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Kim Richards' Ex-Husband Monty Brinson Dead at 58

1/24/2016 8:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0124-kim-richards-monty-brinson-INSTAGRAM-01Monty Brinson, the ex husband of Kim Richards, has died from lung cancer .... TMZ has confirmed.

Kim and Monte were married for only 3 years -- from 1985 - 1988 -- but they remained close after their split and even lived together in past few years when he was battling cancer.

Kim was very open ... Monty's struggle sometimes pushed her over the edge in her own battle with addiction -- something well-chronicled on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Rick Hilton says, "We have lost Monty Brinson after a brave battle of cancer. His heart was as big as the moon and he was loved by all he met. He will be sorely missed. I love YOU always."

Monty was 58. RIP. 

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Apollo Nida Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker They Pick Up My Prison Calls!!!

1/17/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0104-apollo-nida-tmz"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Apollo Nida is learning who his real friends are while he's in prison, and two very unlikely suspects have remained loyal ... Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker

Apollo phoned us from prison to say most people won't take his call, so he was really surprised when Kandi and Todd took the time to jawbone with him when he reached out. 

What's more ... Apollo says the couple constantly check up on him and even put money in his commissary account. 

He says he never expected the support since Kandi and Apollo's wife, Phaedra Parks, had a falling out on 'RHOA.'

Lisa Vanderpump Hats Off to My New Teammates

1/15/2016 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115_Lisa-Vanderpump_Welcomes-the-Real-Housewives_wmLisa Vanderpump showed her support for Bravo's newest housewife franchise -- "The Real Housewives of Potomac" -- when the cast stopped by PUMP Restaurant Thursday night for dinner.

Lisa wasn't there but we're told she sent a note welcoming the women to the Bravo family and hooked 'em up with PUMP hats. The new 'Housewife' franchise premieres Sunday, and we're told Bravo execs think it's going to be their new hit.

The ladies are definitely saving the drama for the cameras -- we're told there was no argument about the bill at PUMP. They each paid separately. 

NFL Linebacker Man Thongin' It on Beach Vacation ... With Famous Wife

1/15/2016 9:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0115-kim-zolciak-instagram-01Here's Atlanta Falcons linebacker Kroy Biermann proving bikini bottoms aren't just for women -- rockin' a pair of grape smugglers on a beach vacation with is famous reality star wife.

Unclear where Kroy and former 'Real Housewives of ATL' star Kim Zolciak are vacationing -- but it's clear he doesn't care ... letting it all hang out for everyone who wants a peek. 

Teresa Giudice's Daughter She Gets It From Her Mama

1/15/2016 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0115-main-teresa-giudice-getty-01Teresa Giudice gave 15-year-old daughter Gia the full celeb treatment Thursday night -- prepping her for the future ... Gia hopes. 

3 weeks after getting out of the pen ... Teresa went to support sister-in-law Melissa Gorga's opening of her Envy boutique in Montclair, NJ.

Gia's an aspiring singer -- who's already released a music video -- and she's clearly learned a thing or two from mom about dressing for success.

However, we suggest she get banking tips elsewhere. 

Dr. Paul Nassif Bodyguard Lied to Adrienne About Child Abuse

1/12/2016 12:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0111-paul-nassif-tmz-03Dr. Paul Nassif wants a former bodyguard to pay for making explosive accusations about child abuse -- a claim he only made when he was about to be fired ... according to Paul. 

According to the lawsuit, Kevin Villalobos, screwed up on the job earlier this year, and got wind the doctor planned to 86 his ass for it. That's when Nassif says Villalobos emailed his resignation with this line: "I could not silently standby while you hit and injured your children in angry outbursts." 

Villalobos included Paul's ex-wife Adrienne Maloof on the email, according to the suit.

Nassif denies hitting his children at all. He says the ex-bodyguard keeps trying to piss off Adrienne by repeating the accusations.

Dr. Paul's suing for libel and defamation ...and there's side beef too.

He claims Villalobos made dry cleaning runs for him and made off with $4,000 worth of clothing!

'RHOC' Star Gretchen Rossi Forget Orange ... My Range Rover's a Lemon!

1/9/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0108_GRETCHEN-ROSSI_TMZ'Real Housewives of Orange County' star Gretchen Rossi claims her Range Rover has been a dud from the get-go, but the car company still won't take it back ... so she's suing.

According to a new lawsuit, Rossi plunked down $111k for a brand new Range Rover in 2012, and says she drove all of 200 miles before some big problems surfaced ... problems with acceleration, the battery, fuses, and a smoking tail pipe.

She went back to the dealer in November for an idling problem, and this time she was told the vehicle was out of warranty, which she says was especially galling because she had been there 3 times before for the exact same problem.

Fed up, Rossi claims she tried to exercise her rights under the Lemon Law by returning the vehicle to the dealer, but she was shut down. She says the dealership offered to fix the problem for free, but only if she gave up her rights under the Lemon Law.  

Rossi told them to take a hike, which will probably be her new mode of transportation, and she's filed suit.

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'RHOA' Producers Amiyah Scott Didn't Quit ... We Didn't Want Her!

1/3/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1230-amiyah-scott-instagram-facebookAmiyah Scott might be telling people she walked off the set of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," but producers are singing a different tune ... she was just boring as crap so they scrapped her.

Scott -- who would have been the first transgender female cast member -- got a trial run and claims she walked off the set because they were trying to sexually exploit her.

But our production sources say Amiyah never walked off ... she just didn't make the cut because she brought nothing interesting to the table ... being transgender doesn't make you automatically interesting.

As for claims she was forced to wear lingerie ... producers say that's ridiculous. Porsha Williams  -- who has a lingerie line -- thought Amiyah was beautiful and made the offer and Amiyah declined ... simple as that.

It all worked out in the end for Amiyah ... Lee Daniels has just cast her on a new TV show

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Teresa Giudice Check Out My Tight New Jail Body

12/31/2015 10:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Teresa Giudice clearly put in some extra work on her body while in the slammer ... and she's not afraid to show it off. 

Teresa was spotted out in New Jersey Wednesday leaving a yoga class in some skin-tight spandex before hopping into her brand new $90k Lexus. We're not sure what her workout routine was behind bars or if there's just something in the water, but she looks great. 

The bottom line? ... Joe's probably one happy dude. 

Apollo Nida Prison Interview I'm Gonna See My Kids, One Way or the Other

12/31/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Apollo Nida used a precious prison phone call to go on "TMZ Live" and make the case that his children should visit him behind bars.

Nida, who's serving 8 years for money laundering and bank fraud, talks about the heartbreak of being cut off from his family, his plans for his kids and whether his marriage to Phaedra Parks will survive.

It's the first interview in "TMZ Live" history that was interrupted by a federal prison announcement.

Amiyah Scott 'RHOA' Treats Transgender People as a Joke ... I Quit!!!

12/29/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1228_Amiyah-Scott_instagramAmiyah Scott was a wet dream for producers of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," the prospect of a transgender cast member made them salivate, and she's so disgusted she just quit.

Amiyah was on the show for a trial -- the first transgender woman ever on the 'Housewives' franchise. We're told producers were prodding Amiyah to sexualize herself ... wearing lingerie and acting like a vixen.

We're told she bristled at the notes because she wanted to become a role model for other transgendered people. And we're told she was doubly insulted because they tried making her the bitch of the cast, trashing the other housewives.

After a month of filming, she walked off the set, saying she was done.

It worked out for Amiyah ... Lee Daniels has just cast her on a new TV show

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Rick Hilton Kyle Gave Bravo Notice ... She's Quitting 'Housewives'

12/28/2015 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rick Hilton says Kyle Richards is so pissed off at Bravo for airing her family's dirty laundry, she's quitting the show ... but our production sources say Rick's just wrong.

We got Rick at LAX Monday, and asked about the family rift over Nicky's wedding ... where Kyle's hubby Mauricio was persona non grata.

Rick told us Kyle's upset at Bravo ... so upset she's given notice. Fact is ... we're told Kyle has threatened to quit in the past.

We're getting a very different story from sources connected with "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," who say what this is really about is that Mauricio is now a competitor of Rick's in the real estate biz. As for Kyle, they say she's going nowhere.  

'RHOA' Star Peter Thomas Apollo Nida Needs To Man Up ... And Call Me

12/28/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222_appolo_nida_peter_thomas_TMZ'RHOA' star Peter Thomas says he didn't do anything to deserve the shade Apollo Nida threw at him from prison.

Apollo singled out Peter last Monday, calling him a "fake friend" on Instagram. It was pretty out of the blue ... Apollo's been radio silent since starting his 8 year sentence for fraud a year ago.

Sources close to Apollo tell us he became enraged after hearing Peter has been bad mouthing him, saying Apollo deserved his prison sentence for stealing and money laundering. Apollo feels betrayed by Peter, and is also upset he hasn't heard a peep from Peter since getting locked up. 

Peter, who's married to Cynthia Bailey, tells us his number hasn't changed and he has no idea why Apollo would air his beef on social media instead of calling him from the slammer.

Peter says he's got a lot of friends in the big house and there's a drill ... they call you, because you can't call them. Peter could have sat down and penned a letter, but he says he's not much of a letter writer.

The way Peter put it to us, "If I am a fake friend because I don’t write a letter, then I’m a fake friend."

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