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Carson Kressley Miss USA Ain't The Holocaust ... Blowback Over 'Sophie's Choice' Joke

5/22/2018 7:27 AM PDT

Carson Kressley joked it was impossible to choose his favorite Miss USA finalist -- just like Meryl Streep choosing which of her kids to save -- and suffice it to say, the joke triggered some outrage.

"It's like 'Sophie's Choice'! They're all so good," the former 'Queer Eye' star said of having to pick between the final 15 competitors. "Sophie's Choice" is about a woman forced to pick between the life of her son and her daughter in Auschwitz.

Some people on social media had a big problem with Kressley's comment, one saying, "So I guess if he were living Sophie's Choice, she'd be the saved child & the others taken to be shot immediately?  #classless #carsonkressley."

Miss Nebraska, Sarah Rose Summers, ended up taking the crown.

T.I. I Want Houston's Chain Shut Down For Alleged Attack on Female Customer

5/21/2018 10:24 PM PDT
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T.I. is fuming and wants a piece of a Houston's security guard he claims manhandled an innocent female customer in Atlanta. 

T.I ripped into the security guard -- who is also an ATL police officer working a 2nd job -- and the restaurant in a video he posted Monday night ... alleging the guard went into the women's restroom to drag a customer out through the restaurant, and eventually out the front door. Tip called out the guard, saying, "I need to see you! Come do me like that!!"

A video shot by the woman's friend shows her being held down by the guard. He appeared to be holding her arm behind her back, while her friends yelled at him to let her go.

One of the friends said she was calling police, and the security guard said he was "detaining" the woman until police arrived.

T.I. posted pics showing the woman's alleged injuries, including a black eye and several bruises on her leg.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, all 3 women -- actresses Britney Lucio, Erica Walker and Asia'h Epperson -- were charged with criminal trespass. Britney was also charged with felony obstruction.

Remember, this incident comes after T.I. organized a boycott against another Atlanta area Houston's last year when a staffer threw out a group of black female customers. T.I. had worked closely with Houston's ownership to improve relations, before lifting the ban.

Monday night he said, "We done tried to do it the Martin Luther way. It's time for Malcolm X!"7:15 AM PT -- We got T.I. Tuesday morning, as he was flying out of L.A., and he says his mission is clear ... shutting down the WHOLE Houston's chain.

Mac Miller Blew Twice the Legal Limit ... In DUI Crash

5/22/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Mac Miller blew nearly twice the legal limit when he was arrested last Thursday for DUI, and that was well after he fled his crash scene.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Mac's BAC was .15 when cops arrested him at his home. Mac drove his white G-Wagon into a utility pole and the impact was bad enough to cause the airbags to deploy. Mac and two other passengers miraculously managed to flee on foot, but cops eventually ran his plates and arrested him for DUI and hit and run at his home after he confessed.

The arrest comes on the heels of his breakup with Ariana Grande, whom he dated for nearly 2 years. Sources close to Mac tell us Ariana had tried to keep him straight, but things started to unravel last year ... and they ended things right after Coachella.

After the accident Ariana tweeted, "Pls take care of yourself."

Meghan Markle's Dad Buys a Frappuccino Just Days After Heart Surgery

5/21/2018 6:43 PM PDT

Meghan Markle's father might've missed his daughter's wedding with Prince Harry, but he wasn't missing his Starbucks while on the mend ... broken hearts be damned. 

The Duchess' dad, Thomas Markle, was in Rosarito, Mexico Monday stopping off at a Starbucks drive-thru -- and seemingly walking away with a Frappuccino in hand, whipped cream and all. Mind you ... Thomas just underwent heart surgery last week. 

Now, we're not doctors or anything ... but for whatever reason, it doesn't seem like a good idea to slurp up one of Bucks' sweetest, calorie-packed beverages on the heels of a heart procedure -- not to mention a very recent heart attack, too. That's just us, though.

Maybe he's just celebrating the fact that Meghan's wedding went off without a hitch, despite the fact he couldn't be there. Consolation caffeine hits the spot, apparently.

NASCAR's Martin Truex Jr. Trump's White House Was Awesome ... I'd Never Boycott!

5/22/2018 6:27 AM PDT
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NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. says his White House visit Monday to meet President Trump was "amazing" ... calling it a huge honor he would NEVER consider passing up. 

It's a MUCH different opinion than some NBA and NFL players -- but Truex tells TMZ Sports he considers NASCAR to be "very patriotic" and he's proud to be an American. 

Truex was invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after winning the 2017 Cup Series title -- and on his way out, he RAVED about the experience. 

"Oh my God, it was amazing. The president was an unbelievable host. He showed us everything that he didn't have to show, so it was really cool."

We mentioned the controversy with other athletes boycotting Trump's White House -- and Truex said the thought of turning down Trump never crossed his mind. 

"I mean, I think it's a huge honor. Huge honor for me and my team and for them to invite us was amazing, so I would never pass it up."

During Truex's visit, Trump once again brought up the anthem protests, saying "One thing I know about NASCAR and I will tell you, they do indeed stand for the playing of the national anthem."

'Double Dare' Reboot OG Host Marc Summers Will Return ... With Different Role

5/22/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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The new "Double Dare" reboot will feature one very familiar face -- the show's OG host, Marc Summers -- but Summers' new gig has a different job title.

Nickelodeon is bringing back the hugely successful game show this summer, and sources close to production tell us Summers was a quick hire. We're told he'll hold an Executive Producer title and will also have a role on camera. However, our sources say he won't be the show's host -- that role is going to actress Liza Koshy.

"Double Dare" first ran on Nickelodeon from 1986-1993 with Summers and then returned again in 2000 as "Double Dare 2000."

The new "Double Dare" will feature two teams facing off in obstacle courses and answering various trivia questions for cash and prizes -- just like the original version. We're told some of the OG obstacles will be back in action. The show will return June 25th.

The official announcement regarding Summers rejoining the show is expected this week.

Rampage Jackson Blasts 50 Cent You're Not a Real Fighter!

5/22/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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Rampage Jackson is putting an end to rumors he's headed to an MMA fight with 50 Cent -- telling TMZ Sports there's no way in hell Fiddy ever REALLY gets in a cage with him. 

50 started trash talking Rampage earlier this month -- saying he's the superior "Jackson" and would wreck the former UFC champ if they ever stepped in a cage. 

The rapper fueled speculation that the two were working on a deal when he posted a photo with Bellator president Scott Coker

So, when we saw Rampage at LAX, we had to ask ... and Jackson told us straight-up he's INCREDIBLY ANNOYED by all the fight talk ... 'cause it's never happening! 

"50 probably drinking too much of that champagne that he got," Rampage said ... "Who actually think 50 trying to fight?

"I just don't feel like 50 trying to step in no cage with me ... he ain't no fighter."

"I ain't trying to challenge him to no rap battles."

Rampage added ... "It's annoying as f*ck."

Tyrell in 'Monster's Ball' 'Memba Him?!

5/22/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Coronji Calhoun is best known for playing the tragically murdered Tyrell Musgrove -- opposite his on-screen parents, played by Halle Berry and Diddy -- in the dramatic 2001 film 'Monster's Ball.' Guess what he looks like now!

Jason Bateman & Will Arnett Involved in Car Accident in NYC ... Their Taxi Hit a Car

5/21/2018 6:02 PM PDT
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Jason Bateman and Will Arnett got into a car accident Monday evening while riding in a taxi in New York City, but they seem to be okay ... TMZ has learned. 

Eyewitnesses tell us the "Arrested Development" stars and 2 other people were cruising in a taxi van near Madison Square Park, when their driver rear-ended a sedan in front of them. We're told cops were called, but no one was transported to the hospital.

Law enforcement sources say the driver of the black Ford sedan claimed to have suffered some back pain as a result of the collision -- but otherwise, seemed fine. We're told Jason and Will also went uninjured, and even stuck around to talk to the police.

Most of the "Arrested Development" cast was in NYC Monday doing press to hype up their upcoming 5th season. That includes Jeffrey Tambor, too, by the way ... despite his sexual misconduct scandal.

As far as this goes, though, not nearly as much drama for the Bluths. No one was arrested or cited for the accident. Rest easy, 'AD' fans -- the TV fam's still intact. 

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Jack Osbourne My Wife Wants a Divorce But, We're Still Chillin'!!!

5/21/2018 1:56 PM PDT
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Jack Osbourne and his wife -- who just filed for divorce -- are ripping a page outta the Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin playbook.

We got Jack and Lisa Osbourne out with their 3 kids Monday in Studio City -- looking every bit like a happy family unit. You'd really never know Lisa just filed for divorce a few days ago.

Jack summed up their new arrangement in 2 words that were NOT "conscious uncoupling" ... but he admits Chris and Gwyneth have influenced them.

Check it out ... Jack and Lisa even joked about their pending divorce when we asked them to give Prince Harry and Meghan some newlywed advice.

Diddy's Son Dad's the New J. Paul Getty ... $21M Art is Just a Start

5/21/2018 4:48 PM PDT
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Diddy's adopted son says his father isn't just dabbling in high-priced art ... the music/tv/fashion/liquor mogul is diving headfirst into the art world. 

We got Quincy Brown -- whose biological father is Al B. Sure! -- at LAX Monday, and asked what he thought of Puff dropping $21.1 million on Kerry James Marshall’s '97 painting, “Past Times," during a Sotheby's auction last week. 

Quincy says this is the next logical step for his old man, seeing as how he's conquered just about everything else. The fact he dropped serious cheddar for the piece should tell you Papa ain't playing around, according to his son. 

We also ask if Diddy's gonna start his own Getty Museum ... take a guess.

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R. Kelly Sued for Sexual Assault ... He Locked Me Up, Gave Me Herpes

5/21/2018 2:25 PM PDT
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R. Kelly is being sued for sexual assault by a woman who claims he held her against her will and abused her ... TMZ has learned.

A woman named Faith Rodgers filed the lawsuit in NYC, and claims they met in March 2017, when she was 19 ... after a performance in San Antonio. In the suit, she says a couple months later Kelly flew her to NYC for one of his concerts.

After the show, she says Kelly "bombarded" her hotel room and initiated "unwanted sexual contact" ... including oral and vaginal intercourse. After what she calls "abusive sex" ... Kelly allegedly criticized her for being boring in bed.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Faith caught herpes from Kelly. She says they dated for about one year, during which he mentally, verbally and sexually abused her. Faith claims he locked her in rooms, studios and cars to punish her for failing to fulfill his sexual desires. In the suit, Faith says Kelly had a female assistant stand guard to make sure she didn't flee. 

Faith's attorney tells us she is the woman who secretly recorded Kelly. TMZ broke the story ... she recently recorded a phone conversation, attempting to coax a confession out of him.

She is suing Kelly for sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose an STD.

Rep. Steve Scalise Blames Texas School Shooting on Not Enough Religion

5/21/2018 3:52 PM PDT
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GOP House Whip Steve Scalise says maybe if there was more faith, religion and God in schools across America the mass shooting at a Texas high school last week could've been prevented.

The congressman was at Reagan National Airport on Monday and we wanted to get his thoughts on how kids, teachers and parents can cope with last week's horrific act that resulted in 8 students and 2 teachers killed at Santa Fe High School. Scalise, of course, fought for his life last year after getting shot when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice ... so who better to ask?

But, when our guy asks what more besides prayer can be done to prevent such a tragedy ... Scalise doubles down on more prayer.

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