The people at Charmin toilet paper are SOAKING UP all the publicity from the Kobe Bryant meltdown yesterday --THANKING the Lakers star for saying the Lakers are "as soft as Charmin."
As we previously reported, Bryant blasted his teammates during practice Thursday -- calling them out for sucking it up this season ... saying, "Now I see why we've lost so many games. We're soft like Charmin!"
Well, Charmin heard the comments loud and clear -- and responded on Twitter ... saying, "You know, in terms of toilet paper, saying you're as soft as Charmin is a good thing. In basketball? Not so much."
The T.P. titans went on to thank Kobe for the publicity and explained why yesterday was a great day for the brand.
Charmin -- they're on a roll.
Model's Husband Claims
Ex-NFLer Had Online Affair with His Wife
12/11/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL great Keyshawn Johnson is caught in the middle of a model's break-up with her husband -- who thinks she's been cheating with Johnson ... and has filled his court papers with lurid messages.
Alicia Tarry's husband just filed docs seeking an annulment of their 6-month marriage based on fraud. The docs include scores of Twitter direct messages Johnson and Tarry allegedly sent to each other.
The DMs include some racy language about arranging possible hook-ups between Alicia and Johnson. One DM says, "Send me a p**** shot." The response, "I'll get one in a few sorry have a guest over."
It appears Tarry's husband got hold of her phone or her Twitter account ... because one of the alleged DMs to Keyshawn -- says, "Please leave my wife Alicia alone."
Alicia tells us she did not cheat with Keyshawn, and further ... she says the DMs "appear suspicious" and were illegally obtained.
Sources close to Keyshawn tell us he has "no idea what the guy's [the husband's] talking about."
Less Cowbell, MORE TAMBOURINE
During 'Peter Pan LIVE!'
12/5/2014 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Christopher Walken had a fever Thursday night during the Peter Pan Live special on NBC ... but it wasn't for cowbell ... it was for the tambourine.
Walken played Captain Hook in "Peter Pan LIVE!" as Captain Hook ... with Allison Williams from "Girls" playing the title role -- and it was both glorious and awful at the same time.
Bonus points for Chris' attempt to lip-sync at the end of the video.
Twitter went crazy during the performance (ratings were way down from last year's "The Sound of Music Live") ... and Walken critics came out in droves.
There are only two women in #PETERPANLIVE and they're both Christopher Walken— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 5, 2014
Lisa Vanderpump is killing it as Captain Hook!!! #peterpanlive— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) December 5, 2014
Got your own review? Sound off in the comments.
Threatened By Jeweler
You Jacked Our Patriotic Pic!
12/5/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's patriotic gesture to U.S. troops has backfired over the picture she used to make her point ... and now the company that owns the pic has a novel way she can make good.
Coronet Diamonds created the image and posted it on its website November 11 -- Veteran's Day. Apparently the famous Barbadian liked it so much ... she posted it on her Instagram, and Twitter, but she kind of deceived her followers by Photoshopping herself into the image and then removing the jewelry company's hashtag.
So we found out Coronet has sent Rihanna a cease and desist letter. They'll settle for an apology on Rihanna's social media platforms ... an apology that makes it clear Coronet created the image.
Now let's talk about what Coronet really wants. It wants some free advertising ... which they will get in a big way with Rihanna's 142 MILLION followers.
Coronet is smart. The end.
Black Shamed Over Eric Garner Case
By Longtime Rap Enemy
12/4/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea is only interested in black penises ... and not important issues in the black community -- if you believe the latest attack from her longtime rap nemesis Azealia Banks.
Banks -- who's never passed on a chance to blast Iggy -- launched her latest tirade hours after the grand jury decision NOT to indict an NYPD officer in the Eric Garner homicide.
Banks said, "If you're down to ride with us bitch you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY" -- and then added this gem ... "Don't just be down to ride Black D**k...If you with us you WITH US."
Banks' attempt to pull Iggy into a Twitter war failed for several hours -- but when Iggy finally did respond she merely referred to Banks as a social media troll using world issues to spark fan battles.
I'll Never Do Social Media
'I Don't Wanna Talk to Those Idiots'
12/3/2014 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a reason you've never seen an official Charles Barkley twitter handle ... or Instagram ... or Vine ... because Sir Charles tells us, "I don't want to talk to those idiots."
Barkley says he is 100% AGAINST joining any social media platform ... explaining, "I don't feel the need to talk to every idiot in America."
The "Inside the NBA" star was in NYC when he made the proclamation ... after we asked about criticism he'd been taking for his recent comments on Ferguson ... when he said the people who were looting are "not real black people, those are scumbags."
"I cant worry what everybody think about me," Barkley says ... "Everybody has their own opinion."
Odell Beckham Jr.
LeBron Tweeted About Me?!
Best Moment of My Life!
11/25/2014 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. says he's been BOMBARDED with praise since that one-handed miracle grab ... but the best moment involved a tweet from LeBron James.
OBJ was at Steiner Sports in NYC last night when revealed that LeBron is his all-time favorite athlete ... and when King James tweeted about the catch on Sunday, it blew his mind.
FYI -- here's the tweet LeBron posted after Beckham's catch: "Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!"
Imagine your hero writing that about you. Pretty cool, right?!
Still, Odell is modest about the 3-fingered catch, saying the greatest snag ever made still belongs to ANOTHER NY Giants wide receiver.
Check out the clip ...
Flirts with Jordin Sparks
After Record-Breaking Performance
11/18/2014 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hours after having one of the biggest games of his life, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't done showing off his moves ... cyber-flirting with Jordin Sparks.
Bell played out of his mind last night -- putting up 204 yards against the Titans ... the most rushing yards by a Steelers player in "Monday Night Football" history.
Well, the recently single Sparks took notice ... posting, "Le'Veon Bell is just a beast. Titans D cannot contain him."
She then reposted Le'Veon's stat line ... adding, "Again, beast."
Bell -- who also appears to be single -- was all about it and tweeted back at Sparks ... "I see @JordinSparks liked the way I played last night."
Total cyber-flirting, right?
For the record, Sparks is a huge football fan (her dad is ex-NFL star Phillippi Sparks) .... and after things ended with Jason Derulo earlier this year ... we asked if Phillippi would be cool with his daughter dating a football player. She gave an interesting answer.
As for the twitter-flirting ... we'll keep an eye on it.
Jack & Jack
Vine Rap Stars Upstaged By Matt
During Fan CRUSH [Video]
11/17/2014 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pop rap duo Jack and Jack were at the center of an insane scene at LAX -- hundreds of their 6 million social media followers flocked to the airport -- but much of the crowd was really obsessed ... with their famous friend.
You've gotta see the J&J fans losing their minds -- tears were shed as they made their way through the crazed pack of tweener girls. But the most surprising part is a majority of the girls were screaming for the Jacks' BFF ... a dude named Matthew Espinosa.
Matt's pretty popular in his own right -- over 4 million followers -- but based on this video ... it looks like he's coming for Jack and Jack's crown.
For the older set, this is like Beatlemania ... for Pete Best (Google it, young people).
... We've Still Got It!
11/16/2014 12:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Dawson's Creek" stars James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson reunited in L.A. ... and we're pretty sure they're both vampires -- 'cause neither looks like they've aged a day.
The 37-year-old Beek snapped a pic Saturday night with his 36-year-old former co-star ... reminding people why they were once teen heartthrobs.
No sign of Katie Holmes or Michelle Williams -- but we're guessing Dawson complained about both of them to Pacey ... while comparing his life to some classic movie.
We miss that show. Sue us.
I'm a Super Dad
11/9/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson wants everyone to know he's a super dad ... so he dropped a picture of himself online Saturday that can be summed up with one word -- REALLY?!
Peterson tweeted a pic behind a cardboard cutout of "Super Dad" ... with his head in the empty hole -- alongside his young daughter.
The caption read, "My beautiful daughter A'deja. Dad's & Donuts Day. #LOVE "
Now we know it's a nice gesture ... but with his history of child abuse -- see here and here -- is it really a wise decision to tout yourself as "Super Dad" online?!
Alex From Target
From Cashier To Cha-ching!
Wanted in Hollywood
11/6/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Attention shoppers ... get a good look at "Alex from Target" because the dude probably won't be bagging Cheetos and batteries much longer -- now that he's taking meetings in Hollywood.
16-year-old Alex LaBeouf tells TMZ, he was inundated by business offers when his pic became an Internet phenomenon ... which is why he hopped a flight to L.A. Tuesday.
Our AfT sources say the kid's been hit up by companies, talk shows (he already did "Ellen") and talent agents. One person even promised to get him a meeting at William Morris Endeavor -- one of the most powerful agencies ... an opportunity starving actors would kill to get.
Alex doesn't sound too seduced yet -- telling us he probably won't sign with an agent right away. However, he did post a photo on his Shots page with the caption, "Made it!"
Sounds like he's really just waiting for the right offer.
Banned at ESPN
After Slavery Sex Tweets
11/5/2014 8:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Artie Lange is persona non grata at ESPN after tweeting a slew of sexual and racially charged jokes about a female African-American ESPN host ... TMZ has learned.
Lange sparked outrage across the Internet Wednesday when he tweeted his graphic sexual fantasy about Cari Champion from "First Take" -- which involved her being a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson. Lange envisioned himself as Jefferson.
ESPN initially called Lange's tweets "reprehensible," but now a spokesperson for the network tells TMZ they've flat out banned him. We're told ... "there will be no future bookings" for the comedian.
Late Wednesday evening Lange tweeted an apology directly to Champion -- but oddly added that he stood by the "joke" as a comedian.
Lange was also cut from a Comedy Central gig because of the slavery tweets.