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NFL's Joe Haden

The New Tyra Banks?!

I Found America's Next Top Model

3/29/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joe Haden must know a good smize when he sees it ... 'cause the NFL superstar is so sure he's found  "America's Next Top Model" he's leading a social media campaign to get that man on the show.

Haden, along with fellow pigskin pros Carlos Dunlap and Jason Pierre-Paul have taken to Instagram in support of a Miami model named  "Prince" who's trying to score a spot on ANTM's upcoming Season 22.

The three men -- who have over 450k IG followers between them -- each recently posted modeling shots of Prince to their pages along with messages encouraging casting directors to put him on.

We spoke to Prince -- who knows Haden and the other players from partying in Miami -- and he tells TMZ Sports their efforts have sparked some legit interest in him that might otherwise have been hard to come by.

"All those casting directors saw it and it opened the door to conversations with them."

Prince -- who made a mystery trip to L.A. this past weekend -- couldn't tell us whether or not he's made the show yet (sworn to secrecy) but says the NFL love definitely put him on the map.

"1,000% it's helped ... i got tons of new followers because of [the players] and in this business, it's all about exposure."

Better start perfecting that walk young man.

'Neighbors With Benefits'

Real Swingers Blast Show

We're Not All HOT!!

3/28/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Neighbors With Benefits" ... the new reality show about swinging couples ... blows the big one, at least according to a couple of high profile swingers on the Playboy payroll.

Michael and Holli, hosts of Playboy Radio's "Swing" ... say A&E's show takes their sensual lifestyle and makes it look like a weird sex cult -- plus it's loaded with false information about the community. 

On 'Neighbors,' which is set in Ohio, the couples flaunt their sexuality in bars and swap out in the open -- but Michael and Holli say that just ain't how it goes down. And what really pisses them off is the show's claim you have to be "hot" to partake.

The hosts insists peeps of all shapes, sizes and looks are welcome.

Just drop your keys in the bowl.

Prince

Sued for Allegedly Poaching 'Voice' Contestant

3/27/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-prince-judith-hill-tmz-01Prince shamelessly stole a recording artist away from the producer who discovered Lady Gaga ... and her company is now going after The Purple One in court.

Singer Judith Hill made a name for herself on "The Voice" in 2013. Sony got interested in her. Ditto Jolene Cherry, the famed producer who first eyed Lady Gaga. Sony and Cherry partnered and claim they signed her to an exclusive recording deal.

A few months ago, Sony and Cherry heard rumblings that Hill was meeting with Prince for a recording session. They warned her to stop earlier this month, only to learn that she and Prince recorded an entire album -- 11 songs -- and released it Monday as a free Internet download.

Cherry is now going after Prince with a vengeance, courtesy of her lawyer Larry Stein, asking not only for regular damages but punitive damages for underhandedness.

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Drea De Matteo

I Lost My Apartment

in NYC Explosion

3/27/2015 5:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0327_building_fire_instagram"Sopranos" star Drea De Matteo was among those who lost their apartment in Thursday's dramatic building explosion in the East Village area of New York City.  

De Matteo posted a pair of photos from across the street as firefighters worked to put out the blaze. She wrote, "A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood ... NYC's finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments." 

The explosion happened around 3:17 PM ET and the resulting fire tore through several buildings, a mix of residential and commercial properties. The cause of the explosion is said to be "gas-related."

Officials say at least 19 people were injured, at least four critically.

'Basketball Wives' Star Sundy Carter

I Want Draya Michele Prosecuted

An Eye for an Eye, Baby!

3/27/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sundy Carter Draya Michele Assault "Basketball Wives: LA" star Sundy Carter has filed a police report claiming co-stars Draya Michele and Malaysia Pargo violently assaulted her and caused permanent eye damage, but she may have royally screwed up the case.

It happened during a Season 3 episode back in July 2013. Draya allegedly started the fight by calling Sundy "ratchet." Sundy claims Draya punched her and Malaysia hit her in the eye socket.

So here's the problem. Sundy filed the police report Wednesday night -- nearly 2 years after the incident, and the statute of limitations is 1 year.

Sundy says she only found out 6 months ago she has permanent eye damage. She says her vision is blurred, not getting any better, and she now has to wear glasses. And speaking of glasses ... her excuse won't hold water in court.

But there's a ray of hope. Sundy can still file a civil lawsuit against the girls because the statute of limitations is 2 years.

We'd love to livestream that trial. 

You can hear Sundy tell her side on "Icons with Ken Collis," April 1st.

Ray J on 'Love & Hip Hop'

Intense Give & Hate Negotiations ...

But He's Coming Back

3/26/2015 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ray J Love And Hip Hop DealRay J wants more love ... "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" producers want more drama -- but they still hammered out a deal to keep him on the show, save his relationship, and line his pockets all at once.

Ray J hashed out his problems with the show's creator, Mona Scott, at dinner Wednesday night ... along with his girlfriend, Princess Love.

As TMZ first reported, Ray J quit the show because he felt it only showed his relationship with Princess Love in a negative light and he thought the show was hurting them.

We're told Ray J asked Mona to show more of the good parts of his and PL's relationship. Mona agreed, but insisted on keeping some drama on cam too. She knows what pays the bills. 

In the end, we're told Ray agreed to more balance -- and just to seal the deal, Mona sweetened the pot with a new contract that includes ratings bonuses. 

You take the good, you take the bad ... but most of all, you take the money.

Retired NFLers

Still Living in the Fast Lane ...

Bowling With Rap Stars

3/26/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Photos

0326_Benzino_bowling_night_launch_2We now know what former NFL stars like Bryant McKinnie, Edgerrin James, and Willis McGahee do when their pigskin days are over -- they bowl.

A bunch of former NFL stars -- a lot of 'em from Da U -- got together for their weekly bowling night on Wednesday ... but this week had a hip hop twist. Benzino from "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta" hosted, and rapper N.O.R.E. threw 10 frames too. 

Phillip BuchanonDavid Clowney and Larry Johnson also got lanes at Strike 10 Bowling -- and we know what you're asking. Who wins when world class athletes go pin-for-pin against each other?

We're told Clowney and McGahee did the most damage, for what it's worth.

Congrats ... although we're sure they don't hand out rings for that.

Bravo

Brandi's Nipples Were an Accident!

3/26/2015 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brandi Glanville's nipple was never supposed to make an appearance on the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... so says the network.

Our production sources tell us their people QC'd the video and never saw areola ... they swear.  It's a little weird, since Kim Richards called it out earlier in the scene saying, "Before you go any further, your nipple is hanging out." 

Our sources say there were hours of footage for the scene, and it just ... well, you know, slipped by.

We're told Bravo is re-editing the scene for re-runs, and as you know, they run endlessly.  

One on level, Brandi could really make a stink about this, but we're guessing she loves it.

Draya and Orlando Scandrick

No Reality Show For Us

... At Least Right Now

3/26/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Dallas Cowboys can rest easy for the time being ... because Orlando Scandrick and his GF Draya Michele are NOT trying to score their own reality show -- at least not yet. 

The couple hit Hollywood last night ... and with "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada scoring her own spin-off this week ... we had to ask if Draya (who stars on "Basketball Wives LA") would follow in her footsteps. 

"We really don't need to do reality TV," Draya said ... "It's not really our thing."

BTW -- Draya is currently finishing up her 4th season on "Basketball Wives."

So, is it possible the couple could change their stance? Yes. 

Watch the clip. 

Brandi Glanville

Here's My Nipple ... BRAVO!

3/26/2015 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bravo is pushing the line for basic cable, because Brandi Glanville's nipple made air.

It happened on the season finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Tuesday night. Brandi got into it with a few of the girls, and then Kim Richards crowed, "Before you go any further, your nipple is hanging out."

This clearly wasn't a mistake, since the show was edited and Kim's remark was right there for the editors.

Your move, HBO.

Evelyn Lozada

Gets Reality Show w/ MLB Fiance

... And Hot Daughter

3/25/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0325_evelyn_lozada_Carl-Crawford_2Evelyn Lozada is getting back into the reality TV game -- starring in a brand new series with her MLB superstar fiance Carl Crawford ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Lozada spent 5 seasons on "Basketball Wives" before taking a hiatus from reality ... but now she's hooked up with Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network as star and exec producer of "Evelyn" (working title).

Sources connected to the show tell us the series will focus on Evelyn's relationship -- and raising their 1-year-old son ... while already being a parent to a smokin' hot 21-year-old daughter, Shaniece.

0325-SUB-evelyn-shanieceh-instagramSo far, no word if any of Crawford's L.A. Dodgers teammates are scheduled to appear on the show ... but with attention-loving stars like Yasiel Puig on the Blue Crew ... we wouldn't rule it out. 

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Kylie Jenner

Watch Me Throw Shade

at Blac Chyna

3/25/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0325_kylie_jenner_black_chayna_watches_insagtram_2Kylie Jenner might only be 17, but her trash talking game is fully grown ... after she not-so-subtly taunted her mortal enemy Blac Chyna.

It started Tuesday night when Blac Chyna posted a photo showing off her sick Audemars Piguet watch. It's pretty clear Tyga gave her the watch back in the day (2013) when they flaunted their matching bling.  

A few hours after Blac Chyna posted her timepiece, Kylie posted a pic of her wearing the exact same watch, with the caption "Currently."  

0325_kylie_watch_insagramKylie first posted a photo of the watch back in December.  

Tyga's got to get more creative with his girlfriends. Then again, cat fights are pretty awesome.


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Scott Disick

Fits Parenting Into Busy Schedule

3/25/2015 6:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0325_scott_disick_kids_mason_penelope_splashScott Disick took a break from partying, rehab hijinks, and then partying some more to spend time with two of his kids, Mason and Penelope.

Disick and the kids hit up a sushi joint Tuesday in Calabasas.

Disick bailed on his trippy Costa Rican rehab this week and came back to L.A., but not before some serious Costa Rican clubbing. He's already booked a club appearance in Vegas for this weekend at 1 OAK in The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Who needs rehab anyway?

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