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'Mean Girls' Star

MASSIVE FAIL

In 'DWTS' Prep Video

11/26/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1126-mean-girls-star-massive-fail-ytJonathan Bennett's "Dancing With the Stars" appearance almost never happened ... because he suffered a humongous fall as he jokingly tried to prep for the show ... and it was all caught on tape.

So here's the deal ... the "Mean Girls" star shot this video a few months back, but kept it hidden until "DWTS" finished its run (congrats, Alfonso).

In the video, he and a few friends attempt an "interpretive dance" ... but Bennett tried a move on the railing of a staircase that ended ... well, you gotta see it. He ended up with 2 broken ribs and his arm in a sling for 2 months.

The best part -- they were dancing to "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Seeing as he was the one who allowed the video to be posted ... Bennett's ego escaped unscathed.
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Roseanne Barr

Burns Self and Cosby

11/26/2014 8:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Roseanne Barr did a lot with a single selfie ... insinuating Bill Cosby brutally beat her but really just made a domestic violence joke, and at the same time showed the perils of a chemical peel. 

Barr posted a photo of her swollen and badly bruised face with the caption "tussle w bill cosby."

Apparently, no one found it funny. She took it down and reposted with an explanation, saying, "Got a chemical peel to look more sexier. Joked about tussling cosby."

Better luck next time.

Tom Bergeron

Cracks Erin Andrews

Stalking Joke

11/25/2014 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

112514_tom_dwts_launchTom Bergeron hit a little too close to home Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars" ... when he made a stalking joke about Erin Andrews ... who very famously dealt with a stalker of her own.

Andrews was debriefing Alfonso Ribeiro when she began gushing over Will Smith ... who went on a social media campaign supporting his former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" co-star. 

After Andrews repeatedly invited Will to show up to a taping, Bergeron followed it up by saying Will could do worse than having Erin as a stalker ... insinuating it's ok for hot chicks to stalk guys.

You'll recall ... Erin dealt with a stalker/Peeping Tom who secretly filmed her inside a hotel room and posted a video of her naked online. The creepy peeper was sentenced to 30 months.

'Redneck Island'

The Nipple Ring Beer Bong

11/24/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Redneck Island Nipple Ring Beer BongA group of rednecks just took beer bonging to a whole new level ... by introducing a nipple ring into the mix -- and the results are extremely uncomfortable.

Lucas Albert -- a cast member on the upcoming season of CMT's "Redneck Island" -- caught the attention of another housemate for having a nipple ring ... and that's when things got weird.

Eventually they decide to pour liquid gold into a beer bong by attaching the can to his nipple ring ... and well, we've already explained too much.

So just watch ... and don't try this at home -- unless you're a redneck, obviously.

'Pregnant Man'

I GPS'd My Ex

But I Thought It Was Legal!

11/21/2014 1:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Thomas Beatie believes he had every right to track his ex-wife ... so says his current fiancee, who insists the famous "Pregnant Man" LEGALLY GPS'd the woman's whereabouts.

Amber Beatie tells TMZ ... after Nancy Beatie threatened to take off with Thomas' kids ... he secretly placed the GPS tracker on the car she was driving.

We're told Thomas did his own legal research and concluded GPSing her was fair game under Arizona law. He put the tracker on 2 years ago but she didn't discover it until recently.

Turns out he was right ... he was allowed to put the device on the car 2 years ago because at the time he was the registered owner.  

But Thomas transferred title to Nancy more than a year ago, and at that point cops say keeping the device on the whip is plain 'ol criminal stalking ... which is why he was arrested.

Beatie was released from jail Friday morning.

50 Cent

Folds Like Cheap Suit

After Fat Shaming

11/21/2014 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1121-50cent-diddy-instagram-vodka50 Cent crossed the line, and he knows it ... retreating big time after taking a shot at Diddy and his competing vodka ... at the expense of an overweight woman.

50 is now endorsing EFFEN Vodka and decided the best way to promote his brand was to go after the competition ... Diddy and Ciroc. But the way he did it was super offensive, posting a photo of Diddy grinding up against a large woman ... equating Ciroc with banging large chicks.

It didn't take long for people to go on the attack, and 50 just waived the white flag by pulling down the post and pretending it never happened.

So much for his EFFEN cheap shot.

'American Idol'

Racial Suit Dismissed

You Snooze You Lose, Judge Says

11/20/2014 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"American Idol" is NOT racist against Black contestants -- the lawsuit filed by 10 former Idol wannabes who claimed they were cut over race ... has been dismissed, but mostly on a technicality.

TMZ broke the story ... the contestants claimed "Idol" producers dug up criminal charges from their pasts -- including crimes for which they were never convicted -- and this was done strictly because they're Black.

According to new court docs, however ... all but 1 of them waited too long to file their cases, and since the statute of limitations ran out ... they had no leg to stand on. A judge tossed the cases.

The one who DID file in time -- Chris Golightly ... had his case dismissed when "Idol" proved to the court the reason he was booted was because he'd violated a show rule by being in a band.

Idol -- 10 ... Plaintiffs -- 0

Fab Five Freddy

Yo! Rapping Athletes ...

Don't Do It!!

11/18/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

111814_fab_5_freddy_launchRap legend Fab Five Freddy has a message for athletes trying to moonlight as MC's ... put the mic down and back away slowly.

We asked Freddy -- the first host of "Yo! MTV Raps" -- about the trend of athletes busting rhymes. Shaq and Kobe did it back in the day ... and, of course, guys like Iman Shumpert, Lance Stephenson, and LeBron James are doing it now.

Here's the thing about OGs like Freddy -- they rarely mince words ... so you gotta see him explain why most of these guys are in for a "rude awakening." 

Silver lining for Lakers fans ... Freddy actually thinks Kobe has skills on the mic. So, he's the one.

Bill Cosby

Ex Co-Star Raven Symoné Blasts Rape Rumor ...

That's Disgusting!

11/19/2014 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Raven Symone Bill Cosby RapeAt least one Bill Cosby rape claim is being shot down by the alleged victim -- his former 'Cosby Show co-star Raven Symoné says he NEVER touched her ... despite a story that's gone viral.

A parody website posted a story earlier this week claiming Raven was telling people Cosby had sexually assaulted her ... which is especially sick, considering she was only 3 years old when she debuted as Huxtable granddaughter, Olivia.

Raven finally responded Wednesday afternoon ... saying she was NOT taken advantage of by Cosby ... and ... "This is a truly disgusting rumor that I want no part of!"

In the Instagram post she added ... "Keep me out of this."

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Don Lemon

Plays Victim Card in Apology for

Cosby Oral Sex Question

11/19/2014 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Don Lemon ApologyDon Lemon apologized for suggesting an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim should have bitten him during oral sex -- pleading he wouldn't intentionally be insensitive because he's a sexual abuse victim himself.

In case you missed it ... during Tuesday's interview Lemon suggested the woman could have prevented Cosby from allegedly forcing her to perform oral sex. It came off like he was blaming the victim and angered a lot of viewers.

Lemon went on the air Wednesday afternoon and said, "As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I’m sorry as that was not my intention."

Lemon revealed in 2010 that he was molested as a child.

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Dwight Howard

Baby Mama Throws Son's

B-day Party At Hooters

11/19/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A seven-year-old boy should be having his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese's, NOT Hooters ... but that's exactly what Dwight Howard's baby mama did for their son's 7th birthday. 

"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed, the boy's mother, posted the photo on her Instagram showing Braylon grinning from ear-to-ear ... and it probably wasn't because of the wings.

As TMZ first reported ... Howard is angling for full custody, while simultaneously being investigated for child abuse.

In court docs, Howard has accused Reed of exposing Braylon to sexual situations. Howard claims his son has witnessed Reed engage in sexual acts with her "numerous companions."

We're told Howard believes this photo is just the latest example of his son being exposed to sex.

A source close to Royce says her son's birthday party was at a Monkey Joe's bounce house earlier in the day -- with his classmates -- and she merely stopped at Hooters for food. The source also says Royce has never had any man in and out of her house, and has never exposed Braylon to sex.

A rep for Howard tells TMZ, "Dwight isn't going to engage in the back and forth about his son in the media. He only wishes that his mother would do the same and protect the boy instead of exposing him.‎"

Don Lemon to Alleged Cosby Victim

You Should Have Been Craftier

In Oral Sex Dept.

11/19/2014 5:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111914_joan_tarshis_launch_v2CNN's Don Lemon thinks one of Bill Cosby's alleged victims could have thwarted any demand for oral sex by just biting down hard ... yes, it's breathtaking.

Joan Tarshis claims Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969, but she scared him from having intercourse by telling him she had an infection. But she says he then forced her to perform oral sex.

So Lemon looks like the cat who ate the canary as he schools Tarshis on how she could have stopped Cosby in his tracks.  

Tarshis looked puzzled as Lemon said, "You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it."

The suggestion she wanted to do it is just appalling, particularly since Tarshis claims she was stoned.

Lemon's been watching too many "Lifetime" movies.

Tyga

Boycotts Club for

Banning Underage GF Kylie

11/19/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1118_tyga_kylie_jenner_tmz-2Tyga pulled a no-show for a club appearance when the place shot down his demands to get his underage GF Kylie Jenner into the West Hollywood hot spot.

Sources at Greystone Manor tell TMZ ... Tyga begged and pleaded with promoters to get 17-year-old Kylie admitted -- calling several times throughout the day. We're told he even pushed his arrival time to 1:30 AM while trying to negotiate Kylie's entry.

When the club wouldn't budge -- y'know, because of the law and stuff -- he bailed. 

We're told Tyga pulling out of the event pissed off a liquor sponsor in a big way. The club is trying to reschedule, but since the 21-and-over rule isn't changing ... seems pretty hopeless. 

They may wanna call him back ... in four years.

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