10:20 A.M. PDT -- Ribeiro's rep tells TMZ ... Alfonso was never booked for a firm date -- the hotel jumped the gun by printing and selling tickets with Alfonso's picture. We're told they've now worked out a settlement ... he says the club will issue a retraction and Ribeiro will appear at the club after he finishes DWTS.
Alfonso Ribeiro bailed on a heavily promoted birthday bash in Atlantic City -- costing the nightclub a fortune -- because he didn't want his tango to suck on a TV reality show.
Alfonso -- famous for The Carlton Dance -- made a last-minute decision NOT to headline The Pool After Dark event Saturday. He notified the club Wednesday, which is a problem -- his face is plastered all over the flyer.
Alfonso is a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" and apparently he made the decision he could earn more if he wins the trophy. He could have made $35K at the club, but he stands to rake in $345K if he wins DWTS.
As for the club ... it got screwed. It has to eat the $1,500 it paid for a customized cake, and refund $10K worth of pre-sold tickets.
Shockingly ... we're told the club isn't going after Alfonso for all it's out.
Ex-'Party Down South' Star
Old Bosses Warn ...
Your Lotion's Giving Us a Rash
9/19/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor "Lil' Bit" Wright -- who quit the TV show "Party Down South" -- is rubbing her old bosses the wrong way ... with a line of body lotions that capitalizes on her reality show persona.
Wright's been on social media lately promoting a brand of moisturizer and suntan lotion called "Lil' Bit Country" ... but TMZ has learned the network honchos at Viacom (CMT's parent co.) sent her a cease and desist letter demanding she stop using her nickname to promote the skin care products.
The network's position is it owns the name, Lil' Bit -- but sources close to LB tell us she's been using the handle since long before the show ... and she has no plans to yank it off the lotion.
After 'Dancing with the Stars' Loss
9/17/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lolo Jones says she felt broken, unlovable and embarrassed after she was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night ... and penned an emotional letter saying she's sick of being a loser.
The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom ... saying, "When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."
"I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn't force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed."
Jones -- who's been RIPPED in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years -- added, "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me."
"But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross."
She concluded ... "My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness."
Yeah, she's taking this pretty hard.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Yells at Cops ...
I'm Black, You Want To Shoot Me?!
9/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ex-contestant on "The Glee Project" tried to taunt Pittsburgh cops into shooting him -- and sparking a race riot -- during an arrest he claims ONLY went down because he's Black.
Bryce Ross-Johnson was thrown out of a bar Saturday night after scuffling with a bouncer for wearing a hat -- a violation of the dress code -- according to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ.
Police say when they arrived ... Bryce was antagonistic and taunted, "Hey, I'm African-American, you want to shoot me?" -- and, "Why don't you shoot me, that's what you do to black guys, right?"
Cops kept cool, and no shots were fired ... but the 25-year-old former "Glee" wannabe got arrested for public drunkenness, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass.
Ross-Johnson thinks the white officers and white bouncer targeted him because of race. He admits blurting the racial taunts -- but only because cops were asking him "stupid stuff" like what drugs he was on, and when was he last in prison.
Trina's a Hypocrite
She's a Homewrecker Too
9/16/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Trina has some nerve hating on Khloe Kardashian for stealing French Montana away from her ... because Trina did the exact same thing to French's wife ... so claim friends of French (FOF).
Trina's blasting French and Khloe in a new song "F*** Love" ... "You can keep that purse, you can keep that whip, you can have that bitch."
But FOF say the song should have been called "Karma" ... because she started banging French while he was still married.
We're told French had feelings for Trina ... but she was never "his main girl" ... so it's a case of no harm, no foul.
Final shot ...FOF say Trina's new song is a lame attempt to jump start her career off French and Khloe.
French Montana's Ex Calls Khloe a Bitch
In New Diss Rap
9/16/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Trina is on the attack ... BLASTING her ex French Montana and Khloe Kardashian for screwing behind her back -- and TMZ obtained a snippet of her new anger filled track about the affair.
Trina never mentions either French or Khloe by name in the new song called "F*** Love" feat. Tory Lanez ... but sources close to the rapper tell us their tryst last year was definitely the track's inspiration.
Trina doesn't pull punches ... insinuating French tried to play her for a fool -- and referring to Khloe with the line, "You can keep that bitch!"
As we previously reported ... Trina and French were living together in New Jersey when Khloe came on the scene. Sources close to the couple said Trina was devastated by the break-up.
So, what does Trina think now that Khloe and French are done? We reached out to her about the break-up and the track ... no word back yet.
Khloe Kardashian & The Game
9/16/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With French Montana on the outs, Khloe Kardashian was reunited Monday night with the guy she always seems to turn to during breakup times ... The Game.
Khloe and Game have been BFFs for a while and dating rumors swirled when she and Lamar Odom split ... but they insist it's strictly platonic.
Our photog spotted the pair leaving the Topanga Mall where Game said he loves Khloe's new cornrows.
But then we asked Khloe about the new song by Trina (French's ex) where she calls Khloe a bitch ... Khloe found a way to turn it into a compliment.
They Took My Crown
Because I Was an Escort
9/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An "America's Next Top Model" contestant says producers snatched her crown AFTER she won it fair and square, because they found out ... she used to be an escort.
Angelea Preston says things started to go South right before she taped the finale of the All-Star season in 2011. According to a lawsuit she's filing ... Preston told producers, confidentially, prior to filming the season she had been an escort for about a year -- and that spread like wildfire to the rest of the cast and crew.
After the finale was taped -- and Preston had won the grand prize -- she says a casting director called and grilled her about the whole escort business. In the suit, Preston says she admitted it, but insists she was a legal escort and not a prostitute. Despite this, Preston was told she had violated her contract and could not be the winner.
Preston says her pay-for-play days were well behind her when she shot the All-Star season, so therefore she did NOT break the contract. She says losing the title cost her a bunch of Vogue spreads, and a $100,000 CoverGirl deal.
She's suing producers, networks, and studios for breach of contract and says she suffered at least $3 million in damages.
BONUS FACT: In the suit, Preston says the models worked in torturous conditions -- like being denied food and water for 10 hours. Yes, a model is complaining about NOT eating.
Jose Canseco's Daughter
I Promise I Won't Do Porn
... For the Next 5 Years
9/15/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jose Canseco has TWO big reasons to be excited for his 17-year-old daughter Josie:
1) she just signed a brand new reality show contract
2) In the deal, she agreed NOT to participate in any X-rated content for the next 5 years!
Josie inked a deal to be on "@SummerBreak" -- a popular YouTube reality show that follows high school kids in L.A. during their summer break.
Because Josie is under 18, she had to file a minor's contract with the L.A. court system to be approved by a judge -- and in the docs it shows she'll get paid a total of $2,600 for her role.
But the docs also show that Josie agreed to a clause which states that for the next 5 years, "she shall not provide services in an 'adult-themed' film or video program or perform onscreen services for any film or video program that is pornographic, involves nudity or graphic violence."
She also agreed to stay away from appearing in content that contains material "derogatory of any race, nationality, ethnic identity, gender or sexual orientation in any media."
It's a bizarre contract for her to sign -- not just because she's a model and racy photo shoots are part of that world -- but because her mother happens to be Jessica Canseco ... aka Playboy's Miss September 2005.
But what happens if Josie breaks the contract after she turns 18? The production company could sue her for the $2,600 … plus other damages -- which could mean big bucks.
We called the Cansecos for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Blood, Sweat & Heels' Star
Arrested For Stiffing Cabbie
9/13/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo reality star Geneva S. Thomas got nailed in an alleged ride 'n dash ... after cops say she skipped out on an $18 cab fare in NYC.
According to the police report ... the "Blood, Sweat & Heels" cast member was booked Tuesday after a taxi company claimed she took off before paying the driver, and now she faces theft charges.
Law enforcement tells us ... they were able to track down Geneva because the driver took note of the address where he dropped her off -- something they tend to do if you don't pay.
Geneva claims the whole thing is BS and says she's planning to sue the NYPD and the taxi company.
Her attorney tells TMZ ...the cabbie became hostile because Thomas told him she didn't have cash and would have to pay by credit card ... and that he purposely took a longer route to increase the fare. Thomas claims she was the one who called the cops -- who arrested her unjustly.
For now, she has a court date in January. She might want to walk.
'Breaking Amish' Star
We Sneak TV ...
To Watch Football!
9/12/2014 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Everyone loves football ... even the Amish ... who often BREAK their no-electricity rule to catch NFL games on Sundays -- so says "Breaking Amish" star Kate Stoltz.
Stoltz -- who grew up Amish before leaving the farm to become a Maxim model -- was out at Fashion Week in New York City last night when she told us that football is definitely worth the risk.
"We sneak our televisions and we watch football ... like every single week we watch football."
There are two other sports the Amish are (secretly) crazy about -- check out the clip.
'Real Housewife' Gets
9/12/2014 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
After Dr. Phil Taping
9/11/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Sons of Guns' star Stephanie Hayden opened up to Dr. Phil about her father allegedly raping her and her sister -- and seconds after the interview she fainted and blacked out.
Stephanie sat down with Dr. Phil last week in Los Angeles -- and sources tell us Stephanie fell unconscious into her husband's arms as she walked away from the interview.
We're told someone called 911, but Stephanie had regained consciousness by the time EMTs arrived.
She had mentioned being stressed about discussing Will Hayden's rape case.
As for the interview ... we're told she divulged details for the first time ... about the abuse she claims to have suffered.
The interview airs Thursday. Her father remains behind bars.