"Love & Hip Hop" is moving to L.A. for its new spin-off -- with episodes expected to start shooting later this month -- but producers are now facing a HUGE problem ... they can't find a big name to star on it.
Sources close to production tell us, they initially planned to attach Ray J as the headliner, but he's currently tied up hosting "Bad Girls Club All-Stars" on Oxygen so he couldn't sign on.
Now we're told producers are scrambling to find someone else, but it's proving more difficult than they anticipated ... which is somewhat surprising, considering "Love & Hip Hop" is one of VH1's highest-rated shows.
According to sources, producers will start by shooting story lines for the smaller stars who have already signed on, including singer Brooke Valentine, radio DJ Yesi Ortiz, rapper Hazel-E, and video vixen Bria Myles. We're told producers have decided to worry about the bigger stars later.
VH1 Star Real
My Cancer is Almost Gone
'It's a Miracle'
12/20/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love" went under the knife Wednesday night to remove huge chunks of cancer from his colon ... and TMZ has learned the operation was a guarded success.
A rep for Ahmad Givens a.k.a. Real tells us ... when doctors began operating Wednesday night they thought he had colon cancer. Turns out it was stage 4 rectal cancer and they were able to remove it all.
But there was another problem. Real also had 7 tumors in his liver. Doctors removed all but a small portion that was deep in the liver. The docs are hopeful ... with radiation they can eliminate the remnants of his liver cancer.
Bottom line .... going into the surgery, it looked like Real was a goner, but now he has a good, fighting chance of survival.
In the world of medicine, that's what you call a successful operation.
Honey Boo Boo'd
10/31/2013 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just when you thought Halloween couldn't get any scarier -- Honey Boo Boo and her family decked themselves out like the Kardashian clan ... and the costumes were so convincing, we still can't tell them apart from the real thing.
The photo was snapped today outside the Thompson family house in Georgia, and here's the breakdown:
- Honey Boo Boo is Kris (nailed it)
- Sugar Bear is Bruce (nailed it)
- Pumpkin is Scott Disick (double nailed it)
- Anna & Jessica are Kourtney and Khloe (eh)
But the best costume? That honor goes to ... Mama June as Kim. Seriously. Dead ringer.
BTW ... Uncle Poodle ... also Kim.
Kanye isn't pictured for obvious reasons.
FURIOUS Over Biopic
I Want Retractions!!!
10/31/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TLC's former manager is LIVID over the new VH1 biopic about the 90s girl group -- telling TMZ, she was wrongly portrayed as a shyster in the movie ... and now she wants the network to make some serious retractions.
Perri "Pebbles" Reid tells us it has taken her more than a week to respond to the movie -- which aired last Monday -- because she was so shell-shocked by the damning lies in the film. She says, "This unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family."
But the real issue -- she tells us, "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" contains "many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me."
If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's not exactly kind toward Pebbles ... portraying her as a shifty parasite who knowingly swindled millions from the group.
But the real Pebbles insists she has never cheated anyone -- let alone the band she "discovered, managed, and mentored" -- and plans to vigorously defend her honor. She says her attorney is already in the process of demanding retractions from VH1.
Calls to VH1 weren't returned.
10/23/2013 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't count on seeing a new "Basketball Wives" reunion show any time soon ... the Season 5 reunion special has been canceled because Evelyn Lozada pulled out.
The show was supposed to tape earlier this month -- but sources close to production tell us, Evelyn bailed, forcing producers to pull the plug on the entire thing. We're told the taping will not be rescheduled.
According to sources, Evelyn jumped ship because she's sick and tired of talking about her split from ex-husband Chad Johnson. We're told she knew the break-up would be the biggest topic on the reunion show, so she refused to participate.
Apparently, the other 'Wives' (specifically Tami, Tasha, and Suzie) have zilch to talk about -- we're told producers felt the girls didn't have enough material for the hour-long episode sans Ev.
Sources tell us, Evelyn has grown tired of the cattiness on 'BW' and wants to move on with her life.
Calls to VH1 weren't returned.
Ex-Basketball Wives Star
'Hos' Are RUINING the Show!
10/5/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" should only feature the WIVES of basketball players ... and NOT random "hos" ... so says former cast member Laura Govan who says the recent crop of women are ruining the reality show.
Govan -- who was axed from the show after Season 2 -- tells us she's got a serious beef with show creator Shaunie O'Neal ... explaining, "I feel like she didn't keep [the show] in the basketball creed."
"She shoulda kept 'Basketball Wives,' basketball wives" ... adding, "There coulda been a 'Housewives or a Ho' show for everybody else later."
Clearly, Laura is talking about cast members like Draya Michele (ex-GF of football player Orlando Scandrick) and Sunday Carter (who reportedly had a daughter with married ex-NBA star Larry Hughes.)
FYI -- Laura doesn't exactly fit the mold herself ... 'cause she ain't a basketball "wife" either -- even though she's been engaged to Gilbert Arenas off and on for years.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star
After Gas Station Beatdown
8/28/2013 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil' Scrappy -- one of the stars of the VH1 show "Love & Hip Hop" -- was arrested at a Georgia gas station yesterday after getting into a fight with a guy who allegedly disrespected his girlfriend, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ ... cops received a call about a brawl going down inside the gas station around 2:33 AM. We're told an off-duty police officer from Atlanta happened to be at the same gas station and sprang into action -- successfully breaking up the fight.
When on-duty cops arrived to the scene ... Scrappy and the other man were arrested for disorderly conduct and hauled to a nearby police station.
FYI -- the other guy in the fight was Kenny Rogers ... not "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers ... just a random guy who also happens to share the same name as the country legend.
We're told Scrappy was very cooperative once in custody -- and was released a short time later.
We spoke with Scrappy who insists Kenny Rogers was the aggressor -- "He was calling my girlfriend names and then put his hands on me ... so I had to lay them paws on him."
Scrappy's lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis tells us there's video that proves Scrappy was acting in self-defense.
Scrappy says he plans to cooperate with law enforcement moving forward -- and is now trying to focus on the next season of his reality show.
'Love & Hip Hop' Star
Nicki Minaj Was Right ...
7/6/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nicki Minaj BLASTED "Love & Hip Hop" star Kirk Frost for being a womanizing a-hole on national TV, and Kirk tells TMZ she was totally right to do so.
A recent episode of "LHH: ATL" aired showing Kirk cheating on his wife Rasheeda with TWO other women in a hot tub. FYI -- Rasheeda is 7 months pregnant.
Nicki ( a HUGE "LHH" fan) was pissed by the public display of douche-baggery and took to Twitter, writing, "Damn my n***a, after 15 yrs u wld embarrass the mother of your child while she's pregnant on nat'l tv like that? cornballs on deck."
She added, "And I dare u to say it ain't none of my business. U done sold it to vh1. It's everybody business."
But rather than try and make excuses, Kirk tells TMZ he knows he acted like a terrible person, telling us, "Nicki Minaj is a woman and she was speaking about me doing inappropriate things. I can't fault her for that. Every woman in America who watched felt the way Nicki did."
Kirk adds, "Not only was doing it on the show inappropriate ... but it was inappropriate period. And I hurt my wife."
FYI -- Kirk says his wife is now "done" with him. They have a 12-year-old kid together, plus the one on the way.
'Basketball Wives' Star
After Bitch-Slap Attack
7/1/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shank ... fish ... yard-out ... all words Nia Crooks doesn't need to learn -- the "Basketball Wives" star copped a plea deal for her insane bitch-slap-case ... and won't spend a day behind bars.
TMZ broke the story ... Nia was charged with misdemeanor battery by the Broward County State Attorney's Office after she pimp slapped the S**t out of co-star Jennifer Williams -- and it was all caught by VH1's cameras.
Nia faced up to a year in jail, but decided to strike a deal with prosecutors (good idea considering the whole "on tape" thing) ... and pled no contest.
In exchange she was sentenced to the following: 1-year probation, $645 fine, and ordered to write a letter of apology, stay away from Jennifer and undergo 13 weeks of anger management.
Now, let's learn from Nia's mistakes -- by watching the slap:
'Love & Hip Hop' Star Yandy Smith
Back to Work
Following Contract Dispute
6/9/2013 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The cast of "Love & Hip Hop" is returning to the show for a fourth season following a contract dispute with VH1 ... and Yandy Smith tells TMZ the money "was right" for her.
As TMZ first reported, the girls banded together and threatened to walk because they felt VH1 was screwing them over when it came to their contracts.
But when our photog spotted Smith out earlier this week in NYC, she told us that she's signed her new deal and was more than pleased with the amount of coin VH1 coughed up. In fact, Smith said cameras were already rolling for season 4.
'Real Chance of Love' Star
Fighting Stage Four Cancer
3/21/2013 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the guys from the VH1 reality show "Real Chance of Love" has been diagnosed with STAGE FOUR colon cancer ... and is hospitalized while doctors come up with a strategy to attack the disease.
TMZ has learned Real ... real name Ahmad Givens ... is getting treatment at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills.
A rep for Real -- who starred with his brother on the popular dating show 'Real Chance' -- tells TMZ he first got sick in January with what he thought was the flu.
We're told 33-year-old Real went back to the hospital at least 4 times and was initially told something was wrong with his liver -- but last week doctors informed him it was colon cancer.
Stage four generally means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
We're told the rapper-turned-reality-star will remain hospitalized at least until docs figure out what kind of treatment -- chemotherapy, radiation, or both -- he will require.
The rep says they expect a decision from doctors today.
Boozy Dennis Rodman
Booted from Restaurant
1/10/2010 2:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
On the same day as the premiere of the new season of "Celebrity Rehab," Dennis Rodman was drinking vodka in an O.C. restaurant ... and eventually had to be escorted out by police.
It all went down Thursday -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Rodman was drinking at a restaurant called Waterfalls inside the Atrium Hotel. We're told cops were called after several patrons complained about Rodman's behavior.
Sources at the restaurant tell TMZ Rodman had at least one vodka drink before cops were called.
When police arrived, Rodman was cooperative with the officers and eventually agreed to leave without further incident.
The new season of "Celebrity Rehab" -- of which Rodman is a part -- premiered Thursday night. Talk about a spoiler...
VH1 Star -- I Suffered from Postpartum Illness
12/11/2009 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Monica Danger -- the VH1 reality star who was placed on a psychiatric hold earlier this month -- claims her mental breakdown was the result of postpartum depression ... but her head-shaving antics had nothing to do with illness.
The "For the Love of Ray J" star claims she buzzed her 'do because she was "inspired by Britney" and just "didn't want hair anymore."
As for the psychiatric hold, Danger claims she was taken in on a 5350 hold -- not a 5150 -- which, according to her, means "they keep you longer and they give you more drugs." Though Danger also says she's not taking any medication.
Danger also claims she also fell victim to a Twitter account hacker recently, who made false statements that she was pregnant again.