Phillip Phillips says "American Idol" producers are ruining his career ... and he wants out of his contract with them before he goes in the dumper.
Phillips claims 19 Entertainment has held him down since he won the competition in 2012. Phillips claims 19 controls every aspect of his career and has made decisions that only benefit them and actually hurt him.
Phillips mentions one concert -- where he was forced to perform a free show for a JetBlue ad, and 19 flat out told him he had to do it because it benefited the "American Idol" live concert tour.
He also says they have kept him in the dark to the point he wasn't even consulted about the title to one of his albums and only found out when he heard about it in the media.
Phillips goes on and on, claiming it's typical "in the life of a rising star" for the record company to give him a better deal, yet 19 never asked Interscope to cut him a break. As you know, Jimmy Iovine who ran Interscope until recently was also a mentor on "Idol."
Phillip says the 19 contract is so one-sided it's illegal, and he's asking for the Labor Commission to let him out.
The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter.
I'm Not Signing that Pic ...
That's Kim's OTHER Wedding!
1/25/2015 12:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West had a sweet moment when he arrived in D.C. Sunday ... a fan wanted him to sign a pic of his bride on their wedding day ... problem is, the guy had the wrong groom!
Kanye and Kim were making their way to their limo when the autograph hound extended his arm, photo in hand. Turns out it was from wedding #2, when Kim married Kris Humphries.
You would think Kanye would have blanched, but this is the new, improved, hyper-social Kanye West!
Check it out ... it's hilarious.
I Don't Want Money From Sugar Bear
But I Do Need ...
1/25/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mama June says she and Suge aren't squabbling over money because she's flush right now, and realizes he's strapped for cash. However, she's putting her foot down when it comes to him spending time with Alana.
She says daddy-daughter time will be tricky once she moves to her new house 90 minutes away from McIntyre, GA ... where SB is living. June says they're working out a plan for regular visitation.
We're told Sugar's determined to see his daughter -- and June says they've kept things very civil when it comes to Alana.
You can't keep a bear from his honey.
'Real Housewives of O.C.'
Jeana Keough Returns ...
On a Short Leash
1/24/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ain't nothin' like an original ... Jeana Keough is coming back to "The Real Housewives of Orange County" -- but she'll be a part-time cast member ... for now.
Jeana's been shouting from the rooftops about her return to the show she left in 2009 -- but production sources tell TMZ her camera time will be limited to start the season. We're told Bravo execs want to see if fans are still into Jeana ... before they go all in.
Of course, 'Housewives' fans remember Jeana for her epic fight with Tamra Barney -- one of the greatest in reality TV history -- and we're told things might get dicey again between them this season.
Just a hunch, but a rematch would probably cement a full-time role for Jeana. When it comes to the 'Housewives' ... if it bleeds it leads.
'CRACK VS. SHAQ'
Racy Jokes In Pilot Script
1/23/2015 12:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports just got our hands on a script for the pilot episode of Shaq's new sitcom -- and it's laced with hilarious adult-oriented humor ... including jokes about boobs, ISIS and crack.
The show is loosely based on Shaq's real-life business empire -- with people pitching him TV show ideas, products and endorsements.
In one of the scenes from a script that was circulating in December, Shaq is approached with an idea for a TV show similar to "Shaq Vs." ... a real show that didn't do very well on the air.
In the script, an associate explained to Shaq that no one knew what Shaq was "verse" -- and suggested that his new version of the show should include Shaq's foe in the title.
"We could do 'Crack Versus Shaq.' That rhymes. [Shaq] smokes a bowl of crack and tries to dunk."
Another associate suggests, "Shaq Versus Iraq" ... where "[Shaq] goes over there and talks to those ISIS people. We bring in a few basketballs and boom! Peace in the Middle East."
Someone else pitches, "Yak Versus Shaq" ... which evidently involves the mountainous animal.
The script we read -- which was circulating in December -- is actually pretty funny ... with boob jokes, fart jokes and even a Tim Tebow zinger.
It's possible, and likely, that the script will be changed by the time it actually airs -- but we can see why Shaq signed on.
I'M GONNA BE A SITCOM STAR
Network Greenlights Pilot
1/23/2015 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaquille O'Neal could be the biggest sitcom star of all time ... 'cause the 7-footer has a brand new scripted TV show in the works.
TruTV has ordered a pilot episode of the show, tentatively titled, "Shaq Inc." -- a workplace comedy that's kinda sorta based around Shaq's real-life business empire ... according to multiple reports.
Shaq will also serve as one of the show's executive producers ... along with big time producer Mike Tollin, who's worked on stuff like "One Tree Hill," "Smallville" and "Arli$$."
"Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me," Tollin said.
No word on when the show is expected to debut.
Bravo Star Greg Plitt
Company Warns ...
Drink Won't Make You Superman
1/23/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo star Greg Plitt's favorite energy drink will not give you superpowers ... so says the company that makes WheyUP -- the product Plitt was plugging when he was hit by a train.
The pre-workout drink contains protein and caffeine, but Shadow Beverages and Snacks wants to stress what should be obvious -- it would never give anyone the ability to outrun a train.
Even though a bunch of empty WheyUp bottles were found near the tracks ... a company rep tells us Plitt wasn't drinking all of them -- he was crushing most of them with a hammer for the promo shoot.
Plitt was a co-owner of WheyUp, and the rep says he had full creative control when it came to his video shoots.
Bravo Star Greg Plitt
Life After Death
... On Bravo
1/22/2015 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bravo star and fitness instructor Greg Plitt will live on after death ... we've learned the network will air the episodes he shot shortly before his death.
Plitt -- who was hit by a train Saturday -- shot multiple episodes for "Friends to Lovers," which features 2 friends who attempt to take their relationships to the next level.
Production sources tell TMZ ... the network will air 3 to 4 episodes in which Plitt tests the waters with long-time bud Melanie Marden.
We don't know if they hook up on the show, but everyone involved knows it will be tough for Melanie because she'll have to go solo promoting the show.
We're told the episodes will hit the air in the next few weeks.
I Snubbed My Fans
Because of Donald Trump
1/22/2015 11:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Craig Wayne Boyd says he has a damn good reason for blowing off his fans right after he won "The Voice" ... he didn't want to be late for a meeting with Donald Trump.
You'll remember ... Boyd and his hair were in New York City last month after the big win. On his way out of a building, he kinda let one fan take a pic with him ... but straight up blew off a bunch more.
Boyd was back in NYC Wednesday night and revealed how the Donald, unknowingly, played a part in the snubbing.
So, has Boyd learned his lesson? As luck would have it ... a few fans walked up to him last night. Check out the interaction.
I Took Selfies
WAY Before Selfies Were Cool
1/22/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was way ahead of the curve ... training a camera on herself when she was just 4.
We're told Kim's "Selfish" book contains pics she took of herself in the year George Orwell made famous. She picked up a camera and instinctively decided there was nothing better than photographing herself ... so she did.
Here's what Kim said in pitching the book, "I took pictures of myself with digital cameras when I was in junior high and high school, and I just got hooked." And this will shock you ... she says, "I was always obsessed with selfies."
And we're told ... the book was Kanye's idea. He titled it and his creative team -- Donda -- came up with the look.
It's due out in May.
Joanna Krupa Sues
Hey, Brandi Glanville ...
Keep My Vagina Out Of Your Mouth
1/22/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
According to legal docs ... Krupa claims she experienced severe emotional distress when Glanville went on "Watch What Happens Live" ... and told the world JK has a stinky beaver. Now Krupa's slapped her ass with a defamation suit.
Glanville reiterated the scentiment multiple times ... and Krupa went ballistic about it last month.
If Joanna wins the suit -- filed by her attorney Ray Rafool -- she'll finally force Brandi to pay up ... but the move isn't without risk. Krupa's lady parts will now be up for discussion in open court.
The witness list should be ... interesting?
'Hardcore Pawn' Star
Makes Offer On Seahawks Football
I'll Outbid EVERYONE!
1/22/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The star of "Hardcore Pawn" is gunning for the famous game-winning football from the Seahawks vs. Packers game ... and he tells TMZ Sports he'll CRUSH the $20K offer that's already on the table.
Les Gold tells us ... the pigskin that Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse launched into the stands after catching the winning touchdown is an instant collectors item -- and he's dead set on getting it.
The man who caught the ball, Scott Shelton, has already received a $20,000 offer from a sports memorabilia dealership -- but Gold says he's ready and willing to smash that number.
"Whatever the highest offer, I'll offer a thousand more," Les tells us, "Offer 25K, and I'll offer 26K. That ball will be in my shop."
So, why's he so set on getting the ball? Les says it's an iconic piece that could double in value over the next few years.
"There's only one of these ... so call me. I have cash waiting."
Deal With It 'View' Execs
I'm Staging Sit-In to Save My Back
1/21/2015 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whoopi Goldberg's got back ... problems and it's creating a rift between her, the other "View" co-hosts and producers of the show -- who think Whoopi's new chair is a major eyesore.
When Whoopi returned from her two-week injury sabbatical Tuesday, she brought a new ergonomic chair for support. All the women used the same chair ... so Whoopi's wouldn't look different.
According to our sources, producers felt the chairs looked clunky on camera ... so they yanked them for Wednesday's episode -- but Whoopi stood (or sat) her ground in the new chair.
And yes ... it stood out.
We're told Whoopi has no plans to change back, so producers are struggling to find a way to make it more pleasing to the eye.
At least they don't have anything else to worry about ...