If you asked yourself "Where was the publicist?" when "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson went off on gays during his big interview with GQ magazine ... TMZ now has the answer ... the publicist was not there!
Sources very familiar with the situation tell us ... a publicist did indeed accompany Robertson to the interview -- per A&E's rigid PR policy -- and the interview took place in several locations. When the GQ reporter and Phil hopped on ATVs, the publicist didn't come along for the ride.
We're told it was then the reporter apparently saw an opening and Phil made his incendiary anti-gay comments
It's pretty shocking ... because Phil is widely known as a loose cannon ... so it's a little like playing Russian Roulette to let him gallivant off with a reporter.
How Dare 'X Factor'
Joke About My Drinking Problem
12/20/2013 2:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Demi Lovato is furious at the producers of "X Factor," grousing that she was blindsided by a skit that mocked her addiction ... TMZ has learned.
Mario Lopez introduced a skit which showed clips of Demi drinking what looked like booze, acting annoying and off center.
Demi is extremely upset because addiction has turned her life upside down. It got so bad, she was living in a sober house for more than a year just to avoid temptation.
You can see her reaction on the show ... at one point it appears she says "That's f**ked up."
Demi's already said she's leaving the show, but now it's pretty clear ... for her it couldn't be soon enough.
We contacted reps for the show ... so far no word back.
'Duck Dynasty' Star
Over Homophobic Comments
12/19/2013 8:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson has been SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY by A&E after a series of homophobic comments he made in a recent GQ interview.
A rep for A&E released a statement, saying, "We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.'"
The rep added, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community."
A&E has suspended him indefinitely from the show. The rest of the "Duck Dynasty" family is expected to remain on the show.
As we reported, Phil told GQ about how a vagina is more desirable than a man's anus, and how homosexuality and bestiality are the same sin.
Can't Tag with the Big Boys
Graffiti FAIL with Monopoly
12/19/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber's attempt at tagging with a famous graffiti artist -- while on a red carpet -- turned out to be a COLOSSAL FAIL, and he damn near got paint splattered all over his fancy suit.
JB was supposed to team up with street artist supreme Alec Monopoly at last night's premiere of 'Justin Bieber's Believe.'
Biebs grabbed a spray paint can from Monopoly and started to tag the canvas next to the red carpet -- but the attempted masterpiece was never completed ... 'cause the can was drained.
But the best part comes when Justin realizes the last few drops of paint soiled his pretty little hands.
You gotta see his reaction, and who he beelines to for help.
Cops to Justin Bieber
Keep Your Hotboxed Vans Out of L.A.
... Or Else
12/19/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber better think twice before driving around L.A. in a hotboxed car again -- because TMZ has learned, cops are now on the lookout for ANY of the singer's suspiciously smoking vehicles ... especially that ridiculous black van.
Multiple law enforcement sources tell us, cops are pissed at the Biebs for his hotbox stunt outside Power 106 this week -- when he rolled up to the radio station in a van, slid back the door, and released a nuclear cloud of smoke.
We're told police are on the lookout for Bieber and his pals getting smokey behind the wheel. The smoke would give cops probable cause to search the vehicle, everyone inside would be detained and ordered to produce weed cards, or else. The driver would also be scrutinized for possible DUI.
Cops are fed up with him.
Phil from 'Duck Dynasty'
Rips Homosexuals ...
Man Ass Can't Compare to Vagina
12/18/2013 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
4:55 PM PT -- A&E just dropped the hammer on Phil ... putting him on indefinite hiatus. The network says its disappointed by his anti-gay comments -- which are his own personal beliefs and not reflective of "Duck Dynasty" or the network. A&E says it supports the LGBT community.
8:15 AM PT -- Phil's trying to backpedal by releasing a statement through A&E in which he says, "I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me."
But he's still doing some thumping ... adding that the Bible teaches "women and men are meant to be together."
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is blasting gays ... and not in the usual Bible-thumping way -- instead he's going off about the benefits of vagina as compared to a man's a**hole.
Robertson went on a rant about religion, homosexuality, and a bunch of other things in an interview with GQ -- saying, "It seems like to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me."
He adds, "There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on dudes! But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man."
Phil continued his verbal attack by claiming society's become too accepting of sin. He says, "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men ... they won't inherit the kingdom of God. It's not right."
So, we gotta ask ...
DENIED At Nightclub
Strong Arm Tactics FAIL
12/14/2013 12:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bethenny Frankel tried to talk her way into TAO nightclub in NYC early last weekend ... and when her charm failed her, she tried brute force ... and that failed too.
You gotta see the video, but first let us set the stage.
Bethenny showed up at TAO for a private party, but she wasn't on the guest list so the bouncers blocked her. That's when Bethenny got PISSED and tried to strong arm her way in ... first trying to unlatch the rope and then trying to limbo under it.
Our Bethenny sources insist she was invited to the event, but someone screwed up and left her name off the list.
Now, watch the video. It's pretty awesome.
Seacrest X-Mas Party
Dancing Man Arrested
IN ASSLESS CHAPS
12/12/2013 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ryan Seacrest's company X-mas party got REAL cheeky this week in Hollywood -- in fact, some random weirdo was arrested outside on the street ... after dancing all over the place in assless chaps ... and the hilarious scene was all caught on tape.
We have no idea who the mystery man is or why he was there -- but Tuesday night outside Loteria restaurant, this god among men stripped down to assless chaps ... and danced away like there was no tomorrow.
The best part ... he was dancing to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." And he's got some impressive moves too.
Okay, we take that back. The best part is when he gets arrested.
BLASTED BY OHIO POLICE CHIEF
How Dare You Compare Yourself to Cops!
12/12/2013 10:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A police chief in Ohio is GOING OFF on Kanye West -- tearing the guy apart for comparing himself to cops and soldiers ... saying Kanye has NO CLUE about the real dangers they face.
The cop with the beef is Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver ... who says he was listening when Kanye told a media outlet that he puts his life on the line at his rap concerts ... just like cops and soldiers.
Chief Oliver was so angry, he posted an open letter to West on the department's Facebook page ... saying, "You sir, are as misguided as they come."
The majority of the letter is dripping in sarcasm, mocking Kanye for the ridiculous comparison:
"Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military."
"After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow."
"I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck."
The letter ends, "What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves."
"Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver."
'Roseanne' TV Daughter
Attempts Nirvana Karaoke
Smells Like...Something Bad
12/11/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The actress who played one of Roseanne's daughters on TV would never make it on "The Voice" ... but we gotta give her props for her ballsy performance at a Brooklyn karaoke joint.
Sources tell us Lecy Goranson took to the stage just before closing time last Thursday .. when the place was almost empty. She let loose ... with an ear-splitting rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Only problem was ... it kinda stunk.
Lecy was one of two actresses who played Roseanne's daughter Becky on the TV series, "Roseanne" (the other was Sarah Chalke).
At least she sings better than Roseanne.
Nelson Mandela Shout Out:
If Y'all Got a Dream, Chase That Muthaf***er Down
12/10/2013 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z performed a show-stopping tribute to Nelson Mandela in L.A. -- and if it sounds familiar ... that's because he laid down the same exact tribute to Trayvon Martin months ago.
During the intro to his hit, "Young Forever" ... Jay told the Staples Center crowd last night, "We wanna dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela."
Look, it's not like the song is NOT appropriate for Mandela -- but is the sentiment cheapened if it's a rerun?
BEING A RAPPER IS DANGEROUS
... Just Like a Police Officer
12/9/2013 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
First Tom Cruise, now Kanye West is comparing his profession to BEING AT WAR ... saying just like soldiers and cops, HE PUTS HIS LIFE ON THE LINE when he goes to work.
Yeezus made the statements to Saturday Night Online this weekend, saying rapping is very dangerous work -- "This is like being a police officer or something ... or like war or something."
"You're literally going out to do your job every day knowing that something could happen to you."
But Kanye says it's not JUST the physical risks (he says he could slip on the stage) ... KW also risks getting his feelings hurt -- because people could watch a show and decide they don't like him.
Yeah, just like a cop or a soldier.
Sicko Tried Selling Burned Tree Bark From Crash Scene
12/8/2013 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Some deranged creep tried to make a quick buck off Paul Walker's death by selling pieces of burned bark he claims he took from the tree Paul crashed into ... TMZ has learned.
The seller says he took 6 pieces of charred tree (pictured below) from the crash site and put them on eBay -- asking for at least $100 per item.
But we've learned ... the seller had a change of heart (which might have had something to do with the hate mail he got) and he decided to to pull the auction for good.
The seller tells TMZ, "I would like to apologize to the family, friends, and fans of Paul Walker. At the time I listed the bark for sale, I did not realize the emotional impact it would have."