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Paul Shaffer Dave Grew a Hate Beard

5/26/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

David Letterman's beard is hate fueled ... so says his former band leader Paul Shaffer.

We got Paul and daughter Victoria Wednesday night at Craig's in WeHo, and he made it clear ... the more Dave's family complains -- and they do -- the bigger and bushier the beard gets.

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'The Wonder Years' Star Busted for DUA ... Ambien

5/26/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524-jason-robert-hervey-mug-shot-01"The Wonder Years" star Jason Hervey just learned the hard way ... never take Ambien before you get behind the wheel. 

Tennessee law enforcement tells TMZ ... they got a call about a swerving pickup truck and were able to locate it. Cops say Hervey was behind the wheel and totally out of it ... slurring, red-eyed and confused. 

Cops say Hervey miserably failed a field sobriety test. They searched the pickup and found a loaded handgun, but the actor had a permit. Hervey was booked for DUI and carrying a weapon while under the influence. 

The incident went down back in January 2015 but it went unnoticed, until this past weekend when Hervey served 48 hours behind bars for a misdemeanor DUI charge. The weapons charge was dropped.

Jason, who played Wayne Arnold on the show, tells us he has a prescription for Ambien and stupidly took one before hopping in the truck for a quick errand, he had no alcohol in his system ... he's thankful cops got him off the road before anything really bad happened.  

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Erin Andrews Blows 'DWTS' Pregnancy Secret ... Ooops!

5/25/2016 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0525-andrews-murgatroyd-chmerkovski-tmz-02Erin Andrews is on thin ice with Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy after spilling the beans on the couple's baby news -- their SECRET baby news.

Erin's loose lips struck during Monday's rehearsals for the "Dancing with the Stars" finale. Our production sources say Erin was mic'd up when she walked up to Peta and Maksim and congratulated them ... and everyone heard it. 

We're told the couple was pissed since they hadn't told some of their closest friends and family yet -- and they were still planning a big announcement.

Erin apologized, but we're told she kept trying to blow it off as a joke ... which only made it worse. 

Ironically, the next night, Peta did some blabbing of her own. After she and dancing partner Nyle DiMarco won the 'DWTS' title, she posted on Facebook ... before it aired on the west coast. Some fans immediately ripped her on social media.

At least Erin can make up for her mistake with an expensive baby gift.

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Wiz Khalifa I'll Pass On Amber's TV Show, But ...

5/25/2016 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wiz Khalifa's not trying to jack any of his ex Amber Rose's shine ... now that her talk show is about to hit the air -- but he's totally up for some friendly competition in a different arena.

Amber's show debuts in a couple weeks, and since she and Wiz have mastered the whole co-parenting thing with Sebastian ... you'd think he might make a guest appearance. Not so -- Wiz told us why he's tapping out on TV.

However, he lit up when we brought up his tour with Snoop Dogg. You gotta see him talk about life on the road for 2 legends of the weed game.

Seriously, you might catch a contact high just watching this.

'DWTS' Finale Security Amped Up for Trump's Daughter

5/24/2016 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0524-marla-maples-trump-tmz-instagram-01Donald Trump's candidacy will have an impact on the "Dancing With the Stars" finale -- the show's doubling its police detail because his daughter will be in the audience.

Sources close to production tell us Tiffany Trump will be there to support her mom, Marla Maples. The Donald's ex-wife was a contestant this season. We're told there will be 17 officers patrolling in and around the studio tonight, instead of the usual 9.

There's no specific threat, our sources say it's just precautionary.

We're told Tiffany's been to the studio once before this season, but that was before Dad became the presumptive Republican candidate for prez.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Arrested For Identity Fraud

5/24/2016 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Karen King was busted for scamming a person's identity for financial gain ... and there's video of the arrest going down.

Karen was arrested Monday night moments after arriving at an 'LHHA' promotional appearance at Level V in Atlanta. Her appearance there had been heavily promoted, so police were ready and waiting to arrest her for the alleged identity theft that went down last year. 

According to docs, King walked into the Saks Fifth Avenue in ATL, and bought $4,946.52 in merchandise under someone else's name. Cops think she was in cahoots with the employee who rang up the purchase.

According to the arrest record, Karen was booked for financial identity fraud, theft and first degree forgery. 

We've reached out to her camp, so far no word back.

 

'Fear the Walking Dead' Star Arrested After Fight on CBS Lot

5/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0523_frank-dillane_gettyFrank Dillane -- star of "Fear the Walking Dead" and a 'Harry Potter' flick -- allegedly got physical with a CBS security guard, and got hauled off the backlot by cops ... TMZ has learned. 

Our law enforcement sources say Dillane, who plays Nick Clark on 'Dead,' tried to breeze through a security checkpoint on Sunday night. Guards tried to stop him, especially because 'Dead' doesn't even shoot on the lot. At least one guard described his behavior as "erratic." 

We're told Dillane didn't dig all the attention, things got heated and he ended up striking one of the guards. That was the last straw for the security force, which detained the actor with a citizen's arrest.

LAPD arrived and booked Dillane for battery. We've reached out to his reps, but no word back yet.

Ex 'Dual Survival' Host Sues Discovery Paired Me with an Axe Wielding Psycho

5/23/2016 8:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-cody-lundin-joe-teti-YOUTUBE-FACEBOOK-01Former "Dual Survival" host Cody Lundin's toughest job was surviving his co-host, who threatened to kill him with all sorts of weapons ... according to a lawsuit he filed against Discovery.

Lundin says producers made it look like he was losing it on set -- but according to the docs, his partner, Joe Teti, was the real menace. He says while shooting in Norway ... Teti threatened to "bury" him on a mountain while waving around an ice axe. During a shoot in Hawaii, Lundin says Teti threatened to impale him with a spear.

Lundin says Teti, a former CIA operative, once said ... "You better not blow this for me ... I think you know what is going to happen to you" -- and also flaunted pics of people he allegedly killed during his CIA days.

His biggest issue -- edits that made it seem like he was cracking under pressure. For instance, they showed Lundin throwing matches into a pool of water -- a cardinal sin for any survivalist. Lundin says producers set him up and that scene, along with several others, have made it impossible for him to find work. 

Joe Teti tells us he never threatened Cody, adding, "I always had the utmost respect for him, considered him a friend, and am hurt these accusations have been made."

'Fast N' Loud' Host I Finally Got My O-O-O O'Reilly Auto Parts Money

5/21/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0518-richard-rawlings-tmz-02Fast N’ Loud” host Richard Rawlings just nailed the company that markets O'Reilly Auto Parts for underhanded business practices.

Rawlings claimed in a lawsuit that he was hired to promote the auto parts giant for $100k. He says he made personal appearances and sang the virtues of O'Reilly on social media. In return, he says he got screwed out of $40k. 

A judge just awarded Rawlings a whopping $166,000 ... most of which are punitive damages for intentional wrongdoing. The marketing company didn't even bother responding to the lawsuit, so the judge entered a default judgment.

Rawlings is pleased, telling us, "There's a lot of bad guys in this business. This one got caught."

Alan Young Wilbur from 'Mr Ed' ... Dead

5/20/2016 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0520_alan_young_mister_ed_launchAlan Young, the actor who played Wilbur on "Mister Ed" ... has died.

The character, whom the horse, of course, of course, called "Wilburrrrrrrrrr" ... became one of the most popular on TV from 1961 - 1965.  

As you know, Mr. Ed would only speak to Wilbur, and they kept their secret throughout the run of the series. As you know, no one can talk to a horse, of course, that is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

There was a famous scene during the run when Ed took batting practice against legendary Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax and actually hit the ball. Wilbur screamed, "Slide, Ed, slide." Ed obliged.

Young was also the voice of Scrooge McDuck from "DuckTales."

Alan was 96. 

TV Reporter Arrested Live from a Front Yard ... I'm Taking a Crap!!

5/20/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0520-jonathan-lowe-gpd-01Here's the straight poop ... an Arizona TV reporter got his ass arrested for doing a really s***** job -- in someone's front yard.

Jonathan Lowe was working a story earlier this week in a Goodyear, AZ neighborhood when nature called. According to the police report ... Lowe left his news van, grabbed a bunch of papers and walked across the street, copped a squat and "proceeded to defecate in the yard of the residence."

Someone must've spotted Lowe doing his biz and called cops. When the officer showed up at Lowe's news van .. the reporter said, "I know what you want to talk to me about."

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He went on to explain he'd been feeling sick and didn't want to bother anyone -- which is a shame, since police say the homeowner told them she would have been totally willing to let him use her bathroom. As it is, he got arrested for public defecation.

At least Lowe can say he's the #2 reporter in town.

Puff Daddy Hoda Kotb Just Freaked Me!

5/20/2016 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and the Bad Boy family are back with Mase, Busta Rhymes, 112 and new backup dancer ... Hoda Kotb! Yes, Hoda.

Puffy pumped up this summer's Bad Boy Reunion Tour on the 'Today' Show Friday morning ... and while the stage was packed with superstar singers and rappers -- Kathie Lee's partner in crime stole the show. Check out her super close, semi-grinding moves on P. Diddy.

The crew performed a bunch of hits, including a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. built around his "Mo Money Mo Problems" verse. It was a little awkward ... kinda like Hoda's impromptu audition.

Whitney Houston Hologram Duet With Christina Leaks!! Update: 'Voice' Gig Canceled

5/19/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-christina-aguilera-whitney-houston-nbcupdate_graphic_red_bar4:45 PM PT -- The duet isn't going to happen, after all. Sources connected to the deal tell us Whitney's estate decided to pull the plug once they saw the finished product 2 days ago.

We're told they weren't satisfied because the hologram simply "didn't look like Whitney." Producers and the estate reps all agreed Christina was flawless, but until technology can do the same for Whitney ... no deal.update_grey_gray_barIt appears the Christina Aguilera-Whitney Houston duet rumors are true -- what looks very much like video of the performance just popped up on the Internet ... briefly.

It was supposed to be a surprise for Monday's season finale of the "The Voice" -- though there's been a ton of buzz about it, so the surprise was already kinda blown. It's unclear who got the footage or how it ended up on a Facebook page ... but it's already been taken down.

We've seen the whole thing, and we won't blow the whole secret ... but it appears Christina will sing a medley of Whitney's hits with the hologram. 

'Voice' reps haven't gotten back to us yet about whether the footage is legit.

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