Alfonso Ribeiro bailed on a heavily promoted birthday bash in Atlantic City -- costing the nightclub a fortune -- because he didn't want his tango to suck on a TV reality show.
Alfonso -- famous for The Carlton Dance -- made a last-minute decision NOT to headline The Pool After Dark event Saturday. He notified the club Wednesday, which is a problem -- his face is plastered all over the flyer.
Alfonso is a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" and apparently he made the decision he could earn more if he wins the trophy. He could have made $35K at the club, but he stands to rake in $345K if he wins DWTS.
As for the club ... it got screwed. It has to eat the $1,500 it paid for a customized cake, and refund $10K worth of pre-sold tickets.
Shockingly ... we're told the club isn't going after Alfonso for all it's out.
Ex-'Party Down South' Star
Old Bosses Warn ...
Your Lotion's Giving Us a Rash
9/19/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Taylor "Lil' Bit" Wright -- who quit the TV show "Party Down South" -- is rubbing her old bosses the wrong way ... with a line of body lotions that capitalizes on her reality show persona.
Wright's been on social media lately promoting a brand of moisturizer and suntan lotion called "Lil' Bit Country" ... but TMZ has learned the network honchos at Viacom (CMT's parent co.) sent her a cease and desist letter demanding she stop using her nickname to promote the skin care products.
The network's position is it owns the name, Lil' Bit -- but sources close to LB tell us she's been using the handle since long before the show ... and she has no plans to yank it off the lotion.
I'm Putting Amber on TV!
9/18/2014 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick Cannon is banking on Amber Rose in a big way ... because we found out he's already wheeled and dealed her way into a television series and a book deal.
At first it sounded like a vanity client ... Nick repping a former stripper who became famous for dating Kanye and getting pregnant by Wiz.
Turns out -- with Nick's help -- Amber is now the real deal. We've learned her TV deal is a fashion show -- not a bash-this-woman type show ... it's more about female empowerment.
As for the book deal ... we know it's inked but don't know the story line. Hopefully it's a coffee table book and not a memoir.
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?
SINGS HASSELHOFF CLASSIC
... On German TV
9/18/2014 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Germans love David Hasselhoff. They also love Dirk Nowitzki ... so you know they went CRAZY last night when Dirk broke out his guitar and sang a Hoff song ... on live German TV!!!
The Dallas Mavericks star appeared on "My Spass" with host Stefan Raab when they decided to show off their musical talent ... and the first tune was the Hoff classic, "Looking for Freedom."
Of course, they're German ... so they both knew all the words ... and the crowd claps along to the beat.
Dirk started to roll into the Extreme hit "More Than Words" ... but, unfortunately, he cut it short.
Still, you know somewhere ... Hoff is puffing out his famously hairy chest a little further this morning.
After 'Dancing with the Stars' Loss
9/17/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lolo Jones says she felt broken, unlovable and embarrassed after she was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night ... and penned an emotional letter saying she's sick of being a loser.
The former Olympian unloaded on Facebook right after she got the boot from the ballroom ... saying, "When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."
"I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn't force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarssed."
Jones -- who's been RIPPED in the public over her lackluster performances at the Olympics over the years -- added, "I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me."
"But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross."
She concluded ... "My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness."
Yeah, she's taking this pretty hard.
'Glee Project' Contestant
Yells at Cops ...
I'm Black, You Want To Shoot Me?!
9/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ex-contestant on "The Glee Project" tried to taunt Pittsburgh cops into shooting him -- and sparking a race riot -- during an arrest he claims ONLY went down because he's Black.
Bryce Ross-Johnson was thrown out of a bar Saturday night after scuffling with a bouncer for wearing a hat -- a violation of the dress code -- according to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ.
Police say when they arrived ... Bryce was antagonistic and taunted, "Hey, I'm African-American, you want to shoot me?" -- and, "Why don't you shoot me, that's what you do to black guys, right?"
Cops kept cool, and no shots were fired ... but the 25-year-old former "Glee" wannabe got arrested for public drunkenness, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass.
Ross-Johnson thinks the white officers and white bouncer targeted him because of race. He admits blurting the racial taunts -- but only because cops were asking him "stupid stuff" like what drugs he was on, and when was he last in prison.
Boy Meets World Memoir ...
Not Everyone 'Membas
9/16/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Daniel Fishel's old “Boy Meets World” co-stars came out to show her some love at her book signing ... which is awesome. Now, whether the book is an awesome just depends on who you ask -- as the guys found out.
Little old ladies and 90s TV shows not called "Golden Girls" ... not a great mix. Who knew?
Trina's a Hypocrite
She's a Homewrecker Too
9/16/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Trina has some nerve hating on Khloe Kardashian for stealing French Montana away from her ... because Trina did the exact same thing to French's wife ... so claim friends of French (FOF).
Trina's blasting French and Khloe in a new song "F*** Love" ... "You can keep that purse, you can keep that whip, you can have that bitch."
But FOF say the song should have been called "Karma" ... because she started banging French while he was still married.
We're told French had feelings for Trina ... but she was never "his main girl" ... so it's a case of no harm, no foul.
Final shot ...FOF say Trina's new song is a lame attempt to jump start her career off French and Khloe.
NFL/CBS Deceived Everyone
I NEVER Signed on for Football
9/16/2014 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna is livid at the NFL and CBS ... claiming the league and the network had no right to make it look like she was part of the Ravens/Steelers Thursday night pre-game show ... and had no right to single her out when it was scrapped.
Sources connected with Rihanna tell TMZ ... the singer was pissed when someone sent her the joint NFL/CBS press release last week, with the headline, "CBS & NFL Network 'Run This Town' for Thursday Night Football Open with Music Featuring Rihanna & Narration by Don Cheadle."
In fact Rihanna never did anything special for the game ... all CBS/NFL did was license a Jay Z song that featured Rihanna.
Rihanna's rep tells TMZ, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS TNF, CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.' Roc Nation made the decision to not grant the song’s usage."
Translation: Because her name was used to promote the show, she felt she then had the right to block the production.
Rihanna also made it clear on social media Tuesday ... she is also angry that CBS yanked the production and insinuated it was because she was the victim of domestic violence.
CBS's plan was to use the Jay Z song along with a voiceover by Don Cheadle that would be customized for each match up -- but CBS said today the song will NOT be used.
We called CBS and the NFL ... so far, no comment.
Slams CBS for Pulling Her
from Ravens Game
9/16/2014 5:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:53 AM PT -- CBS released a statement saying they will NOT use Rihanna's performance going forward, saying, "Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast."
It took a few days, but Rihanna is finally lashing out about CBS' decision to yank her musical opening from "Thursday Night Football" last week and air it this week instead ... and let's just say she's not happy.
With the Ray Rice scandal still fresh, and the Ravens set to play the Steelers, CBS opted not to run a taped musical segment featuring Rihanna ... seeing as she had been the victim of high-profile domestic violence.
But with the segment now set to air this week, Rihanna took to Twitter to blast CBS, writing, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F*** you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this."
As for what she means by "penalizing" ... it's pretty clear she feels CBS will not allow her to move on from getting beaten by Chris Brown 5 years ago.
She followed that up by writing, "The audacity ..."
Rihanna was in Barbados Monday ... looking extremely good.
French Montana's Ex Calls Khloe a Bitch
In New Diss Rap
9/16/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Trina is on the attack ... BLASTING her ex French Montana and Khloe Kardashian for screwing behind her back -- and TMZ obtained a snippet of her new anger filled track about the affair.
Trina never mentions either French or Khloe by name in the new song called "F*** Love" feat. Tory Lanez ... but sources close to the rapper tell us their tryst last year was definitely the track's inspiration.
Trina doesn't pull punches ... insinuating French tried to play her for a fool -- and referring to Khloe with the line, "You can keep that bitch!"
As we previously reported ... Trina and French were living together in New Jersey when Khloe came on the scene. Sources close to the couple said Trina was devastated by the break-up.
So, what does Trina think now that Khloe and French are done? We reached out to her about the break-up and the track ... no word back yet.
Khloe Kardashian & The Game
9/16/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With French Montana on the outs, Khloe Kardashian was reunited Monday night with the guy she always seems to turn to during breakup times ... The Game.
Khloe and Game have been BFFs for a while and dating rumors swirled when she and Lamar Odom split ... but they insist it's strictly platonic.
Our photog spotted the pair leaving the Topanga Mall where Game said he loves Khloe's new cornrows.
But then we asked Khloe about the new song by Trina (French's ex) where she calls Khloe a bitch ... Khloe found a way to turn it into a compliment.