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NeNe Leakes

Calling Out Liars

For ABC Game Show

7/1/2015 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NeNe Leakes, who became famous as a truth teller, will now decide who's telling the truth on primetime TV, and Betty White's gonna help her.

We've learned NeNe will be one of the stars on the reboot of ABC's "To Tell the Truth," once a huge '60s game show.  

The premise of the show ... 3 contestants will try to convince NeNe, Betty and a third panelist that they invented something, discovered something or whatever. Two of the contestants are impostors and one is the real deal. The panelists ask questions to figure it out.

 Anthony Anderson is the host.

It's a big move for NeNe, who wanted to break out of reality TV, even though primetime is riddled with reality. No air date has been set.

Fun Fact: one of the panelists of the original "To Tell the Truth" was Allen Ludden ... Betty's late husband, who went on to host "Password." 

Carlos Slim

Mexican Billionaire Says

'No Gracias' To 'Apprentice'

7/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-carlos-slim-donald-trump-tmz-01Mexican mogul Carlos Slim sits on a telecommunications empire worth billions, making him the perfect replacement for Trump on "The Apprentice," but it’s not gonna happen, TMZ has learned.

Slim’s rep tells TMZ, "No creo que le interese. Esta muy ocupado sobre todo con Las Fundaciones y la labor social."

Rough translation: He’s not interested because his foundations and social work already keep him very busy.

As for Slim's views on Trump, one of Slim's TV companies, Ora TV, followed in the footsteps of Univision and Televisa and cut ties with Trump on a pending project.

Trump … mas remedio tiene un muerto.

Donald Trump

Sues Univision

Blames Hillary Clinton

6/30/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump just sued Univision for $500 million for pulling the plug on the Miss USA pageant.

TMZ broke the story ... Trump promised he'd go after the network, claiming he has an iron-clad, 5 year deal in which it promised to run the beauty contest.

Trump has also vowed to go after NBC in court for pulling the plug on Miss USA. So far, no lawsuit has been filed on that front.

Trump believes Univision and NBC are trying to suppress his right of free speech. In the lawsuit, he says the reason Univision went after him is because the network is owned by Haim Saban, a key Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser.  

Trump is also suing for defamation, in part because he says on June 25th, Univision Prez of Programming Alberto Ciurana posted a photo on his Instagram account, comparing Trump to Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old responsible for the South Carolina church massacre. 

'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Sued By Hispanic Nanny

Claims Discrimination

6/30/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_matt-groening_tmz"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has been sued by his former nanny, who claims he has it out for Hispanics, even though Matt's wife is Hispanic.

Tania Cardona claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Matt and his wife treated employees "like animals," claiming she was not only worked to the bone, but harassed over her heritage.

Cardona says Matt would say his son was not going to speak "good English" because there were so many Hispanics in the house. The lawsuit says Groening would complain, "his house looked like a Hispanic community and he 'hated' it."

Cardona grouses she and the other Hispanic employees had to eat at a small table next to a trash can in the laundry room.

It's a puzzling lawsuit, because Matt is married to Agustina Maria Picasso Achaval, who is from Argentina.

Cardona claims she was wrongfully terminated and wants millions in damages.

We called Groening for comment. The lawyer said they hadn't seen the lawsuit and therefore had no comment.

Miss USA

We're Beggin' NBC

Save The Sash!!!

6/30/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-donald-trump-nbc-miss-usa-TMZ-01Miss USA organizers are trying to entice NBC to reverse their decision to ax the pageant, with the help of 51 beautiful women. 

Sources who run the pageant tell us, they're now scrambling to find a TV home just 2 weeks before the contest. They feel they shouldn't be painted with the same brush as Donald Trump, even though he has a majority stake in the pageant.

So executives who run Miss USA day-to-day are starting a petition, asking everyone associated with the pageant and others to send emails to NBC CEO Steve Burke.

The execs say they're between a rock and a hard place, because only Trump can try to cut a deal with another network, and he's made no such move. But the network has now orphaned the pageant so the only realistic option is for NBC to show mercy on the women who have no dog in Trump's fight.

The pageant people say they were blindsided by NBC's decision ... rehearsals are already underway and the girls are being fitted.   

Who knew 51 hot women would have trouble getting a date.

NeNe Leakes

Don't Count Me

Out of 'RHOA' Just Yet

6/30/2015 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-nene-leakes-tmz-01NeNe Leakes isn't done with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... TMZ has learned producers want her to come back in a reduced role, and she's game.

Our sources say, although NeNe made it seem she was gone for good, the show's producers are still angling to have her appear periodically during the season.  

As we reported, NeNe bailed on the show because the money wasn't right. She's already committed to doing a primetime network sitcom, and the only way she'd continue on 'RHOA' was if they delivered a wheelbarrow full of cash ... to make the crushing workload worthwhile.

But our sources say NeNe is open to a part-time role on 'RHOA,' again if the money is right and it fits with her sitcom schedule.

We're told Bravo is absolutely interested, and the negotiations will begin soon.

Stay tuned.

‘Young & The Restless’ Star

Soap Opera Is Racist...

But I Still Want Back On

6/30/2015 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630-victoria-rowell-getty-01Former ‘Young & The Restless’ star Victoria Rowell is trying to get back on the soap opera even though she says the show's honchos and co-stars are racist.

Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters for 14 seasons on the CBS soap opera, says she left the show in 2007 because of discrimination.

Among her allegations: she says she was ...

-- mocked for her Afro-style wig by Melody Thomas Scott

-- spit on by co-star Michelle Stafford, who also called her a "freak" 

-- told she was mentally unstable and physically threatened by fellow actor Peter Bergman.

She says she wanted a writing/producer position, but says it wasn't in the cards, because up until 2010, no black writer worked on the show in its 37 year history. 

What’s interesting ... producers haven’t killed Rowell’s character off … they've actually been using stock footage to tease the audience with the possibility of her return. 

Something tells us it's not happening.   

Paris Hilton

I'm Suing the

'Plane Crash' Pranksters

6/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton is telling business associates ... she will sue the people responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode ... just to get a rise out of her. 

We're told Paris is furious over the stunt ... in which a TV crew got the pilot to pretend to shut down the engines in her plane, and then nose-dive to the ground. Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life ... something the video pretty clearly shows. 

Our sources say she's "totally freaked out" over flying anywhere ... something she's required to constantly do. She's already called her lawyers to find out who's responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.

Paris tells them she had absolutely no clue this was a prank ... she wasn't in on it. She also doesn't believe anyone in her camp was involved.

An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai.

And Paris says ... it was a lot worse than it looked on video. She says the plane almost hit the water during the dive and then steeply pulled out of the dive, almost doing a loop as it ascended.

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'Celebrity Apprentice'

Minority Host

Likely to Replace Trump

6/29/2015 1:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629-celebrity-apprentice-01The next time you watch "Celebrity Apprentice," the probability is ... the person doing the firing will be a minority.

TMZ has learned, a minority host is being "seriously considered" in the wake of NBC's decision to remove all things Trump from the network. One thing is certain ... Trump will not be returning to the show. 

The minority host idea we're told is an opportunity to make a powerful statement discrediting Trump's campaign platform on immigration. Toward that end, the most powerful statement would be making a Mexican or Mexican American the host. That's the most logical scenario, but all we know is that the likely scenario now is a minority at the head of the boardroom.

NBC has made it clear ... Trump is now persona non grata.

NBC to Donald Trump

You're Fired!!!

6/29/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629-donald-trump-nbc-02Donald Trump has been fired from NBC because of his recent comments about Mexicans, but hey, business is business, so there's a catch. 

NBC just said, "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."

The network says 'Miss USA' and 'Miss Universe' will no longer air on NBC. 

As for "The Apprentice," the network notes Trump has already said he won't participate because of his presidential run.

BUT ... the network says, "Celebrity Apprentice" is a Mark Burnett production and "that relationship will continue." And guess who hosts that show? NBC did not say it would demand a different host.

As we said, business is business.

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'90210' Star Jamie Walters

How Do You Talk to An Angel ...

About Divorce?

6/28/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-jamie-walters-wife-FACEBOOK-01Jamie Walters -- who achieved fame in the 90s with the hit song "How Do You Talk to An Angel" now has to figure out how to talk to a divorce lawyer.

Jamie's wife Patricia has filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage. Jamie, who played Donna Martin's abusive BF on "90210," will share custody of their 3 kids if Patricia has her way.

But he's not off the hook that easy ... Patricia wants spousal support and attorneys fees.

Jamie asked to leave "90210" ... because he believed his abusive character might taint his music career. 

Jimmy Fallon

I Nearly Ripped

My Finger Off

6/26/2015 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Jimmy Fallon and his single working hand are looking for a little sympathy -- he just gave us a first look at the injury, and an explanation for what happened early Friday morning.

Jimmy's left hand is heavily bandaged and elevated in the pic he posted from his hospital bed. He says his ring got caught on the edge of a table when he tripped and fell at home -- and he damn near ripped a finger clean off his hand.

At least the 'Tonight Show' host can still count on his right hand for important things.

Like tweeting ... and other stuff.

Donald Trump

Univision Employees Will Be Stopped at the Border

... Of My Golf Club

6/26/2015 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump wants a wall erected -- not at the U.S./Mexican border -- at his fancy Miami golf course, and he's making anyone working for Univision persona non grata.

Trump wrote a letter to the Prez of Univision, saying "Please be advised that under no circumstances is any officer or representative of Univision allowed to use TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL, MIAMI -- its golf courses or any of its facilities."

The Donald also included instructions to "stop work and close the gate" that is being built between the neighboring properties.

Trump is amping up his attack against Univision after the network pulled the plug on his Miss USA pageant. TMZ broke the story, Trump plans to sue the network for hundreds of millions of dollars, claiming the 5-year-deal was iron-clad.

Trump ended his letter by promising if he's elected president he'll erect a "meaningful border ... not the laughing stock that it currently is."   

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