Shaquille O'Neal ain't gonna be the next Seinfeld ... and LeBron James is no Alex Trebek ... so says ESPN's Bill Simmons who thinks both NBA stars are likely to crash and burn with their new TV projects.
As we previously reported, Shaq's got a sitcom in the works based on his real-life business empire ... and LeBron's production company is partnering with NBC to create a new primetime game show.
But Simmons tells TMZ Sports ... neither venture looks promising -- "I wouldn't invest in either of those."
Simmons on Shaq -- "I don't have a lot of high hopes for that sitcom. I don't see the sitcom thing happening."
Simmons on LeBron -- "I think game shows usually don't work. I probably have more high hopes for the Shaq show."
Everyone's a critic ...
'Real Housewives' NeNe Leakes
Warns Kenya and Claudia
Call Me Bipolar and I'll Sue
1/28/2015 4:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes says it doesn't matter they're all on a reality show -- if Kenya Moore and Claudia Jordan don't zip their lips she'll sue.
Both Moore and Jordan got warned by Leake's lawyers Tuesday to stop damaging her brand with smack talk. NeNe's pissed at Jordan for calling her bipolar and, even worse, sporting bad veneers. Her beef with Moore is unclear.
Two things strike us. It's a little "pot calling the kettle black" because NeNe's been known to go after other cast members ... por ejemplo saying Claudia was such a tramp "her clit has left her body."
And you gotta wonder what producers think about their stars setting limits on the drama.
Loaded Guns and Airports Don't Mix
1/28/2015 4:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino was arrested Tuesday night at an airport for trying to send a loaded gun through a security checkpoint.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Benzino put his carry-on bag on the conveyor belt at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A suspicious TSA employee dug inside and found a loaded 9 millimeter firearm with 7 rounds in the magazine.
Benzino didn't make his flight to L.A., but he did get his very own escort to the local jail. He was released on $3K bail.
The reality star was fired from the show after allegedly making death threats against another cast member.
Had Him a Blast With ...
Drunken 'Grease' Sing-Along
1/28/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Fallon relived his famous send-off from "SNL" -- singing a "Grease" classic -- but this time he had a barroom full of hammered backup singers ... which just made it more awesome.
Fallon was at NYC's Marie's Crisis Cafe last weekend when most of the bar started singing "Summer Nights" ... with Jimmy leading the chorus. But check out the video -- it wasn't easy keeping the buzzed crowd on the beat ... or the right verse.
Jimmy still managed to bring down the house, just like in his final "SNL" in 2004 -- where we're guessing there was slightly less drinking than in the bar.
'BGC' Star Judi Jackson
Yes, My Customers Got Screwed ...
But Let's Makeup
1/28/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Bad Girls Club" star Judi Jackson is getting pounded by the Better Business Bureau for allegedly leaving a ton of customers in the lurch -- so, now she's firing up the bus and throwing it in reverse.
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP
Jackson tells TMZ ... Kissable Vixen was flooded with orders over the holidays -- which seems like it would be good news. However, she says they were out of supplies and intended to shut down for a 2-week hiatus while they restocked.
Jackson says the problems started when she couldn't get into the company's computer to warn customers about delays -- and she blames that on her business partner giving her bum passwords.
We contacted the business partner -- whom Jackson says she ripped for the screwup -- and she acknowledged things got out of control because she'd been "hella busy."
We're told the BBB is still investigating the complaints -- but both JJ and her partner claim they've got things running smoothly again.
Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson
Say Yes to the
Very, Very Tall Dress
1/27/2015 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Engaged WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are 6'8" and 6'3" respectively, so when it came time to find a wedding gown ... they needed help from the folks at "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta."
And it wasn't easy. According to our sources, it will actually be Johnson who will be wearing the dress ... while Griner will go with a suit.
During the taping of the episode, set to air Friday on TLC, we're told Glory had to try on a bunch of dresses to find one that fits right ... cause most brides didn't average 9.2 rebounds/game last season.
We're told even though Brittney won't be wearing a gown, she was very active in helping to pick one out ... which is more help than most women get.
Saturday Night Live Cast
We Do Snowbound the Right Way
1/27/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Snowmageddon has NYC in a state of emergency so Lorne Michaels isn't taking chances ... he said "no" to the snow and shelled out big bucks to put the "Saturday Night Live" staff up in swanky digs.
Some bridges and tunnels are closed until Wednesday and Tuesday is make-or-break ... it's the day they start writing the skits selected for this week's show. So Michaels and "SNL" offered to put the cast up at The New York Palace.
We're told around 15 cast and crew members signed up for the upscale digs close to 30 Rock, including Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost and a few writers.
It's just like they say, the snow show must go on.
Bruce is on a 'Journey'
1/26/2015 8:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian gave what could be a revealing peek into the life of Bruce Jenner, saying, "I guess I'll kind of let everyone be curious and I feel like that's his journey to talk about."
With rumors swirling about Bruce's ever-changing appearance, Kim seemed to be signaling something significant was afoot.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "I will say that I think Bruce should tell his story his way ... I think everyone goes through things in life and I think that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he'll share whenever the time is right."
Kim and the brood got together a week ago in a show of support for Bruce.
The interview airs Tuesday on Entertainment Tonight.
Joe Biden Dissed Me
... To Meet My BF
1/27/2015 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary
I Wouldn't Buy Super Bowl Ad
Here's the Problem ...
1/27/2015 6:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's not the fact it costs $4 MILLION for 30 seconds, "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary tells TMZ Sports there's another big problem when it comes to Super Bowl advertising.
Mr. Wonderful hit up Craig's in L.A. for dinner Monday -- when he explained why spending the money could be a great investment for the right company ... just not for him.
But the real challenge when it comes to Super Bowl advertising isn't coming up with the cash ... Kev says it's all about what happens AFTER the big game.
Ghost Adventures Star
Demons Be Gone!
Dumps Haunted Pad
1/27/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans is through dealing with Satan and his minions ... now they're someone else's problem.
Bagans survived 20 months of a dead housing market, and finally unloaded the house he claims has been possessed ever since he brought home a human skull (for research, of course).
Not shockingly ... that claim didn't really help move the house any faster.
Waiting out the demon paid off -- we're told Bagans got $445,000 for the house ... an $85K profit.
As for the new owner, we have a recommendation for a cleaning lady ...
Single NFL Players ...
Have Bullseyes On Their Backs
1/26/2015 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Young, rich, single NFL players better get chicks to sign contracts before taking them out on dates ... at least that's how former Steelers superstar Hines Ward sees it.
The ex Super Bowl champ went on Meredith Vieira's talk show and said single NFL players are being targeted by conniving women. Ward's point seemed to be that these women are falsely accusing players in domestic violence cases.
Pretty bold statement -- and Ward even went on to suggest single players get something in writing with their dates.
As for the Ray Rice case -- Ward took a very strong stance against Ray ever returning to the NFL.
I Want to be Gone, Gone, Gone
From My 'Idol' Contract
1/26/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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.
The rep for 19 Entertainment tells TMZ, "We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip. We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships." Translation ... they're gonna fight him.