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Carlos Slim

Mexican Billionaire Says

'No Gracias' To 'Apprentice'

7/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-carlos-slim-donald-trump-tmz-01Mexican mogul Carlos Slim sits on a telecommunications empire worth billions, making him the perfect replacement for Trump on "The Apprentice," but it’s not gonna happen, TMZ has learned.

Slim’s rep tells TMZ, "No creo que le interese. Esta muy ocupado sobre todo con Las Fundaciones y la labor social."

Rough translation: He’s not interested because his foundations and social work already keep him very busy.

As for Slim's views on Trump, one of Slim's TV companies, Ora TV, followed in the footsteps of Univision and Televisa and cut ties with Trump on a pending project.

Trump … mas remedio tiene un muerto.

NeNe Leakes

Don't Count Me

Out of 'RHOA' Just Yet

6/30/2015 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-nene-leakes-tmz-01NeNe Leakes isn't done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... TMZ has learned producers want her to come back in a reduced role, and she's game.

Our sources say, although NeNe made it seem she was gone for good, the show's producers are still angling to have her appear periodically during the season.  

As we reported, NeNe bailed on the show because the money wasn't right. She's already committed to doing a primetime network sitcom, and the only way she'd continue on 'RHOA' was if they delivered a wheelbarrow full of cash ... to make the crushing workload worthwhile.

But our sources say NeNe is open to a part-time role on 'RHOA,' again if the money is right and it fits with her sitcom schedule.

We're told Bravo is absolutely interested, and the negotiations will begin soon.

Stay tuned.

NeNe Leakes

Leaving Real Housewives of ATL

Over Money

6/29/2015 8:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629_Nene-Leakes_tmzNeNe Leakes is finally hitting the road after 7 seasons on 'RHOA' cause she couldn’t get the big bucks she was looking for ... and now the show’s worried she’s taking the fans with her.

Sources tell TMZ the reason for the NeNe’s change of heart had to do with contract negotiations.

Everyone part of the show is at a loss for words over NeNe’s sudden departure since the show was just about to start filming its new season in the next couple of weeks.

Cast members have been dropping like flies recently but now producers are scrambling because they just lost their queen bee ... and we’re told they’re worried they’ll take a huge hit in the ratings over it.

The show already found a replacement -- actress, model and singer Kim Fields -- but no one can really replace NeNe who was arguably the network’s biggest star.

NeNe is going to be focusing on new projects outside the biz ... one of which is her own clothing store that we reported on before.  

You know what they say, you gotta spend money to make money … guess Bravo never learned that lesson.

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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.

Kourtney Kardashian

Sorry Scottie Pippen ...

I Don't Wanna Party with You

6/29/2015 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Poor Scottie Pippen ... all he wanted to do was hit the clubs with his friend Kourtney Kardashian this weekend -- instead, she shot him down. 

Kourtney and Scottie were each having dinner with friends at Craig's in West Hollywood (Scottie was with Ron Harper) ... but on the way out, Pippen decided he wanted to crash the party scene. 

So, he goes to Kourtney's SUV -- convinces her to roll down the window and asks KK if she wanted to hit up 1 OAK on the Sunset Strip ... after all, Kourtney is friends with Scottie's wife, Larsa! 

But alas, Pippen got rejected ... because Kourtney ... well, she had other plans. Super boring other plans.

#KhloeWouldaGone. 

Caitlyn Jenner

First Public Appearance

NYC Pride Event

6/28/2015 5:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0628-caitlyn-jenner-dream-phd-event-pride-INSTAGRAM-01Caitlyn Jenner let her hair down during NYC's Pride event Sunday at the Dream Hotel ... moments after the annual Gay Pride Parade wrapped.

Caitlyn arrived with a few friends and cameras in tow, apparently for her reality show, "I Am Cait." 

She arrived in time for transgender actress Candis Cayne's performance.

They danced, and then Candis toasted Caitlyn ... telling the audience she was honored to know Caitlyn. She then dedicated the song, "Im Every Woman" -- to Cait, who cheered her on.  

Wave that rainbow flag, girl!

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Jill Dillard

I'm On a Mission

And Not for '19 Kids and Counting'

6/27/2015 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0627-derick-jill-facebookThere's a big clue that "19 Kids and Counting" will never see air again, because a key member of the brood is leaving the US of A. 

Jill Duggar -- one of Josh Duggar's victims -- just revealed she and hubby Derick Dillard are going overseas on an extended mission trip.

TMZ broke the story ... TLC was considering reconfiiguring the show so Josh would be out of the picture and Jill and Jessa would be front and center.  But with Jill out of the country, that scenario is no longer plausible.

As we reported, TLC has not made an official decision ... but we're hearing the chances of the show coming back are slim to none.

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.

Kim Kardashian

Didn't Snub ALS Wives

I Was Bombarded For Pics In Dressing Room!

6/25/2015 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0625-kim-kardashian-cannes-GETTY-01Kim Kardashian is calling BS on a story told by the wives of the 2 men who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- claiming she was being uncaring and snobby.

Eyewitnesses who were with Kim tell TMZ ... Kim insists the incident, which one of the women chronicled on Facebook, did not go down the way they said.

The women claim they saw Kim and Kris Jenner in Celine -- a fancy schmancy women's store -- and asked for a pic with Kim, after explaining who they were. They say when they told Kris their husbands had ALS, Kris fliply responded, "Oh fun," and Kim and Kris blew the women off by refusing a photo.

But we're told a group of women hounded Kim and some even knocked on her dressing room while she was naked. Sources say when Kim came out Kris was talking to a couple of ladies and they told her they were in Cannes and were having a great time shopping and going to parties, and that's when Kris replied, "Oh fun."

As for denying a pic, the eyewitnesses claim neither of the women asked Kim for a photo when she walked out of the dressing room. She simply exited and smiled for all the cameras pointed in her direction.

Our sources say, Kim and her mom obviously support the cause ... as you know Kim famously did the challenge on TV, and if Kim knew the women were even there, she would have loved to sit down with them and talk about how she could help.

Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards

Brandi Glanville's Full of 'Poo'

6/25/2015 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Vanderpump is scoffing at Brandi Glanville's claim she was not fired from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," calling her explanation a "crock of poo."

Lisa and Kyle Richards were leaving Villa Blanca in Bev Hills Wednesday when our photog asked about Brandi's claim she left on her own terms. 

There are reports Brandi was 86'd because she didn't get along with all the girls, especially Lisa. But Vanderpump only wishes she had the juice to kick that kind of ass. 

'Wahlburgers' Star

Bad Beef with Screenwriter

6/25/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mark Wahlberg missed out on another hit movie because one of his pals dropped the ball ... according to a screenwriter who says he got screwed after paying Mark's friend a hefty fee.

John Hurley says he contacted Henry "Nacho" Laun -- Mark's friend, driver, and security guard on "Wahlburgers" -- to see if he could get his script about roofers ... on Mark's desk.

John says he met up with Nacho last year in Boston, and forked over $1,000 for him to deliver the aptly titled, "The Roofers" script to Mark.

But Wahlberg never saw the pages, and Hurley claims Nacho admitted he didn't get the job done.

Now Hurley is threatening to sue Nacho if he doesn't set up a phone meeting with Wahlberg. It seems unlikely that Mark would be happy to meet a guy who threatened to sue his buddy, but whatever.

Nacho tells us he did briefly meet Hurley (pics confirm that), but he denies everything else.

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Brandi Glanville

Tries to Save Face

In 'RHOBH' Firing

6/24/2015 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Brandi Glanville says she's willing to give 'Real Housewives' a second chance -- if the show wants to give her one, which is cute ... since producers already cut her, but sounds like she's still available.

Glanville went on her podcast and announced the news TMZ already broke last week -- that she's leaving 'RHOBH,' but she made it seem like it was her decision, not the show's.

As we also told you, Bravo was open to having her as an occasional guest next season. Check out the clip -- Brandi's either totally up for that, or telling her old bosses ... thanks, but no thanks. It's hard to tell ... especially since she offered a cryptic hint about what else she might do for money. 

We'll miss you, Brandi ... and your nipple, too.

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Momma Dee from 'Love & Hip-Hop'

Gets Plowed ...

By Beefy Stripper

6/24/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Momma Dee lived her final days as an unmarried woman ... to the FULLEST -- as in, grinding on the floor with a totally yoked stripper -- and we got the video.

Lil Scrappy's ma got a next-level lap dance from a stripper at her bachelorette party in Atlanta this week. The guy came in wearing construction worker garb, which she helped him out of, real quick.

Dee says she's 51, but that's hard to believe, based on her reaction when the man-meat-for-hire tries to dry hump ... her face!  

Get it, Momma.

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