French Montana has added to his menagerie of exotic animals, with a gift that has a tendency to throw feces at you.
We got video of French and his new little friend ... an adorable baby monkey named Julius Caesar.
The monkey was a surprise gift from producer Mally Mall ... who presented the banana enthusiast to Montana on board his private jet.
We're told French has been bottle feeding JC ... and even slept with him last night.
FM is no stranger to wildlife. Earlier this year, he posted a picture of him holding two tiger cubs, with this caption: "Got so high last night bought 2 baby tigers."
We Were Moved by 'Blackfish'
We're Quitting SeaWorld Gig Too
12/13/2013 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
REO Speedwagon is taking a stand against SeaWorld's alleged abuse of its Orcas -- TMZ has learned the band just pulled out of an upcoming concert there ... following in the footsteps of several other high profile acts.
Sources close to REO Speedwagon tell us their cancellation is directly related to the documentary "Blackfish" ... which exposed alleged killer whale abuse at the aquatic amusement park.
The concert is supposed to go down in February at the Orlando, FL park -- but Cheap Trick, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, and Heart had already backed out.
SeaWorld says it expects "other artists will be targeted" by the campaign to organize a protest. They added they're going to book other bands to fill the open slots.
Pulls Out Of SeaWorld Gig
12/12/2013 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Trisha Yearwood is the latest musical act to bail on a big music event at SeaWorld in Orlando -- and we're told it's all over the alleged shocking mistreatment of the park's killer whales.
Trisha follows the exits of Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies and Heart, all of whom pulled out because of revelations about whale abuse exposed in the CNN documentary, "Blackfish."
As for why Trisha bailed from February's event -- Bands, Brew and BBQ -- it's a little confusing. Our Trisha sources say the singer hasn't seen "Blackfish," but she's heard all the fuss and that's enough for her.
And that's enough for us too.
In a Better Place
12/12/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Good news dog lovers -- Amanda Bynes' canine (the one she accidentally soaked in gasoline back in July while setting a neighbor's driveway on fire) has been placed in a new home ... far, far away from Amanda and flammables.
Sources close to the Bynes family tell us, Sherbert was taken away from Amanda after she was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold in the summer.
While she was in rehab, we're told Amanda's parents cared for Sherbert ... but have since given him away to a family friend because Sherbert didn't get along with the Bynes family's other dogs.
Sad for Amanda ... as we reported, the actress desperately loved the dog and begged to see Sherbert while she was getting inpatient treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Safe to say, lil Sherb survived some dark days -- here's that video of Amanda rushing to a nearby liquor store to clean him after the near-charring.
Not the Sharpest
Claw on the Paw
12/12/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fit to Walk the Dog
After Leaving Rehab
12/5/2013 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is coherent and accepting compliments from the paparazzi again ... and sounds better than she has in more than a year.
Bynes took the family dogs for a walk with her parents today ... after she was sprung from a Malibu rehab facility earlier this week. She'd been getting treatment there for mental illness since September.
We asked Amanda all sorts of questions ... but there was only one topic she really wanted to discuss. Check out the video.
Worth noting: the dog Bynes almost torched in a driveway fire in July ... was not on the walk.
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
Screw 'Blackfish' ... Our Killer Whales Can Float
11/28/2013 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade stuck to its guns in the face of animal rights protests ... moving ahead with SeaWorld's killer whale float in this year's celebration.
There's been a lot of backlash against Macy's by animal-rights groups ever since it announced this year's float line-up, claiming SeaWorld is a haven for animal abuse ... as shown in the recent documentary "Blackfish."
Check the clip and decide for yourselves. BONUS: around the 40-second mark, one of the dancers takes a spill.
'Family Guy' Death
Strong Evidence ...
Brian's DEAD FOR GOOD
11/25/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Brian Griffin is dead and he's not coming back ... at least that's the way it appears ... because TMZ has learned, the dog that's replacing him on "Family Guy" has already been booked for several upcoming episodes.
As we reported, former "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico will be voicing Vinnie -- pictured above -- after Brian was killed off in Sunday night's episode.
There's been a lot of hopeful speculation that Brian's death was a one-episode gimmick -- and that the dog will inevitably come back -- but that doesn't seem likely. A rep for Sirico tells us, Vinnie the Dog has already been voiced for another 6 or so episodes.
We're told there's probably even more to come after that, too. Translation: Brian's not coming back ... at least for a very long time ... and probably never.
Sirico doesn't exactly have a clear conscience about all of it though -- his rep says the actor feels horrible that Brian was killed off because the death of any character is sad ... especially a fan favorite ... but c'est la vie.
As for why Brian got the chop, a producer for the show said they just wanted to shake things up.
BRIAN GRIFFIN DIES
11/25/2013 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Brian Griffin won't get a shot at a 3rd novel ... 'cause the martini-swigging, chick-bangin' family dog DIED on "Family Guy" last night.
Brian -- who's been on the show for all 11 seasons -- was hit by a car in last night's episode ... and died from his injuries.
Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident -- but he had JUUUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian croaked.
Brian was replaced by a new dog, Vinnie -- voiced by "Sopranos" star Tony Sirico.
Unclear if Brian will somehow come back to life in future episodes -- but we wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Brian was a good dog. He was an Iraq war veteran. a porn director, coke addict, police dog and (of course) a passionate writer.
Brian was 7ish ... or 49ish in dog years.
'Shahs of Sunset' Star
HUMAN BIRD TOILET
Pigeon Poops On Reality Star's Face
11/25/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Score one for the pigeons ....
"Shahs of Sunset" star Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi took a white dung bomb to the face this weekend ... courtesy of one dirty bird ... and the reality star's friend captured the whole thing on camera.
GG was out at lunch when it happened ... and her boyfriend Dennis tweeted out the play-by-play:
"LMFAO a bird just sh*t on my girls face while eating lunch HAHA @gg_golnesa That's what u get for always talking SH*T #GoodLuck #Birdsh*t #lunch #sh*ttalker."
Some people say getting crapped on is good luck -- but that's probably just a load of crap.
WWE Star Daniel Bryan
Dog is Dead
11/23/2013 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
WWE superstar Daniel Bryan's dog died last week ... and the wrestler says he's having a tough time dealing with the loss.
The bearded athlete revealed the tragic news during an interview promoting WWE's Survivor Series pay per view on Sunday ... and said Asparagus the Wonder Dog was his legitimate "best friend."
It's unclear how Asparagus passed away ... but the yellow lab was 11 years old.
A.T.W.D. is survived by an equally cute pooch named Josie.
My Dog's Not Really Worthless
11/23/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Carter filed bankruptcy docs claiming his dog was worthless out of fear the judge would take the pooch away.
As we reported ... in Aaron's list of assets, he included his pure-bred English bulldog King ... assessing its value at ZERO.
Aaron is telling his buds ... he devalued the dog because he was worried the bankruptcy trustee would sell King to pay off his creditors ... to whom he owes more than $2 million.
In case you're wondering ... these dogs generally go for upwards of $1,500.
Here's the good news ... the dog and a metal cup could help Aaron get out of the red.
School's a Bitch
So I Got One for My Kids
11/21/2013 4:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. arrived at LAX moments ago with an adorable wittle bitty puppy dog in his hand ... seriously, this thing is frickin' cute.
And when we asked why such a tough guy was cruisin' around with such a teeny tiny pet -- he explained that he promised his kids a puppy if they got good grades in school.
The kids came through ... so dad kept his word.
We also asked T.I. about the mega-party he attended at Justin Bieber's house the other day -- but the rapper made it clear, his lips are sealed.
Maybe Justin's bribing HIM with a puppy ...