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'Switched at Birth' Star Katie Leclerc Files for Divorce

7/25/2017 4:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the girls who got switched at birth on TV has asked a judge to switch her relationship status in real life ... Katie Leclerc wants a divorce.

The "Switched at Birth" star, who plays Daphne Vasquez on the show, filed court docs last week against her husband, Brian Habecost -- a real estate agent based in L.A. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Katie is asking the court to put the kibosh on any requests from Brian for spousal support.

The couple got hitched in September 2014, but never had any kids together.

Michael Phelps Tells Shark Race Haters ... Bite Me!!!

7/25/2017 2:07 PM PDT

Michael Phelps isn't taking a shred of blame for viewers' disappointment over him not racing an actual great white shark, and says he stands by the "incredible" made-for-TV event.

The 23-time Olympic gold medal winner opened himself up to his critics on Facebook and addressed the backlash from his Discovery Channel special. You'll recall, no doubt, Phelps lost to the shark ... but it was a CGI shark.

Phelps claims everyone involved in the man vs. beast production made it very clear what the "race" would entail, but people chose not to listen and now they're hatin' ... which he calls "shocking."

Speaking of shocking -- Michael didn't race a real shark, but REALLY did swim in 53 degree water!


Chris Massey Shar Jackson Abused My Kid ... Keep Her Away!

7/24/2017 5:19 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Massey claims ex-"Moesha" star, Shar Jackson, hits his 2-year-old daughter and even left her with a gash across her face ... which is why he's demanding court ordered protection.

Massey requested and was granted a temporary restraining order last week against Shar -- the mother of his baby mama, Cassilay Jackson. According to the docs, Chris dropped off his daughter in May to hang with mom and grandma for a few weeks.

When he picked her up ... Massey says, in the docs obtained by TMZ, she had a 4-inch "razor cut" across her forehead. He says his daughter, Mariah, blamed grandma Shar. Chris says he confronted Shar ... and claims she responded that she'd "do whatever she wants."

A judge granted Chris' request, ordering Shar stay at least 50 yards away from the kid. Shar's rep tells us, "Shar categorically denies all of this nonsense, as it it completely fabricated and from the mouth of a very troubled individual. Period."

'People v. O.J.' Star O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony Are All the Same to Me

7/24/2017 7:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony are NOT really free even though they're free ... according to Keesha Sharp.

Keesha -- who played Johnnie Cochran's wife on 'People v. O.J.' -- was at Bristol Farms Sunday in L.A. where we got her take on O.J. getting paroled. It's obvious the news pains her, but says it was the right decision.

That being said ... Keesha says a dark cloud will always follow Simpson, the same way it's followed Anthony since her not guilty verdict for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Keesha also has the Goldman family's back.

Michael Phelps Races Shark And the Winner is ...

7/23/2017 6:07 PM PDT

Gold medal winning Olympian Michael Phelps took on a great white shark ... and now we know who truly reigns supreme in the water ... sort of.

THE SHARK WINS!!!

Phelps kicked off Shark Week 2017 on Discovery Channel with a primetime special, "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White" after weeks of anticipation for the man-against-beast event. The 100-meter open water "race" took place in Cape Town, South Africa ... but many fans are unhappy about what actually qualified as a race.

Most people thought Phelps didn't stand a chance considering his top swim speed is about 6 mph and great whites can reach speeds up to 25 mph ... but his team helped him even the playing field with a shark skin-like wetsuit and a monofin to emulate a shark's tail.

Turns out ... it didn't matter. Phelps lost the SIMULATED race to a great white shark by 2 seconds.

So ... Ryan Lochte was right?


'GoT' Actor Liam Cunningham Betting on Me to Survive ... That's a Dangerous Game!!!

7/23/2017 1:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Game of Thrones" actor Liam Cunningham has some potentially spoiler-filled advice about betting on his character to last on the show ... but you know you want to hear it.

We got Liam -- aka Ser Davos Seaworth -- on L Street in San Diego heading to Comic-Con festivities Saturday ... and our guy tells him he's banking on Davos to survive. Watch for yourself ... but it certainly doesn't seem like a lock.

Betting on ANYONE to survive on HBO's hit show is about as wise as using a fork to fight a White Walker, though. Plus, if Ed Sheeran can pop up with a singing cameo ... anything can happen.

We don't have to wait long to see what's next for Davos ... 'Thrones' airs Sunday night at 9.

Sean Spicer McCarthy On 'SNL' Not So Funny ... More Malicious & Stupid

7/22/2017 6:51 AM PDT

Sean Spicer was not laughing along with America when Melissa McCarthy did her impressions of him -- in fact, he says she went "over the line."

Spicer talked to Sean Hannity, hours after resigning from his gig as White House Press Secretary, and admitted he found some of the 'SNL' skits to be "malicious." He threw a tiny jab at Melissa saying other late night TV jokes made him laugh.

Spicey said he CAN take a joke, just not the ones that turn "mean."

He couldn't have been referring to the motorized podium, right?

'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison Don't Invest In O.J. Stuff

7/21/2017 1:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nothing hurts the value of an autograph like murder ... which is why O.J. Simpson's got a big problem on his hands, so says "Pawn Stars" honcho Rick Harrison.

With Simpson arguably more famous now than ever before, the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) asked Harrison if he expects a spike in demand for O.J. stuff.

But Harrison says the exact opposite will happen -- and says if Juice is planning on making crazy money doing autograph signings at sports collectors shows ... he's BADLY mistaken.

'The Affair' Ruth Wilson's Body Double Sues ... I Was Humiliated, Fired

7/20/2017 5:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who body doubled for "The Affair" star, Ruth Wilson, was objectified and humiliated in front of the crew, and then fired for complaining about it ... according to her lawsuit.

Ashlynn Alexander filed suit against Showtime because she believes she got canned in September 2015 after reporting what she calls sexual harassment. In docs, obtained by TMZ, she says the assistant director posted the call sheet for a scene, and referred to her as "Alison Sexytime Double" on the doc. If you don't watch (you should) Ruth's character is named Alison, and she's frequently naked.

Ashlynn confronted the AD in a meeting, and says he admitted the language was inappropriate -- but belittled her, saying she could easily be replaced. Six days later, she was fired.

According to the suit, Showtime's excuse was Ashlynn's hair color wasn't a good match anymore. She calls BS on that because she always wore a wig for the role.

She's suing the network's production company and the AD. Showtime had no comment.

O.J. Simpson Fellow Inmates Tuning In To See If He Walks Free

7/20/2017 9:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

O.J. Simpson will have the prisoners at Lovelock Correctional Center sitting on the edge of their seats.

Law enforcement officials tell us Simpson's fellow inmates at the Nevada prison will have TV time when the parole hearing begins. While they can watch whatever they want ... we're told prison officials expect Simpson's hearing to be in high demand.

No popcorn or snacks will be served. It's still prison, after all.

One law enforcement source told us, while interest is high in what happens to O.J. -- they do expect some inmates to pass because it's a sunny day. Good time to hit the yard. 

You, on the other hand, can watch it right here ... TMZ will live stream the parole hearing.

Ryan Seacrest Finally Lands New 'Idol' Gig

7/20/2017 8:11 AM PDT

Ryan Seacrest can start practicing his "THIS ... is American Idol" line again ... he's finally inked his deal to return as host after months of intense negotiations.

Ryan confirmed the news Thursday on "Live with Kelly and Ryan" ... saying he was excited to return, and likened it to getting back in a relationship after an abrupt breakup.

TMZ broke the story ... Ryan was aiming for somewhere between $10 and $15 million, but the huge hangup was getting the coveted executive producer credit. Sources involved tell us he did not get the title, and his payday will be closer to $10 mil.

There were also logistical challenges. Ryan -- as first reported by TMZ -- would fly back and forth from NYC to L.A. to shoot 'A.I.' ... but a plan was hashed out so none of his jobs would be affected ... including his radio gig.

'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo Gets Thunderous Warning From Above! Don't Talk Dead Celebs & Politicians!

7/19/2017 6:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The "Long Island Medium" aka Theresa Caputo is usually the one talking to dead people but Tuesday the man up above was doing the talking after thunder struck out of nowhere.

The video's a little eerie ... Theresa had just arrived at Reagan National Airport in D.C. where she nearly brought a fan to tears. When we asked her if she ever talks to dead celebs or politicians ... Theresa got a sign from the heavens she should keep her mouth shut.

Coincidence?

Ryan Seacrest Still No 'Idol' Deal But ... Singers Find Him

7/18/2017 5:39 PM PDT

Ryan Seacrest may have found the next American Idol ... on the subway in NYC.

The morning talk show co-host was using public transpo Tuesday when a guy busted out a rousing rendition of "Stand by Me" ... so he started recording. The presumed host of the 'A.I.' reboot didn't seem to know all the words, but still enjoyed the show.

Ryan got a gentle reminder at the end, though -- this ain't an 'Idol' audition ... and filmed performances ain't free.

He should be able to afford it ... he's expected to bank $10-15 million to join the 'A.I.' team.

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