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Abby Lee Miller I Made These 'Dance' Girls Cool ... Unlike Their Real Mothers

2/12/2016 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Thank God for Abby Lee Miller ... said Abby Lee Miller when discussing the fame and success of some of her "Dance Moms" students.

No doubt Abby's got some bragging rights ... we were at her Santa Monica studio when some of her girls, including Maddie Ziegler, were going through a hip-hop routine.

Maddie just won the Seriously Popular trophy at the People's Choice Awards, so you'll excuse Abby for crowing about how she raised her girls. As she put it, "Lord knows, if it would've been up to their mothers."

Okay, maybe you won't excuse her. 

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'Bachelorette' Star Josh Seiter Trash Talking the Show Got Me Blackballed

2/12/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0211-josh-seiter-INSTAGRAM-02'Bachelorette' contestant Josh Seiter says he's being blocked from talking to the media about something as innocent as a charity event, because he accused the show of being staged.

Josh -- who got booted from Kaitlyn Bristowe's season -- says he was supposed to be on "Windy City Live" this week, but ABC contacted the show and Josh's manager to say the appearance would breach his 'Bachelorette' contract.

Josh says he's been allowed to do promotional gigs in the past, and thinks this is especially strange since he was merely going to talk up a breast cancer charity event. 

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He tells us he suspects the ban has something to do with previous interviews he did after getting booted -- including one on "TMZ Live" -- where he alleged most of the 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' shows are fake.

Josh says he's been told he can still do the charity event, as long as he doesn't talk to the media. We reached out to ABC and Warner Bros. (which produces 'Bachelorette') ... but no comment from either.   

'Mob Wives' Drita D'Avanzo Beatdown Caught on Camera ... Victim Hospitalized

2/11/2016 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who was allegedly attacked by "Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo says her family is now living in fear, terrified of Drita and her husband Lee.

Mary Bratti has provided TMZ with the full video of her and Drita exchanging blows on Tuesday. Bratti tells us the brawl got so heated she later passed out from pain, and a CT scan at the hospital revealed a minor concussion.

We broke the story, Drita was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges.

We're told the fight started over a parking spot -- Bratti says Lee D'Avanzo frequently uses her reserved spot outside her home. She also claims he's been harassing her since the fight. Bratti plans to request an order of protection, and she's having home security cameras installed.

Lee is an alleged mob associate (hence Drita's TV gig) who's done time for bank robberies and other crimes.

We've reached out to Drita, but no word back.

Teresa Giudice I Got Screwed Because I'm a Celebrity

2/11/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Teresa Giudice says she would have gotten house arrest if she was just Jane Doe, claiming she was sentenced to hard time because she's a celeb.

Teresa will be on "TMZ Live" Thursday, and she's very clear about her belief ... she had a big fat target on her forehead because she's high profile.

The 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star says her daughter Gia has changed career paths because of the sentence and her mom's harsh treatment behind bars. 

Watch 'Live' Thursday ... she also talks about where she stands on the 'Housewives' power rankings.

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'Little Women: LA' Gets a Little Justice in 'The People's Court'

2/10/2016 3:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Little Women: LA" star Christy McGinity learned rolling through an intersection -- even just a little -- can prove costly.

Christy appeared before Judge Marilyn Milian Monday for a taping of "The People's Court."  She was being sued by a woman who claimed Christy slammed into her Mercedes at a L.A. intersection.

Christy climbed a step ladder to give the judge a blow-by-blow, but in the end, it was her admission she rolled through a red light to make a right that sunk her.

It's ironic ... Christy was in the car with her 16-year-old daughter, whom she was teaching how to drive.

'Mob Wives' Star Drita D'Avanzo Arrested for Alleged Sidewalk Beating

2/10/2016 12:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0210-drita-davanzo-tmz-01"Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo was arrested Tuesday for allegedly cracking open a can o' whoop ass on a woman in Staten Island.

NYPD sources tells us D'Avanzo got into a verbal dispute with another woman, and when things got heated ... D'Avanzo threw and landed several punches.

By the time the fight fizzled out, cops were on the scene and arrested the mob wife.

We're told she was cited for misdemeanor assault -- nothing too serious, unless you're the woman who got beat down.

'Love & Hip Hop: NY' Star Tahiry Jose I Got $31k In Medical Bills Now Pay For My Epidural!

2/10/2016 11:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0210-tahiry-jose-tmz-01"Love & Hip Hop: NY" star Tahiry Jose says the brutal attack by a man backstage at a 2014 NYC fashion show left her $31k in the hole from medical bills and she's suing to get it back.

Tahiry just filed new legal docs in her suit against Carlos Fiasco, the man who copped a plea deal and got off with no jail time, and the fashion show and theater where the assault took place.

In the docs, she lists off her injuries from the assault -- cervical sprain, several disc injuries, wrist derangement, concussion and post-traumatic headaches. She says the pain got so bad she needed an epidural.

Tahiry says she had to drop $8k just for a neurologist and $5.5k for rehab. She's suing for her total medical bill -- the $31k -- plus damages for suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

'Little Women: Atlanta' Star Minnie Bun in the Oven

2/10/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0209-main-minnie-baby-ashley-ross-02"Little Women: Atlanta" stars Ashley "Minnie" Ross and rapper Pastor Troy are expecting a little miracle to join them soon ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the reality stars tell us Ashley just found out she's pregnant with PT's baby and both are very excited.  

Ashley and PT's off-and-on romance has been covered on the show, but we're told they want to keep the pregnancy off camera ... so no diaper drama story lines, for now. 

Even though their relationship was shaky for the last 8 months, our sources say they're good now. Obviously, they were VERY good on at least one occasion.

#Congratulations

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'The Bachelor' Famous Bahamas Pigs Got Bad Vibes from 'Cranky' Chicks

2/9/2016 2:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When "The Bachelor" contestants hooked up with some famous pigs in the Bahamas, the pigs got the short end of the stick ... according to our swine sources. 

If you missed it Monday night, Ben and his chicks hit the Bahamian island of Exuma ... where pigs roam the beach and swim with tourists, usually quite peacefully. But some of the hogs had beef with the ladies, got aggressive, and sent the ladies squealing and running. Pretty funny stuff.

Now the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is defending its swine, saying they only got ornery because they picked up on the contestants' bad attitudes. Pigs are more sensitive than ya think, according to tourism officials. 

Important to note ... no one, human or pig, was injured and most of the girls just played "damsel in distress" -- which got Ben's attention.

We'd say it was a win-win, but it's unclear what the pigs got out of this.

Amy Robach Scored Giudice Sit Down Over Big Dogs ... Sorry, Robin & George

2/8/2016 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0208-amy-robach-teresa-giudice-TMZ-GETTY-01Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos get all the anchor shine, but news reader Amy Robach snatched the big Teresa Giudice interview away from her GMA colleagues.

TMZ has learned Robach nailed the 'RHONJ' star's first post-prison sit down -- a big get for sweeps, which ABC's news hounds had to be dying to get. It's the kinda thing Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer used to battle over.

Our sources tell us Amy got the nod based on her history with Giudice -- and in fact, the ex-con laid down the law ... saying it had to be Robach or the interview was off.

Amy first interviewed her in 2014, and we're told Giudice liked that one enough to come back for more. The full interview airs Tuesday morning, but GMA already released a clip of Giudice talking about her finances.

Teresa Giudice I'm Coming Back To 'RHONJ' ... But 3 Others Aren't

2/8/2016 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020816-teresa-giudice-tmz-getty-02Teresa Giudice is a shoo-in for season 7 of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' but 3 other women are suddenly unemployed ... TMZ has learned.

Our production sources tell us Dina Manzo and the twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano all got the ax. 

No word yet on who will fill the vacancies ... we're told Bravo's currently shopping for other housewives.

As of now, Teresa's sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, and former member cast member Jacqueline Laurita are the only others locked in ... but it's gonna be the Teresa show all the way.

Cameras have been following Teresa since her release from prison and it'll provide a chunk of the story line.

'Dance Moms' Star Maddie Ziegler I'm a Movie Star Now!

2/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-maddie-ziegler-TMZ-01"Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler is leaving the Lifetime reality show and heading for the big leagues to star in a huge new movie.  

The 13-year-old will hit the big screen banking at least $20,000 in a film called, "The Book of Henry."

The cast includes Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, Bobby Moynihan and child actor Jacob Tremblay who starred in Golden Globe nominated "Room." 

Go Maddie! 

Lisa Vanderpump Kitchen Fire at Famous Restaurant

2/5/2016 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant PUMP had some surprise patrons Friday morning -- LA County firefighters who rushed in to put down a kitchen fire ... TMZ has learned. 

Fire department sources tell us they arrived around 11 AM and quickly put down a small smoldering electrical fire that was contained within a wall. It caused no injuries or major damage. 

'RHOBH' and "Vanderpump Rules" fans know PUMP well, and as a result ... it's also become a big tourist stop. We're told they'll be open for biz tonight ... if you can get a reservation. 

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