Pharrell Williams' "Voice" could cost him a million dollars.
Mr. Happy is being sued by the producer of his uber-successful YouTube show, "ARTST TLK" .... featuring interviews with big celebs like Spike Lee, Usher and Tony Hawk. The 12 episodes of Season 1 were huge ... scoring a total of more than 1.7 million views.
But the producer says he got big footed when "The Voice" came along and asked Pharrell to join the judge's panel for Season 7. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Pharrell told him to pound sand, saying "The Voice" made an exclusive deal so he couldn't do the YouTube show.
Pharrell was kind of insulting, writing the YouTube producer, "Holding me to a contract that prohibits 'The Voice' exclusivity requirement? It's 'The Voice!'" Translation, I can't do your stupid little show.
The YouTube producer says he invested a million bucks in the project and wants Pharrell to pay.
Pharrell's rep tells TMZ ... "This is complete nonsense. It's unfortunate when you try to help a friend and they wind up trying to take advantage of you."
I Haven't Gotten an Offer
From Chelsea Show
8/20/2014 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chelsea Handler's irreverent sidekick Chuy has NOT been offered a job on Chelsea's upcoming Netflix show ... but even if he does, he's not sure he'll sign on.
Chuy's manager tells TMZ ... Netflix and Chelsea have been radio silent ... and the clock is ticking. The smart money is on Chuy not getting an offer because if they really wanted him they would have made him an offer.
On the other hand ... the show isn't set to debut until 2016, so there's still time.
But Chuy isn't waiting around. His manager tells us ... He will be on the air by the end of this year -- either on his own show or with someone else. The manager says Chuy is in negotiations with both scenarios ... which are comedy-based.
We're told he's also into doing an overseas comedy tour.
We reached out to Netflix ... so far no word back.
Breaks the Mold and Talks!
8/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian assumed auntie duties in Calabasas Tuesday ... taking her nephew Mason Disick to the movies.
Kim didn't have a lot to say but Mason did. He told our photog he went to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in The Commons. He also has a fav -- Donatello.
We're told Kim took Mason out for the afternoon so he didn't go stir crazy in the Montage hotel in Bev Hills, where mommy Kourtney, Daddy Scott and sister Penelope are staying because they claim the house they bought from Keyshawn Johnson is full of dangerous black mold.
The Great Parking Spot Challenge
8/20/2014 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
For the average driver, pulling out of a semi-tight parking spot is nothing exciting, but when it's Kylie Jenner (aka The World's Worst Driver) it makes for riveting video.
Jenner and a friend were leaving Urth Cafe in West Hollywood Tuesday, when she retrieved her infamous Range Rover from the valet ... which was left parked between two cars ... a Mercedes SUV and a Lamborghini.
Given Kylie's history of accidents, more accidents, and speeding ... it made for a very tense situation.
'Million Dollar Listing' Star
They Call Me Flipper
8/20/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Million Dollar Listing" star Josh Altman practices what he preaches ... he buys good real estate, sells it and makes a killing.
Altman just sold his house above the Sunset Strip for $3.58M. Truth be told ... it's not the prettiest house we've ever seen. Dare we say it's butt ugly. Nonetheless ... he bought it last year for $2.3 mil.
Josh only dumped $17K into the house and he didn't have to pay a real estate commission ... so he cleared well over a million bucks in 270 days.
Did we say the $17K was like putting lipstick on a pig.
to Malibu Schools:
Take Out Your Caulk!
8/19/2014 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's actually a pretty serious topic -- with Crawford and her husband Randy Gerber already pulling their kids out of Malibu High School amid fears that the window caulking at MHS and other Malibu schools could be linked to cancer.
So Cindy went to the Malibu Library this morning ... where she whipped out her own solution to the caulk controversy for FOX 11 in L.A.
Bonus! Look out for a special cameo from fellow anti-caulk enthusiast Ricky Schroder.
'New Girl' Star Goes Crazy!
8/19/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"New Girl" star Lamorne Morris booked it down Santa Monica Blvd. Monday night to not only watch a pretty awesome girl fight ... he became the official TMZ blow-by-blow commentator.
Morris was leaving DBA in West Hollywood when he noticed the female fracas … then dragged our photog over for a closer look. Morris was literally drooling as he commentated.
Drunk girls ... it never misses.
Returns to DWTS
As a Judge
8/19/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Julianne Hough has learned a hard lesson about the movie biz ... it ain't that easy, so she's returning to "Dancing with the Stars" but this time as a judge ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the show tell us ... they've made an offer to Julianne to become the 4th judge ... the other 3 are coming back. We're told the 2 sides are in negotiations and are expected to make the deal.
Julianne left the show years ago to pursue an acting and singing career, but it's been rough going ... particularly "Rock of Ages" and "Footloose."
We're told her commitment to DWTS is only a couple of hours a week, so she'll still pursue acting.
Refuses To Talk About Kardashians
Ask Me About Me ... Please
8/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:27 A.M. PDT -- We're told Brody will attend the opening ... but will no longer give 1-on-1 interviews.
Brody Jenner needs to get a grip ... he's courting the media to interview him and only one thing is off limits ... the thing people care about.
Brody's promoting the opening of a Dave & Buster's in Hollywood ... and is courting the media for 1-on-1 interviews ... but we're told any talk about the Kardashians/Jenners is out of bounds.
Why he skipped Kim's wedding? ... Next question.
Why he hung Bruce out to dry on the PCH? ... Nice try.
His love/hate relationship with Kris? ... Uhhh, no.
Oh, you can ask him about the 7 "Keeping Up The Kardashians" episodes on which he appeared ... just avoid bringing up Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall or Kris. You know, pretty much anybody else on the show whose name begins with "K."
Now the list of what's left to talk about that's interesting.
Legendary 'SNL' Announcer Dies at 96
8/18/2014 9:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don Pardo -- the man who famously announced "It's Saturday Night Live!" starting from the very first episode of "SNL" in 1975 -- passed away Monday night at the age of 96 ... NBC officials confirm.
Pardo reportedly died in his sleep in Tucson, AZ.
The man with the booming voice was hand-picked for the "SNL" job by creator Lorne Michaels -- and was featured on 38 of the 39 seasons (he missed season 7). He also missed 2 eps in 2013 after suffering a broken hip.
But like the champ he was ... Pardo got back to work after healing up and continued to serve as "SNL" announcer when the show resumed in September 2013. He worked all the way up until the "SNL" season finale back in May.
Pardo had been working with NBC since 1944 ... and provided voice work on everything from baseball games to newscasts and even gameshows -- spending 7 years on "The Price is Right" starting in 1956.
After that gig, Pardo spent 11 seasons on "Jeopardy" ... back when Art Fleming hosted the show.
Long story short ... the guy was a pioneer in almost every facet of television.
Former "SNL" writer John Mulaney tweeted moments ago ... saying, "Goodbye Don Pardo. You worked from World War II until this May. You were cool as hell. I'm very lucky I got to talk to you those few times."
Dane Cook also posted a message about Pardo -- saying, "I always wanted to host SNL and it was a lifelong mission. When I got it and got to NYC I had 1 must. Get a photo with the great Don Pardo. His voice set the tone of the show and hearing him usher in each host with his booming hijinx-y role call was in my dreams but saying my name finally. My dream came true. Thank you sir for spending time chatting and introducing me to America on that special Saturday night."
Jake T. Austin
'Fosters' Star Goes Full Lohan
At Teen Choice Awards
8/19/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was shades of Lindsay Lohan at the Teen Choice Awards last weekend when a former Disney star went ballistic backstage ... even throwing a projectile at a staffer ... TMZ has learned.
The culprit is Jake T. Austin -- who, according to multiple sources, tried to hit up the Candies gifting suite backstage when he was turned away by a worker who didn't recognize the "Fosters" actor.
Multiple witnesses tell us ... Jake pulled a full "Don't you know who I am?" ... screaming at the employee, "I'm a presenter. Who the f**k are you?!"
We're told Austin got so heated, he picked up an empty shoe box and fired it at the female staffer's chest.
Jake eventually stormed off ... only to return to the gifting suite an hour later with his mom by his side -- and despite having parental supervision, he continued to talk more smack to the suite worker.
It's just another Lohan-esque moment for the former Disney actor -- who was busted for DUI last October and then destroyed the same car in a 4-car pileup just a month later.
We reached out to Austin for comment -- so far, no word back.
'Sons of Anarchy' Star Chuck Zito
If War Machine's GF Cheated
She Deserved Beating
8/18/2014 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chuck Zito says he would beat the crap out of his girlfriend if he ever caught her cheating.
The "Sons of Anarchy" actor was leaving Coogies restaurant in Malibu when our photog asked about War Machine's brutal assault on his GF, porn star Christy Mack. His reaction was loud and clear ... if she cheated, she deserved everything she got.
You gotta see his gestures as he describes the plan of action.
Apparently cops disagree ... War Machine is now in custody and faces 7 criminal charges in connection with the beating.
'Big Brother' Voting
One Thing CBS Didn't Count On
... A Lawsuit
8/18/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The biggest backstabbing villain at "Big Brother" isn't Ariana Grande's brother, Frankie -- or any of the other contestants -- it's the CBS honchos who run the voting ... according to a new lawsuit.
A guy named Edwin Lyda claims he invented the system for text message voting and says he holds the patents to that system. He claims CBS jacked his invention and uses it each week on BB.
On the show, viewers vote in various ways -- by telephone, online, with a phone app or text messaging. The votes don't determine who stays or goes ... it's for things like who should win bonus prizes or who should get special perks in the house.
Lyda says his system for text voting is a big part of the show ... he wants a court to decide how much of BB's millions he's entitled to get ... then again, he could get nothing.
We called CBS for comment ... so far no word back.