Bruce Jenner's family is now regularly leaking out stories that have been obvious to all for quite some time ... that the Jenner patriarch is becoming a woman.
The latest leak is to "People," quoting a family source that Bruce is making the change. As we reported more than a year ago, Bruce underwent an operation called a laryngal shave, to smooth out his Adam's Apple, and at the time our sources were clear ... it was, as one put it, "one of the first steps."
We spoke to Bruce at the time and he said he was "absolutely not" transitioning, but the denial was part of his plan to make the change gradually, which he has done over the last year, to the point it simply became obvious and an announcement became almost irrelevant. But his decision to transition had been firmly made months before.
Our sources say Bruce is now far along in the process, has undergone various procedures and psychological counseling, and is ready to show his journey to the world. Our sources say it's so far along his docuseries will air as early as May.
People is reporting his family is supportive but not all family members are on board 100%. As we told you, the family filmed Bruce's formal announcement to them last month and during the conversation Kris freaked out. The other kids -- the boys and the girls -- have been more supportive, especially the older ones.
A leader in the transgender community tells TMZ they've known for "way more than a year" Bruce was doing this and some felt he should have announced it when he had the laryngal shave. But we're told Bruce decided a gradual transition followed by a revelation would be better for him and his family.
And we're told part of the plan to reveal the decision is for various family members to start speaking out. What Kim said this week about Bruce's "journey" was no slip of the tongue.
What's The Big Frigin'
2/1/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Take a moment to soak in Tom Brady's dreamboat qualities ... then snap out of it and sleuth through the seemingly identical images to spot the subtle differences!
**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!**
Long Hard Recovery
1/31/2015 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan is taking it step by step as he continues his recovery from that horrible truck accident.
Tracy is still walking with assistance, showing clear signs the June crash has taken its toll.
He was out in NYC Saturday and didn't want to talk much. It's clear every step is a struggle. Tracy was in critical condition after a truck plowed into his limo. Comedian Jimmy Mack died in the crash.
To Skirt Hecklers
1/31/2015 6:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Cosby would rather switch than fight hecklers and reporters, and switch he did Friday night at an Ohio concert where he got out clean by using a decoy.
Cosby was performing in Sandusky, Ohio (trust us ... it didn't escape us either) when a man whose face was completely covered in a hoody was rushed out by security to a waiting SUV.
A reporter from 7 Action News tried interviewing the man, when the reporter realized the real Cosby was being whisked away in another SUV within eyeshot of him.
Apparently the news crew gave chase and Cosby's SUV ran a light to ditch them.
Suge's Full of It
I Never Asked for a Peace Summit
1/31/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Dre is calling BS on Suge Knight for suggesting the good Doc asked Suge to come to the set to make peace with him.
Sources connected with Dre tell us ... he scoffed when he was told Suge is claiming Terry Carter -- the man he struck and killed -- was bringing Suge to the set because Dre wanted to end their beef.
TMZ broke the story ... less than an hour before the hit and run, Suge went to another set location but was thrown out by Dre's security. Sources connected with Suge say he got a call from Carter who said he had just spoken with Dre and the Beats mogul said he wanted Suge to return so he could make peace.
Our Dre sources say it never happened, and note it's pretty convenient the only other person who has first-hand knowledge is dead because Suge killed him.
As for why Dre and his people didn't want Suge around ... we're told it's because they view Suge as having a big fat target on his back. They say the shooting last Summer where Suge was hit 6 times is proof enough ... he has enemies, and Dre didn't want him and his people in the line of fire.
'7th Heaven' Cast and Viewers
They Have My Back
1/31/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins made a very public re-entry into public life after the molestation allegations surfaced ... dining at a high-profile restaurant Friday night and expressing gratitude for the support he's received.
Collins and his divorce lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, were leaving Mr. Chow in Bev Hills Friday night when our photog asked about '7th Heaven' very quietly coming back on the air after it was yanked in the wake of the audio tape in which Collins confessed to molestation.
Make no mistake ... going to Mr. Chow is calculated. He wanted to talk, and it's interesting.
Best Prayer Service EVER!!!
1/31/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
DMX makes the fieriest of pastors look like boring insurance salesmen ... this is one for the ages.
It all went down in Las Vegas before a concert ... when 44-year-old DMX asked the man upstairs to prevent stabbings, shootings and fighting from ruining his gig.
You gotta watch the faces of his makeshift congregation. They are either deep in prayer or doing everything humanly possible not to bust up.
Please watch this video. It could save you.
Lay Off the Beef
... Says T.I. [TMZ TV]
1/31/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hospitalized For Throat Tumor
1/30/2015 1:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
5:30 PM PT -- A rep for Val tells TMZ that the actor is currently undergoing tests for a possible tumor. Doctors are encouraged by his progress and hopeful he will make a full recovery.
8:50 AM PT -- Val has released the following statement on his Facebook page -- "Thank you for all your sweet support. But I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the ucla ICU. Friends have assisted who know my spiritual convictions and have been most sensitive and kind for the extra effort in making sure there's minimum gossip and silly talk. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don't worry. Love and deep affection , Val."
Val Kilmer was rushed to a hospital this week after he began bleeding from the throat ... and we're told it's a throat tumor.
Law enforcement sources tell us paramedics rushed to his Malibu home Monday night after someone called 911 and reported the bleeding.
The "Top Gun" star was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Doctors performed surgery and he's currently recovering.
We're told family members have been upset because they feel Val has ignored the problem and allowed it to get worse.
In October Val was in small claims court over a dispute with his former landlord and he told the judge he was unable to speak because his tongue was swollen.
Kilmer was last seen in public at a Clippers game with his son Jack. Val had his neck covered during the game.
Famous Faces With
SUPER BOWL XLIX
1/31/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Moving From The Block ...
Cuz It's Too Damn Big
1/31/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez loves her beautiful big ass, but not her beautiful big ass house ... because she's unloading it.
JLo is selling her 3+ acre, 17,000 square-foot Hidden Hills estate, because it's just ridiculously big for her small family.
We're told Jennifer and her 2 kids have their sights set on Malibu ... a smaller house with a better view.
She'll definitely have the cash to buy something new. She purchased the Hidden Hills mansion for $8.2 mil in 2010 and is asking for a cool $17 MILLION.
No word yet if Casper is included in the sale.
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'All About Sex' Bosses
Yeah, We're Gonna Need to
Get Back Those Vibrators
1/31/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Taking your work home with you, when your work is sex toys ... is a major dil-don't -- a lesson the staff of TLC's "All About Sex" just learned.
Sources tell us producers got a huge box of vibrators delivered to their office 2 weeks ago in preparation for an upcoming episode -- but a day after the toys arrived ... they all vanished.
We're told producers had one not-so-mysterious explanation -- curious employees swiped 'em. So, bosses called a full staff meeting, and asked for the immediate return of the toys.
Imagine that awkward convo ... and even more awkward -- they got back 2 items! We're guessing/hoping the mini vibrator and kegel balls set we're unopened.
Anyway, watch the clip ... they made do with what they had, and the mini vibe (used or not) was a big hit. As for the future -- we're told producers are keeping all toys under lock and key.