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Diddy, DJ Khaled Close to Signing On as Judges For New Hip-Hop TV Show

9/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy and DJ Khaled are deep in negotiations with Fox for a new talent competition show, "The Four," and this one's different from all the rest.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, neither of them have signed but negotiations are far along.

We're told there will be 4 judges -- Diddy is the mogul, DJ Khaled is the producer ... there will also be a songwriter, and the 4th judge will be a performer. At least one of the remaining 2 spots will be a woman.

The centerpiece of the show will be contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip-hop. It will be an ongoing battle, with new competitors trying to knock out the front-runners. In the end, the winner will get the entire judges panel behind them to launch their career -- a mogul, a producer, a songwriter, and someone to perform onstage with.

No word on when the show will premiere, but it sounds different ... and interesting.

'Jeopardy' Fail Who the Hell Is Marcus Allen?!

9/25/2017 4:31 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

No, Anupama ... Marcus Allen did not play for the Colorado Rockies. 

Once again, the sports-themed category on "Jeopardy" was like kryptonite -- and when Alex Trebek asked the contestants to match an NFL Hall of Famer to his team, it was blank faces all around. 

Props to Anupama for trying ... especially after the the group didn't even TRY to chime in when Trebek asked about "Mean" Joe Greene and Michael Irvin

The best part? The collective sigh of relief as time ran out before the final 2 answers in the category could be read. 

For the record, Marcus Allen played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

'American Idol' ABC vs. Producers ... Tug of War Over Racial Diversity

9/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The folks who are bringing you "American Idol" again are in conflict over racial composition of the judge's panel  ... TMZ has learned.  

Now that Katy Perry is in place and Luke Bryan is just days from signing, ABC and Fremantle, which co-owns the show, are trying to settle on a third judge. Sources connected to the production tell us Fremantle wants Charlie Puth, but ABC believes there must be racial diversity on the panel.

We're told the network continues to have its eye on Lionel Richie, who has been in play for several months. So far, we're told there's a standoff, but someone's gotta blink because they're almost ready to begin filming with the judges.

And this is interesting ... we're told Fremantle has taken a meeting with Troy Carter, a super manager of performers like John Legend, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, Miguel and Gaga. He's also one of the initial, big investors in Spotify.   We're told one of the reasons Carter may be appealing ... if ABC wins on the diversity issue, Carter wouldn't come with as big a price tag as Lionel, and the budget is almost blown. 

'Narcos' Star Pedro Pascal Show Can't Continue If Cast and Crew Aren't Protected

9/25/2017 6:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Narcos" star Pedro Pascal is riding the wave of popularity, yet he says the Netflix show can't go on unless there's a way of protecting cast and crew.

We got Pedro -- who plays DEA agent Javier Peña -- out at LAX Sunday and asked about the respected location scout who was murdered in an area near Hidalgo.

As we reported ... Carlos Muñoz Portal's body was found earlier this month riddled with bullets. Muñoz was scouting in Mexico for season 4 ... where Peña zeroes in on the Mexican drug cartels.

The way Pedro sees it, everyone's a target now, so something has to be done.

Luke Bryan Set to Be 2nd Judge on 'Idol' ... Hasn't Signed Quite Yet

9/24/2017 1:08 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

Luke Bryan has reportedly landed the second seat as a judge on the rebooted "American Idol" series alongside Katy Perry -- but our sources say the the deal is NOT officially done ... not yet, at least.

According to reports ... Luke is confirmed as the 2nd judge, although the details of his payment/perks are unclear for now. However, we're told he hasn't signed on the dotted line as of Sunday, but is expected to sign on within days. In other words, it's happening soon.

We broke the story ... 'Idol' wanted Luke badly, but couldn't come to terms on money. He wanted more than they were offering, and producers tried supplementing his salary with a Disney deal due to budget restrictions.

The problem ... 'Idol' has not locked down a 3rd judge as of yet, and time/money is running out. As we reported ... they were considering everyone from Lionel Richie to Charlie Puth and Keith Urban, but their dough's running dry because of how much they're already paying Katy as well as Ryan Seacrest, who scored significantly less to return as host.

We've reached out to Luke's camp ... so far, no word back.

'Little Women: Dallas' Fists, Insults Fly In Huge Nightclub Brawl

9/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Little Women: Dallas" cast members Amanda Loy and Caylea Woodbury turned a club into their own version of Mayweather vs. McGregor ... scaled down, but just as vicious.

Caylea landed the opening bare knuckle punch on Amanda, and it was super LOUD!

Little pre-fight background on the bad blood: Caylea is pissed at Amanda for dating her ex whose baby Caylea miscarried. The fight went down about 2 months ago while they were shooting season 2, which premieres in October.

The only happy ending here is no one was hospitalized -- unlike a similar melee on the L.A. spin-off

BTW, Amanda got in the last shot, although only verbal ... "She hits like a little girl!" 

'Fuller House' Star Elias Harger $10k & Up An Episode! Where Do I Sign?

9/24/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Fuller House" star Elias Harger might only be 9 but little dude's already inking his contracts with his 4th grade cursive and John Hancock.

Elias plays DJ's -- aka Candace Cameron -- son on the rebooted series. He earned $10k an episode for the first season, a little more than his on-screen younger brothers. Not bad for a 9-year-old.

Elias was in all 26 episodes from the first two seasons and got a $400 raise per episode for season 2 ... so, yeah, the kid's got college tuition covered. 

As for season three, Elias is going to be making $10,816 an episode! No wonder the kiddo's got his signature down pat.

'Odd Squad' Kid Actor Not Feeling Blue About 'Avatar' Banks $150k for Sequels!!!

9/23/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Teen actor Filip Geljo will make some serious green for playing one of the blue people in "Avatar 2" ... TMZ has learned.

The 15-year-old's set to appear in the next 2 sequels from director James Cameron, and will rake in at least $150,000 for his role, according to his contract. He'll also bank an additional $5k per day for any voice-over work he does ... if there's an 'Avatar' video game.

Talk about an out-of-this-world career move for a kid coming from a show on PBS.

Geljo played Agent Otto on the children's series "Odd Squad" and in the 2016 movie by the same name. "Avatar 2" is due in theaters December 2020.

'Price is Right' Contestants Make $80k History!!!

9/22/2017 10:40 AM PDT

"The Price is Right" busted an Oprah on 3 contestants -- YOU GET $10K! YOU GET $10K!! ... YOU GET $10K!!! -- all on the way to making history during Friday's insane episode.

In honor of Drew Carey's 10th anniversary of hosting 'TPiR,' any contestant who spun $1 on the wheel this week would get a $10k bonus instead of the usual $1k. What happened next was absolutely bananas.

Three contestants -- Wilbert, Charlotte and Zacharia -- all nailed the $10k, but that was just the start. The tiebreaker spins led to even more money and yet ANOTHER tie.

Charlotte eventually won the whole thing, but everyone got the dough they spun. In total, 'PiR' doled out $80k ... the most ever given away on the wheel. Happy anniversary, Drew ... you broke the bank.

We just know Plinko dude's somewhere losing his s**t.

Xzibit Shades 'Tackle My Ride' ... I Ain't Watchin' That

9/21/2017 2:58 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The guy from "Pimp My Ride" says there's no chance in hell he's watching the NFL's car-customizing show, "Tackle My Ride" ... with Xzibit telling producers, "Good luck with that."

Xzibit has had ZERO desire to reflect on his "Pimp My Ride" days ever since the MTV show ended back in the day ... and has hilariously roasted fans who bring it up. 

Just last year, someone tweeted at him, "Can you pimp my ride?" He shot back -- "No bitch, sh*ts been over for a decade. Get a job."

So, when we told him about the NFL Network's twist on the show -- where football fans get their cars tricked out into "the ultimate fan car" ... Mr. X to the Z did not care for it. 

We asked if he'll watch it -- "Nah, I got other sh*t to do."

Suge Knight I Think Tupac Is Still Alive!!! Listen Up, Ice-T & Soledad

9/21/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight is pouring fuel all over a legendary conspiracy theory by speaking out from jail to explain why he believes there's a good chance Tupac Shakur is alive.

The notorious Death Row Records CEO spoke to Ice-T and Soledad O'Brien -- on the phone from the L.A. County jail -- when he dropped the bombshell. Suge told them something about Pac's hospital stay after the 1996 shooting just doesn't add up for him.

TMZ got this exclusive clip from the special, "Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?" ... where Ice and Soledad lead an investigation into the unsolved murders and uncover new accounts of the shootings from people who were there. It airs Sunday, September 24 on Fox.

And we'll get Ice-T's reaction to Suge's theory on Friday's TMZ Live.

'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood' Brawl Erupts at Reunion!!!

9/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" reunion show came to a screeching halt after 2 of its stars started throwing down ... and now cops are involved.

Production sources tell TMZ ... Rodney Lazell Shaw (aka Zellswag) and Myles Cunningham (aka Misster Ray) were in the middle of taping Tuesday night in NYC, discussing an ongoing season 4 beef about who jacked whose swag.

We're told producers wanted them to squash it, Rodney agreed and moved in for a hug ... but instead unleashed a beatdown ... repeatedly punching and kicking Myles. Cops were called but by the time they arrived, Rodney had bolted.

Law enforcement sources tell us a misdemeanor assault report was filed and Rodney is wanted for questioning. We're told the beating was recorded, and could be featured when the show airs.

We've reached out to Rodney's people, but no word back. Meanwhile, Misster Ray talked all kinds of smack after the incident.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Stop the Hammering Or I'll Do It For You ... Total Meltdown!!!

9/20/2017 2:47 PM PDT

Keep your damn hammers quiet when MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell is working or he'll have to ... go down to the "goddamned floor" himself and stop it!

O'Donnell hammered that point home when he absolutely melted down while shooting an MSNBC broadcast, reportedly on Aug. 29. The veteran reporter lost it on the floor crew, the control room ... and whoever had the audacity to hammer during his show. He said he was also getting extraneous noise in his earpiece. 

In his defense, the construction noise was blatant, and would reasonably be distracting O'Donnell as he tried to do his job. He added the whole situation was "f**king out of control."

Lawrence apologized about the incident Wednesday evening, tweeting ... "A better anchorman and a better person would've had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I'm sorry."

LO's flip out is good, but for our money -- Bill O'Reilly's still got the crown. 'Cause he did it LIVE!

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