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Caitlyn Jenner

Bruce Can Be Erased from Olympic H.O.F.

... If She Wants

6/5/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0604_caitlyn_jenner_olympic_hall_of_fameCaitlyn Jenner can make Olympic history again -- the doors to the Hall of Fame are swinging wide open for her to enter ... all she has to do is ask.

Caitlyn was inducted into the H.O.F. back in 1986 thanks to her legendary gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon. But, of course ... Bruce is the name attached to that honor. At least for now.

Patrick Sandusky, spokesperson for the US Olympic Committee, tells TMZ they would gladly update the name to Caitlyn. He says if she files a formal request, the Committee would review it,  and presto -- bye bye Bruce, hello Caitlyn.

A rep for Caitlyn tells us she's unclear if she'll make the request.

She's got time to think it over. There won't be any physical honor for the H.O.F. inductees until the U.S. Olympic Museum opens in 2018.

So for now, the change would just be one for the record books.

Caitlyn Jenner

Five Times More Valuable than Bruce

6/4/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0603-bruce-caitlyn-jenner-getty-vanity-fair-2Caitlyn Jenner is a hotter commodity than Bruce Jenner ever was ... especially on the speaking circuit. 

Sources who worked for years on booking speaking gigs for Bruce tell TMZ, Caitlyn is worth 5 times what Bruce commanded. Our sources say Bruce used to get $25,000 a pop for motivational speaking ... and they say Caitlyn can pull well over $100k.

There's a big reason Caitlyn is a hotter commodity ... social media. Bruce hated social media and wouldn't play ball. A lot of the companies that hire motivational speakers are big into social, and Caitlyn is fully on board and breaking records. 

Another obvious reason for the bump ... Caitlyn has quite the story to tell. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Car Crash Victim's Stepkids

You Can't Judge Our Relationship

6/3/2015 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Caitlyn Jenner is out of line when she says the stepchildren of the woman who was killed in that PCH car crash had no right to sue because they were not financially dependent on her ... so claim the stepkids.

The stepchildren of Kim Howe just filed legal docs, claiming they did rely on her financially, but it's all kind of sketchy. They don't describe the extent of the dependence nor do they specifically describe the relationship.

In the docs, all they say is "not only did they have a very real relationship with Ms. Howe during the 40 years that she was their stepmother, but that they relied upon her, at least to some extent, for some of the necessities of life."

The lawyer for the stepson says in legal docs, "Stepchildren can be just as much children to their parents."

The father of the 2 kids died in 2003. A very close friend of Kim's tells TMZ he spoke with the stepdaughter shortly after Kim died back in February and the woman said she hadn't seen Kim since 2003. The friend also says Kim never spoke about her stepkids to him.

Jenner has asked a judge to toss the lawsuit because there's no evidence of financial dependence. If she's successful, she can't be sued for wrongful death because the stepkids are Howe's only living relatives. 

Caitlyn Jenner

Miss America Contestant ...

'I Love That I Inspired Her!'

6/3/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0603-caitlyn-tarpey-vanity-facebookThe Miss America contestant who became the inspiration for Caitlyn Jenner's name thinks she knows why the now-famous Caitlyn was drawn to her.

Kaitlyn Tarpey -- a Miss America top 10 finalist in 2014 -- tells us she said something during the pageant she believes struck a chord with Bruce Jenner. She said, "Chin up, boobs up and rock it." Bruce gave Diane Sawyer a mantra that was very similar.

Caitlyn says she watched the Miss America pageant for inspiration in choosing a name and was actually leaning toward something different until Kaitlyn Tarpey appeared.

It's interesting ... Kaitlyn has the signature "K" which Caitlyn consciously rejected.

FUN FACT: Caitlin Brunell competed in last year's Miss America pageant. She's the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Mark Brunell

Caitlyn Jenner

'I'm the New Normal'

6/3/2015 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner is putting on makeup and going out into the world for the first time as a woman ... proclaiming herself "the new normal." 

"I Am Cait" is Caitlyn's new docuseries, and if the footage just released is any indication, it's not just about transgender people. Cailtyn is sending a message to everyone who is not living an authentic life ... stop wasting time, because time will run out.

The 8-part series will also deal with the pressures of being a woman, right down to cosmetics.

The series premieres July 26.

Caitlyn Jenner

I Won't Have Bruce's Handicap

6/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-caitlyn-jenner-sherwood-golf-course-VANITY_FAIR_FACEBOOK-01Caitlyn Jenner has to start from scratch on the golf course, because we've learned the official golfing organization will NOT recognize her golfing prowess based on her days as Bruce Jenner.

Bruce was a fantastic golfer -- his average golfing score was only slightly above par. In other words, if par was 72, Bruce's average was around 77. In golfer's lingo, he had a handicap of 5.3. A handicap is an important status symbol in the sport.

Here's the problem ... the U.S. Golf Association won't allow Catilyn to use Bruce's handicap. The USGA says it's now irrelevant what Bruce achieved and Caitlyn has to start fresh, based on what she does from this point forward.

But, there's a silver lining. Women get a better handicap than men for the exact same performance. So, assuming Catilyn can play as well as Bruce, she'll end up with a lower (better) handicap. 

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Caitlyn Jenner

Name Inspired by Miss America Pageant

6/2/2015 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-bruce-jenner-vanity-fair-04Caitlyn Jenner chose her name after being inspired by the Miss America pageant.

Caitlyn told Vanity Fair she had been watching the pageant in the last couple of years to come up with ideas for names. Two names resonated with her -- Heather and Cathy.

It sounds like Heather and Cathy were front-runners but she also liked Caitlyn. Ultimately, Caitlyn's assistant Rhonda tipped the scales when she suggested Caitlyn.  

Jenner had been on the fence but Rhonda pushed him over the line. 

Caitlyn Jenner

I Didn't Want to Look

Like a Guy in a Dress

6/2/2015 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caitlyn Jenner did not want to look like a pretend woman when she transitioned from a man to a woman.

Caitlyn told Vanity Fair it was extremely important that she presented herself as feminine.

Beyond cosmetics, Caitlyn talks about the isolation she felt in the '80s, and how the Internet became her salvation because it provided a connection with people in similar circumstances.

And Caitlyn talks about her role models, many of whom are famous including Laverne Cox from "Orange Is the New Black." 

Kim Kardashian

Boy or Girl ...

I'm Not Baby Shopping Yet

6/2/2015 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0602-kim-kanye-baby-clothes-gettyKim Kardashian and Kanye West might very well be having a baby boy -- but don't read too much into those photos of them shopping for little boy clothes.

According to our sources, Kim and Kanye are playing it really close to the vest on the baby's sex right now -- maybe they know, maybe they don't ... but they're not saying.

Kimye was seen Monday afternoon purusing the boys section in a New York boutique, so the Internet collectively figured ... they must be having a boy! But we're told Kim and Kanye were shopping for something for Kourtney's daughter Penelope, and they just happened to be drawn to items in the boys section.

Not to mention ... they are holding up clothes for a toddler, not a newborn.

Expect a carefully orchestrated announcement (*cough, Kris Jenner*) to come in the near future.

Caitlyn Jenner

New Identity Creates Problems

at the Golf Course

6/2/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0601_caitlyn_jenner_sherwood_country-club_2Caitlyn Jenner has some tricky day-to-day changes in store, including where she eats, drinks and changes clothes ... at the country club which has become her home away from home.

Bruce Jenner became a member of Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA 15 years ago. He golfed there almost every day and established close relationships with his golfing buddies. It's a very exclusive, ritzy club with an initiation fee ranging between $150,000 and $300,000.

But now that Bruce is Caitlyn, the rules partially segregate her from the male members.

For starters, there's a grill in the locker room that is male only. The women's locker room has its own eating area which is way more scaled down.

Our Sherwood sources say the board will enforce the rules, which means the camaraderie Bruce shared with the other members will be impeded now that she's Caitlyn.

But we're also told the board is open to an appeal by Caitlyn herself. She can attempt to make a case that she can keep the same privileges she had when she was Bruce.

The club is closed for renovations until December, which means there's time to sort things out.

Jeffrey Tambor

Caitlyn Reveal is 'Miraculous'

6/2/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jeffrey Tambor, whose fictitious life parallels that of Bruce Jenner, is thrilled with the unveiling of Caitlyn.

Tambor, who plays a man in his 60s who becomes a woman in the show "Transparent," was leaving the Directors Guild of America Monday night when our photog asked him about the big reveal.

The actor was short on words, but strong on emotion, voicing big support for Caitlyn. 

Rodman on Bruce Jenner:

Would've Had Ass Handed To Him

... If He Did This In '90s

6/1/2015 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bruce Jenner would have had his "ass handed to him" if he came out as a transgender woman back in the '90s ... so says someone who spent a lot of time in women's clothing, Dennis Rodman

The Worm just called in to "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and says he's extremely proud of the way people are accepting Caitlyn ... and says society has come a LOOONG way in just a few short decades. 

In fact, Rodman says he specifically remembers spending HOURS trying to talk Sports Illustrated into letting him pose on the cover in women's clothing back in 1995. 

Now, Dennis says he thinks Jenner is breaking down some huge barriers for the LGBTQ community -- telling us, "A lot of athletes will come out now and say they're gay. Watch."

And with Caitlyn saying she's still trying to figure out her sexual preference, Rodman has a message for the 65-year-old -- "If you wanna go on a date with me brotha, let me know."

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Obama to Caitlyn

Way to Go!

6/1/2015 3:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-barack-obama-caitlyn-jenner-Vanity-fair-getty-02President Obama has weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner's new journey, by heaping praise on her. 

The Prez just tweeted, "It takes courage to share your story," adding, "Your story matters in the fight for LGBT rights."

It's a huge victory for the LGBT community. It's one thing for the President to acknowledge LGBT rights during a State of the Union address ... it's another to voice strong support for the person who has become the most visible transgender person in the world.

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