One of "Evel Dick" Donato's former "Big Brother" housemates tells TMZ ... she wishes Dick would have STAYED in the BB house after learning he was HIV positive -- but Dick says he didn't have a choice.
Donato -- who won BB in 2007 and then rejoined the cast in 2011 -- left the show very early into Season 13 when he was informed by producers that blood tests showed he had HIV.
We spoke with Rachel Reilly -- who was competing in the house at the time -- who tells us she wishes Donato would have stayed in the game.
"If he had a meeting with everyone it would have been a way to give the disease a voice," Reilly said ... "It's reality TV."
She adds, "I think it's cool he is talking about it 3 years later and I hope this changes people's lives. I think it's brave of him."
We also spoke with Evel Dick on "TMZ Live" moments ago ... who told us he didn't get a choice to stay in the game -- producers told him he had to leave.
But he also says he wasn't ready to go public with the information anyway ... "This was the most shocking news I've ever been told. I needed time to digest."
Donato says it's already destroyed him in one way -- financially.
'RHOA' Star Porsha Williams
Demoted for Being
a Pain in the Ass
10/1/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Porsha Williams was demoted to being a "friend" on the upcoming season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" after filming had begun ... because producers once again got fed up with her behavior.
According to our sources, Bravo had intended Williams to be a main castmember this season ... even after her monumental fight with Kenya Moore.
But when filming began, we're told Bravo tried to get Williams and Moore to talk things out, but Williams nearly fought her again. Our sources say Williams also went after new castmember Claudia Jordan.
Temper issues aside, we're told Williams also kept the show at arm's length and wouldn't reveal certain details of her personal life ... leaving producers with no story to tell.
Demetria McKinney is also recurring as a "friend" on the show, but our sources say the original plan was to have McKinney on full-time and Jordan on part-time ... but Jordan did so well, they flip-flopped them.
'Down Home With The Neelys'
We Hated Each Other
The Entire Show
10/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cooking couple that starred in "Down Home With The Neelys" hated each other FOR YEARS ... enduring 11 seasons of mutual contempt before calling it quits.
Sources close to both Pat and Gina Neely tell TMZ ... the marriage was doomed even before the show fired up in 2009 ... and the pressures of TV made things a lot worse.
We're told the Neelys had no idea the show would endure but they rode the fame train when it became a hit ... with each accusing the other of having an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight.
Now that they've thrown in the towel ... he's splintered off by himself and believes Gina will fail without him. The reason ... his family owns the famous recipes and he's the master chef. As for her ... she thinks she can trump him because she's a bigger TV personality.
They will still be tied at the hip in NYC ... where they co-own Neely's Barbecue Parlor. They have no plans to sell it.
Gina filed the divorce papers earlier this month.
'Kitchen Nightmares' Stars
We Were Just Defending Ourselves
9/29/2014 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Kitchen Nightmares" star who appeared to threaten a customer with a knife says the patron was drunk and threatening -- inciting Samy Bouzaglo by calling him a "piece of s**t."
The video we posted -- showing Samy wielding a weapon at the guy -- tells only part of the story ... so says Amy Bouzaglo.
Amy tells us the customer was falling down drunk inside their Scottsdale restaurant and became belligerent when Samy asked him to leave.
Amy says the man got in Samy's face and began cussing him out, saying, "you're a f***ing piece of s**t, I saw you on that show."
She says Samy smelled an attack coming, so he grabbed what was handy to defend the 2 of them -- and she insists the weapon was a pen, NOT a knife.
Cops tell us ... witnesses said it was a knife ... and it sure looks like one from the video.
Before Samy walked outside, we're told he waived the weapon around and called the customer a "c**t."
Check out the 911 for the full play-by-play from another customer.
'Love and Hip Hop' Star
FBI Raids Las Vegas House
In Criminal Investigation
9/29/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mally Mall's Las Vegas home is currently being raided by the FBI ... TMZ has confirmed.
The "Love and Hip Hop" star is a target in an ongoing criminal investigation, although law enforcement would not be specific. We're told the FBI entered pursuant to a search warrant.
The rapper/producer works with huge stars -- Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Drake. There's no evidence any of his artists are connected to the investigation.
TMZ has learned ... Mall is not in the house. He's in L.A. shooting "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood."
Suck it Stalker!
You Can't Beat My Security
9/29/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was ready for an encore performance from the dude who almost knocked her to the ground during a Paris Fashion Show event ... the guy tried again and this time he FAILED.
Kim and Kanye West were having dinner at Hotel Costes in Paree at 6:00 PM -- a sign of age, right? -- when her security team eyeballed Vitalii Sediuk ... the guy who tackled her Thursday.
This time Kim and Kanye's beefed up security team jumped into action, surrounding him and keeping him far from his target. By the time they let him go, Kim and Kanye were long gone.
Vitalii is still on the loose ... he didn't commit a crime so there was nothing that could be done to him. As we first reported he wasn't arrested by Paris police after the fashion show attack, because cops say it was a stupid, nothing offense and they had better things to do.
We spoke with Vitalii ... and Sediuk claims he never had any contact with Kim's security.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Husband 'Almost Left Me'
... For Leaking Nude Pic
9/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA star Doug Christie was SO PISSED when his wife leaked a topless photo to the Internet earlier this year, he almost ended the marriage ... so says Jackie Christie.
The "Basketball Wives: LA" star was out in Hollywood this weekend when she admitted to TMZ Sports that she was the person responsible for the topless getting onto the web back in June ... but swears it was an accident.
Still, Jackie says Doug was so mad about the debacle, that "[he] almost left me."
Check out the clip ... Jackie blames the whole thing on an Instagram screw-up -- but her story seems a bit fishy.
We'll explain why on the premiere of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" -- which airs TONIGHT on Reelz at 8PM ET, 5PM PT.
'Kitchen Nightmares' Star
Threatens to Kill Patron With Knife
9/28/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy's Baking Company founder Samy Bouzaglo -- who appeared on "Kitchen Nightmares" -- attacked someone with a knife outside his restaurant Saturday ... and the footage is CRAZY!
The person who shot the video says a drunk guy was eating at the Scottsdale restaurant when Samy's wife Amy Bouzaglo became enraged and ordered him to leave -- and he did.
But Samy wasn't done with him. The video shows him outside -- waving a knife -- going after the guy. You hear him scream to his wife, "Let me!"
Samy eventually backed off, the guy left.
We called the Bouzaglo's ... and they INSIST Samy was holding a pen -- not a knife.
And you thought Gordon Ramsay was intense.
'Shark Tank' Contestant
My Fiancee is Still in Japan
... FOR NOW!
9/27/2014 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Shark Tank" contestant Phillip Lapuz's fiance is still stuck in Japan ... even though he said she'd move to America if a deal was struck -- but don't worry, there's a good reason.
In case you missed it, Lapuz bawled his eyes out on last night's episode ... saying he couldn't move his fiancee Mariko to America because his business is not yet a success -- so her parents wouldn't approve.
The waterworks, and biz plan, hooked Robert Herjavec -- so it seemed like only a matter of time.
TMZ spoke with the Kronos Golf founder who tells us he had to keep the good news under wraps since the episode was shot back in June -- but now that it's aired ... he's put the clip in an email to Mariko's parents.
He's waiting for them to wake up in Japan to get the news he's bigtime now.
If the in-laws are impressed ... he says Mariko should be stateside soon.
Big Pimpin' in Georgia ...
BEFORE Mama June Split
9/27/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sugar Bear can protest all he wants ... but he was hot to trot the weekend before June sent him packing ... TMZ has learned.
The "Honey Boo Boo" star was riding the bull with a very hot chick who was at the Macon, GA bar celebrating her 21st birthday.
TMZ broke the story ... June pulled the plug after she caught Sugar Bear trolling an online dating website.
We're told S.B. was at the bar with an older woman, but traded up when the birthday girl spotted him and asked him to party with her and her friends.
As far as we know the bar is where it all ended, but one thing's for sure ... Mama June was nowhere near that bull.
'Down Home With The Neelys'
Cooking Couple Call It Quits
9/26/2014 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The husband-wife chefs from "Down Home With The Neelys" have officially made mince meat of their 19-year marriage -- Gina Neely's filed for divorce.
Gina and her estranged husband Pat Neely became household names with a long-running Food Network show. According to the docs, they've been separated for 2 years ... though you'd never be able to tell from their show ... which they've continued to shoot all along.
Gina cites irreconcilable differences in the papers -- but according to a joint statement ... they're splitting on good terms, and will continue to run their NYC barbecue restaurant together. They also say they'll be focusing on their "individual brands" ... which sounds like the show might be cooked.
They have 2 daughters, but both are over 18 -- so, no child support. The biggest issue for them might be ... who gets the delicious wing recipe!
Randy Jackson's Wife
I Want A Divorce, Dawg!
9/26/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson just got voted out ... of his marriage. His wife filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Erika Jackson filed docs to end their 18-year marriage ... citing irreconcilable differences.
She wants full physical custody and joint legal custody of the 1 minor son, 17-year-old Jordan. They have a daughter who is an adult.
Erika also wants spousal support and she wants him to foot her attorney's fees.
This is Jackson's 2nd marriage. He has 1 other daughter from his prior marriage.
Jackson spent 12 seasons judging "American Idol" ... but announced he was leaving in 2013. He later returned as a musical mentor for the contestants.
My Baby Was Born
... ON CAMERA!
9/26/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you wanted to see what Snooki giving birth looks like ... you're in luck, and also a little twisted.
Snooki popped out a baby girl named Giovanna Marie at 4:28 AM Friday morning -- and we're told it was filmed for "Snooki & Jwoww." Of course, the show airs on MTV ... not Nat Geo ... so we're told there won't be anything too graphic.
Sources close to Snooks tell us the reality star popped sooner than expected ... but she ended up having an incredibly easy delivery. No co-stars were on deck for the birthing, just family.
Don't go looking for any special meaning to the 6 pound, 7 oz bambina's name. Snooki's rep Stacey Wechsler tells us ... Snook has just always loved the sound of it.