Michael Muhney -- who was fired recently from "The Young and the Restless" for allegedly groping his co-star's boobs -- was also fired from "Veronica Mars" -- partly because his ego was out of control ... sources connected with the production tell TMZ.
A source connected with the production tells TMZ ... Michael told multiple people on the show he was up for the lead in the TV show "Scrubs" along with Zach Braff, but he was just too good looking.
One source said, "I'm not a fan of Michael's," adding, "He had a VERY strong sense of self." We're told the consensus was ... his personality was just really tough to take.
Another source tells TMZ ... the final straw was that Michael allegedly released portions of the season finale online. He was fired, and the way they killed him off was great. He was investigating a crime inside a house and got shot. His last words were, "I smell bread" ... and then he died.
But we spoke with an actress -- Jenna Zablocki -- who was Michael's on-screen love interest in "The Portal." She says, "He was a gentleman, professional, and a really cool guy."
As for the Y&R firing ... the allegations were hardly a secret ... last month a user on a popular soap blog had posted details of the alleged breast-grabbing allegations.
We called Michael's rep but did not hear back.
Donald Faison Sued By Agents
You Made $75k Per Ep on 'Scrubs' ... So Pay Us!
5/9/2013 4:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Faison made nearly $1 MILLION for the final season of "Scrubs" ... but screwed over the people who negotiated that paycheck, this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
Faison is being sued by United Talent Agency -- which claims they got Faison his job on "Scrubs" back in 2001 ... and convinced producers to pay him $75,356 per episode.
But according to the suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Faison -- who played Turk on the show -- stopped paying UTA its 10% commission after Episode 3 of Season 9.
UTA also claims Faison stiffed them on commission for his role on a pilot episode of the ABC sitcom "The Law," for which he made $60k.
UTA -- clearly bitter -- writes in the lawsuit, "Faison has not only turned his back on the people that helped slingshot his career, but on his contractual obligations to those people."
UTA is asking for more than $70k in damages.
May 11 -- We're told Faison immediately paid his debt as soon as he heard about the lawsuit, claiming he was unaware of the debt until the suit was filed.
'Scrubs' Star Needs $$$ Help, Stat
4/8/2010 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Faison from "Scrubs" may be the next celebrity domino to fall in the great housing crunch.
Luther Burbank Savings just filed a lawsuit, claiming he hasn't been paying the mortgage on an apartment complex he bought in Inglewood, CA for $525,000 back in 2008.
The bank claims Faison hasn't paid a dime since November and wants permission to initiate a foreclosure action.
The bank is also suing for $514,657.76
"Scrubs" -- like Faison's apartment -- is in limbo.
No comment so far from Donald's people.
"Scrubs" -- The Open Wide Special
3/29/2009 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like Zach Braff's show "Scrubs" may finally get an audience ...
Check out the script for the soon-to-be-made porn version of the show ... and it's not half bad. There's some character development, quirky dialogue ... pretty much just like a regular episode of "Scrubs," except with sex scenes -- so it's better.
"Scrubs" Star To Kid: See Ya Next Weekend!
6/30/2008 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Victory for a "Scrubs" star today in court -- John C. McGinley won more time with his kid.
McGinley asked the judge for more visitation -- currently he sees his kid every other weekend. His ex, Lauren Lambert, begged to object, claiming it would be traumatic to shuffle their 10-year-old son Max back and forth too much. Max has Down Syndrome.
Lauren broke down in tears after the judge saw it John's way. John will get Max an extra night every other week.
You'll recall, there was a big thing earlier this year. TMZ broke the story that John wanted to slash child support in half during the writer's strike. He backed off after we ran our story.
"Scrubs" Star Invades Your Space
11/29/2007 5:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Scrubs" surgeon Robert Maschio's character "The Todd" is known for high-fives, pervy jokes and butt-flossing mankinis -- so why not make the most disturbing of the three a mouse click away?
Check out this ridiculous video display of Maschio's MySpace machismo!
Zach Braff Crashes & Burns With Chick
1/18/2007 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
When you're a funny, charming and handsome star like Zach Braff, there aren't many women out of your reach, right? Not so much.
A TMZ spy spotted Zach at a party in Hollywood where the "Scrubs" star was trying to sweet-talk one of the female caterers.
He pulled every card he had up his sleeve -- but to no avail. After telling the server how beautiful she was and informing her that he would have her added to the guest list at Hyde, she still kindly refused. Although Braff didn't show any signs of a bruised ego, it had to hurt.
"Scrubs" Up for Charity
12/2/2006 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Doctors and liquor are usually a bad combination, but "Scrubs" and Johnny Walker Blue Label got together with eBay, and now you've got a chance to own some sweet memorabilia while helping a worthy cause.
There's an eBay auction for custom-designed scrubs, created by stars of the show by the same name. If you love "Scrubs" as much as the staff at TMZ does, then you might want to break out the eBay account and bid on these one-of-a-kind items.
Proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the New Orleans Museum of Art's Katrina Fund; you can buy art while supporting the arts -- how very cosmopolitan of you!
"Scrubs" -- NBC's Savior?
10/28/2006 12:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Lawrence is going to rescue NBC. Ok, maybe not. But with the news this week that his show "Scrubs" is moving to the coveted-but-dreaded Thursday night at 9PM time slot, the Emmy-nominated series is being counted on to help the network bring back the glory days of Thursday nights on NBC.
"If NBC is counting on 'Scrubs' then they are shit out of luck my friend," Lawrence jokingly told TMZ yesterday. "First of all, I am a huge TV fan -- Thursday night on NBC should be comedy. Secondly, we're going to think of something to name Zach Braff's character like McSomething -- McWeenie or McCheesy or something."
Lawrence, who besides being the Executive Producer of "Scrubs" is also one of the guys behind the Internet phenomenon "Nobody's Watching" AND writing the upcoming "Fletch" movie, took some time to sit down with TMZ to talk about going up against "Grey's Anatomy," the latest "Nobody's Watching" viral video and trying to cast "Fletch" -- Zach Braff, perhaps?
TMZ: Thursday nights at 9:00 -- tough time slot. But you guys have never really cared about ratings.
Bill Lawrence: The best thing about "Scrubs," and hopefully it will turn out to be true again, is that our core audience has stuck with us. I think we've had like 130 time slots in like six years ... We've found that we've done essentially the same ratings whether we're against "American Idol" or after "Friends," so we've decided to do what makes us laugh ... We always feel the best thing about "Scrubs" is that if we ever did win an award, we could actually thank all of the viewers personally.
TMZ: Did you even think you'd be back on so soon?
BL: No, one of the reason's I'm even here today is because I have to quickly go downstairs and edit these shows so they could go on in November because we didn't think we'd be on until January.
TMZ: What can we expect from the big musical episode?
BL: If you like giant Broadway musicals with singing and dancing, you will love it. And if even if you don't ... no, well, if you don't you'll probably despise it. I think it's pretty cool. I know it's the first episode my mom and dad will watch, which is exciting ... It's definitely something people haven't seen on TV unless they, well, I was going to say "on TV ever" but then I'd say unless they watched "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Everything's been done man.
TMZ: Any other theme episodes?
BL: We're not going to change our show to compete. Although, there will be a long musical montage with people cleaning a dead body every week. And there will be giant romantic triangles. But other than that, we won't copy "CSI" or "Grey's Anatomy."
TMZ: Anything else you can tell us about this season?
BL: There's going to be a character on the show, not one of our main ones, but someone who dies who has been on the show for six years.
TMZ: Do you have any guest stars planned for this season?
BL: Every guest star on this show, except for a couple -- Tara Reid, and I like Tara Reid -- were friends of ours from beforehand that we've all worked with. Rather than going out and getting a bunch of new actors, I think we'll probably just cycle back through Freddy Rodriguez, Tom Cavanaugh ... but of course if anyone is dumb enough to say they want to do the show, I'll of course jump all over that.
TMZ: Like Colin Farrell ...
BL: Yeah, definitely. You know who I have to get back on the show now is Masi [Oka], who's on "Heroes." He was Franklin here for the first three years and he's popped now. I have to try and exploit the fact that I was nice to him once to get him back here ... He's a hyper-talented power nerd and I love him for it. I'm glad that he's blowing up.
TMZ: Onto other things ... "Nobody's Watching." What's next for that?
BL: It is the obsession of my television career. It's a TV show that was supposed to be on the WB like two years ago and they picked it up and flew us to New York and we got there and they put on other crappy shows instead and their network went away. I'm obsessed with it, I think it's funny. We've been online making viral videos and kind of creating this funky experience, I hope it works. It's mostly these guys, they're voices for me and the other two writers, people that love television. And it's been fun -- they get to kind of crap on TV they don't like, but we've been taking a lot of time to also pump up TV we love.
TMZ: Like your latest video. What's that one about?
BL: It's an ode to "Lost" because we're all obsessed with "Lost." There is definitely a special guest star if you're a "Lost" fan. We used our giant Hollywood connections to get a familiar face on it. It's pretty cool.
TMZ: Speaking of TV we love and TV we hate, a lot of people like to lump shows together and say comedy is dead ...
BL: Comedy is not dead; crappy comedy is dead. As recently as 10, 15 years ago, you'd watch the show on at 8:30 because you liked the show on at 8:00 and 9:00. Now, my mom and dad have 160 channels, they're very hip. My dad, for instance, is a crystal meth addict, so he's very with it. But the point is, if those guys are channel surfing, you better put on something that has some impact and people can attach themselves to or you don't have a chance. I think it's a good thing.
TMZ: And what's going on with "Fletch"?
BL: The reason I wasn't supposed to be here today is that the "Fletch" script was due about two weeks ago. So I really thought I should buckle down and get started this morning. That's funny because it's mostly true. I'm handing the script in, talking about casting. I'm really excited about it. I've always been waiting to figure out what the first movie I would do would be and for me one reason I stopped biding my time was because I am one of those guys that can recite every line from scratch from the old "Fletch" right now ... I love that banter and I love that movie and I'm excited to try and do it again. I'm either going to succeed and it'll be a cool franchise or I'm going to fail on a monumental level and never leave television again.
TMZ: Any news on casting? Zach Braff has been rumored ...
BL: I could basically threaten Zach here and say, "I will end him in Hollywood if he doesn't do it." No. I am sure it's all going to work out and I hope Zach does it. And if he doesn't, it's not a big deal if we never speak again. I'm cool with it if he's cool with it.
NBC to Return to Thursday Comedy Glory
10/25/2006 2:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beginning November 30, NBC will air "My Name Is Earl," "The Office," "Scrubs" and "30 Rock" in a row on Thursday nights.
"We are excited about the prospect of two-hours of top-notch comedy on Thursday nights, which includes the return of 'Scrubs,'" Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment said today. "We will stay on-brand with the best comedy block on television, which will position us for the future on the night."
"Scrubs" has yet to premiere this season while "30 Rock" currently airs Wednesday nights at 8PM ET/PT.
The move is reminiscent of the glory days of NBC when "Friends" and "Seinfeld" anchored NBC's Thursday night schedule leading into the powerhouse drama "ER."
Emmy Dudes Do Dolce
8/28/2006 7:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The studs of primetime rocked the house at this year's 58th Annual Emmy Awards in tuxedo's from iconic fashion house Dolce & Gabbana!
Sources tell TMZ that "Entourage's" Jeremy Piven, who took home the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, absolutely fell in love with his Dolce & Gabbana navy blue, peak lapel tux. He also sported their white shirt beneath the surface.
"Grey's Anatomy's" Justin Chambers and his wife Keisha stopped into the Dolce store during their hunt for Emmy outfits. When everything fit both of them perfectly, the hunt was over. Chambers left the store with a black, notch lapel tux, white shirt and black satin tie. His wife also scored with a leopard print gown for the big night.
Zach Braff got all sorts of praise for being a Dolce boy last year, and if it aint broke...well, you know the rest. The star of "Scrubs" rocked a charcoal, peak label Dolce tux, white shirt and a black satin tie ... just what the doctor ordered.
Braff's Pimped Out Ride
8/23/2006 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zach Braff has some kind of sense of humor. Even off camera with what appears to be no effort, he has a way of making us laugh. In this picture, paparazzi caught Braff making his way from his trailer to the set of "Scrubs" riding a mini scooter and talking on the phone. All that was missing here was a rainbow colored afro wig, a small red foam nose and a pair of oversized shoes.
Zach recently opened up about the scrutiny stars endure living in the public eye thanks to the paparazzi. We're sure glad that he's not letting that stop him from being himself.
Braff's Love Life ... or Lack Thereof
8/22/2006 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
While promoting his new film, "The Last Kiss," Zach Braff opened up about the troubles of dating in Hollywood. The "Scrubs" star recently split with Mandy Moore, due in part to their nine-year age difference, and says the scrutiny put on celebrities can be overwhelming.
"A relationship is hard, doing it in the public eye is something that's very new to me. I was a waiter 5 years ago and when I was a waiter nobody was telling lies about me in the tabloids. But it's par for the course."
One recent tabloid rumor even linked him with Jessica Simpson but Braff insists the gossip isn't true: "Totally made up. I've met her a couple times, she's a sweet girl but I think I saw her two months ago at a bar in the Hamptons and that was it."
"The Last Kiss" opens September 15th.