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'Celebrity Apprentice'

Minority Host

Likely to Replace Trump

6/29/2015 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629-celebrity-apprentice-01The next time you watch "Celebrity Apprentice," the probability is ... the person doing the firing will be a minority.

TMZ has learned, a minority host is being "seriously considered" in the wake of NBC's decision to remove all things Trump from the network. One thing is certain ... Trump will not be returning to the show. 

The minority host idea we're told is an opportunity to make a powerful statement discrediting Trump's campaign platform on immigration. Toward that end, the most powerful statement would be making a Mexican or Mexican American the host. That's the most logical scenario, but all we know is that the likely scenario now is a minority at the head of the boardroom.

NBC has made it clear ... Trump is now persona non grata.

Donald Trump

NBC is 'Weak'

...Threatens Lawsuit

6/29/2015 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump says NBC is "weak" for firing him, and he's threatening them in court.

Trump says NBC is a prime example of why our country is in serious trouble ... because it's so worried about offending, it is blinding itself to the immigration problem.

Trump says, "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court."

Short story -- The Donald is threatening NBC the way he's threatened Univision, for allegedly breaching an iron-clad contract by pulling the plug on him.

And Trump took a parting shot, saying, NBC "will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won't stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be."

NBC to Donald Trump

You're Fired!!!

6/29/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629-donald-trump-nbc-02Donald Trump has been fired from NBC because of his recent comments about Mexicans, but hey, business is business, so there's a catch. 

NBC just said, "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."

The network says 'Miss USA' and 'Miss Universe' will no longer air on NBC. 

As for "The Apprentice," the network notes Trump has already said he won't participate because of his presidential run.

BUT ... the network says, "Celebrity Apprentice" is a Mark Burnett production and "that relationship will continue." And guess who hosts that show? NBC did not say it would demand a different host.

As we said, business is business.

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Donald Trump

Undocumented Workers Can Stay ...

But ONLY if They Work Hard

6/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump says if he's elected president, he'd let undocumented workers who are productive stay in the United States, but if they just sponge off the system and don't contribute ... he'd have them deported.

Trump tells TMZ,  he'd create a "system of merit," saying people here illegally should have "a road to legal status" if they work hard and contribute to the country.  

Trump also says no one really knows how many people are in the U.S. illegally -- he cites different stats that show the figure is somewhere between 11 and 30 million. Trumps says it's unrealistic and inhumane to attempt to deport all of them. Thus, the merit system. He says many undocumented workers are "hardworking people" who deserve a chance to live the American dream.

The candidate was not specific about the criteria for being "productive," but he was specific that people who don't pay their freight over a period of time have no place here. 

He also believes criminals and other "bad ones" should be thrown out.

Uncle Poodle

Thank You SCOTUS

I'm Gettin' Married!!

6/27/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-uncle-poodle-tmz-01The Supreme Court made a gay poodle's day with its gay marriage decision.

'Honey Boo Boo' star Uncle Poodle tells us he and fiance Alan will be rushing to a Georgia courthouse as early as next week for their very own marriage license.

The two got engaged last September and he's ecstatic the way is finally paved for wedded bliss. As for a wedding ceremony, they've set their sites on a Georgia beach wedding.

And get this ... they're even open to sharing a wedding with Mama June if she goes through with that whole bisexual thing.

Mazel.

Wyclef Jean

Fires Trump As a Friend ...

F**k Him for Mexico Rant

6/26/2015 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Wyclef Jean ripped his old pal Donald Trump for attacking Mexican immigrants ... by dropping an f-bomb on him during a concert.

The ex-Fugees rapper was in Pomona, CA Thursday night when he went off on Trump ... referencing the Presidential nominee's comment that most Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers. Clef's attack was short, sweet, and very telling. 

He had appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" ... doing a guest spot in the boardroom once, and also played a corporate gig for Trump.

But watch this vid -- there'll be one less holiday card for both men to send this year.

President Obama

Solos On

'Amazing Grace'

6/26/2015 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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President Obama really knows how to punctuate an emotional moment -- he belted out "Amazing Grace" ... all by himself during a funeral for one of the Charleston church shooting victims. 

The Prez delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney -- the South Carolina state senator who was gunned down last week ... and as he closed he talked about the call by many to stop flying the Confederate Flag.

He said removing the flag would be an expression of "God's grace" -- smoothly transitioning to the opening lines of "Amazing Grace." Everyone in the arena eventually joined B.O. in song.

Well played, Mr. President.

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Donald Trump

Univision Employees Will Be Stopped at the Border

... Of My Golf Club

6/26/2015 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump wants a wall erected -- not at the U.S./Mexican border -- at his fancy Miami golf course, and he's making anyone working for Univision persona non grata.

Trump wrote a letter to the Prez of Univision, saying "Please be advised that under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL, MIAMI -- its golf courses or any of its facilities."

The Donald also included instructions to "stop work and close the gate" that is being built between the neighboring properties.

Trump is amping up his attack against Univision after the network pulled the plug on his Miss USA pageant. TMZ broke the story, Trump plans to sue the network for hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming the 5-year-deal was iron-clad.

Trump ended his letter by promising if he's elected president he'll erect a "meaningful border ... not the laughing stock that it currently is."   

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Supreme Court

Same-Sex Marriage Has Our Blessing

6/26/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The United States Supreme Court just ruled by the narrowest of margins that gays have a constitutional right to tie the knot.

It's a landmark ruling that has profound consequences. Fourteen states currently ban gay marriages, but as of today the ban is lifted and all states are now REQUIRED to issue marriage licenses, irrespective of sex.

For all you legal eagles, the decision was 5-4, and Justice Anthony Kennedy again proved he's the most powerful man on the Court, not only providing the swing vote but writing the majority opinion.

The court said the gay marriage ban served to "disrespect and subordinate them." The justices added the ban was a "grave and continuing harm."

President Barack Obama applauded the ruling, tweeting, "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else #LoveWins."

Hillary Clinton quickly weighed in, tweeting, "Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality -- & the courage and determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible."

Bristol Palin

Second Out of Wedlock Pregnancy

... Sorry Mom

6/25/2015 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625-bristol-palin-tmz-01Bristol Palin just threw cold water on what's supposed to be a joyous occasion ... being pregnant.

Palin's in the early stages of her second out of wedlock pregnancy, and this time she's full on grumpy, saying she knows it will be "a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you."

Bristol says she's "trying to keep [my] chin up on this one."

Sarah Palin's daughter was engaged to U.S. Marine veteran Dakota Meyer, but they broke things off last month. Bristol didn't say if Dakota's the dad.

Bristol was full of piss and vinegar, saying, "I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy."

She famously had her son, Tripp, with Levi Johnston in December 2008. They broke up a few months later.

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Donald Trump

I'm Suing Univision for Hundreds of Millions

Over Miss USA

6/25/2015 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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11:15 AM PT -- Cristian de la Fuente just confirmed what Donald told us. He was never hired as the host. He was merely brought on by Univision to host a simulcast. 

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Donald Trump has a vision for Univision ... it involves a courtroom, a jury and a bank account that will be bled dry.

Trump tells TMZ, he will sue Univision for "hundreds of millions of dollars" for breaching what he says is a binding, 5 year deal to air the Miss USA pageant. 

The Donald says Univision had no legal right to back out of the deal Thursday, based on his comments about Mexico and Mexicans, saying many of them who come here are drug dealers and rapists.

Trump tells us, the contract, which was signed in January of this year, is iron-clad. He also says Univision became immediately apologetic after pulling the plug, telling him they were backed against a wall and pleading with him not to talk about Mexico anymore or to at least soften his view.

The candidate says, "I love the Mexican people, but I'm running for President and our country comes first."

And, as for Cristian de la Fuente, the "Devious Maids" star who says he's backing out of hosting the pageant, Trump tells us, "We never even signed the guy. After the Miss USA people saw him they were unimpressed."

Miss USA Host Cristian de la Fuente

Mr. Trump, 'You are a Clown'

6/25/2015 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Chilean actor who was slated to host the Miss USA pageant pulled out even before Univision pulled the plug, saying Donald Trump was "ignorant" and a "clown."

Cristian de la Fuente, who stars in "Devious Maids," went nuts on Trump for calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists.

Cristian is not alone in his disdain. Roselyn Sanchez, his "Devious Maids" co-star, also pulled out and Univision officially pulled the plug Thursday morning.

For his part, Trump is sticking to his guns, saying "I love Mexico but not the unfair trade deals that the US so stupidly makes with them. Really bad for US jobs, only good for Mexico."

Donald Trump

Burned by 'Mexicans' Rant

Univision Drops Miss USA

6/25/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625-donald-trump-uni-logos-tmz-01Donald Trump's smack in the middle of a full scale Mexican backlash -- his Miss Universe Organization just lost a major TV deal over his rant about Mexican immigrants being rapists and drug dealers.

Univision announced Thursday morning that it will not air the hugely popular Miss USA (owned by Miss Universe) competition ... which is coming up next month. Colombian singer J Balvin also pulled out in protest -- and as did co-hosts Roselyn Sanchez and Cristián de la Fuente.

Trump made the now infamous rant -- saying Mexico's not "sending their best" -- when he announced he was running for the Republican nomination for president.

Trump responded ... "Univision wants to back out of signed contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico." He added that he loves Mexico, but not the bad deals.

Univision planned to air the first ever Spanish language simulcast of the pageant, but ... no dados.

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