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Hulk Hogan

On N-Word Rant:

I Wanted to Kill Myself

8/31/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hulk Hogan says his life was in shambles at the time he went on his N-word rant -- and things were so bad, he contemplated suicide.  

Hogan appeared on "Good Morning America" and tried to explain where his head was at in 2006 when he repeatedly hurled racial slurs in a rant caught on video.

"I was to the point where I wanted to kill myself, you know? I was completely broken and destroyed and said, ‘What's the easiest way out of this?' I mean, I was lost."


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Hogan says he's begging his fans for forgiveness over using the word -- and insists he's not a racist person at heart.   

"I'm not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it."

Hogan also says he "inherited" racial bias from growing up in Tampa back in the day -- explaining, "People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word."

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Nicki Minaj

EXPLODES At Miley

...You Bitch

8/30/2015 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj just went nuts on Miley Cyrus at the VMA's, referring to her as a bitch for trashing her in the media.

Nicki had just won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda" and accepted the award serenely, thanking her pastor. She then launched her attack, angrily referring to Miley as a "bitch" for comments she made to the New York Times.

Miley was quoted as saying, "Nicki Minaj is not too kind and not very polite.  I know you can make it seem like, oh I just don't understand because I'm a white pop star.  I know the statistics.  I know what's going on in the world.  But to be honest, I don't think MTV did that on purpose."  

Miley was referring to Nicki dismissing the Video of the Year nominees as a bunch of skinny girls ... people thought she was referring to Taylor Swift.

You gotta see the video. There's genuine anger.

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Kanye West

I'm Running for President!!!

8/30/2015 8:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West just announced he's running for President in 2020.

On almost every level, it would seem like a gag to end his endless speech at the VMA's, but the Filibuster was so self-aggrandizing he just may mean it.

Here's the thing ... CNN's Brian Stelter just tweeted "Kanye for President" was registered earlier this year.

The whole speech was bizarre ... he relived the Taylor Swift hijack in endless detail, choking up, then acting contrite and the next moment outraged.

  

'Hawaii Five-0' Star Paige Hurd

I Want to Buy that Dog You're Walking!

8/27/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824_Paige-Hurd_puppy_tmz_wm2"Hawaii Five-0" star Paige Hurd wants what she wants when she wants it ... and that goes for random dogs she sees on the street.

Paige was walking near the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday when she saw a guy walking a 3-month-old female Bullmastiff.

She started fawning over the pooch and one thing led to another -- he said he had a whole litter at home --  and suddenly it became a transaction. Paige agreed to pay $700 on the spot for the pup.

Problem #1... she didn't have the money, so Paige ran to an ATM. Problem #2 ... she could only withdraw $500, so a family member fronted her the balance.

So Roxxie Redd -- formerly known as Barbie -- is now part of the Hurd.

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'Empire' Sued Again

They Stole My Idea

... And I Want $500 Million!

8/24/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0415-empire-foxImagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea. 

A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire."

Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company. 

Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson

Astor-White describes his show as "the style and elegance of 'Dynasty' meets 'The Sopranos' with a sprinkling of 'The Godfather.'" That's a similar comparison Marvin Gaye III made in his claim.

The show has also been sued by a guy with Jackson family connections and by a woman who claims she is the real Cookie.

Astor-White is seeking the half a billion dollars ... plus additional damages.

Terror Train Hero

Fight Is On ...

To Score 1st Interview

8/24/2015 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0824-train-guy-kimmel-VanSusteren-stephanopoulos-CNN-GETTY-TMZ-01Alek Skarlatos -- one of the heroes who took down the terrorist on a French train -- unwittingly started a media war ... and his parents are taking calls from huge names in news and entertainment.

Alek's dad, Emanuel Skarlatos, tells us his phone has been ringing off the hook since news of Alek's bravery got out. He says producers from ABC, FOX News, MSNBC ... and Jimmy Kimmel have called trying to secure the first sit-down with the 22-year-old National Guard member.

And get this ... being first could be crucial. Alek's mom, Karen, says her son would like to do just ONE interview, instead of making the usual rounds -- though he understands that might be tough, considering how huge the story is now.

Mom and dad say they're heading to NYC soon to greet Alek when he lands. 

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'Gotham' Star Natalie Alyn Lind

Fish & Raccoons Need Funerals

Too, Y'know! [TMZ TV]

8/21/2015 3:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Batman’s new GF on “Gotham” ... Natalie Alyn Lind doesn’t just love bats, she also loves fish -- which is why she attended a funeral for uncle’s dead goldfish.

But that's not as weird as what happened to a raccoon in Toronto -- and that's not as weird as the guy who protects celebs from critters ... dead or alive.tmz-on-tv-3

Wesley Snipes

Not Fretting Over 'Empire'

'They Got the Right Man!'

8/19/2015 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Wesley Snipes is a gracious man ... instead of having regrets about passing on playing Lucious Lyon  ... he's got nothing but love for the show and its star. 

Snipes was walking into Bootsy Bellows Tuesday night and told our photog there's no torment over turning down the role that eventually went to Terrence Howard ... and he'd even be open to a guest spot on the show.

Not sure where Snipes will find the time ... he's got "The Player" premiering next month and he's working on a new superhero character ... that could be better than Blade.  

Better than Blade? Them's big shoes to fill ...

Tracy Morgan

Hosting SNL

Rebound Complete!!!

8/17/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-tracy-morgan-TMZ-02Tracy Morgan is back!!!!! He'll be hosting one of the first shows next season on "Saturday Night Live."

NBC announced the first three guest hosts are Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, and Tracy.

Tracy responded on Twitter, "Stoked to be going home ... #SNL."

He's made an amazing recovery from the car crash a year ago. We got him out earlier this month driving and clowning with his old English teacher. 


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Dallas Austin

I Got the Cast For 'Fresh Prince' Reboot

8/17/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Music producer Dallas Austin thinks there's never been a better time for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" reboot, but there's one big hot button issue.

There have been rumblings that Will Smith will bring back his '90s sitcom, so Austin seemed to be the right guy to quiz since he's worked with Will in the past.

While we totally agree with Austin's casting for the lead, the role of Aunt Viv gets way controversial.

You'll recall, halfway through the series Viv was replaced by a lighter-skinned actress, triggering outrage with the black audience. 

'Empire' Star

Tries Cutting Line

Shut Down By Security

8/16/2015 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Empire' star Bryshere "Yazz" Gray tried pulling the celebrity card big time Saturday night but one security guard just wasn't having it.

We're told Yazz, who plays Hakeem Lyon, was trying to get into Memphis' famous Beale Street ... the only problem? ... He didn't want to stand in line. A witness says there were about 35 people waiting when the actor came out of nowhere and tried going through the street's exit, completely ignoring the line.

Yazz got into it with a security guard before his bodyguard stepped in and took him away.

Luckily for Yazz -- he still left with two hot chicks.

Pamela Anderson

Baywatch Remake Is Going To Suck

8/16/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Baywatch" remake is a bad idea that should never be made into a movie ... so says the woman who became famous from the original.

Pam Anderson is scoffing at the Zac Efron/Dwayne Johnson reboot, saying "No one appreciates the remakes."

Pam goes on to say Baywatch was the best time of her life but the 90's were a "simpler, sweeter time" for TV, it won't work on the big screen in 2015.

And if you're wondering if producers asked her to be part of the new movie ... they didn't.  

Hopefully producers will take a page from Pam's new book "RAW" and see how great she looks.

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Hunter Parrish

Soon I'll Really Be

Hunter Parrish!

8/16/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0814-hunter-parrish-tmz-01Hunter Parrish is changing his name to ... Hunter Parrish.

The "Weeds" and "Spring Awakening" star's current legal name is Hunter Parrish Tharp, but he's looking to flip his middle and last names ... so the professional and real ones line up. 

Hunter has a hearing set for next month to make it official.

Parrish is engaged to Kathryn Wahl ... who you have to assume is more excited to take the name Parrish than Tharp. 

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