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Chef Auntie Fee

Hey Oprah, Help A Sista Out

8/4/2014 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Chef Auntie Fee has been bombarded by celebrities who want a piece of her since her chicken recipe went viral ... but she tells us the only person she can trust is ...  Oprah.

The Chef -- aka Sista Girl -- tells us she's gotten dogged by Jimmy Kimmel ... even a producer-type from "Orange is the New Black" -- everyone wants to book her. But she says she's a simple woman and isn't up on celebs ... so she doesn't know who these people are.

She does, however, know one -- Oprah -- who can help her navigate her new-found fame.  

There are 2 others she tells us she would place faith in  -- Tyler Perry and Steve Harvey.

'Snakes in a Cab' Prankster

Suspended by the TLC ...

But Hollywood Is Calling!

3/19/2014 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jimmy Failla -- the taxi driver who rode around with a snake in his cab and then posted riders' reactions to YouTube -- has lost his cabbie license ... but tells TMZ he's gained a slew of new job offers.

Jimmy tells TMZ the Taxi and Limousine Commission yanked his license for two years, but Jimmy is more than ok with it. He says he's gotten two TV development offers, his stand-up career is taking off and he's even auditioned for a slot on "The Tonight Show."

Failla says he's even been approached by producers to pull the prank in Los Angeles, though he says he'd need a fake taxi.

Clearly he's not ready for Hollywood ... we use Uber in these parts, pal!

'Snakes in a Cab' Prankster

Taxi Commission Can Take My License

I'm Bigger Than a Cabbie Now

3/12/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A NYC cabbie who pranked passengers with a live snake -- and posted their reactions to YouTube -- doesn't give two craps if the Taxi and Limousine Commission yanks his license ... he tells TMZ, he's on to much bigger things now.

Check out Jimmy Failla's video above -- it's pretty funny -- but New York City's TLC isn't laughing ... calling the prank "monumentally poor judgement on the driver's part." A rep says the commission is now actively reviewing Jimmy's TLC license. It's up for renewal next week.

But Jimmy tells us, if TLC wants to take his license away ... they can have it.

He says he shot the YouTube video to promote his new book ... and he's also making a living as a stand-up comedian -- so he doesn't need to drive cabs anymore. He never really liked doing it anyway.

Fun fact: Jimmy says he HATES snakes.

ESPN Announcer

Did He Drop an F-Bomb

During NBA Broadcast?

3/8/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

During last night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Jon Barry either dropped a very causal F-bomb or ... well, we really don't have another option.

As Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drained a midrange jumper, Barry remarked, "four f**king jumpers he's knocked down."

It's possible Barry said something else (one site postulated he was trying to say "flat-footed" jumpers), but it's clear he got a little tongue-tied.

[h/t the ironically named Fire Jon Barry]

Randy Moss' Daughter


Sets College Basketball Record

3/1/2014 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

BALLER runs in family ... 'cause Randy Moss' daughter just dropped 63 points in a college basketball game in one of the most DOMINANT performances of all time.

Sydney Moss WENT OFF for Thomas More College in a 106-88 victory over Waynesburg in a DIII tournament in Kentucky on Friday night ... setting the DIII single-game scoring record.

Moss -- a 5'11" sophomore -- is sorta following her dad's college career path. She started at the University of Florida and then transferred to the smaller school.

Of course, Randy started at Florida State before transferring to Marshall ... where he emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the country.

Sydney Moss WENT OFF for Thomas More College in a 106-88 victory over Waynesburg in a DIII tournament in Kentucky on Friday night ... setting the DIII single-game scoring record.

Moss -- a 5'11" sophomore -- is sorta following her dad's college career path. She started at the University of Florida and then transferred to the smaller school.

Of course, Randy started at Florida State before transferring to Marshall ... where he emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the country.

David Lee Roth

Performs 'California Girls'

With Beach Boys Singer

2/22/2014 9:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Lee Roth and Mike Love may not be surrounded by California girls anymore ... but that didn't stop them from getting together to sing about how much they still love 'em.

DLR and Love hit the stage with John Stamos at an ELAA Awards benefit in Beverly Hills -- and despite their age (Roth is 59; Love is 72) ... both performers were pretty spry on stage.

David Lee Roth's version of the song was released over 20 years ago.

... and now you feel old.

Kanye West

TMZ Rags On Me

Out Of Racial Nervousness

2/16/2014 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021614_kanye_rant_launchKanye West went on another endless rant Saturday night ... but this one had a racial twist.

Kanye was playing the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he called out TMZ and other media for criticizing him over the last year.

Kanye said we all make him look like "a maniac and an animal" ... not because of anything he did ... but because of our discomfort over interracial relationships.

Unless we're missing something ... he thinks we all have a problem with the fact that he's engaged to Kim Kardashian.

Funny ... we thought we were ragging on him long before he hooked up with Kim.


Goes Ballistic On Paparazzi [VIDEO]

Leave My Family the F*** Alone!

2/6/2014 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Bruce Jenner
's oldest son Burt Jenner went nuclear on the paparazzi Thursday ... berating them for screwing with his famous family.  Problem is ... most of the photogs didn't know Burt from Adam.

Burt owns a dog sitting business.  The paparazzi swarmed Burt's parking lot after getting wind of a big celeb who was inside a building across the street. 

The non-famous Jenner was indignant, ordering the photogs -- not ours -- to skedaddle.  Their response -- Who the hell are you?

That's all Burt needed to hear.  He had his employees get in their car and block the photogs from leaving.

Everyone screamed, had a bad time ... and the video is awesome!


'Staind' Singer Aaron Lewis

'Redneck Crazy' Is an Attack On Women

2/1/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Staind" singer Aaron Lewis is slamming the country hit, "Redneck Crazy" by Tyler Farr ... saying it promotes violence toward women -- so he had the whole thing re-written.

Lewis says he HATES Farr's song -- about an angry guy who stalks and threatens his ex-GF.

Sample lyric:  "I'm gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows/Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows."

The song -- which appears on Farr's debut album --  immediately shot to the top of the country charts ... and features some "Duck Dynasty" stars in the music video.

Lewis broke out his alternate version during a performance at a little bar in Medina, Ohio.

Grammy Wedding

I Tried to Stop My Girl From Getting Married

... Says Bitter Ex-Boyfriend

1/27/2014 11:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The 33-couple wedding during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' performance at the Grammys was the feel good moment of the night ... except for one man -- who did everything he could to stop the love of his life from tying the knot.

Michael Politz tells TMZ ... he learned Sunday his ex-girlfriend Tammy (pictured below last night) would be saying "I Do" to her new dude during the "Same Love" performance ... and went into a panic trying to shut it down.

Michael says he called everyone under the sun who might be attending the awards ... so they could tell Tammy how he felt -- including Vince Neil -- but none could make it happen.

"I'm heartbroken" Michael says. Adding, "I don't know if I'll ever trust again."

Newlywed Tammy Grabel tells TMZ ... "Michael is a broken hearted ex-boyfriend.  Seth and I are very happy to be married ... I had no idea Michael was trying to stop our wedding."

Guessing he assumed it would end like this.


Coolest Wedding Crasher Ever

1/26/2014 1:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Move over Vince Vaughn ... DMX just opened up shop on a group of groomsmen heading to their buddy's wedding -- and the footage is AWESOME!

The groom's wedding party ran into X Saturday afternoon in their New York hotel lobby ... and after the rapper posed for some pictures they boarded their party bus -- says one of the groomsmen.

Inspired by the meeting, the group turned on some of DMX's music and egged him to hop aboard ... and that's when the magic happened.


Jay Z

12-Year-Old Rapper's Performance


1/7/2014 1:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z
did NOT pull a fast one on his audience in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday night ... when he brought a 12-year-old boy up on stage who stole the show -- it was all spontaneous.

We spoke with Angela, who took her 12-year-old son Justin to the concert in Charlotte Saturday.  She says Justin's dream was to "get noticed" by Hova and he was crushed when he was overlooked as he sat in the 8th row.

Angela says on the ride home they decided to give it one more try, and she bought tickets to the Greensboro concert the next day.  She says she was lucky and scored front row seats.

Angela tells us nothing was set up.  Justin jumped up with his sign and this time Jigga noticed. 

She says after the concert Jay Z was true to his word and took them backstage.  They talked for 5 minutes about personal stuff.  No numbers were exchanged and Jay said nothing about signing the kid.

Jay Z

Meet My Replacement

He's Only 12!!

1/6/2014 1:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z just gave a 12-year-old kid the chance of a lifetime ... and the kid delivered.

Jay discovered the pint-sized rapper sitting in the crowd at his "Magna Carter World Tour" concert Sunday in Greensboro, NC -- he was holding a sign that read, "Can I rap for you?"

Jigga pulled the lil' guy up on stage ... and the kid laid down a crazy interpretation of Jay Z's rap.  Jay even cut him off ... just before he spewed some curse words.

We're a little suspicious ... this could have been a prearranged type thing ... not sure.

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