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Mama June

Threatens TLC with Lawsuit ...

We Weren't as Bad as the Duggar Family

5/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mama June is so angry TLC has not cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" she's prepared to sue TLC, claiming the Duggar family is way worse than hers, yet they still have a show.

June tells TMZ there is no way TLC can justify keeping the Duggar family on the air yet yanking 'Honey Boo Boo.' June notes within hours of TMZ posting the pic of her cavorting with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, TLC pulled the plug on her show.

June says she never molested anyone and McDaniel wasn't ever on her show, yet Josh Duggar is a central figure on the TLC show and admitted to molesting some of his sisters, who are also on the show. What's more, she believes Jim Bob and Michelle covered up their son's misdeeds. 

With that backdrop, June says she's out hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the abrupt cancellation of her show, and if the Duggar family stays on the air, she wants to sue the network for what she believes is blatantly unfair and inconsistent treatment. 

And June adds, "I read that the Duggar family said, this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they're saying it's ok to have family touch time? Hell no."

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Kanye West

I'm Lovin' It ...

Lambo With a Side Of Fries

5/22/2015 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0522-kanye-west-mcdonalds-fameflynet-02Kanye West isn't the new Hamburglar, but he should be ... he rolled through a McDonald's Thursday in his slick black Lambo Aventador ... proving even icons need a fry fix.

Yeezy must have been suffering a DEFCON 1 Mac attack, since keeping a low profile was obviously not a priority. Hey, sometimes the golden arches call out to ya ... even if the aroma clashes with the fancy leather scent in your $500k whip.

Question is ... did he save any fries for Kim? The man's only human -- of course he didn't.

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Oprah

Sent Duggar Family Packing

After Molestation Tip

5/22/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show.

As we reported, the first tip about Josh Duggar was sent to a staffer at Harpo. The email was received on December 7, 2006 at 6:30 AM. The email not only refers to the molestation, the author also claims Jim Bob and Michelle covered it up.

Oprah's people sent the email to a child abuse hotline.

 The Duggars were already in Chicago for the taping, which was scheduled within a day of the email. Oprah's staff jumped so quickly, we've learned at 1:17 PM the same day, an Arkansas State Police officer contacted Michelle, telling her she needed to bring Josh back home immediately for an interview. 

Turns out there was no conflict, because Oprah's people immediately cancelled the taping and sent the family home. 

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‘Love & Hip Hop' Star

Serves Up Her Cake

... For Everyone

5/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_Karlie-Redd_underwear_WM-Alcole-Photography2Karlie Redd proves there are enough slices of her cake to go around on the June 2015 cover of J’Adore Magazine.

TMZ has obtained the exclusive photos ... and the "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta rum slinger practically goes full frontal for the racy spread. We're told Karlie was “very turned on” by the photo shoot.

Gotta keep that oven hot when baking the perfect cake. 

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'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Airs Josh-Centric Marathon

In Wake of Molestation Admission

5/22/2015 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TLC seems undaunted by Josh Duggar's admission he molested young girls -- including some of his sisters -- when he was a teenager, because the network ran a Josh-centric marathon last night.

TLC's been radio silent about the revelations, but it seems all systems are still go, because Josh was right there, front and center, with one of the episodes focusing on the gender of their unborn child, and another featuring Josh playing with his kids.

TLC has said nothing about the show's future  ... which has angered former TLC star Mama June, who feels her show got axed for a lot less.

Josh Duggar

Admits Molestation

Resigns from Family Research Council

5/21/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-josh-duggar-getty-01Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh says, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."  He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."

The molestations occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14. He fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping.

Josh's wife Anna says he confessed his "past teenage mistakes" to her 2 years before he asked her to marry him.

The incidents were not reported to police until 2006, and the statute of limitations has now long since passed. But Josh says he believes God has shown him mercy and given him redemption.

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Josh Duggar

Molestation Investigation Docs To Be Destroyed

5/21/2015 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-duggar-family-02-facebookPolice are about to destroy all the names and details surrounding "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar's molestation case ... after one of his alleged victims asked a judge to protect her identity.

The alleged victim -- only referred to as "Jane Doe" in the docs -- was worried an unredacted copy of the police report might see the light of day. She argued the court had a duty to destroy the report, and the judge agreed ... signing the order Thursday afternoon.

As we previously reported ... Duggar was the subject of a police investigation in 2006 for allegedly sexually molesting five girls, some of whom are his sisters.

He was never prosecuted and the statute of limitations ran out.

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Duggar Son

Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Molesting Minor Girls ...

Including Sisters

5/21/2015 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-josh-duggar-facebookJosh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" ... was the subject of a police investigation for allegedly sexually molesting 5 girls, some of whom are his sisters.

The story was broken by In Touch Weekly, but TMZ has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh Duggar -- who was around 14 at the time --  was the alleged molester against 5 girls starting in 2002.

According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him ... in one case reading a book.  

There was another reported incident 9 months later. According to the police report, the police were not immediately contacted. Instead, Jim  Bob, the dad, met with church elders and agreed Josh should be put in a treatment program.  The police report says Josh's mom, Michelle, said it wasn't really a treatment center ... they simply sent Josh to a guy who was remodeling a building to do manual labor.

In 2006, the family was scheduled to appear on "Oprah," and before the show someone sent an email to Harpo warning that Josh had molested girls. Harpo forwarded the email to a hotline, which triggered a police investigation.

Cops wanted to question Josh, but Jim Bob lawyered him up and Josh declined the invitation.

Josh, who is now 27, apparently cannot be charged because the statute of limitations has run.

As for the Duggars, one of the family members told investigators, "this entire incident had brought the family closer to God" ... this according to the police report. 

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'Bachelorette' Contestant

Blasts Chris Harrison

I Was Told To Strip

5/21/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Booted 'Bachelorette' contestant Josh S. is livid over being portrayed as a creepy stripper by host Chris Harrison because he was only getting naked on demand -- the producers' demands.

Sources close to Josh tell TMZ ... producers put him up to the striptease after nixing his original plan to simply hug Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. We're told producers said his nice guy act was too boring and forgettable -- so, he caved and did as they suggested ... losing his shirt and rubbing the girls' hands on his bare chest. 

Our sources say Josh is especially pissed because Harrison called him "creepy" on his blog and "The View" -- because he feels like he was forced to make those "creepy" moves.

Here's the kicker ... Josh actually is a stripper, so he's no prude. We're told he just feels like he'd still be on the show if he'd gone with his more subtle and gentlemanly approach. 

We've reached out to the show but so far no word back. 

Drunk ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant

My Rape Line Was Entertaining

... Refuses to Apologize

5/20/2015 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The 'Bachelorette' contestant who's getting blasted for dropping a rape comment on a cast member isn't backing down -- and says his controversial line saved the whole show. 

If you missed it ... Ryan McDill -- a self-proclaimed amateur actor and comedian -- was booted during the first episode after ripping off his shirt and telling another guy on the show, "Why am I not raping you right now?" That line combined with McDill's apparent boozing got him 86'd.

McDill admits he was drinking a lot, but adds ... "I wasn’t blacked out and knew exactly what I was doing.” He also says the rape line wasn't a joke -- as critics have said -- and claims he was really trying to say, I'll destroy you.

He tells us, "People need to get off their high horse. It was awesome and entertaining.”

As for the heavy drinking and groping Kaitlyn's ass -- McDill claims he felt pressure to play it up for the cameras -- and claims all the guys on the show do it too. However, he does NOT say producers told him to act like a tool.

And McDill offered one last shot -- he actually thinks producers should thank him because he was “the only reason the first episode was the s**t.”

'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'

Cast Forced to Make Love

... Not War [TMZ TV]

5/20/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" is dropping the hammer on the cast -- all those epic on-screen brawls have been banned! Turns out those fights that helped the show become a huge hit ... aren't sitting so well with advertisers.

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Omarosa Rips 'Real Housewife'

Back Off, Bitch ...

I’m Working This Corner!

5/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-omarosa-pettifleur-berenger-book-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01O.G. 'Apprentice' bitch Omarosa Manigault isn't about to let some ‘Real Housewife' from Down Under rip-off her self-help book -- and now she's taking legal action to block the "bitch."

The ‘Apprentice’ vet served Pettifleur Berenger -- one of the "Real Housewives of Melbourne" -- with a cease-and-desist for her recent self-help book, "Switch the Bitch: My Formula to Being the Champion of Your Life, Not the Victim."

Sound familiar? Omarosa dropped her own motivational tome, "The Bitch Switch: Knowing How To Turn It On and Off" ... back in October of 2008. 

Gotta say ... Omarosa and her lawyer, Bradford M. Cohen, fired off a pretty entertaining letter. They demand a full accounting of Berenger’s book sales … which they say “should not take long” -- since it's an "absolute bore to read."

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Lastly, if Berenger doesn't pull her "literary classic" off shelves immediately ... Omarosa says she will file a lawsuit seeking $150k for each violation of her copyright.

Bitches, please.

The Game

Dating Show Crew Strikes

Our Lives are in Danger!!!

5/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Game had his dating show derailed a few days ago when his TV crew went on strike after the rapper pulled a loaded gun when cameras were rolling ... sources tell TMZ.

Game is doing a show called "She's Got Game," in which he searches for true love. That search took him to New Orleans earlier this month, where they filmed in a nightclub. It was a memorable evening, because that's when Game took the mic and threatened Young Thug.

Sources connected with the production tell us Game then grabbed a loaded gun from his bodyguard's holster and waved it in the air. The crew freaked out. 

The final straw was a day later when Thug shot back with a video calling out Game, with a guy in the background holding a semi-automatic weapon.

We're told the crew told producers they would not continue shooting the show because they felt their lives were in danger.

Our sources say show honchos capitulated, and agreed they would not film the rest of the show in nightclubs. The following shoot in Atlanta, we're told, was then cancelled.

We reached out to Game and the production company. So far no word back.

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