Ex-"Real Housewives" star Carlton Gebbia says she may have been fired, but she won in the end because Bravo secretly came back to her on hands and knees, asking her to return.
Carlton got her walking papers from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" ... because the audience didn't connect to her Wiccan ways ... something the show wanted her to do.
We're told Bravo execs had a meeting with Carlton, asking her to make a few appearances. She made it clear ... she had NO interest in returning.
But fast forward to this week, when Andy Cohen went on his show and publicly apologized to Carlton, saying the show screwed up by portraying her as a wicked witch when she's actually a devoted mom, a fun wife and a savvy businesswoman.
That did the trick. Carlton tells us she's now open to returning to the show.
To be continued.
Never Said He Believes
God Hates 'F*gs'
11/26/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kirk Cameron was screwed over by some guys who edited a video to make it look like Cameron said "God hates f*gs."
The video in question was shot 15-20 years ago. Cameron was talking to a friend about the right wing of the church, saying how revolting it was that some of them would say such a thing.
A company called Deeper Understanding grossly misrepresented what Cameron said by editing the clip to make it look like he owned the sentiment. Check out the video below.
We spoke with a rep from Deeper Understanding, who acknowledged the editing was deceptive, but the rep believes that's really how Cameron feels so it's a case of no harm, no foul.
But now ... Living Waters Publications, the Christian company that filmed the original, tells TMZ they fired off a letter to Deeper Understanding, demanding that the company 86 the video from YouTube and STAT.
The video has been removed from YouTube.
Compares Mike Brown To Palestinians
11/25/2014 6:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Reggie Bush just compared Ferguson to Israel -- suggesting Israelis are shooting unarmed Palestinians ... the same way Officer Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown.
The Detroit Lions star went to Instagram and posted a photo of a man holding a sign that reads, "The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #ferguson #justice."
Bush also included a caption -- "No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! This isn't a Ferguson problem it's a Global Problem! We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown."
Question is ...
'God Hates F*gs' Vid Is a Smear Campaign ...
I Love Everyone
11/24/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kirk Cameron says a video of him blurting out, "God hates f*gs" ... is old news -- from 15-20 years ago -- and is merely being reposted by detractors, angry at the success of his latest Christian film.
The clip shows a conversation between Cameron and Ray Comfort -- his partner in a Christian outreach website -- where Kirk says, "God hates f*gs, and you're going to Hell."
It's obvious the video is edited -- and a rep for Cameron tells us the statement is blatantly "taken out of context." He says Cameron's latest film, "Saving Christmas" is doing very well ... and claims angry Atheists cut up the vid and posted it in an attempt "to defame him."
The rep adds Kirk loves all people.
I Believe in Reincarnation
Via Forest Lawn
11/24/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Casey Kasem wanted to be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in L.A. because he felt that was his path to reincarnation ... this according to his longtime friend and security guard.
Rick Hernandez says he worked as the Executive Security Officer for Casey and his family for years, and became one of the famed DJ's closest friends.
Hernandez wrote a letter to the judge in the case Casey's daughter filed to bring her dad's body back from Norway, where it's been rotting since August.
Hernandez says in the letter ... one day he asked Casey if he believed in God or the afterlife. He says Casey responded ... he believed in reincarnation. Hernandez asked if he planned to be cremated or buried, and Kasem responded that he wanted to be buried and specified Forest Lawn.
The letter wasn't enough to sway the judge, who ruled Kerri had no authority to undermine Casey's wife Jean, who has kept the body in a Norway mortuary for 3 months.
'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy
Church Threatens Legal Action
11/21/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Church of God in Christ insists Andrew Caldwell call in the lawyers ... because their now-famous parishioner jazzed up his hilarious moment with background singers and released it on iTunes.
A church honcho says they're ordering him to stop hawking the song partly because they own the audio, but also because they feel Andrew is making a mockery of the service ... and that's hilarious.
But Andrew's calling BS, telling TMZ he's copyrighted the song ... and says it's his voice and only he -- not even God -- can claim ownership of it.
So maybe the dispute will be settled by a higher power -- Judge Judy.
'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy
I Went Viral
Now I'm Makin' Records!
11/19/2014 5:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man who almost broke the Internet for screaming, "I'm not gay no more" has a new moneymaker ... a musical version of his anti-penile mantra that he's hawking on iTunes.
Andrew Caldwell's vow -- in front of 40,000 people at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation Convention in St. Louis -- is now heavily auto-tuned, with backup vocals and plenty of catchy beats.
He'll impress the ladies for sure ... as he's already sold more than 200 copies.
Can Broadway be next?
I'm on a Mission ...
Like An Actual Religious Mission
11/18/2014 8:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is on a self-proclaimed "mission" to learn how to spread the word of God.
Bieber is ensconced in Rancho Mirage outside Palm Springs, where he will spend 2 weeks with a pastor. This Biebs has flirted with religion in the past ... as TMZ first reported he was baptized this past summer in a NYC bathtub.
Bieber has exiled himself from friends, alcohol, weed and everything else that doesn't involve the good Lord.
It's unclear if Biebs will take the next step and become a full-blown proselytizer.
Check out this pic we got of Bieber Monday in Rancho Mirage ... the book by his side is "Occupy All Streets," which teaches how to spread the word and resist bad temptations.
See you in two weeks, Lil Twist!
I Got a New Jewish BF
So I'm Not Anti-Semitic
11/11/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj is incredulous people think she hates Jews -- even though her music video plays like a Nazi anthem -- because she made it with the help of Alex ... her new Jewish guy.
Minaj was defiant Monday as she arrived at LAX, cursing photogs who dared to ask her about all the Nazi-esque imagery in the lyric video for "Only."
Minaj also said on Twitter Tuesday both the producer and the person in charge of the video are Jewish. She said the inspiration for the video came from the Adult Swim show "Metalocalypse" and the movie "Sin City."
Nicki then apologized, saying, "I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I'd never condone Nazism in my art."
'I Wouldn't Have Had Bieber
at Steelers Prayer Service'
11/10/2014 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NFL legend Terry Bradshaw tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe Justin Bieber jinxed the Pittsburgh Steelers ... but he does have an issue with JB at the team prayer service the night before the game.
As you know ... the Steelers lost to the lowly NY Jets this weekend -- and a lot of people are blaming the "Justin Bieber Curse" since he joined the team for a pregame prayer ceremony Saturday night.
"It's automatically assumed he's a jinx," Bradshaw says. "That's ridiculous."
But it's what Bradshaw said next that was interesting ... "Would Bieber be a disruption? Well, I wouldn't have had him there."
"The only time I recall the Steelers teams I played on letting outsiders worship with us was at the Super Bowl ... and it was with our families because they traveled with us."
Bradshaw says he takes his bible study very seriously -- and believes the purpose of a private prayer ceremony for NFL teams is to keep the focus on god.
So, when a huge megastar like Bieber walks in the room ... "Your focus isn't where it should be."
"If [Bieber] had been a part of the team from the beginning, fine ... but a one-timer, no."
Orange Is the New Black
Actress vs. Preacher
In Crazy Train Showdown
11/5/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Orange Is the New Black' Star
Shouts Down Subway Preacher
You Don't Own the Bible!
11/4/2014 8:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Orange Is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria went off the rails on the train in NYC Tuesday morning ... verbally attacking a Bible-thumper who was holding commuters hostage to his rants.
DeLaria (aka Big Boo) was on the train when the proselytizer began preaching at ear-piercing levels. The actress stood up in her "Bad Jew" T and schooled the guy, distracting commuters intently Instagraming, Twittering and Candy Crushing.
But the preacher guy fought back ... eventually referencing Sodom and Gomorrah and "the sin of homosexuality." At that point Lea, who is openly gay, throws her hands up and just loses it on the guy.
As for where DeLaria was headed ... she apparently took the train to "Sesame Street."
Famous Haunted House
Girl Exorcised After Demonic Invasion
10/31/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A girl's family claims she became possessed by demons after visiting a house owned by "Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans ... and she had to be exorcised.
The house has had documented incidents of paranormal activity. As we first reported ... a family fled the home after claiming they were terrorized by demons.
Zak convinced different former residents to return to the home for a new documentary ... and as soon as they began filming, demonic activity surfaced. The mother claimed someone kicked her when no one was around. And there were other incidents as well.
A few days later, the daughter began having violent outbursts ... threatening to hurt herself and others. Zak says the girl's family witnessed her speaking in tongues ... exhibiting signs of demonic possession.
Zak claims they brought the girl to a Catholic priest, who performed an exorcism. He recorded the ritual on video. Zak says the girl is now back to her old self.
The documentary was put on ice while everyone dealt with the daughter, and now Zak says he'll return to the house in December ... to finish the film.