"Ink Master" judge Chris Nunez was arrested Saturday in Florida ... after he got busted for driving under the influence.
The Spike TV star got pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign ... and he was eventually hauled off to jail for DUI -- according to the Broward County Sheriff.
It's unclear what Nunez was allegedly on -- booze or drugs -- but we're told he was released hours later on bond.
We reached out to Chris for comment, so far ... no word back.
Honey Boo Boo
Single Dad Day
9/21/2014 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Honey Boo Boo is handling her parents break up by gripping a paintball gun and spending the day with newly single dad Sugar Bear.
HBB and her pops hit up a local paintball park with Pumpkin and Chubbs Saturday. Mama June was noticeably absent following the split.
Probably better June doesn't have a weapon around Suge. As we previously reported ... June reportedly caught him trolling dating sites -- and now plans on moving the kids out of their home once they're done filming this season.
Not surprisingly, the reality show's cameras were rolling at the paintball park.
'American Choppers' Stars
They Stole My Wheelchair Bike!
Claims Disabled Man
9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from "American Choppers" got major props for creating a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle -- only problem is they allegedly stole the concept from a disabled biker, and cut the poor guy out of the deal.
Christ Tavantzis -- who suffers from polio -- claims he patented the modified 3-wheeler and pitched it to 'AC' stars Mike and Paul Teutul Jr. at a bike show in 2008.
Now Tavantzis is suing the Tuetul bros because he says they went ahead and built their own version of his trike -- without him -- and then unveiled it at a charity event for the Chris and Dana Reeves Foundation ... where they were lauded for the creation.
In his suit, Tavantzis says it's bad enough polio has taken away his physical abilities -- but now he has to fight to protect his thoughts and ideas too. He's suing for fraud, conspiracy, and discrimination against people with disabilities.
We've reached out to reps for the show ... so far, no response.
'Desperate Housewives' Actress
Dead at 84
9/20/2014 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Veteran actress Polly Bergen -- a.k.a. Stella Wingfield on "Desperate Housewives" -- died Saturday morning at the age of 84.
Bergen passed away around 11 AM at her home in Connecticut from natural causes ... according to her rep -- and was surrounded by family and her longtime manager.
Bergen's career launched in the '50s when she appeared in a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis flick ... and since then, she starred in many TV shows and movies -- including the original "Cape Fear."
She also famously played the part of Mrs. Vernon-Williams in the cult Johnny Depp classic "Cry Baby."
In lieu of flowers, her rep says donations can be made to Planned Parenthood.
Happiest 'Angry Black Woman' Ever
9/20/2014 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shonda Rhimes proved she's not "an angry black woman" Friday night at the Smithsonian in D.C. ... by smiling from ear to ear ... hours after she sparred with a critic.
The 44-year old "Scandal" creator was being interviewed for an NPR segment ... and she clearly wasn't fazed by the NY Times article about her African-American characters on "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," and "How to Get Away with Murder." The critic called Shonda "an angry black woman."
Rhimes fired back at the NYT writer directly, asking on Twitter ... "how come I am not 'an angry black woman' the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants?"
Looks like Shonda's over it. Hard to be angry when you've got that much money.
Separates from Sugar Bear
Kicks Him to the Curb
9/19/2014 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June and Sugar Bear Thompson are done -- separated -- because she's convinced he's been cheating on her ... sources tell TMZ.
We're told Mama June has repeatedly caught Sugar Bear trolling on online dating sites. One of them is plentyoffish.com, in which Sugar Bear -- with the handle Georgiafighter31054 -- says "i love to hunt fish and ride 4wheelers and have a good time. i luve muddy Boggs and love to ride in the mudd."
Mama June has stopped wearing her wedding ring (technically the couple was never married, but they did have a commitment ceremony).
Our sources say Mama June plans on taking the kids and moving out -- once the latest round of filming "Here Comes Boo Boo" is done ... so she can be closer to her relatives. She hasn't fully decided on the move.
We're told the producers of the show are scrambling to try and figure out what's next.
June and Sugar Bear tell TMZ, "Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship. We are taking things day by day but regardless of what happens the girls will always be our #1 priority. We want to thank ya'll for your support."
Leaves Club High and Dry
Carlton wants to Charleston
9/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:20 A.M. PDT -- Ribeiro's rep tells TMZ ... Alfonso was never booked for a firm date -- the hotel jumped the gun by printing and selling tickets with Alfonso's picture. We're told they've now worked out a settlement ... he says the club will issue a retraction and Ribeiro will appear at the club after he finishes DWTS.
Alfonso Ribeiro bailed on a heavily promoted birthday bash in Atlantic City -- costing the nightclub a fortune -- because he didn't want his tango to suck on a TV reality show.
Alfonso -- famous for The Carlton Dance -- made a last-minute decision NOT to headline The Pool After Dark event Saturday. He notified the club Wednesday, which is a problem -- his face is plastered all over the flyer.
Alfonso is a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" and apparently he made the decision he could earn more if he wins the trophy. He could have made $35K at the club, but he stands to rake in $345K if he wins DWTS.
As for the club ... it got screwed. It has to eat the $1,500 it paid for a customized cake, and refund $10K worth of pre-sold tickets.
Shockingly ... we're told the club isn't going after Alfonso for all it's out.
Ex-'Party Down South' Star
Old Bosses Warn ...
Your Lotion's Giving Us a Rash
9/19/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor "Lil' Bit" Wright -- who quit the TV show "Party Down South" -- is rubbing her old bosses the wrong way ... with a line of body lotions that capitalizes on her reality show persona.
Wright's been on social media lately promoting a brand of moisturizer and suntan lotion called "Lil' Bit Country" ... but TMZ has learned the network honchos at Viacom (CMT's parent co.) sent her a cease and desist letter demanding she stop using her nickname to promote the skin care products.
The network's position is it owns the name, Lil' Bit -- but sources close to LB tell us she's been using the handle since long before the show ... and she has no plans to yank it off the lotion.
I'm Putting Amber on TV!
9/18/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon is banking on Amber Rose in a big way ... because we found out he's already wheeled and dealed her way into a television series and a book deal.
At first it sounded like a vanity client ... Nick repping a former stripper who became famous for dating Kanye and getting pregnant by Wiz.
Turns out -- with Nick's help -- Amber is now the real deal. We've learned her TV deal is a fashion show -- not a bash-this-woman type show ... it's more about female empowerment.
As for the book deal ... we know it's inked but don't know the story line. Hopefully it's a coffee table book and not a memoir.
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?
SINGS HASSELHOFF CLASSIC
... On German TV
9/18/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Germans love David Hasselhoff. They also love Dirk Nowitzki ... so you know they went CRAZY last night when Dirk broke out his guitar and sang a Hoff song ... on live German TV!!!
The Dallas Mavericks star appeared on "My Spass" with host Stefan Raab when they decided to show off their musical talent ... and the first tune was the Hoff classic, "Looking for Freedom."
Of course, they're German ... so they both knew all the words ... and the crowd claps along to the beat.
Dirk started to roll into the Extreme hit "More Than Words" ... but, unfortunately, he cut it short.
Still, you know somewhere ... Hoff is puffing out his famously hairy chest a little further this morning.
After 'Dancing with the Stars' Loss
9/17/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lolo Jones says she felt broken, unlovable and embarrassed after she was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night ... and penned an emotional letter saying she's sick of being a loser.
The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom ... saying, "When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."
"I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn't force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed."
Jones -- who's been RIPPED in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years -- added, "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me."
"But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross."
She concluded ... "My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness."
Yeah, she's taking this pretty hard.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Yells at Cops ...
I'm Black, You Want To Shoot Me?!
9/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ex-contestant on "The Glee Project" tried to taunt Pittsburgh cops into shooting him -- and sparking a race riot -- during an arrest he claims ONLY went down because he's Black.
Bryce Ross-Johnson was thrown out of a bar Saturday night after scuffling with a bouncer for wearing a hat -- a violation of the dress code -- according to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ.
Police say when they arrived ... Bryce was antagonistic and taunted, "Hey, I'm African-American, you want to shoot me?" -- and, "Why don't you shoot me, that's what you do to black guys, right?"
Cops kept cool, and no shots were fired ... but the 25-year-old former "Glee" wannabe got arrested for public drunkenness, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass.
Ross-Johnson thinks the white officers and white bouncer targeted him because of race. He admits blurting the racial taunts -- but only because cops were asking him "stupid stuff" like what drugs he was on, and when was he last in prison.