The South will apparently rise again -- "Party Down South" is coming back for Season 2 now that the cast is waving the white flag of surrender in its pay dispute ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... the "PDS" regulars were stonewalling ... refusing to work unless CMT paid them $7,500 an episode -- a hefty 1,400% pay raise from the paltry 500 bucks for Season 1.
But sources close to the show tell us ... CMT refused to budge -- even though "PDS" is the network's most successful show EVER.
We're told, the network is being hard-ass ... saying the cast signed a contract through season 2, so that's the way it is ... the network's way or the highway.
BUT ... CMT dangled a carrot, promising bigger paychecks in Season 3.
Note to cast: That's the oldest trick in the book.
'Marriage Boot Camp' Hubby
Pissed the Show
Leaked My Porn Past
3/16/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaun Sulligan -- the hubby from "Marriage Boot Camp" with a porn past -- is pissed that the show leaked his XXX work in a desperate attempt to drum up ratings.
As TMZ previously reported, Sulligan shot two scenes for a gay website called "Straight Guys for Gay Eyes." The scenes were shot in 2009 ... one sex scene with a woman and one solo masturbation scene. The sex scene is shot POV on him, not the chick.
Sulligan tells TMZ he deeply regrets doing the videos, and only did it because he was homeless and living in his car at the time. He says he would NEVER do anything like it again.
Sulligan and his wife Sofia are particularly pissed off at the show for leaking the story because they say it was never brought up during filming and it was never an issue between them.
The couple says they are seriously considering skipping the reunion show ... unless the show writes them a big check.
Now we get it.
132-Pound Scrotum Guy
Dead at 49
3/14/2014 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is nuts -- Wesley Warren (the man famous for his 132-pound scrotum) has passed away from a non-scrotum health issue.
According to reports, Warren passed away Friday at University Medical Center after suffering two heart attacks in recent weeks.
Warren's friend told the Vegas Review-Journal, Warren's been hospitalized for the last 5-and-a-half weeks for infections stemming from his diabetes, and suffered the heart attacks while in the hospital.
Prior to his surgery last summer to remove the exercise ball-sized growth, Warren used to wear hooded sweatshirts as pants, using the hood as a makeshift scrotum sling.
Warren had suffered from an extreme case of scrotal lymphedema, which causes the scrotum to swell with watery fluid. He appeared on the Howard Stern Show as well as Comedy Central.
Warren was 49.
Geraldo, Kate, Brandi, Kenya and Keshia
Joining the Cast
3/14/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Celebrity Apprentice" is still weeks away from announcing its latest contestants, but TMZ spies have come through again ... with a list of celebs who will be duking it out this season.
TMZ has learned Geraldo Rivera and former "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam are among the cast members for the upcoming season.
In addition, our spies say two "Real Housewives" -- Brandi Glanville from Bev Hills and Kenya Moore from Atlanta -- will also be doing the show.
Kate Gosselin's name has been rumored for a while now ... and TMZ can confirm she'll be trying to get on Donald Trump's good side as well.
"Celebrity Apprentice" is still a ratings force on Sunday nights and has helped re-launch the careers of Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, Trace Adkins and Piers Morgan.
Wait, maybe not that last one ...
I'M GONNA BE ON 'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE!!!
3/14/2014 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He's already been axed by the Cowboys, Eagles & Bengals .. but now Terrell Owens is gonna have a chance to be FIRED BY DONALD TRUMP ... 'cause he's gonna be on "Celebrity Apprentice," TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources tell us ... T.O. is all set to appear on the 14th Season of Trump's mega-hit show on NBC.
And it's not just for the paycheck, now that Owens is on board, he's got a HUGE opportunity to blow up his post-NFL career ... just like Joan Rivers, Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall who all enjoyed a serious resurgence of fame after appearing on the show, which is #1 on Sunday nights.
But Owens may not be the only jock on the show ... we're told tennis superstar Martina Navratilova is in talks with producers and really wants to do it ... but isn't a lock yet.
Stay tuned ...
4 Baby Mamas
Pop Out Reality Show
3/14/2014 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Boosie's 4 baby mamas have another bun in the oven -- a reality show.
Sources close to the production tell TMZ, Boosie's babes -- Walnita, Tracey, Trivia, and Gerlissa -- have been putting together a pilot episode over the last few months while the rapper's been locked behind bars. Together, they've mothered Boosie's 7 children (aged 4-11).
FYI, Walnita's the baby mama who was arrested back in 2010 for trying to smuggle Boosie drugs in jail.
We're told the reality show will focus on the ladies' unusual friendships that formed as the result of their ... peculiar circumstances. It's unclear if Boosie -- née Torrence Hatch -- will also be participating now that he's free.
According to sources, the producers behind the show are currently shopping it to several networks -- including Oxygen, WE, and Fuse -- but so far, no deal is in place.
So My BF's Dad Is a Dictator ...
At Least I Got a New Rolls!
3/13/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lawyer Fires Back
I Wasn't Promoting Me, I Was Promoting You!
3/13/2014 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The personal injury lawyer who just got his ass sued by Judge Judy insists Judy's got her robe in a bunch for no reason -- telling TMZ, he wasn't using her image to promote himself ... he was using it to promote HER.
As we reported, Judy sued attorney John Haymond claiming he stole clips from her show to use in a commercial to promote his law firm -- but Haymond says that's just not the case.
He tells us, the commercial in question is actually for her OWN SHOW.
According to Haymond, the local ABC affiliate in New Haven, CT and NBC affiliate in Springfield recently asked Haymond -- a well-known personal injury lawyer in the area -- and his daughters to appear in the Judge Judy promo ... and he obliged.
Haymond says the promotions actually ran on the station several years ago, but recently stopped, and he's surprised the station isn't owning up. According to Haymond, "If the local affiliates would just release these Judge Judy Show promotions, everyone would see this is much ado about nothing."
What Haymond isn't addressing -- apparently Judy doesn't think he has the right to take old commercials targeted for her show and then slap them on his website long after the fact.
with Los Angeles
3/13/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has cut his final ties with the city of Los Angeles ... because TMZ has learned he's sold the last piece of property he owns in the area ... leaving him wide open for a permanent move to the ATL.
As TMZ first reported, Bieber sold his Calabasas home to Khloe Kardashian for a cool $7.2 million ... making a little over a million on the sale.
But according to our sources, Bieber also owned the 1.7-acre plot of land next door ... until now. We're told Bieber just sold that for $2.775 million (he bought it for $2.35 mil in 2012) and the deal closes in 30 days.
As for the buyer, our sources say it's nobody famous, but he's about to inherit a slew of famous neighbors.
We're told Bieber had been looking for another home in the Los Angeles, but he's since called off the search.
Atlanta, he's your problem now.
Sorry Dalai Lama ...
You're No Jesus!
3/13/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joanna Krupa says the only reason the Dalai Lama didn't change her life is because -- despite anything you've seen her do and say -- she's "All about Jesus."
JK was leaving Sur restaurant last night when she tried to explain why she dissed Dalai last month ... by professing her love for JC, but made a major slip up in the process.
Joanna attempts to say she can't wait to see the new movie, "Son of God" -- but you gotta hear how it comes out of her mouth.
Someone needs to get to Bible study ... stat.
Divorce Didn't Ruin Me ...
I'm Dating a Rich African Dictator's Son
3/13/2014 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams isn't wanting for cash after her ex-husband screwed her over in their divorce -- sources tell TMZ, she's now knocking boots with the exorbitantly wealthy son of an African dictator ... notorious for human rights violations.
According to sources, Porsha has been seeing 42-year-old Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea ... since 1979.
Mbasogo (the father) is known as one of Africa's most brutal and corrupt rulers -- not only for having his predecessor executed and political opponents tortured, but for pillaging his own country's oil wealth ... while its people live in abject poverty.
And his son is reaping the benefits -- living like a king in Malibu and all around the world.
We're told Mangue (the son) has been showering Porsha with expensive gifts for the last month -- Louboutin shoes, Chanel ... even a Rolls Royce -- and Porsha has been posting photos of the gifts on Instagram.
Sources say the romance is pretty new ... but it's escalating fast -- we're told Mangue is currently looking to buy Porsha a multimillion-dollar house in ATL.
We reached out to Porsha's conscience for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Naked and Afraid' Contestant
Amazon Bugs Are Eating My Vajayjay!
3/13/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ass-chewing ants ... and vagina-devouring mosquitoes -- just a few of the stars on a brutal new episode of "Naked and Afraid."
The runaway cable hit kicks off a new season with 2 suckers contestants -- Tyler and A.K. -- literally up to their crotches in the native bugs of the Amazon jungle.
As A.K. puts it ... "Right now they are eating my vajayjay alive!!"
We got this clip from the show that airs Sunday at 9PM on Discovery ...the damage these mosquitoes do to a body is just shocking.
Tyler doesn't have it much better. Watch to see want happens when fire ants set up shop INSIDE your butt crack.
'Little' Dating Site Wants to Hook Him Up
3/13/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Things are looking up for newly separated Matt Roloff ... a dating company catering to little people wants to plaster his adorable face on its website and in return help him score a fresh piece for himself.
DateALittle.com made the offer to the "Little People, Big World" star after news broke he separated from his wife. Matt -- who's like the George Clooney of little people -- has a deal on the table to become the official spokesperson.
The company's pitch to Matt is that there's something far more valuable than monetary compensation ... the opportunity to find a new relationship.
Fact is ... DateALittle.com has delivered in the past. It's where Bill and Jen Arnold, from "The Little Couple," first connected ... and lived happily ever after.
If Matt rejects the offer, they'll reach out to Amy, which we're guessing won't go over well.
Turn Ons: Short walks on the beach.
Turn Offs: High kitchen cabinets.