Scott Bakula inserted himself in his "NCIS: New Orleans" co-star Zoe McLellan's bitter custody battle, telling the judge Zoe's focus is not her work or herself ... it's her son.
Zoe has joint custody of 2-year-old Sebastian. Zoe and the boy are living in New Orleans where the show is filmed, but ex-hubby Jean Pierre Gillain claimed it was unfair he had to travel from L.A. to visit his son. He claimed she was pawning the boy off to nannies while she worked.
But Bakula fiercely jumped to Zoe's defense, saying in a declaration, "Her life is and has been, about one thing and one thing only: being Sebastian's Mommy." The "Quantum Leap" star went on, "I have witnessed that every fiber of her being goes into providing a safe, nurturing, creative world for her son to grow up in."
Bakula explained Zoe has put her own life on hold ... to the point she once took the hair and makeup ladies to a concert, causing everyone to express how unusual it was that Zoe actually went out to have fun.
The actor ended by telling the judge, "Zoe has a huge heart and in my opinion, she is handling this tumultuous time of her life with great care, consideration and class."
In the end the judge didn't have to side with either parent, because Zoe and Jean Pierre settled their beef. It looks like the custody arrangement is pretty much status quo, but she has to pay him $4k a month in child support.
MTV is saying a noise that sounded like Taylor Swift passing gas on live TV was just a faulty microphone ... but the impeccable timing of the toot makes that hard to believe.
The sound happened while Swift was introducing her new music video "Wildest Dreams" during the MTV VMAs pre-show.
So many things happened at the right time to make you believe Taylor squeezed it easy: her crouching at the same time as the toot, the open-mouth reaction and the wince on Karlie Kloss' face who was right behind Taylor.
MTV claims their mics are so directional there's "absolutely no possibility" of them picking up a fart that loudly.
Hogan says he's begging his fans for forgiveness over using the word -- and insists he's not a racist person at heart.
"I'm not a racist but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I'm embarrassed by it."
Hogan also says he "inherited" racial bias from growing up in Tampa back in the day -- explaining, "People need to realize that you inherit things from your environment. And where I grew up was south Tampa, Port Tampa, and it was a really rough neighborhood, very low income. And all my friends, we greeted each other saying that word."
Nicki Minaj just went nuts on Miley Cyrus at the VMA's, referring to her as a bitch for trashing her in the media.
Nicki had just won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda" and accepted the award serenely, thanking her pastor. She then launched her attack, angrily referring to Miley as a "bitch" for comments she made to the New York Times.
Miley was quoted as saying, "Nicki Minaj is not too kind and not very polite. I know you can make it seem like, oh I just don't understand because I'm a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what's going on in the world. But to be honest, I don't think MTV did that on purpose."
Imagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea.
A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire."
Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company.
Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson.
Astor-White describes his show as "the style and elegance of 'Dynasty' meets 'The Sopranos' with a sprinkling of 'The Godfather.'" That's a similar comparison Marvin Gaye III made in his claim.
Alek Skarlatos -- one of the heroes who took down the terrorist on a French train -- unwittingly started a media war ... and his parents are taking calls from huge names in news and entertainment.
Alek's dad, Emanuel Skarlatos, tells us his phone has been ringing off the hook since news of Alek's bravery got out. He says producers from ABC, FOX News, MSNBC ... and Jimmy Kimmel have called trying to secure the first sit-down with the 22-year-old National Guard member.
And get this ... being first could be crucial. Alek's mom, Karen, says her son would like to do just ONE interview, instead of making the usual rounds -- though he understands that might be tough, considering how huge the story is now.
Mom and dad say they're heading to NYC soon to greet Alek when he lands.
Wesley Snipes is a gracious man ... instead of having regrets about passing on playing Lucious Lyon ... he's got nothing but love for the show and its star.
Snipes was walking into Bootsy Bellows Tuesday night and told our photog there's no torment over turning down the role that eventually went to Terrence Howard ... and he'd even be open to a guest spot on the show.
Not sure where Snipes will find the time ... he's got "The Player" premiering next month and he's working on a new superhero character ... that could be better than Blade.