New "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman has stunned her boss -- the D.A. of Fulton County -- by bailing in the middle of a murder trial to appear on a TV show ... but he's grudgingly giving her a shot at stardom.
TMZ obtained the letter written by Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard Jr., who calls her request "highly unusual."
Truth be told ... most law firms and prosecutors' offices would give someone like Andi her walking papers, because they would normally view the request as flaky. But Howard grudgingly agreed to take her back, calling her "a valued member of the DA's office." She's also hot.
But two strings attached. Her leave will be unpaid. And, she has until May 31st to come back. After that, she's just another professional reality star.
He ended his letter with, "Wish you best of luck."
Juan Pablo Galavis
Bring On the Hot Model Ass!
10/22/2013 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This hot piece of model ass belongs to Nikki Ferrell ... one of the chicks gunning to bang new "Bachelor" Juan Pablo Galavis ... and from the looks of things, she's a frontrunner.
Nikki (according to various reports) is a 26-year-old model from Kansas City ... who was spotted with the former pro soccer player in Miami this weekend.
Galavis appeared on "The Bachelorette" last season, but didn't crack the final 5.
Sometimes, ya gotta lose to win.
Is Hilariously BAD [VIDEO]
6/4/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kasey Kahl finally got a chance to put his TV skills from "The Bachelorette" to use again -- in a taped apology to the man and woman he decked outside a nightclub -- and his delivery is hysterical.
TMZ obtained a copy of the videotaped mea culpa Kahl agreed to make as part of a settlement in his civil lawsuit with the two people.
You gotta see Kasey's emotional (we're kidding) description of the attack, saying ... "He called me a douchebag, and I became upset. I sucker-punched (him)."
Honestly, we've seen porn stars deliver better lines.
As TMZ previously reported, Kahl also made a deal in the criminal complaint for the fight outside a Fresno club in January 2012 ... getting off with 3 years probation.
Just Probation in Bar Brawl
5/28/2013 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Bachelorette" contestant Kasey Kahl won't have to cozy up to a prison cellmate -- he was just sentenced to 3 years probation for a huge bar brawl in Fresno last year.
Kahl struck a sweet deal in the case, agreeing to plead no contest to one felony assault charge ... while another assault charge was dropped.
As we previously reported ... Kahl was arrested for bashing a man and his girlfriend in the face during a fight outside Club Habanos in Fresno back in January 2012.
Kahl's attorney says his record could be wiped clean if he stays out of trouble during probation ... and completes his community service.
Caught Sleeping Around ...
For a Good Cause
11/16/2012 1:02 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Will you accept this cardboard box?
Former "Bachelorette" star Jillian Harris did on Thursday and spent the chilly night on the streets of Vancouver to help raise awareness and money for homeless youth.
As TMZ reported earlier, the 32-year-old had vowed to tough it out in just a sleeping bag to raise $11K for the nonprofit organization Covenant House.
Now this -- unlike dating on national television -- is a cold dose of reality.
Homeless in Vancouver
11/13/2012 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex "Bachelorette" Jillian Harris is moving into a cardboard box, in the brutal cold of Canada -- and while the economy does suck that much -- Jillian's actually choosing to do this for charity.
Jillian -- who was on Season 5 of the ABC show -- tells TMZ she's going to spend a night on the streets of Vancouver with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard.
Jillian lives in Vancouver and is teaming up with Covenant House to raise awareness (and money) for homeless youth there because she says "it's heartbreaking to think about all the kids and families" who don't have roofs over their heads as winter approaches.
The event goes down Nov. 15th when the forecast calls for 36 degrees, 10% chance of rain -- and a 100% chance of freezing your ass off.
But if all goes well ... Jillian hopes to raise $11,000.
Dives Into Water Hazard
To Save Sinking Golf Cart
10/25/2012 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The rule is ... PLAY IT AS IT LIES ... and that's exactly what ex-"Bachelorette" star Jillian Harris did earlier this month when her golf cart rolled into a freaking water hazard -- and she DOVE IN AFTER IT.
And the waterlogged aftermath was all caught on tape.
Sources tell TMZ, Jillian and her friends were participating in a charity golf tournament in West Kelowna, British Columbia when Jillian fell out of her golf cart.
According to sources, her friend jumped out to help Jillian, but forgot to put on the parking brake -- so the golf cart rolled into a water hazard.
Jillian quickly dove in after it to save their stuff ... but it was already too late -- so Jillian did what anyone else would do in that situation, and shotgunned a beer.
We're told Jillian and her friend have been talking with the course since the incident -- and have already agreed to split the costs of damages to the cart.
No Black Men ...
10/17/2012 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A judge says "The Bachelor" doesn't have to cast African-Americans -- so it's time to celebrate ... if you're a Black man. Seriously, who wants to deal with 25 women constantly fighting and bitching?
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Judge to 'The Bachelor'
You Don't HAVE to
Cast Black People
10/15/2012 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A judge has THROWN OUT a lawsuit that two black men filed against "The Bachelor" ... in which they claimed they were rejected from the show based on the color of their skin.
In the original suit, the men pointed out that every bachelor in the show's history has been white -- and claim producers intentionally stayed away from people of color because they feared an interracial relationship would alienate the show's "predominantly white viewership."
But a Tennessee judge has officially dismissed the case -- citing the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) ... and explaining that the court cannot tell TV producers ... or movie producers ... or playwrights ... how to cast a production.
In fact, the judge explains that Freedom of Speech is why "The Cosby Show" could have an all-black cast ... why "Jersey Shore" can cast all-Italians ... and why "Shahs of Sunset" can cast all-Persians.
A rep for Warner Bros. -- which produces the show -- tells TMZ, "We felt from the onset this case was completely without merit and we are pleased the Court has found in our favor.”
Diamonds Are Forever?
10/15/2012 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Robertson is about $80k lighter today -- because "The Bachelor" winner finally returned her diamond engagement ring to its rightful owner ... and photogs caught every glorious moment of it.
Robertson -- who called it quits with "Bachelor" Ben Flajnik last week -- hit up a Neil Lane jewelry store in L.A. Sunday to say sayonara to the 3-carat rock.
We're told the ring ended up back at Neil Lane since "Bachelors" and "Bachelorettes" don't foot the bill for their own marital swag -- i.e. when the relationship goes away, so does the bling.
But Court's not shedding too many tears over the loss (of the ring or Ben) -- considering she was recently seen sucking face with "Bachelorette" cast-off Arie Luyendyk Jr.
'Bachelor' Winner Courtney
with 'Bachelorette' Reject
10/13/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Courtney Robertson is one helluva rebounder ... 'cause days after she split from "Bachelor" Ben Flajnik ... she was TOTALLY MAKING OUT with one of the rejects from "The Bachelorette."
TMZ obtained pics of Courtney sucking face with Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- who took 2nd place on last season's "Bachelorette" when he was shot down by Emily Maynard.
Of course, Courtney was SUPPOSED to marry Ben after he picked her on the "Bachelor" finale earlier this year ... but they split last week claiming things just weren't working out.
But it didn't take long for Court to move on ... 'cause Thursday night, she and Arie had dinner together at the fancy Quiessence Restaurant in Phoenix -- and we're told they were all over each other the whole time.
OMG, right??! !
RELEASED from Jail
I Never Huffed Paint!!!
8/3/2012 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl has just been released from jail -- telling TMZ, he was NOT under the influence of paint thinners during a bar fight back in January ... and he never laid his hand on a woman.
TMZ broke the story ... 29-year-old Kahl was jailed this morning in Orange County, CA after prosecutors filed several felony charges against the reality star. It all stems from a nightclub brawl that took place on January 15th, in which Kahl allegedly beat up a man and his GF while drunk and high on drugs.
But on his way out of the slammer moments ago, Kahl denied all the allegations -- telling TMZ, he's never huffed paint in his life ... "I've never even smoked marijuana."
Kahl says cops never took a blood test or alcohol test or anything to prove he was under the influence -- so the allegations are BS.
As for allegations he beat up two people that night ... Kahl insists he was punched first and only got physical to defend himself.
Kahl says he's due back in court next month.
'Bachelorette' Star Jailed
Allegedly Huffed Paint Thinner
8/3/2012 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl is back behind bars ... after being charged with multiple felonies for allegedly attacking two people at a nightclub earlier this year ... while under the influence of a paint thinner.
TMZ has learned ... months after the incident, prosecutors decided there was enough evidence to charge Kahl with felony assault for allegedly beating up a man and a woman on January 15.
After the charges were filed, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest ... and this morning, cops took the 29-year-old into custody ... and booked him into a jail in Orange County, CA.
According to legal documents, officials believe Kahl was drunk and on drugs when he attacked a man named Richard Cheney outside of Club Habano's nightclub in Fresno ... and then bashed Richard's GF in the face.
Kahl has been charged with 2 counts of felony assault, 1 count of battery with serious bodily injury and 1 count of public intoxication.
According to documents, officials believe Kahl was under the influence of both alcohol and a drug called toluene at the time of the attack ... an inhalant associated with paint thinners.
Kasey's reps have previously claimed the reality star is innocent -- and accused the alleged victims of antagonizing him in an effort to get their "15 minutes of fame."
If convicted on all 4 felony charges -- Kahl faces up to 8 years in prison.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... there was an error on the charging document ... and it should NOT have stated that Kahl was suspected of being under the influence of toluene.
Kahl also told TMZ he never, ever huffed paint.