Robin Roberts picked up some unexpected side-effects -- good and bad -- when she got a life-saving bone marrow transplant 2 years ago ... and says it's all her sister's fault.
Robin's sis Sally-Ann donated the bone marrow to help Robin treat a rare blood disorder.
The transplant gave Robin a fresh infusion of stem cells ... but Wednesday in NYC -- she told us she also inherited some of her sister's physical traits.
Watch Robin's explanation -- doesn't sound like she's too upset about the trade-off ... as long as she's not around chocolate.
Prank Terrorizes 5-Year-Old's Birthday
4/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katy Perry left children in tears at a recent birthday party where she dressed up like a clown, attacked some guy with a piñata stick, and staged a scary car accident ... all for a music video -- and TMZ has video from the scene.
The hidden camera gag was shot at Knollwood Country Club outside L.A. earlier this month for Katy's "Birthday" video -- Katy showed a little preview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night ... but her clip didn't include the crazy fallout.
Eye witnesses tell TMZ, Katy pranked a REAL 5-year-old's birthday party ... and most guests had no idea they were getting punk'd. Children were crying. One woman stormed away, visibly upset.
Check out the video ... at one point a little girl says, "Mommy, I want to leave."
We know the feeling, kid.
Talks Dirty to Us
About Small Penises
4/22/2014 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Puddle of Mudd
Wes Scantlin Goes Ballistic
In Mic-Tossing Meltdown!
4/17/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin went absolutely CRAZY during a show Wednesday night ... throwing his microphone into the crowd during a ridiculous on-stage meltdown.
It's unclear what caused Scantlin to lose it during the Dallas show (some reports say fans were upset because it appeared he was lip-syncing) but it was epic.
Scantlin's mic tossing might have injured a fan -- we're told paramedics were called to tend to an injured concertgoer. Medics won't say what the caused the injury, but TMZ spoke to several witnesses who pinned it on the flying mic.
TMZ reached out to Scantlin ... so far, no word back.
Tracy Morgan Fart Story
Yeah, I Dealt It ...
But Kate Upton Smelt It!
4/17/2014 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bad: Tracy Morgan says he farted on Kate Upton once.
Worse: He's pretty sure she smelled it.
Awesome: HE DOESN'T GIVE A CRAP WHO KNOWS!!
Morgan broke the ... uh .. news ... while taking part in a Reddit AMA Thursday ... after someone asked, "who is the most famous person you have farted around that you are definitely sure smelled it?"
Morgan immediately replied, "Kate Upton."
We did some digging on when the crop-dusting could've gone down ... and our best guess is when they got together back in January so Tracy could teach her a Super Bowl endzone dance.
Wu-Tang Affiliated Rapper
You Can Kiss Your Penis Goodbye ... For Good
4/17/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Andre Johnson is just plain Andre now ... because doctors weren't able to reattach his penis.
TMZ broke the story Johnson -- aka Christ Bearer -- cut his penis off Wednesday morning and then jumped off his 2nd floor North Hollywood apartment balcony. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center but we're told the penis was a lost cause.
Johnson/Christ Bearer is a member of the group Northstar, which was founded by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. We're told RZA hasn't done work with the group for several years.
Johnson/Christ Bearer is remarkably in stable condition.
As we reported ... several rappers were present during the horrific scene. They say they were not doing any drugs that would cause such a thing. They believe Johnson/Christ Bearer may have mental issues.
'Love & Hip Hop' Sex Tape
Cripples Home Depot
NATIONAL SHOWER ROD SHORTAGE
4/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Demand is going through the roof for gymnastics-strength shower rods -- all thanks to "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape acrobatics -- and Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart are struggling to keep up.
We called employees at each of the major retailers (from Georgia to Cali) and we're getting the same story -- ever since the trailer for Mimi's sex tape came out, people have been racing to purchase their own super-strong shower rods to recreate the Mimi experience.
And supplies are running out -- a customer at one Home Depot in Georgia tells us, they were totally sold out of Mimi-strength shower rods.
This is a real thing -- a Twitter search for "Mimi shower rod" shows an endless list of people trying to get their hands on one. There's even a Twitter account dedicated to it (@MimiShowerRod). And don't even get us started on the Vine videos.
We reached out to officials at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and Target -- no word back so far.
'Llama Cop' Star
From Hollywood Club Scene
4/15/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Callahan, the crime fighting llama, needs to find a new watering hole -- because a public health investigation just got his ass banned from a popular Hollywood nightclub.
TMZ broke the story -- Como T. Llama, the camelid star of the show "Llama Cop," dropped by nightclub Bootsy Bellows recently for a premiere party, enraging the Los Angeles Department of Health.
The inspector tells us, he officially admonished the club -- which admitted allowing Como inside for the private party -- and reminded management that ZERO live animals, other than service animals, are allowed inside.
The club assured the health department it was an isolated incident -- and according to the inspector, vowed never to let it happen again.
We're told the club can only be cited if the inspector witnesses the incident first hand -- so Bootsy got off with a verbal warning this time, but it's now on the health department's radar.
Llama non grata.
Lattimer from 'The Program'
My Neighbor Stabbed Me
With a Tweezer Shank!
4/13/2014 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"The Program" star Andrew Bryniarski claims his neighbor stabbed him with a shank made out of tweezers ... and now, he wants justice.
Andrew claims his neighbor Frank Harvey was caught by another neighbor rifling through Bryniarski's trunk back in November ... and when he approached Harvey a few days later about it, he got attacked.
In the docs, Bryniarski says Harvey said "Suck my d**k" and lunged at him -- a fight started -- but eventually Andrew says he got his neighbor to the ground and noticed he was holding a weapon.
Andrew says his neighbor was threatening to kill him ... so he refused to release the guy until he dropped the weapons from his hands -- which he claims were a wrench and a 8 in. shank made out of tweezers.
According to the docs, Andrew got a temporary restraining order on Harvey ... but Andrew's lawyer says the guy bailed on their court hearing and now he's M.I.A.
Naturally, the actor has himself a reality star for a lawyer. Andrew's case will be featured on "Loredana, Esq." on the Sundance Channel.
We made numerous attempts to reach Harvey ... but so far, no luck.
Music is a BONER KILLER For Me
4/12/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's not hard for John Oates to listen to music in bed ... in fact it's NEVER hard, because he can't get a boner.
We got Oates in NYC Friday night and asked him how many people lost their virginity to Hall & Oates songs ... and he volunteered why he can't get hard listening to ANY music.
So she's not really a man eater after all ... hmmm.
Michael Jackson Look-alike
I Joined The Jacksons
... Well, For A Minute
4/10/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It looked like a Jackson 5 reunion ... when a Michael Jackson impersonator got together with 4 Jackson brothers Saturday at their concert in Vegas -- but it cost him a pretty penny.
Carlo Riley -- an MJ tribute artist -- tells TMZ he finally got to meet Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie at their Planet Hollywood show ... but he had to pay for the privilege.
Riley says he flew to Vegas from Denver and dropped $400 dollars for a VIP package that included front row seats, an autographed program and a backstage meet-and-greet with the Jacksons.
Carlo tells us the backstage visit was quick ... he shook hands with the brothers who told him they were impressed by how much he looks like their brother. And during the show, he says the Jacksons pointed to him in the front row ... where he was dancing and taking photos with other fans.
Pretty cool ... but it still can't compare to the time he met Michael himself in Japan in 2007.
Nursing Home Stripper Scandal
The Guys Got to Go to Hooters!!!
4/9/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The nursing home that allowed a male stripper to do his thing with female Alzheimer's patients also satisfied the male patients -- with a big basket of wings at Hooters.
Sources who work at the East Neck Nursing Center in New York tell TMZ ... a while back the men took a field trip to Hooters, and some of the female patients started to grumble.
The nursing home holds resident counsel meetings and one of the women -- who is now dead -- pushed through a proposal to bring a male stripper to the joint for an entertainment day.
And that's why a male stripper showed up at the facility and wooed an 85-year-old woman with Alzheimer's and a few dollar bills. Her son sued the nursing home claiming she was swindled.
We've been flooded with calls and emails from people who have connections to nursing homes and tell us strippers have been guests at their facilities as well. The dude below -- Black Caesar -- called into "TMZ Live" Tuesday and said he's stripped at nursing homes himself.
Others have contacted us and insisted ... people with Alzheimer's and dementia have sexual urges and feel pleasure from such human interaction.
Really too bad that old lady died before she could see the fruits of her labor.
Dead Animal Won't Be Tested
Texas Can't Handle the Truth!
4/5/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Move over grassy knoll ... there's a new conspiracy in town -- animal regulators in Texas REFUSE to necropsy the dead animal some believe to be a Chupacabra.
Mike Cox (yes, really) from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. tells TMZ ... there's no reason to perform tests on the raccoon-like animal captured in Ratcliff, TX this week because his agency has determined Chupacabras are mythical creatures.
TMZ sadly broke the story ... the couple that captured the animal -- which they named Chupie -- had it put down after they were told it was suffering. The know-it-alls convinced them it was a mange-riddled raccoon.
So, we asked, what is the scientific basis to definitely exclude a Chupacabra as a possibility? Cox fired back, "There hasn't been a new mammal discovered in Texas in centuries."
Oh really Cox? Well, Smithsonian scientists announced last August ... they had discovered a new species of mammal called the Olinguito ... part of the raccoon family.
So there are still undiscovered treasures in the animal kingdom ... even mangy ones.
As for the the final resting place of Chupie ... it's a fireplace mantle. The finders are taking it to a taxidermist.
So, hide your kids, hide your goats.