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Ben Affleck

Ring Around the ESPYs

7/15/2015 8:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0715-ben-affleck-wedding-ring-espys-GETTY-01Ben Affleck may be separated, but in the marriage department he has something Jimmy Fallon doesn't ... a wedding ring still attached to his finger. 

Ben gave Derek Jeter his award at the ESPYs and the ring was front and center. He's been wearing it lately, even though the couple announced they were getting divorced.

It was pretty funny ... watching the diehard Red Sox fan handing an award to his nemesis. Actually, pretty awesome.


'American Crime Story'

Kardashian Kids Have Been Kast

7/15/2015 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0715-david-schwimmer-fame-flynet-01David Schwimmer was decked out in his Robert Kardashian get-up on the set of 'American Crime Story' Wednesday ... shooting a scene with the young actors playing Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob.

From left to right, we're guessing it goes ... Rob, Khloe, Kim, Kourtney ... and they're kinda spot on.

If something looks weird here, it's because this was pre-smartphone days. So, yeah ... mini Kim's not taking a selfie.

J.J. Watt's College Teammate

Exposes Hilarious MTV Cameo

'We Gave Him S**t For It'

7/15/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Did you know ... J.J. Watt was on an MTV reality-ish show before he became an NFL superstar???? 

His former college teammates did ... including SF 49ers cornerback Marcus Cromartie who tells TMZ Sports the entire Wisconsin Badgers squad gave him crap for it back in 2009. 

First off, Cromartie has nothing but GREAT things to say about Watt -- but when we asked if he thought Watt could hack it in Hollywood, that's when Marcus brought up his MTV past. 

Turns out, Watt had a guest role on a docuseries called, "College Life" -- which followed real life college students at UW (it only lasted one season). 

J.J. -- sporting an incredible sideways beanie/cap at the time -- was the "crush" of one of the stars ... who raved about Watt being a really nice guy.

Check out the clip ...  the girls are clearly smitten with the football player -- but clown him over his mode of transportation at the time. 

Who's laughing now? 

Kim Richards

Down and Out in Beverly Hills Housewives

7/15/2015 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Kim Richards won't be a full, part-time, or any time cast member on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" next season ... because we've learned producers have jettisoned her from the show.

The reason is simple and pretty obvious ... Kim is struggling with substance abuse and producers think she's unreliable and poses a liability risk. 

According to our sources, Richards won't even be the ubiquitous "friend of the show."   

It's interesting ... the surviving cast members are all friends -- Kim and Brandi were the s*** stirrers of the bunch -- so you have to wonder ... where's the drama? 


Jazz Jennings

I May Meet My Transgender Hero Caitlyn at the ESPYs!

7/15/2015 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jazz Jennings, one of the transgender community’s youngest crusaders, is a massive Caitlyn Jenner fan and she's gunning to meet her idol tonight at the ESPYs. 

Our photog caught up with the 14-year-old Tuesday in Bev Hills. She's in town promoting her new reality show “I Am Jazz,” but the highlight of the trip ... she scored a ticket to the show, where Caitlyn will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. 

Jennings was born a male but started her transition at age 3. Kid drops some serious knowledge on transgender equality.

Caitlyn Jenner

I Want My Whole Family to Join Me

At the ESPYs, Except ...

7/14/2015 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0714-caitlyn-kris-jenner-getty-tmz-01Caitlyn Jenner has invited her entire family to be by her side when she receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night, with the exception of her 3 ex-wives.

Chrystie Crownover, Linda Thompson and Kris Jenner will not be attending the ceremony, and it makes sense. We're told Caitlyn wants her family there, and the exes are not family anymore. As one Caitlyn source put it, "Her ex-wives don't celebrate Father's Day. Fact is, they're just not her family, but the kids are."

And the kids will be there in force ... Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. Brody, Burt and Cassandra will also be at the ceremony, but Brandon is up in the air because his wife, Leah, is about to give birth. Caitlyn's mom and sister will be in attendance too. 

Then there's Rob Kardashian ... we're told he's definitely invited, but it doesn't look good because he's shunned every public appearance for more than a year. 

FSU's De'Andre Johnson

I Deserve 2nd Chance

... After Punching Woman

7/14/2015 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0714-dandre-johnson-getty-01Former Florida State quarterback De'Andre Johnson says he doesn't think his college football career should be OVER after punching a woman in the face at a bar ... and insists he deserves a 2nd chance. 

Johnson and his mother appeared on "Good Morning America" and talked about the incident with Michael Strahan -- saying, "There's no explanation for that. I totally should have walked away."

"I'm sorry, if I could do it all over again, I would."

Johnson was kicked off the team, but when asked if he deserves another shot in college football, he replied -- "Yes sir. Without a doubt. What you saw in the video is not who I am."

So far, Johnson has not committed to another school ... and it's unclear if there's even an offer on the table.

Jimmy Fallon

My Finger Almost Got Amputated

7/14/2015 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Fallon almost had a finger amputated and spent 10 days in ICU ... and it was all over his wedding ring.

Fallon talked about the freak accident on "The Tonight Show" Monday ... his first appearance since the injury.

TMZ broke the story ... Fallon was rushed to the hospital June 26 after a severe injury at his home.

Fallon describes how he tried to break a fall in his kitchen and his ring got caught on the counter, almost ripping his finger off.



Taylor Swift

Cloudy with a Chance of Swifties

7/14/2015 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Swift and the weather in the Washington, DC area came together for an epic forecast ... if you're into combining flooding with "Shake it Off."

Mike Thomas, the weatherman for the local Fox affiliate, did his weather report Monday night -- just hours before Swift was scheduled to play in the area -- by quoting as many of her songs as he could. 

It was good (?) enough to catch Taylor's attention. She tweeted, "Never change, Mike the weather man. Never change."

Kim Zolciak & NeNe Leakes

Too Successful to Work Together ...

New Reality Show Killed

7/14/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0713_kim_zolciak_nene_leakes_TMZNeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak were thiiis close to reuniting on TV … but Bravo just scrapped their new show, "Road to Riches."

TMZ has learned NeNe and Kim’s road trip show -- think Oprah and Gayle with more arguing -- has been 86'd due to scheduling issues.

We’re told the 'Housewives' BFFs-turned-frenemies just couldn’t get on the same page. Kim is in the midst of shooting her show, "Don't Be Tardy" -- and NeNe is taping the ABC game show, "To Tell the Truth." 

We're told there's the slimmest of chances it could be saved in the future, but for now it's ... bye Wig and Wig's friend

Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott

We're Going Down ...

'Cause Renters Can’t Be Choosers

7/13/2015 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are downsizing big-time -- moving into a new house that's nearly half the size of their old place.

Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Tori and Dean’s new Calabasas pad is 3,733 sq. ft. and has 5 beds and 5 baths -- nothing to turn your nose up at, but since their previous home was 6,623 sq. ft. ... this might hurt a bit.

They're renting this place, which has a yard, a pool, and a library -- and we're told the previous tenants dropped about $7k per month on it.

This is the 3rd rental home for Dean and Tori since they sold their big Encino home in 2011 ... for a loss. On a positive note: their rent keeps going down. Not so positive? The houses are getting smaller.

Might be time for another huge yard sale

'Buffy' Star Nicholas Brendon

Back in Rehab

After Bloody Window Smashing Incident

7/13/2015 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710_Nicholas-Brendon_tmz"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Nicholas Brendon has checked himself back into rehab after a bizarre incident where cops found him bleeding in an alley. 

According to law enforcement sources ... Brendon got into an argument on July 3 with a woman at her apartment, smashed a window with his bare hands ... and then bolted. Firefighters responded and found Brendon in an alley, bleeding from the hands.

0710_THE-BROKEN-WINDOW_subBrendon was transported to a hospital, but did not get arrested.  He checked himself into rehab 3 days later.

This latest incident and trip to rehab comes on the heels of several bizarre incidents involving Brendon -- including two arrests this year at comic book conventions.

Donald Trump

NBC Needs to Worry ...

About 'Lying' Brian Williams

7/11/2015 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump must be fed up with getting bashed in the media ... because he lashed out with a pot shot of his own ... at his ex-biz partner NBC, and its embattled news anchor Brian Williams.

Trump fielded a lot of questions about his Mexican immigrants comments during a Friday news conference in L.A. -- but really went off when the subject of NBC dumping him came up ... Trump went for the jugular.

Check out the video ... we doubt the Donald and Williams will be sitting down for a campaign trail one-on-one after this.

We also asked Trump if proud Republican Caitlyn Jenner would have a role at the party's convention -- interesting response.

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