TMZ Sports ... she believes transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox has an "unfair advantage" over naturally born women -- but she'd still kick her ass anyway.

Rousey was at LAX when we asked about Fallon -- a post-op transgender who was born a man and now fights with the women. 

FYI -- Fox has won her last two fights ... and beat her last opponent so badly, she reportedly suffered a concussion, a broken orbital bone and required 7 staples in her head (video below). 

Rousey -- the reigning female UFC champ -- says she's done a lot of research on the situation ... and ultimately feels Fox needs to be fighting with the men -- especially with the damage she's inflicting. 

But when we asked if Ronda would be afraid to get in the Octagon against Fox, Rousey makes it clear ... she fears NO ONE ... Y chromosome or no Y chromosome.

'OINTB' Writer

Cuts Dongs Out

For Good After Divorce

9/15/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lauren Morelli wrote about women falling for women on "Orange is the New Black" ... and says the next thing she knows -- she'a a real life lesbian who dates Poussey ... or the actress who plays her on the show.

Good thing she never wrote for "Dexter." 

'Orange is the New Black'

Writer Files for Divorce

Show Made Me Realize ... I'm a Lesbian!

9/13/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the head writers for "Orange is the New Black" has filed for divorce ... the logical step since she's now realized she's a lesbian and is dating one of the female stars.

Lauren Morelli just filed divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- from her husband of 2 years, Steve Basilone.  It's actually a joint petition ... probably because Steve realizes that ship has sailed.

The story is amazing.  Lauren began writing for OITNB 5 months after she got hitched.  Lauren says as she started writing for the main character -- who had once been in a lesbian relationship -- she saw herself in the character.  Lauren says she began to feel like a fraud ... married to a man but clearly gay.

According to Lauren ... as she began writing about Piper's blossoming relationship with the very hot Alex ... "I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."

Enter Samira Wiley -- who plays Poussey.  It's Lauren's new GF.

According to divorce docs, it's all very amicable.  She gets her Lexus, her apartment and her sapphire engagement ring.  He gets the Mazda hatchback.


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