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Aziz Ansari

I'm Devastated Over 'Parks' Exec's Death

He Will Be Missed

2/21/2015 8:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0221-ansari-wittels-instagram-01Aziz Ansari says the loss of his friend Harris Wittels has left him devastated ... and the touching tribute he penned for the "Parks and Rec" exec who died this week is heart breaking.

Ansari posted a lengthy blog Friday night where he revealed the two had been working on a project together, and they were planning a move to NYC together in March.  Harris had just locked down an apartment on Monday.

Ansari says he had worked on two different movie scripts with Wittels,  but neither were greenlit.  But Ansari contined to support his friend, recommending that others hire him to write.

TMZ broke the story ... Wittels died at his home Thursday from an apparent drug overdose.

The "Parks and Rec" actor also included a few scenes from the movies Harris wrote ... and they're HILARIOUS. Aziz went on to describe Wittels' terrible eating habits, his arm wrestling skills and his writing expertise.

The whole thing is on Aziz's blog.  It's tear-jerking.

'Walking Dead' Actor

Attempts Suicide

Records Goodbye Video

2/21/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Walking Dead Suicide Attempt"Walking Dead" actor Markice "Kesan" Moore tried to kill himself this week and explained why in a video ... TMZ has learned.

The actor -- who played a prison survivor in Season 3 -- was found unresponsive Tuesday morning at his Woodland Hills home by friends after ODing on a deadly mix of Xanax and Patron.

Moore was rushed to the hospital and placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold. He has been released and is undergoing therapy.

Moore recorded a suicide video in which he outlined his plan to end his life, telling his kids why he wanted to take such a drastic measure.

Moore's manager tells TMZ, he was distraught over his grandmother's recent death.  

The actor -- who's also a rapper -- got his start on MTV's reality show "From G's to Gents."


Kanye West

Tyga and Kylie are 'In Love'

2/20/2015 10:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kanye West said something explosive on "The Breakfast Club" Friday ... something that was edited out of the prerecorded interview but was just leaked  -- that his 17-year-old sister-in-law Kylie and Tyga are in love. 

The edited version was already interesting, with Kanye saying, "I think he got in early. I think he was smart." But now we know the words that preceded Kanye's thoughts. When you combine the notion that Tyga and Kylie are in love with the bragging rights that he "got in early" ... it raises obvious questions.

Tyga fiercely denied dating Kylie on "The Breakfast Club" Tuesday.

It's getting interesting.



'AHS' Star Ben Woolf

Struck By Car Mirror ...

Condition Critical

2/20/2015 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


"American Horror Story: Freak Show" star Ben Woolf is in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a moving car in Hollywood Thursday night ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the 4'4" actor -- who plays Meep and was heavily featured in the current season of the show -- was struck in the head by the mirror of a passing SUV as he crossed a Hollywood street. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Cops say they did not ticket the driver because Ben was jaywalking when he was struck.

As for Ben ... he remains in intensive care.



Charlie Sheen

Dead Again

In 'Men' Finale

2/20/2015 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022015_two_and_a_half_men_launch_v4Chuck Lorre and the folks at "Two and a Half Men" used the finale to rip on Charlie Sheen all episode long … and then gruesomely kill him … all because Charlie wouldn't do as he was told.

Long story short, the show set up a scenario where Charlie's character wasn't really dead. In the final scene, a man who looks like Charlie (seen only from behind) shows up at the house ... but is killed by a falling piano, much to the delight of Lorre. 

Lorre's infamous vanity card explained the show wanted Charlie to return for real in the finale, but Sheen refused. Lorre claims Sheen instead wanted a heartwarming scene to set the stage for a spin-off show with Jon Cryer.

Lorre was having NONE of that, but watch -- he still copped Sheen's catchphrase to close the show.



'Parks and Rec' Exec

Harris Wittels Found Dead

Signs of Overdose

2/19/2015 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Harris Wittels, one of the executive producers of "Parks and Recreation" died at his home Thursday from a possible drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources ... Wittels was pronounced dead around 1 PM. We're told the 30-year-old was found lying on his couch ... and there was drug paraphernalia in the house. There were no signs of trauma to his body. 

Wittels spoke openly about his battles with drug addiction. He'd gone to rehab twice. 

In addition to working on 'Parks & Rec' ... Wittels produced and wrote for "Eastbound and Down" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." He's also credited with making "Humblebrag," a thing on social media ... and even turned it into a coffee table book. 

'Parks & Rec' is in its final season, and the last episode is set to air next week.  

Wittels performed stand-up Wednesday night at The Meltdown -- an L.A.comedy theater. During his set he talked about being clean and sober ... and said he was in a good place.



WWE's Seth Rollins


I'll Beat Your Old Ass!

2/19/2015 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE superstar Seth Rollins has a NEW message for Jon Stewart -- BRING IT ON!!!

After the "Daily Show" host called him out in a smack talk video, Rollins responded on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz and fired back at Stewart ... calling him old, frail and a total wuss.  

We raised the issue that Stewart was a college athlete who played soccer for William & Mary ... but Rollins didn't seem fazed. In fact, he talked even more smack. 

"People think WE take falls? Look at soccer players!"

There's more ... much, much more. Can't wait to see if Stewart hits back -- again. 

Make sure to check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- weekdays 3 PM ET, 6 PM PT. 


Eddie Murphy

Pulled a David Spade on 'SNL' Alum

Years Before 'Falling Star' Diss

2/19/2015 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Murphy threw a David Spade-style shot at a "Saturday Night Live" alum way back in 1981 ... making his decades-long grudge against "SNL" puzzling.

We found this clip of Murphy on "Weekend Update" during Season 6 ... talking about his fear that the military draft would return -- and then offering up the perfect draft candidate -- Garrett Morris.

Eddie then held up Morris' head shot and added, "I know he's a little over age, but word has it he's got a lot of free time right now."

Interesting ... given Murphy's legendary grudge years later over a "Hollywood Minute" segment featuring David Spade, who quipped, "Look children, a falling star" ... while showing Eddie's pic.

Jon Stewart

Mildly Threatens WWE Superstar

'You Messed With the Wrong Guy!'

2/19/2015 10:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WWE superstar Seth Rollins has a HUGE problem ... there's "160 pounds of dynamite" ready to explode on his ass for talking smack about "The Daily Show" ... and that man is Jon Stewart

Stewart just shot a video response to Rollins -- who went on "Raw" this week and said he should take over for Jon ... who was UNWATCHABLE as the host of the Comedy Central show. 

Well, Stewart didn't take too kindly to the smack talk ... and came back HARD at Rollins with some threats of his own ... and it's EPIC!!! 


'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson

Cookie's Got Pentagon Secrets


2/19/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021815_tv_tune_in_taraji_p_henson_launch_v2Everyone loves Taraji P. Henson on "Empire" ... but can you imagine her in the White House?? It was closer to happening than you think -- since TPH used to work inside the Pentagon. 

President Cookie! Think how awesome that would've been ... boo boo kitties. tmz-on-tv-3

Eddie Murphy

Refuses to Take Shot at Cosby on 'SNL'

2/19/2015 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0219-eddie-murphy-tmz-02update_graphic_red_barThrough a rep, Cosby responded to the Murphy story, saying, "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions."update_grey_gray_barEddie Murphy had Bill Cosby's back during the "SNL" 40th anniversary special, refusing to "kick a man when he's down" ... so says Norm Macdonald. 

Apparently Eddie had a few epic lines for the best skit on the show -- "Celebrity Jeopardy." The category was "Potent Potables" and Eddie was supposed to appear as Cosby. That alone, Macdonald said, would have gotten the biggest laugh ... period.

But Macdonald says on the day of the show, Murphy had a change of heart. Macdonald tweeted, "He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on 'SNL' better than anyone," adding, "Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it.  He will not kick a man when he's down."

The skit went on without Eddie, with Keenan Thompson playing Cosby.

UFC's Luke Rockhold

'Millionaire Matchmaker' Screwed Me

So I Hooked Up w/ Co-Host

2/19/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021815_luke_rockhold_launchUFC star Luke Rockhold says he got DONE DIRTY on "The Millionaire Matchmaker" -- and was made to look like a scumbag on the show ... but claims it was worth it 'cause he hooked up with one of Patti Stanger's smokin' hot co-stars. 

Of course, Rockhold's appearance on the show earlier this year was super controversial -- after he asked one of his potential matches if she "spits or swallows."

Patti tore Luke's ass up in a post-date meeting -- a meeting where Luke can be seen putting the moves on Patti's attractive assistant. 

Check out the clip -- Luke makes it seem as though SOMEONE in Patti's office wanted a piece of The Rock ... but he's mum as to which lady got the tongue.

And there's even MORE silver lining ... Luke says his social media pages have been blowing up with chicks who wanna hook up ... and as Luke puts it, "They don't say they spit."

You stay classy, Rockhold.  


Honey Boo Boo

Here She Comes Again ...

But There's a Speed Bump

2/18/2015 2:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Honey Boo Boo Show Return
Honey Boo Boo is far from done ... the fam is back in L.A. meeting with producers this week ... but convicted sex-offender Mark McDaniel could derail everything.

Sources say several networks believe the world has been Boo-deprived for too long ... TLC cancelled the show back in October. The idea being shopped is a "Beverly Hillbillies" theme with a new house, money, and drivers while they adjust to being famous around town.

But here's the problem ... we're told producers want to drudge up Chickadee's molestation business with McDaniel and use it to inaugurate the series, but the family says they're dealing with it privately in therapy and want to move on.

But people love it when couples reunite ... por ejemplo Mama June and Sugar Bear ... we're told producers are pushing to see them fix things and co-parent for the show.

Decisions ... decisions.


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