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'Naked and Afraid' Contestant

Rats ...

It's What's for Dinner

4/19/2015 7:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A true chef can transform any ingredient into a culinary masterpiece ... like this guy on Discovery's "Naked and Afraid" ... who whipped up some pesky rodents into Michelin Star worthy rat kebabs.

In a upcoming episode of the new season, Darrin Reay and Angeles Narduzzi strip down and survive 21 days on Koh Mook Island in Thailand ... which also happens to be the home of a ton of rats.

Darrin is happy to capitalize on the plethora of available food ... but vegetarian Angeles isn't sold.

The premiere is Sunday at 10 PM ET. You've been warned. 

Brian Williams

You Can Trust Me, America

I Have a Puppy!

4/14/2015 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0414_brian_williams_allison_dog_puppy_splash_launchSuspended NBC newsman Brian Williams did some serious damage control in New York City by strolling with his wife, his daughter Allison, and most importantly ... Allison's adorable new dog!

Williams has been laying very low since NBC took him off the air back in February for lying about being shot at in a helicopter.  

Brian had to know a few paparazzi shots of him snuggling Moxie -- a golden retriever puppy -- would look really good. Especially since ABC's World News Tonight just beat NBC Nightly News for the first time in a long time.

Williams' return is by no means a sure thing, but co-anchoring with Moxie could go a long way.

Erik Estrada

Ponch Pulls Puppies At Shelter

4/12/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0410-erick-estrada-puppiesFormer "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada is still protecting and serving ... except now he's doing it for a pair of adorable dogs ... and his daughter who refused to take no for an answer.

The owner of Wylder's Holistic Pet Center & Rescue in Studio City, CA tells TMZ ... Ponch's teenage daughter stopped in this week and instantly fell in love with two terrier mixes. We're told she quickly phoned pops, and talked him into paying for the adoption.

Erik loved the pups so much, he actually wanted to adopt THREE other dogs, but his wife talked him down to just the dos ... which they named Nike and Shadow.

While filling out the paperwork ... Erik was bitten by the generosity bug, and made a separate donation of $1,000 to the shelter. 

Way to book bark 'em, Ponch.

Kentucky Derby

BANS SELFIE STICKS!!!

4/9/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-kentucky-getty-01If you want a "selfie" at the Kentucky Derby, ya better leave your selfie stick at home -- because Churchill Downs has officially BANNED everyone's favorite phone accessory. 

It's a pretty big moment for professional sports -- since selfie sticks are super popular right now ... and seem to have a presence at major events all over the world ... from concerts to Super Bowl media day. 

As for why Churchill Downs banned the item, reps say the move was in the best interest of both the fans and the horses ... this according to The Courier-Journal.

The track says anyone who tries to bring one inside the venue will be asked to throw it in the trash. 

Daisy Fuentes & Duffy

Show Major Mutt Mercy ...

Save Dog From Death

4/5/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0403-duffy-daisy-fuentes-getty-instagram-01Animal shelters should keep Grammy winning singer Duffy and Daisy Fuentes on speed dial ... because together they're a one-two dog saving punch. 

Our doggie sources say Duffy caught wind through an online dog forum that Bronx -- an adorable American Bulldog -- had one hour to live before an Orange County adoption center put him down ... so she stepped up and slipped $1,000 to L.A. shelter, Ace of Hearts to save him. 

That's when Daisy got involved. We're told she was looking to foster a pooch and fell in love when she met Bronx at Ace of Hearts. Bronx is now shacking up with Daisy ... who's covering all the costs to get him ready for adoption -- and that includes potty training.

Such good girls ... yes you are.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter

In Dogfight Over Fugitive's Arrest

3/30/2015 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-dog-bounty-tmz-01Dog the Bounty Hunter is so into dogs, he allegedly tried to buy one off a fugitive ... while his cohorts were kicking in the guy's front door to haul his ass off to jail ... but Dog's lawyer says the fugitive is lying about him wanting to buying the pooch.

Dog's latest catch, James Hawkins tells TMZ ... he was arrested earlier this month at his Texas home, and as he was cuffed he claims Dog immediately locked eyes with his great dane -- and whipped out $1,000 cash to take it away.

Hawkins was pissed, and told Dog to lay off Duke -- a 7-year-old, 200 lb. pooch. He says Duke doesn't need to be rescued by DBH or anyone else.

Dog's lawyer, Marty Singer, tells TMZ his client NEVER tried to buy Duke ... never offered him a cent for the animal.  

Hawkins -- who was wanted for failing to pay bond on a previous arrest -- is considering suing Dog for trespassing ... and forcing him to sign release papers for the reality show. 

Meanwhile, Hawkins' fam didn't seem offended -- they all posed for pics with Beth Chapman while Dog was busting dear ole dad.

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Justin Bieber

My Killer Bodyguard ...

Is Just A Big Puppy

3/24/2015 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber New DogJustin Bieber's bodyguard has been in a heated standoff with photogs and cops ... but he's just been given a tough new detail ... babying Bieb's 8 oz. puppy.

Biebs isn't playing around when it comes to Esther -- the same adorable little Silky Terrier he wined and dined at Mastro's in Bev Hills on Sunday ... it looks like he's put his top dog, Michael Arana, on the job.

The good news ... if Arana can handle himself against a gaggle of Miami cops or some unruly London paps like he did in 2013, he can more than handle picking up Esther's doodie.

No shame in taking care of the lil' doggie, as long as he's not getting paid in kibble. 

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Justin Bieber

Please Have Mercy on this Puppy!

3/23/2015 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Justin Bieber has a new dog ... which has got to be worrisome for the pooch. 

Bieber took the puppy for a fancy dinner at Mastro's Sunday night in Bev Hills. It's unclear why the restaurant let the terrier in.

Bieber Instagrammed the photo Sunday night ... showing the snuggly lil pup wrapped in Bieber's tatted arm. Her name is Esther ... reason unknown. 

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This is where history is both useful and alarming. You'll recall Biebs famously gave away his pet hamster to a fan a few years back (it died a few months later) and abandoned a pet monkey at a German animal shelter.

Good luck, Esther.

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15 Celebrity Dogs

Living Better Than

You On National Puppy Day

3/23/2015 12:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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What's the next best thing to being a celebrity? Being a celebrity's dog, of course.

In honor of National Puppy Day, check out 15 of the most pampered pooches in all of Hollywood. Just try not to get too jealous!

15. Naya Rivera


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14. Lucy Hale


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13. Amanda Seyfried


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12. Demi Lovato


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11. Kendall Jenner


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10. Russell Brand


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9. Ian Somerhalder


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8. Ashley Benson


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7. Hugh Jackman


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6. Emmy Rossum


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5. Hilary Duff


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4. Janel Parrish


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3.Julianne Hough


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2. Paris Hilton


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1. Lisa Vanderpump


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Guess Model

My Traveling Dog Balls So Hard ...

She Has a Passport [TMZ TV]

3/18/2015 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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When Guess model Cynthia Kirchner jets off around the world ... her trusted travel companion is always with her -- even though she's a dog!

No, seriously ... Bella has more stamps on her PASSPORT than you do. #depressed

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Mally Mall

Gets all Catty with Bieber

3/14/2015 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mally Mall is a little slow on the uptake ... he's giving Justin Bieber yet another animal he can abandon.

The famed producer was leaving Supperclub in Hollywood Friday night when our photog asked if JB will be the beneficiary of yet another animal in Mall's exotic menagerie.  Mally was vague ... he'll be giving Justin a "feline" in Vegas Sunday for his never-ending birthday, but the feline family is large.

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You'll recall ... Mally Mall gave Justin a monkey 2 years ago.  Justin abandoned the monkey at a German animal shelter.

And who can forget the cute lil hamster Justin pawned off on a fan.  The critter died a week later.

It'd be a lot smarter just to get Bieber 2 tickets to "Cats." 

Sam Simon

Beloved Dog Coping with Death

3/12/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0311_sam_and_culumbo_twitterSam Simon's cherished 3-year-old dog is heartsick over his owner's death, but there's already a new owner who is doing everything he can to ease the blow.

Tyson Kilmer, one of Sam's close friends who is also a dog trainer, tells us shortly after Sam was diagnosed, he called with a request -- love and cherish his Italian mastiff after he died.

Tyson gladly obliged, especially because of his history with Columbo. He trained the pooch for aggression issues when he was a pup. 

Tyson had a plan he put into motion months before Sam died. Columbo spent time at Tyson's home so the permanent move wouldn't be too jarring.  

We're told Columbo is adjusting well, but misses his dad. Kilmer took one of Sam's favorite hooded sweatshirts and laid it on Columbo's bed ... which the dog snuggles up with at night.

Good news ... Columbo has a girlfriend ... a pit bull named Kasha Fierce.

The biggest adjustment for Columbo ... moving from Pacific Palisades to Sherman Oaks ... woof.

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James Van Der Beek

Wins Bidding War

For Rescue Dog

3/11/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Van Der Beek adopted an adorable dog at an L.A. pound this week, which sounds fantastic for everyone except the woman who also had her heart set on the pooch.

Kristin Halvorsen tells us she saw the Chihuahua mix Sunday at a charity event called Woofstock. Kristin fell in love with the mutt and was told to come back on Tuesday to seal the deal. Problem was ... James was also at the event and told the very same thing.

They both returned to the shelter at the same time and were shocked that there was competition for the animal. The shelter people told them the policy ... when more than one person wanted the same dog, each would be told to write down a bid and submit it. Highest bidder gets the dog.

Kristin wrote down $300, but James bid higher, though we don't know how much, and he got the dog.  

Kristin tells us she dissolved into tears, which is a little weird because she posed with James and his kids after she lost. 

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