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Wayne Brady Sorry I Missed My Show ... I Had Too Much Soul Food

12/2/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wayne Brady was surprisingly MIA for opening night of his new play, but he's got an excuse we can all relate to -- he ate way too much on Thanksgiving. Seriously.

We asked Wayne why he missed his debut in "Merrily We Roll Along" Wednesday night, and he told us -- despite rumors of a more serious injury -- it was something way more embarrassing.

Brady assured us and all his fans there's no reason to worry, though ... he's already recovered and will be onstage at the Bram Goldsmith Theater in Bev Hills Friday night.

HoneyBaked Ham be damned.

Luke Bryan Strikes Taunting fan

12/1/2016 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar11:55 AM PT -- Luke's people have responded ... they tell us a man in the front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his show, which was insulting to him and all the families in the area. Concert security saw the man's actions and escorted him out.

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Luke Bryan was razzed, hazed and taunted until he snapped and lashing out at a fan during a Nashville concert.

Luke was performing Wednesday night when several fans took aim -- one waved a sign that read, "We can see your camel toe" ... referring to the tight jeans Luke famously wears.

Another fan in the front gave Luke the finger, and that's all she wrote. He walked down, and with his fist wrapped around the mic, smacked the guy in the side of the head.

'Bachelor in Paradise' Lace Morris Keeping Matching 'Grace' Tattoo ... And the Ring!

11/29/2016 10:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-lace-morris-grant-kemp-tmz-instagram"Bachelor in Paradise" star Lace Morris is back on the market but she's absolutely certain about one thing -- the matching tattoo she got with ex-fiance Grant Kemp ... ain't going away.

Lace tells us even though she and Grant both got their couple name, "Grace," inked on their wrists, she's planning to keep it because it's not just about her ex and the broken engagement.

0809-lace-morris-wrist-tattoo-SPLASH-01Lace says it's a reminder of good times she had with Grant, and memories of shooting 'BiP.' She says she always intended to get a tatt souvenir for her time on the show ... just so happens it ended up being about Grant when they got together.

We're told Grant's not rushing to remove the ink, but he's open to erasing it later. Translation: When a new hot chick wants it gone, he'll lose it.

As for the engagement ring -- reportedly worth almost $100k and bought by production, NOT Grant -- Lace says she's keeping it, unless producers demand it back. 

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Melania and Barron Trump Victory!!! YouTuber will Remove Bogus 'Autism' Video

11/28/2016 4:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1128-melania-trump-barron-trump-getty-05Melania Trump just got what she was after ... the man who posted the YouTube video suggesting Barron had autism is taking the video down.

The guy who posted the video says, "TMZ just contacted me to tell me Melania Trump is threatening a lawsuit over this video ... I never ever meant this as a bullying video."

The video was posted by someone who says he was diagnosed with autism at age 5, and he says he posted the video because he wanted to stop people for bullying Barron over his "weird behavior."

Fact is ... Barron does not have autism and the video perpetuated the bullying, but the guy behind the video says it will come down and he will issue a retraction and an apology to Melania and Barron.

As for Rosie O'Donnell -- who also suggested Barron had autism -- she's been radio silent Monday, but over the weekend she posted a long statement saying she meant no ill will but also never took back her questions about Barron and autism.

50 Cent Cops Called for Alleged 'Buck 50' Slashing Threat

11/23/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1122_50-cent_tmzupdate_graphic_red_barSources close to 50 tell TMZ, "50 doesn't personally know him however he heard that he was assaulted, as a result of the vlad and Jimmy Henchmen interview that mentioned 50. Mafi personally commented on 50's post, and when 50 saw he was in fact not injured he then deleted the post."update_grey_gray_bar50 Cent made a thinly veiled threat to cut a guy so badly he'd need 150 stitches -- so claims the guy who says all he did was try to interview one of Fiddy's baby mamas.

Courtney "Mafi" Johnson says he booked Shaniqua Tompkins for an interview, and the next day 50 Cent posted a photo of Mafi on his Instagram with the menacing caption: "I have nothing to do with him getting a buck 50 in his face ... now the poor guy has to staple his face together."

Mafi says Fiddy deleted the post after 45 minutes, but the damage was done -- he called police out of concern for his safety and filed an incident report. Cops in Wisconsin, where Mafi lives, say they've looked into it and closed the case.

Mafi says he's meeting with a lawyer to consider his options.

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NHL's J.T. Brown Smashes Fan's iPhone ... After On-Ice Brawl

11/22/2016 12:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tampa Bay Lighting winger J.T. Brown didn't get all of his aggression out on the ice Monday night -- smashing a fan's iPhone moments after he was sent to the penalty box after an all-out brawl. 

Brown went straight Conor McGregor on Nashville Predator defenseman Ryan Ellis after a blindside hit in the 3rd period.

As Brown was sent off the ice, Preds fan Brendan Johansen began to heckle him ... and that's when Brown reached up and smashed the cell phone.

We spoke with Johansen who says he's not mad and isn't taking any legal action -- but says he hopes the Lightning will spring to get him a new phone ... because his screen got shattered in the mayhem.

As for the game, the Predators won 3-1. 

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Birdman Furious at Lil Wayne ... No Respek Means No Deal!

11/21/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1117-birdman-lil-wayne-tmz-01Birdman's legal war with Lil Wayne is back to square one, because Weezy continues to drop major disrespect on his ex-mentor's name.

Sources close to the situation tell us ... lawyers for the 2 camps were close to reaching a deal -- one meeting away, in fact -- when Wayne publicly dissed Birdman by changing the lyrics in "I'm Me" from a Cash Money shout-out to a Jay Z shout-out.

We're told Birdman has his own beef with Jay, which made Wayne's diss sting even more. Lil Wayne's "Suck my d***!" at that same show didn't help either -- so he pulled the plug on negotiations.

The bottom line, we're told, is if they're ever gonna settle the $51 million lawsuit ... both sides need to stop jawing in public.


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Ex-'RHOC' Son Busted for Jailhouse Booze ... No Pruno For You!!

11/21/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1016-Joshua-Waring-mug-shotThe son of former 'RHOC' star Lauri Peterson got busted -- while already behind bars -- for hoarding prison wine in his cell, so now he's facing a new felony.

Law enforcement tells us ... Joshua Waring had the alcoholic beverage -- known as "pruno" in the can -- stashed in his bunk at an Orange County jail. We're told he's been charged with possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

Waring's in lockup awaiting trial for attempted murder, and is also facing a lawsuit from the man he allegedly shot.

Fun fact: Pruno is made with fruit, ketchup, sugar, milk and bread ... and is commonly mixed in toilet bowls. Before you whip some up for a holiday party -- it's been described as bile flavored.

Donald Trump Yeah, His Head Bobbles But Don't Rip It Off ... Company Sues

11/18/2016 2:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Trump's head was totally jacked by a company peddling knockoffs of it, according to a new lawsuit -- and we should probably mention we're talking Bobblehead Trumps.  

Plan P2 Promotions just filed suit against JF Sports Marketing for allegedly ripping off its copyright on "Donald Trump Red Hat Bobbleheads." The figurine features the Prez-elect sporting his motto on the cap. 

In the suit, PPP says it obtained the copyright in October 2015, but recently started seeing their product sold by JF Sports on Internet sites like Amazon ... without permission. 

PPP says it warned JF Sports to cease and desist, but the sales continued. Now it's asking a judge to yank the copycat bobbles from retailers, and force JF to hand over its profits from the Trump figurines.

JF Sports believes it's in the clear because Trump's image and likeness are public domain like other politician bobblheads it's manufactured. A rep says, "Them saying we used their same design is false."

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Roe v. Wade Attorney Trump Daughters Won't Let Him Overturn Abortion Rights

11/17/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ivanka and Tiffany Trump will make it impossible for their dad to appoint Supreme Court Justices who are gunning for Roe vs. Wade ... so says the lawyer who won the case giving women a Constitutional right to an abortion.

Dr. Sarah Weddington gave us her take on the future of the ruling she won back in 1973.

She's actually way more worried about Pence than Trump.

#HoldOnGinsburg

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Kate Upton Rips MLB Writers Over Cy Young Snub ... You 'F'd' Justin Verlander!!!

11/16/2016 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1116_kate_upton_justin-verlander_tmz-2Kate Upton is FURIOUS Justin Verlander didn't win the A.L. Cy Young Award -- sending a scorching note to the MLB writers who voted on it ... YOU F**KED MY FIANCE. 

Verlander came in 2nd in the voting behind Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello -- despite the fact Justin had more 1st place votes. 

FYI -- the Cy Young voting system is weighted. Writers fill in a name for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place -- a 1st place vote is worth 7 points. 2nd is worth 4, 3rd is worth 3, 4th is 2 and 5th is 1. 

Verlander had 14 1st place votes. Rick had 8 ... but Rick beat Verlander out in the overall scoring. 

Enter Upton who went all scorched Earth on the process. 

"Hey @MLB I thought I was the only person allowed to f**k @JustinVerlander ?! What 2 writers didn't have him on their ballot?"

"He had the majority of 1st place votes and 2 writers didn't have him on their ballots?!! can you pick more out of touch people to vote?@MLB"

"Sorry Rick but you didn't get any 1st place votes? you didn't win. #ByeFelicia @MLB keep up with the times and fire those writers."

Conor McGregor Warned By UFC Fighters ... Careful, Tyron Will Beat Your Ass

11/12/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor is barking up the wrong tree by picking a fight with Tyron Woodley -- because if they really did throw down, the Irishman would get BEAT THE HELL UP ... so say 2 fellow UFC stars. 

As you know ... McGregor and Woodley went at it on Friday -- it started with an icy interaction at the weigh-in ... escalated on Twitter ... and got even nastier when they faced off in person Friday night

Now, both Anthony Pettis and Aljamain Sterling are warning McGregor to think twice ... Woodley's no bitch. 

Donald Trump's Election Comparison to 9/11 Is Disgusting Ignorance ... Victims' Families Lash Out

11/10/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

People who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks are outraged Donald Trump's detractors have dared to compare the day after his election to the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

Carmen Suarez and her daughter, Jillian, couldn't believe what they were seeing when the memes started popping up early Wednesday morning. One called 11/9 the "second worst day in America" -- and another said it was "more of a disaster than 9/11."

1109_snoopdogg_viral_post_instagram_3Carmen's husband and Jillian's dad, Ray, was an NYPD officer killed while saving people during the 2001 attack and they both told us the social media images were enraging. Carmen said she had to avoid the Internet because she knew she was "going to be very nasty about it."

FDNY Prez Jim Slevin was equally pissed, saying anyone who draws a parallel between a presidential election and the horrific attacks "has clearly lost their mind."

Tammy Perconti, whose husband died in the World Trade Center, summed it up best -- "Clearly none of these individuals suffered a loss on 9/11."

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