Terrence Howard just got busted making too much cash ... according to his ex, who says even though he's getting big paychecks for a new TV show -- he still refuses to pay up the $500k he owes.
Michelle Howard says she filed a subpoena to get Terrence's contract for his new series "Empire" -- and found out he's making $125k per filmed episode. Then she went to imdb.com and found out he's shot 3 so far ... did the math ... and figured he's got a cool $375,000 to put toward his tab with her.
In the docs, Michelle says Terrence owes the cash to her, her attorneys, and also for late fees since he continues to stiff her. As we previously reported ... Terrence filed docs back in July, claiming he was broke as a joke and couldn't make the payments.
"Empire" debuts next year on FOX -- and obviously, at least one person will be watching. Very closely. With a calculator.
Marriage is a Hazzard
Wife Files for Divorce
12/12/2014 12:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider is headed for divorce court ... and it's all his wife's doing.
Elvira Schneider filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple married in July, 1993. They have 2 adult kids.
Elvira is asking for spousal support.
As for John ... it will be his second divorce. He was previously married to former L.A. news anchor and Miss America Tawny Little.
So Over Chelsea Handler ...
And Headed to TLC
12/12/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Comedian Heather McDonald is teaming up with Margaret Cho for a new show with TLC ... this after our sources say she was completely blindsided by Chelsea Handler's move to Netflix.
According to our sources, McDonald -- a longtime fixture on "Chelsea Lately" -- and Cho are doing a show called "All About Sex" that will air Saturday nights. We're told their show will bust on the show airing before it ... "Sex Sent Me to the ER."
Our sources say McDonald was relieved to land the gig after she was given ZERO heads up from Handler that show was ending.
TLC has yet to announce the new show, but we're told it will premiere in January.
Sorry for my Topless Pic
That Damn Reflection
12/11/2014 12:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson's topless Instagram photo was inadvertent ... so she claims.
Vicki posted a photo Thursday AM, thanking Bravo TV for her Christmas Present -- a nice set of headphones.
In the Dept. of Obvious ... even a casual look at the pic reveals Vicki was naked when she pressed the red button. She, however, says she never saw her boobs before posting the photo.
Vicki tells us she was distracted, getting ready for work.
The question ... are you buying what she's selling?
Ray J's Girlfriend
I Made a Mistake
Suicide Threat Was Wrong
12/11/2014 11:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J's girlfriend says she'd never kill herself ... and her recent threat was just a bad choice of words.
Princess Love says she clearly took things too far -- especially considering her friends Stephanie Moseley and Earl Hayes' murder-suicide.
Princess tells us her suicide scare Wednesday was triggered by an argument she and Ray J had over holiday plans. As TMZ previously reported, Ray J thought she was upset over a BET special he filmed with Karrueche Tran.
Princess tells us she and Ray J have reunited ... but we're guessing it's only a matter of time before things once again go south.
Back in Business with Michael Sam
12/11/2014 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Oprah Winfrey hasn't written off Michael Sam after all ... with her OWN Network announcing they will air a 90-minute special on the football star later this month ... plus a sit-down interview.
Initially, Sam was reportedly supposed to be a part a docuseries -- just like the network did with Lindsay Lohan.
But after a MAJOR backlash from the NFL community, the project was called off. Sam was recently cut by the Dallas Cowboys and is currently a free agent.
Unclear if Sam's employment status contributed to the network's decision to run a special ... which is set to air on December 27th.
OWN says Oprah will sit-down with Sam to discuss everything that has unfolded since the NFL Draft.
According to OWN, "the documentary captures the moment when Michael was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, the intense media scrutiny that immediately followed, and Michael’s struggle to stay focused despite the pressure and chaos."
"Additionally, the documentary explores Michael’s relationship with his boyfriend Vito and the challenge of balancing his personal life alongside his pursuit of NFL stardom."
The news seems to be a shock to Sam .. who recently told TMZ Sports he didn't expect to have any sort of a professional relationship with Winfrey after the docuseries was called off.
I Heard the Murder/Suicide
12/11/2014 9:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather finally sat down with the LAPD for a 2-hour interview Wednesday, telling detectives he desperately tried talking his good friend, rapper Earl Hayes, out of killing himself.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Floyd confirmed the story first reported on TMZ ... that he was on FaceTime Monday morning with Hayes when the rapper walked away from the phone, into the bathroom and pumped multiple bullets into his wife, Stephanie Moseley.
Floyd told detectives after Hayes shot his wife, he came back to the phone and continued talking with Floyd. The boxer says Hayes said he was going to shoot himself and Mayweather pleaded with him ... to no avail.
As for what happened before shots rang out ... Mayweather acknowledged he was talking with Hayes about Stephanie's infidelity, but denies riling the rapper up.
Detectives asked Floyd why Hayes called him at 7 AM. Mayweather said it was because they were best friends and Hayes was trying to say goodbye.
Takes on Bill Cosby ...
Baby There's an Assault Outside
12/11/2014 10:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"South Park" took a slightly-pervy sounding Christmas song, infused the Bill Cosby allegations, and the result was a little creepy and kinda funny.
A hologram-version of Cosby attempts to keep Taylor Swift in his home by singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" ... and eventually holo-Cos offers her a drink ... just like many of his accusers say he did to them.
Later in the episode, Cosby and Swift are seen getting closer -- but, as you can imagine, it's totally a one-sided affair.
Check out the clip ... there's even a Jell-O reference. A rapey one, but it's there.
Warning All U Girls
Sugar Bear's Still a Cheater
12/11/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June is back on the attack against Sugar Bear, claiming he's still on the prowl for women ... lots of them.
June vented on her personal Facebook page ... complaining she's taking all the heat for dating Mark McDaniel while SB is playing the victim when actually he's "a cheater and a big player."
She says Sugar Bear is trying to snare girls through Snapchat. She also admits she's rifled through his phone and found concrete proof he's on the hunt.
TMZ broke the story ... Mama June claimed she broke up with SB after she found he was trolling online dating sites. But then we found out she was dating the man who served time for molesting her daughter, and everything changed.
And get this ... Mama J thinks Sugar Bear is a lady killer, warning, "he has already scammed many girls on here to fell in love with them," adding, "so baby if u think u r his one in only u r wrong big time."
Don't hate the playa.
I Don't Wanna Talk About Murder/Suicide
12/11/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Floyd Mayweather wants to be seen -- going out to a major celebrity event in L.A. for the 3rd night in a row -- but he REFUSES to talk about the murder/suicide he witnessed on FaceTime.
The boxer -- along with model Liza Hernandez -- went to the Runway Wonderland 2014 fundraiser last night to benefit children in need ... and was asked repeatedly about the incident involving his friend Earl Hayes.
But despite the fact he was at another event that was heavily covered by media, Floyd's lips were sealed about the incident. As we previously reported, he's been "less than willing" to cooperate with police as well.
There is one guy in the video who WAS willing to talk ... Floyd's massive bodyguard -- who hilariously corrects our photog when he incorrectly guessed his height.
'Vanderpump Rules' Cast
We're Making Pennies and
Stuck Flying Coach
12/11/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The "Vanderpump Rules" cast is pulling in big ratings, but most of them are still drawing small paychecks … TMZ has learned.
Several sources connected to the show tell us anyone NOT named Lisa Vanderpump only made $5K for the WHOLE first season -- but when ratings soared they all went looking for raisies.
We're told the cast wanted 2 things: more money and first class seats on flights. Bravo budged on the cheddar ... handing them each roughly $3K/episode for Season 2, and $5K/episode for Season 3.
But while LV's sipping free booze in first -- everyone else will still be in the pretzel and peanut set. They're stuck in coach.
Much of the cast believes Bravo denied their flight upgrades because execs don't want them losing that working class charm. Most of 'em are bartenders and servers, after all.
Vanderpump not only rules ... she negotiates better.
Zooey Deschanel Sued
You Broke My Horse
... Now Pony Up!
12/10/2014 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Zooey Deschanel is being sued over a horse ... of course, of course ... by a woman who claims the actress rode the animal so damn hard, she broke him ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
The "New Girl" actress is a hardcore equestrian -- competing in events all the time -- and allegedly "leased" a show horse to ride for $13k back in 2013.
In the suit, the woman who owns the horse, Patty Parker, claims Deschanel signed a horse contract ... promising not to overwork the stallion (named Literati) with restrictions that included "no more than 3 jumping lessons per week."
But Patty says ... when Deschanel returned the horse ... it was a shell of its former self -- "injured and unusable." Sad.
In her suit, Patty says Literati needed serious medical attention -- and claims it's on Zooey to foot the massive veterinary bills.
We reached out to Zooey for comment. Did we get a call back? Neigh.
Robbed Me Blind!
12/10/2014 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell is accusing her mother Mama June of stealing all the money she made from their reality show ... telling Dr. Phil she's been left almost penniless.
Chickadee says Mama June handled all her accounts because she was underage. She claims her savings account was whittled down to $17.89 ... and her trust fund plummeted from $30,000 to $15,400.
She lawyered up and demanded her money back.
Mama June claims she sent Anna a cashier's check ... but Chickadee says, it's the oldest line in the book ... the check's in the mail.