6:40 P.M. PDT -- Porsha tells TMZ ... she was "blindsided" by her demotion ... saying she's only capable of being herself because "portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest." And while she's happy to still have a role on the RHONJ ... she'll focus on her career and a new love.
Porsha Williams was demoted to being a "friend" on the upcoming season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" after filming had begun ... because producers once again got fed up with her behavior.
According to our sources, Bravo had intended Williams to be a main castmember this season ... even after her monumental fight with Kenya Moore.
But when filming began, we're told Bravo tried to get Williams and Moore to talk things out, but Williams nearly fought her again. Our sources say Williams also went after new castmember Claudia Jordan.
Temper issues aside, we're told Williams also kept the show at arm's length and wouldn't reveal certain details of her personal life ... leaving producers with no story to tell.
Demetria McKinney is also recurring as a "friend" on the show, but our sources say the original plan was to have McKinney on full-time and Jordan on part-time ... but Jordan did so well, they flip-flopped them.
'Law & Order: SVU'
Sports Scandal Mashup
Darren Sharper Meets Ray Rice
10/1/2014 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Darren Sharper alleged rape scandal is getting the TV treatment -- with a little Ray Rice mixed in -- because "Law & Order: SVU" is ripping both headlines for a sports scandal themed episode.
The episode -- which airs tonight -- features a major sports star accused of drugging and raping multiple women ... a la the accusations levied against former NFL star Darren Sharper.
Clearly, they are changing the names of the characters ... but it's clear, producers are using the Sharper case as the basis for the ep.
But here's where it gets bizarre ... producers are heavily promoting a controversial "elevator scandal" involving the sports hero ... which seems like a obvious take from the Ray Rice situation.
Only in the preview clip for the episode, a woman is attacking the sports star ... the reverse of what happened in real life with Ray.
"SVU" hasn't shied away from celebrity scandals in the past -- airing episodes based off Chris Brown, Casey Anthony and Paula Deen.
'Down Home With The Neelys'
We Hated Each Other
The Entire Show
10/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cooking couple that starred in "Down Home With The Neelys" hated each other FOR YEARS ... enduring 11 seasons of mutual contempt before calling it quits.
Sources close to both Pat and Gina Neely tell TMZ ... the marriage was doomed even before the show fired up in 2009 ... and the pressures of TV made things a lot worse.
We're told the Neelys had no idea the show would endure but they rode the fame train when it became a hit ... with each accusing the other of having an unquenchable thirst for the spotlight.
Now that they've thrown in the towel ... he's splintered off by himself and believes Gina will fail without him. The reason ... his family owns the famous recipes and he's the master chef. As for her ... she thinks she can trump him because she's a bigger TV personality.
They will still be tied at the hip in NYC ... where they co-own Neely's Barbecue Parlor. They have no plans to sell it.
Gina filed the divorce papers earlier this month.
NAILED For $10 MIL
in 'NCIS' Death Lawsuit
9/30/2014 5:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family of a security guard who was killed on the set of "NCIS" won a $10.4 million judgment against CBS ... TMZ has learned.
A CBS production van that was transporting "NCIS" crew members crashed into 52-year old security guard Julio Villamariona after the driver had a medical emergency and lost control. The guard died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.
CBS admitted during the lawsuit the driver had a medical condition it should have known about, so the trial was really about the amount of damages the family would collect.
Tuesday afternoon a jury decided ... and gave Julio's widow and 3 adult children a total of $10.4 million.
The family's lawyer, Brian Panish, says, "I am so proud of the surviving family members and the jury for standing up to a powerful entity like CBS."
'Kitchen Nightmares' Stars
We Were Just Defending Ourselves
9/29/2014 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Kitchen Nightmares" star who appeared to threaten a customer with a knife says the patron was drunk and threatening -- inciting Samy Bouzaglo by calling him a "piece of s**t."
The video we posted -- showing Samy wielding a weapon at the guy -- tells only part of the story ... so says Amy Bouzaglo.
Amy tells us the customer was falling down drunk inside their Scottsdale restaurant and became belligerent when Samy asked him to leave.
Amy says the man got in Samy's face and began cussing him out, saying, "you're a f***ing piece of s**t, I saw you on that show."
She says Samy smelled an attack coming, so he grabbed what was handy to defend the 2 of them -- and she insists the weapon was a pen, NOT a knife.
Cops tell us ... witnesses said it was a knife ... and it sure looks like one from the video.
Before Samy walked outside, we're told he waived the weapon around and called the customer a "c**t."
Check out the 911 for the full play-by-play from another customer.
'Love and Hip Hop' Star
FBI Raids Las Vegas House
In Criminal Investigation
9/29/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mally Mall's Las Vegas home is currently being raided by the FBI ... TMZ has confirmed.
The "Love and Hip Hop" star is a target in an ongoing criminal investigation, although law enforcement would not be specific. We're told the FBI entered pursuant to a search warrant.
The rapper/producer works with huge stars -- Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Drake. There's no evidence any of his artists are connected to the investigation.
TMZ has learned ... Mall is not in the house. He's in L.A. shooting "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood."
Suck it Stalker!
You Can't Beat My Security
9/29/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was ready for an encore performance from the dude who almost knocked her to the ground during a Paris Fashion Show event ... the guy tried again and this time he FAILED.
Kim and Kanye West were having dinner at Hotel Costes in Paree at 6:00 PM -- a sign of age, right? -- when her security team eyeballed Vitalii Sediuk ... the guy who tackled her Thursday.
This time Kim and Kanye's beefed up security team jumped into action, surrounding him and keeping him far from his target. By the time they let him go, Kim and Kanye were long gone.
Vitalii is still on the loose ... he didn't commit a crime so there was nothing that could be done to him. As we first reported he wasn't arrested by Paris police after the fashion show attack, because cops say it was a stupid, nothing offense and they had better things to do.
We spoke with Vitalii ... and Sediuk claims he never had any contact with Kim's security.
Decked the Mall Shopper's Ass
9/29/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A "Glee" Christmas episode failed to deliver any joy for a woman who claims she got screwed by the crew ... laying cable all over a mall.
Yolanda Rosario says she was at the Burbank Town Center mall last Nov., where a 20th Century Fox crew was setting up to film a scene ... which apparently required stretching electrical cables over a walkway open to civilian mall goers.
In a lawsuit, Rosario says she tripped over some of the cables and fell ... breaking and arm and a rib.
She's suing Fox and the company that owns the mall ... for unspecified damages and medical bills.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Husband 'Almost Left Me'
... For Leaking Nude Pic
9/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA star Doug Christie was SO PISSED when his wife leaked a topless photo to the Internet earlier this year, he almost ended the marriage ... so says Jackie Christie.
The "Basketball Wives: LA" star was out in Hollywood this weekend when she admitted to TMZ Sports that she was the person responsible for the topless getting onto the web back in June ... but swears it was an accident.
Still, Jackie says Doug was so mad about the debacle, that "[he] almost left me."
Check out the clip ... Jackie blames the whole thing on an Instagram screw-up -- but her story seems a bit fishy.
We'll explain why on the premiere of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" -- which airs TONIGHT on Reelz at 8PM ET, 5PM PT.
'Kitchen Nightmares' Star
Threatens to Kill Patron With Knife
9/28/2014 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amy's Baking Company founder Samy Bouzaglo -- who appeared on "Kitchen Nightmares" -- attacked someone with a knife outside his restaurant Saturday ... and the footage is CRAZY!
The person who shot the video says a drunk guy was eating at the Scottsdale restaurant when Samy's wife Amy Bouzaglo became enraged and ordered him to leave -- and he did.
But Samy wasn't done with him. The video shows him outside -- waving a knife -- going after the guy. You hear him scream to his wife, "Let me!"
Samy eventually backed off, the guy left.
We called the Bouzaglo's ... and they INSIST Samy was holding a pen -- not a knife.
And you thought Gordon Ramsay was intense.
'Shark Tank' Contestant
My Fiancee is Still in Japan
... FOR NOW!
9/27/2014 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Shark Tank" contestant Phillip Lapuz's fiance is still stuck in Japan ... even though he said she'd move to America if a deal was struck -- but don't worry, there's a good reason.
In case you missed it, Lapuz bawled his eyes out on last night's episode ... saying he couldn't move his fiancee Mariko to America because his business is not yet a success -- so her parents wouldn't approve.
The waterworks, and biz plan, hooked Robert Herjavec -- so it seemed like only a matter of time.
TMZ spoke with the Kronos Golf founder who tells us he had to keep the good news under wraps since the episode was shot back in June -- but now that it's aired ... he's put the clip in an email to Mariko's parents.
He's waiting for them to wake up in Japan to get the news he's bigtime now.
If the in-laws are impressed ... he says Mariko should be stateside soon.
Big Pimpin' in Georgia ...
BEFORE Mama June Split
9/27/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sugar Bear can protest all he wants ... but he was hot to trot the weekend before June sent him packing ... TMZ has learned.
The "Honey Boo Boo" star was riding the bull with a very hot chick who was at the Macon, GA bar celebrating her 21st birthday.
TMZ broke the story ... June pulled the plug after she caught Sugar Bear trolling an online dating website.
We're told S.B. was at the bar with an older woman, but traded up when the birthday girl spotted him and asked him to party with her and her friends.
As far as we know the bar is where it all ended, but one thing's for sure ... Mama June was nowhere near that bull.
Down with Peter Griffin Now, Esé
9/27/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Barker is doing a new mash up with none other than Peter Griffin ... after scoring an apparel deal with "Family Guy."
Travis' clothing line ... Famous Stars and Straps will be selling gear with artwork featuring characters from Seth MacFarlane's hit show. Sources connected to Travis tell us he got his favorite tattoo artist to draw up the first design ... with a little East L.A. flavor.
We're told Trav and co. plan to crank out all kinds of themes for the line.