What do Secret Service members do when they're not protecting the President ... or boozing in Colombia?? THEY GOLF!!!
And at a recent Secret Service charity golf tournament in L.A., there was definitely some sort of drone keeping watch from the sky.
TMZ Sports has obtained footage showing a fast-moving flying object hovering over the event -- where stars like Kendall Schmidt -- the lead singer from "Big Time Rush" who joined current and past agents on the links at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
We're told the event raised a ton of cash for families of former agents ... including $2,500 from Schmidt, who sponsored the first tee.
As for the U.F.O. ... our sources on the course tell us the drone hovered over the area throughout the day, zipping around the sky. Unclear if was it was keeping watch over the agents ... or just recording the action for fun.
Feud with Nickelodeon
Is All About Money
4/2/2014 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennette McCurdy's beef with Nickelodeon is strictly about the almighty dollar ... and how she makes less than her "Sam & Cat" co-star Ariana Grande ... TMZ has learned.
McCurdy was a no-show at the Kids' Choice Awards over the weekend, and took to Twitter to air her grievances, writing, "I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing."
McCurdy was quick to explain she was talking about Nickelodeon and NOT her racy photo scandal.
Our sources say the source of McCurdy's dissatisfaction is rooted in her paycheck. We're told the pint-sized star is pissed that Grande makes WAY MORE money than her and she's been trying to renegotiate her deal ... so far to no avail.
The show is one of the most popular on the network, but production has been halted and so far a second season has yet to be ordered.
We're told McCurdy doesn't have a problem with Grande personally ... just with Nickelodeon. For their part, a rep for the network says, "We have nothing but the utmost respect for Jennette and her talent."
Kenan Kinda Dissed Me, But ...
I'll Give Him Another Chance
4/1/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell came thiiiiiis close to squashing their longstanding beef at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards -- Kel totally thought it was happening ... and then it didn't.
We caught up with Kel in Sherman Oaks Monday, and he told our camera guy he was under the impression during their segment Sunday night ... Kenan would give him a shout out.
For everyone above the age of 12 who missed it -- Nickelodeon gave one of the executive producers of "Kenan & Kel" a Lifetime Achievement award, and Thompson sent in a recorded speech where he never acknowledged working with Kel.
Sources close to Kenan say it wasn't meant to be a diss ... producers didn't tell him to mention Kel until after the piece had been filmed and he was too busy for a re-shoot.
Kel says he's not mad -- and even offers one final plea to Kenan in regard to a reunion.
Watch ... it has nothing to do with orange soda.
Stuntwoman Sues After High-Wire Stunt FAILS
3/6/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A stuntwoman from "iCarly" claims the production ruined her career by recklessly dropping her from high above the ground ... causing gruesome injuries.
Katina Waters claims in a new lawsuit she was hired for a stunt on "iCarly" ... where she would be slowly lowered to the ground while attached to a wire. Instead ... she claims the person operating "the descender machine" dropped her without warning ... and she crashed to the floor.
Waters -- a 40-year old stunt actor who's performed in dozens of TV shows and movies -- says the landing caused severe injuries to her leg, including fractured bones and torn ligaments.
She's suing the producer, Schneider's Bakery, plus Nickelodeon and MTV Networks for pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
Andre Drummond Got PLAYED
By That 'Ratchet Ho' From 'iCarly!'
3/5/2014 3:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy is nothin' but a "ratchet ho" who played NBA star Andre Drummond like a fiddle to boost her own celebrity status ... so says MTV star Charlamagne tha God.
Charlamagne -- who stars on "Guy Code" and "Charlamagne & Friends" -- tells TMZ Sports ... the "ratchet ho" proof is in the fact that she publicly engaged Andre on Twitter after he named her as his "Woman Crush Wednesday."
"She’s clearly a ratchet ho ... social sexual networking hookups are for regular people not celebrities."Charlamagne also says he believes Drummond when the NBA star sad he didn't leak racy pics of Jennette to the internet -- even after she trashed him and humiliated him on a podcast this weekend.
"I bet ten other guys have the same pics Andre has," Charlamagne says ... "She’s an idiot."
For all you non-urban linguists out there -- Urban Dictionary defines "Ratchet Ho" as, "A female lacking class and integrity. Pertaining to women with weak moral foundations that generally are characterized by their general antagonism towards people; slut; degenerate."
And now you know.
NBA STAR Andre Drummond
I DIDN'T LEAK RACY iCARLY PICS!
3/4/2014 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy says she knows EXACTLY who leaked her racy selfies to the internet ... but the #1 suspect, NBA star Andre Drummond, tells TMZ Sports he's NOT the culprit.
The photos surfaced on several websites Monday ... and people immediately suspected the guy behind the leak was Drummond, since McCurdy humiliated him on a podcast over the weekend by spilling intimate details of their failed 1-week dating fling.
Moments ago, McCurdy even tweeted about the leak ... saying, "To anyone disappointed: I sent those pics to 1 person. You can connect the dots. Shocked someone would stoop so low. I just speak w/ candor."
We reached out to Drummond, who could not have been more adamant he's not to blame -- saying, "I did NOT leak any photos of JM."
The Detroit Pistons star -- who grabbed an incredible 26 rebounds last night -- adds, "I want nothing to do with her or the situation. I'm just worried about ball."
Puts NBA Player On Blast
Laughs at Relationship, Says Kissing Sucked
3/2/2014 11:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
12:55 PM PT -- We spoke to Andre who tells us, "I found [Jennette's comments] funny. There's a lot of false info in there, but I'll be the mature person about the situation and let it die out."
Andre also posted a Vine video moments ago that seems to be a response to the story in which he says, "Sometimes you gotta live and learn by the mistakes you make. You gotta move on and keep pushing."
"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy is kissing and telling in a big way about her short-lived "relationship" with NBA star Andre Drummond ... and according to Jennette, the kissing part SUCKED.
McCurdy appeared on Pete Holmes' podcast "You Made It Weird" and spilled her guts about her fling with 20-year-old Drummond.
Jennette didn't pull punches -- admitting she only heard about the guy after he repeatedly chose her as his "Woman Crush Wednesday" on Twitter -- and eventually agreed to talk to Drummond because he "seemed like a big deal."
Jennette says they had some early conversations that "gave [her] pause" but she decided to go out on some dates with him anyway.
McCurdy then describes their first kiss -- which went down after a laser tag date -- saying, "It just didn't go great ... no sparks. The mouths ... the shapes weren't right."
Still, they continued to hang out, McCurdy says ... and he was so into her, he bought her a necklace and got down on his knees during a dinner date and asked her to be his GF.
Even though she wasn't into it, she said yes ... only to break up with him on the phone a few days later.
You gotta listen to the whole podcast ... McCurdy seems to be laughing at Drummond the entire time -- painting him as this pathetic, immature guy who doesn't have a clue about how to court a woman.
But the relationship did start as a public event on social media ... so, fair for Jennette to go public with all the gory breakup details too?
I'm Not Doing a Flick
With My Bankrupt Bro Drake
2/18/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Peck loves former co-star Drake Bell like a brother ... but Josh won't help his buddy crawl out of debt by making a "Drake & Josh" flick.
Peck was catching some rays on a bench in Manhattan Beach when our photog raised the issue of helping Drake score some quick cash.
As we previously reported ... Bell's in the hole to the tune of $581k -- and claiming he pulls in an anemic $2,820 a month compared to his monthly outlay of $18,771.
Since their Nickelodeon show went off the air in 2007 ... Peck's been pretty successful -- voicing both Eddie in the "Ice Age" films ... and Casey Jones on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" show.
Drake ... not so much.
'Big Time Rush' Star
From 'Big Time Rush'
To Big Time Crush
2/12/2014 9:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former Nickelodeon boy band star James Maslow no longer looks like Donny Osmond's stunt double ... these days he could nearly pass for Captain America.
Maslow's transformation in the last year is unbelievable ... going from some 70s mop-haired baby-faced cheeseball to a Chris Evans look-alike in a matter of months.
A good move ... especially if he wants to keep getting jobs in Hollywood ... and not at some Atlantic City variety show.
Nickelodeon's Drake Bell
2/12/2014 6:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Drake Bell -- a huge Nickelodeon child actor who starred in "Drake & Josh" -- has filed for bankruptcy ... TMZ has learned.
The 26-year-old actor just filed legal docs, claiming he's in the hole to the tune of $581,000.
As for the breakdown, Bell lists the value of his house at $1.575 million. The bad news -- he's underwater, owing $1.597 mil.
Bell says he's only pulling in $2,820 a month, but his expenses total a whopping $18,771.
The fattest year Bell lists is 2012, when he made $408,000, but the next year he made an anemic $14,099.
And Bell owes a bunch of loot in taxes.
Cops Plea in DUI Case
I'm Going to Booze School
1/2/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Omar Gooding will learn all about mixology in 2014 ... specifically, that alcohol and driving don't mix.
The former host of "Wild & Crazy Kids" just pled no contest in his DUI case. As we first reported, Omar was busted back in August ... for DUI and weed possession.
Under the plea deal ... the DUI charges were dismissed. In return, Omar pled to one count of reckless driving.
As for consequences ... He won't go to jail, but will be placed on probation for 2 years. And Omar will learn all about the dangers of booze and BMWs in his alcohol ed course. He also must attend 12 Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics classes.
Remember you wild and crazy kids ... don't drink and drive.
I Got Two Words
For Amanda Bynes
11/6/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has a two-word message for his former co-star Amanda Bynes ... and he tells TMZ, he wants to deliver it personally just as soon as she's allowed to have visitors.
Bell -- who co-starred with Bynes on "The Amanda Show" from 1999 to 2001 -- was at LAX when he stopped to talk about Amanda ... and our story that she would be released from rehab -- and back with her family -- by Christmas.
Drake says he reached out to his good friend a while ago ... and "as soon as she's allowed to make contact again I'd like to make sure she's alright."
As for the two-word message, it's some pretty good advice. Watch the clip.
It's a TRAIN WRECK!!!
10/16/2013 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Who knew .... Marc Summers (famed host of Nickelodeon's iconic 90s show "Double Dare") now hates the kids network with a fiery passion -- and he vented bitterly on the radio this morning, claiming Nick's nothing but a sad shell of its former self.
We won't give it all away (you have to listen for yourself) but basically ... Marc called in to MAX 98.3 in Tampa Bay this morning, claiming Nickelodeon, once the most successful kids network on cable, is "going in the dumper."
He also called the network execs a bunch of a-holes who have been trying to screw him ever since he left.
Bottom line, Marc's saying what 90s kids have been saying for years ... Nick's Golden Age is long over, and it's never coming back. R.I.P.