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Joey Chestnut

I Could Be the Next Subway Spokesman

8/23/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joey Chestnut says he may be nutty, but he would carry the Subway banner better than Jared Fogle for sure.

Joey was licking his wounds after losing another eating competition Saturday to Matt Stonie at the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship at the L.A. Japanese American Cultural Center.

As for Subway, it's unclear if his selling point is that you can eat 50 12-inchers and still not gain an lb.

Terrence Howard

Here's What Lucious Would Do

In My Court Case

8/15/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Terrence Howard can't talk about Friday's testimony -- that his make-out scene with Jennifer Hudson triggered an insane reaction from then-wife Michelle Ghent -- but he was quick to tell us how Lucious Lyon would handle the court case ... and it's pretty violent.

Speaking of Lucious .... Terrence was chatty on the subject of "Empire," and whether all the guest stars in season 2 could ruin the show's vibe.

Donald Trump

Booted from Republican Event

Over Megyn Kelly Comment

8/8/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0808-trump-kelly-tmz-getty-01Donald Trump is now persona non grata at a big Republican event tonight, for his comments about Megyn Kelly.

Erick Erickson, who organized the RedState Gathering, says, "I just don't want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal."

The day after the big debate Trump gave his take on Megyn Kelly's questioning ... "There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever."

Trump's campaign is unapologetic, firing back, "This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct.  For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you.  Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader.

Bob Barker on Cecil

I'm Glad There's a Bounty on Dentist's Head

8/2/2015 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bob Barker has no problem if someone does to Dr. Walter Palmer what he did to Cecil The Lion ... kill him.

Barker and his partner Nancy Burnet believe Palmer and hunters like him have a personality defect like other criminals.

They are raging over what Palmer and are happy he's going though his own misery.

 

Jared Fogle

FBI Reportedly Has Texts

Bragging About Sex With 16-Year-Old

8/1/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jared Fogle reportedly paid $100 to have sex with a 16-year-old girl ... an encounter he called "amazing."

The FBI has subpoenaed text messages between Jared and a Subway employee with whom he was having a sexual relationship, according to Business Insider, which broke the story.

According to the report, in 2008 Jared wanted the woman to advertise herself on Craigslist to have sex with other men so he could watch.  He allegedly said he'd pay $500 per encounter.   Business Insider says the woman responded, "Is this the same website you found that 16-year-old girl that you f*****?  I still can't believe you only paid $100 to her."

The report says Jared responded, "It was amazing!!!"

The woman says she went to Subway to complain, but the company did nothing.

Fogle's attorney did not respond to Business Insider. 

Melba Moore

I Love Bill Cosby

'Nobody's Perfect'

8/1/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Singer Melba Moore has nothing but love for Bill Cosby, saying he's a kind human being and adding, "nobody's perfect."

Moore was leaving the Gramercy Park Theatre in NYC Friday night and told our photog Cosby has done wonderful things for her, providing support on many personal family issues.

As for the sexual assault allegations, she says she doesn't know, but her support is strong.

Hulk Hogan

Blowin' Off Steam

7/26/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0725-main-hulk-hogan-fame-01Hulk Hogan tried to maintain his daily regime by hitting the gym Saturday.

Hulk is on the ropes after his racist comments surfaced ... comments he made 8 years ago which were recorded on a sex tape that is now the basis of a lawsuit.  He's been sacked by the WWE.

Hulk worked out with his wife, Jennifer McDaniel, in Tampa.

Spelman College to Cosby

We Don't Want

Your Money Any More

7/25/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Spelman College, one of the most prestigious African American colleges in the country has dropped Bill Cosby in a stunning way.

A college official says The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship will be discontinued and all remaining funds returned.

Cosby was a big supporter of the all women's college over the years and the school acknowledged his contribution by honoring him at various times.

It's the latest in an avalanche of back turns in the wake of the various sexual assault allegations.

Reggie Jackson

BLOWS UP

On Autograph Seekers

7/25/2015 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Baseball legend Reggie Jackson went nuclear Friday night when some autograph hungry fans tried to double dip.

You see Jackson confront a guy who he claims got back in line after already scoring an autograph outside a Cooperstown, NY restaurant. Jackson calls the guy a "c**k su**er" among other things.

In another video we've seen, he yells at a security guard, "You guys disperse the motherf***ers, tell them to get the f*** away from me!" "I need a f***ing bodyguard to keep them the f*** away."

Jackson is in Cooperstown for this weekend's Hall of Fame Induction ceremony ... where hopefully things will be a lot calmer.

'Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor

Arrested for Felony Theft

Over Hawaiian Sunglasses

7/18/2015 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0718-jax-taylor-tmz-01Jax Taylor from "Vanderpump Rules" took a break from the beach Friday night for an extended visit to a Honolulu jail, after getting busted for allegedly stealing a very expensive pair of shades.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Jax is still in the slammer with no immediate prospect of getting out. We're told he allegedly went to a sunglasses shop and stole a pair.  He was arrested at his hotel a block away.

The glasses had to be worth more than $300 ... the minimum in Hawaii for charging someone with felony theft.

Jax has been posting pics of his vacation with GF Brittany Cartwright.

They'll be able to add another pic to the set ... the one taken by cops.

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Caitlyn Jenner

Peter Berg Deletes '2 Balls, 2 Boobs' Post

I Have No Issues with Her

7/18/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0718-berg-jenner-tmz-getty-03Peter Berg Etch A Sketched his Instagram post, which made Caitlyn Jenner look like a joke.

Peter was remorseful, saying he meant no harm when he re-posted a meme scoffing at Caitlyn winning the ESPY courage award ... showing a soldier with 2 legs amputated next to Caitlyn with the caption, 
"One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs."

Berg says, "I deleted it because I am deeply saddened over the rage and hatred on both sides it is responsible for."  

Berg goes on to say he believes we don't give enough credit to our vets, adding he has no issues with Caitlyn.

Judge Mathis

50 Cent Might Be Doin'

The Bankruptcy Shuffle

7/18/2015 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Judge Greg Mathis had a knowing smile on his face when told our photog 50 Cent might be in more hot water than he thinks.

We got the TV judge outside the taping of the Comedy Underground Series 3& 4 in Glendale Friday night when asked the question that has perplexed many ... how can someone declare bankruptcy when they also say they're rich as f**k?

Hizzoner tell us with a wink ... there might be a little shufflin' goin on.

Bill Cosby

'Terribly Embarrassing'

If 2005 Sexual Assault Allegations Made Public

6/28/2015 8:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bill Cosby's lawyer is fighting to keep his 2005 sexual assault settlement confidential, claiming it would be "terribly embarrassing" if details of the allegations came to light.

Cosby's fighting a media request to unseal Cosby's settlement with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.  Cosby's lawyer was in court Friday, arguing Cosby's deposition in the case contains info about his marriage, sex life and Rx drug use, which should remain confidential.

Constand accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her. 

The judge was puzzled, noting a lot in the case has already been made public.

Cosby's lawyer said, "Frankly ... it would embarrass him [and] it would also prejudice him in the eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts."  Cosby faces 3 defamation lawsuits in that state from a woman who claims Cosby defamed them by calling them liars.

The judge has yet to rule on whether he'll unseal the settlement.

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