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'Workaholics' Star Hit by Drunk Heckler ... 'Call the Police on Her Dumb Ass!'

1/20/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Comedian Erik Griffin got into it with a drunk heckler during his stand-up act and things turned violent.

Sources at The Laughing Derby in Louisville, KY tell TMZ ... Griffin had nearly finished his set when he finally addressed a woman in the front row who'd been heckling him all night.

We're told she refused to leave despite pleas from the audience and multiple warnings from the club owner that cops were on the way.

The video is ridiculous ... the heckler got so riled up, she took a swing at Griffin. Club staffers tossed her just as cops arrived. Luckily for her, no one pressed charges ... and she left quietly on her own, instead of in handcuffs.

We reached out to Griffin who told us the woman was indeed "a hot mess."

Miss Colombia I Won't Sue You ... Brings Steve Harvey to Tears

1/19/2016 3:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Steve Harvey sobbed openly when he finally got his face-to-face with Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez ... and then she gave him some really good news.

Ariadna and Steve sat down on his talk show -- their first meeting since the infamous Miss Universe screw up -- and he immediately got emotional. Check out the clip ... they talked forgiveness and possible lawsuits. Yes, Ariadna says she came close to taking his mansion.

TMZ broke the story ... Harvey scored the interview with Miss Colombia when an NBC producer brokered a blanket deal for "Today," Telemundo, and Steve's show.

As for his tears ... we're not saying he wasn't genuine, but Steve's an old pro -- he knows tears equal ratings. 

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'SpongeBob SquarePants' Squidward Tentacles Busted for DUI

1/19/2016 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119-bumpass-squid-02Rodger Bumpass -- the actor who plays Squidward Tentacles on "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- was arrested Friday night for DUI.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops noticed a blue PT Cruiser stopped in the middle of a road just before 11 PM with a man leaning against the car.

When cops walked up to the guy -- Bumpass -- they say he walked away and was so unsteady he nearly fell.

Our sources say Bumpass confessed to driving just before cops spotted him and he was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Our sources tell us ... Bumpass' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. 

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'Law & Order' Director Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

1/19/2016 1:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex "Law & Order" director Jason "Jace" Alexander entered a guilty plea on Tuesday in his child porn case.

Alexander copped to 2 charges -- promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by a child -- when he appeared in a NY state court.

Prosecutors say Alexander had child porn on the computers in his Westchester County home. He's facing up to 7 years in prison.

As we reported ... the 51-year-old was arrested last summer when an investigator tracked child porn back to Alexander's IP address.

Alexander directed more than a dozen episodes of "Law & Order."

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'Love & Hip Hop NY' Star Checks In For 8 Yr Prison Stretch

1/19/2016 1:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0119-mendeecees-harris-tmz-02'Love & Hip Hop NY' star Mendeecees Harris is now going by "Inmate Harris" after checking himself into federal prison in Pennsylvania.

Harris got 8 years for drug trafficking charges. He'll do his time in a minimum security prison where inmates can watch TV and the meal program is top notch ... something different everyday for 8 weeks. 

He's already served 15 months for his crime, so he actually has less than 7 years left to serve. 

As we showed you, Harris made the most of his last few days of freedom.

Todd Chrisley I'm Doing Country Music, Y'all!

1/19/2016 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-todd-chrisley-bmiTodd Chrisley of USA's "Chrisley Knows Best" is ready to become a Nashville heavyweight as a singer/songwriter ... TMZ has learned. 

Jody Williams and Leslie Roberts, the head honchos of music publisher BMI, inked the deal with Todd, and it's a sweet one.

Right out of the box, he'll be doing a collabo with songwriter Shane Stevens -- who's written songs for Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum -- and they'll be joined by award-winning country star Sara Evans.

We’re told the power trio is planning to meet in Nashville this week to get started on their first song. 

Talk about being set up for success. Don't screw it up, Todd.  

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Aunt Viv Rips Jada ... Shut Up & Let Will Speak for Himself

1/19/2016 7:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Will Smith's old 'Fresh Prince' co-star is on the attack ... saying he and Jada Pinkett Smith are NOT the Obamas, and black Hollywood isn't gonna sing "we shall overcome" with them. 

Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv, blasted Jada's anti-Oscars stance with a rambling video post that started ... "First of all, Miss Thang, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?"

Hubert goes on to accuse the Smiths of being sore losers, and says there are way more important things going on in the world -- "Our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills and you talking about some motherf***ing actors and Oscars."

Aunt Viv clearly has some old beef with Will over her 'Fresh Prince' salary -- still, her rant about "blactresses" and karma is entertaining ... if nothing else. 

Steven Avery's Ex-Fiancee Steven Tied Me To The Bed, Too

1/18/2016 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0118-jodi-steven-avery-netflixJodi Stachowski, the ex-fiancee of "Making a Murderer's" Steven Avery, claims he put her in forced circumstances similar to those of murder victim Teresa Halbach

Jodi tells us she believes Brendan Dassey's retelling of Teresa Halbach's rape and murder, because Steven had at one point tied her to a bedpost with rope and tried to videotape it. She says Steven wanted to have sex while she was restrained but she was so adamant he backed down.

Jodi says Steven has a history of using fear as a weapon ... her most recent evidence of this is a letter she got from him in August, asking for money. 

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'Impractical Jokers' That Larry Guy Sues ... Joke's Over, Pay Me!

1/17/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-impractical-jokers-trutv-01TruTV's hit show "Impractical Jokers" gets tons of laughs at the expense of a former crew member, but he doesn't want to be a punch line anymore ... not for free, anyway. 

'IJ' fans are used to hearing Joe Gatto shout "Larry!" in the middle of their challenges. It's kind of an inside joke referring to a season 1 crew member named Larry Crisci.

Larry is no longer with the show, but they still frequently use his name. In a behind the scenes video they call him "the man, the myth, the legend."

Well, Crisci's not flattered ... he's just filed a lawsuit against TruTv and the show's producers, saying they don't have his permission to use his name. He's demanding compensation, STAT.

Larry's threatening to get the last laugh ... to the tune of at least $500k. 

Steve Harvey Sobs and Begs Miss Colombia for Forgiveness

1/15/2016 11:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-steve-colombia-01Steve Harvey has done an interview with Miss Colombia, begging forgiveness ... and we've learned the waterworks were turned on in a big, big way -- and we're not talking her. 

Our sources say ... an NBC producer brokered the deal in which Ariadna Gutierrez appeared on Harvey's talk show and did a segment for "Today," as well as Telemundo ... all NBC-owned properties.

Our sources say Harvey told Ariadna he's apologized to everyone, but a face-to-face with her was the most meaningful. "He sobbed and sobbed," our sources say.

Harvey also had the winner, Miss Philippines, on the show but we're told she was never on the same stage as Ariadna.

Right after Steve's show, filmed in Chicago, Natalie Morales from "Today," interviewed Ariadna, followed by an anchor from Telemundo.

Today, Ariadna is shooting a cover for  People Espanol. 

As one source said, "Ariadna thought having the crown taken away was the worst day of her life. She now realizes it was the best day," adding, 'She's making a fortune!"  

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Steven Avery's Mother He Didn't Kill Teresa ... She's Still Alive

1/15/2016 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steven Avery is innocent, because the victim isn't dead ... so claims his mom.

The mother of "Making A Murderer" convict Steven Avery appeared on WAAF radio in Boston and suggested Teresa Halbach herself might be in on the corruption.

She never explains why Teresa would go into hiding to frame Steven.   

Details.

'Grizzly Adams' Star Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

1/15/2016 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0115-main-haggerty-getty-02Famous '70s TV star Dan Haggerty -- who played Grizzly Adams -- died from cancer early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned. 

Haggerty died after battling cancer for the last few months. Sources close to Dan's family tell us doctors discovered the cancer after he had surgery for back pain. 

Haggerty starred in the 1977 hit TV show "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" as the lovable mountain man whose BFF was a grizzly bear. He also guest starred on several TV shows like "CHiPs" and "Charlie's Angels."

Haggerty was getting treatment in a hospital until recently when doctors told him the end was near and his son told close friends and family to come visit over the last few days before he passed.

Bunny Ranch owner and friend of Haggertys Dennis Hof tells TMZ, "Grizzly Adams was my friend for 20 years, the Bunnys loved him, he loved to drink with the Bunnys and told amazing jokes."

Dan was 74.

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Sean Penn Chapo's Lawyer Says ... He's a Liar

1/15/2016 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0115-main-sean-penn-splash-01Sean Penn lied about his interview with El Chapo, and he might even be called to the stand in the drug lord's trial ... so says one of Chapo's lawyers.  

Juan Pablo Badillo is calling BS on Penn's Rolling Stone article, in which he says Chapo boasted he was the world's premiere drug trafficker. Badillo called it "a lie, absurd speculation."

Penn, who grabbed a smoke outside Giorgio Baldi Thursday night, was mum on the claim, but he did sit down with Charlie Rose and open up about the interview, calling it a failure because it put the spotlight on him, not the world's drug problem. 

The full interview will air Sunday on "60 Minutes."

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