"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.
He'll Leave Lockdown Rehab
For Toy Drive
12/19/2013 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will spend Sunday on tragically-hip Melrose Ave. in L.A. ... curious indeed, since he's supposedly in lockdown rehab. But we've learned, the rehab joint gave him a day pass.
Chris won't be shopping in stores that sell overpriced, vintage gadgets. He's a featured celeb at the XMAS toy drive, where people come with unwrapped toys for underprivileged kids.
We're told Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran will be front and center to mingle with everyone.
As for why Chris got a pass ... 2 reasons. It's a worthy event, and we're told the rehab folks actually think it will be good for Chris' treatment -- to show how satisfying it is to participate in non-violent activities.
Cops SHUT DOWN XMAS PARTY!
12/19/2013 8:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adrienne Maloof is too popular for her own good -- she invited WAY too many people to her XMAS party last night and the cops put the kibosh on the shindig.
The line for the party inside Mulholland Estates -- an uber-exclusive gated community near Bev Hills -- snaked from one side of her block to the other. Among those stranded outside -- Seth MacFarlane and cast members from "Entourage."
Neighbors got really pissed off and at around 10 PM the cops knocked at Adrienne's imposing front door and schooled her on excessive noise and the out-of-control lines.
It took a while, but eventually the party abruptly ended.
Among the guests -- Vanna White, The Game, Fergie (the Dutchess) and Heather McDonald.
And there's this ... none of the Bev Hills Housewives were there.
After Winning Australian Trip On TV Show
12/19/2013 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A Marine died in a parachute accident last weekend -- during a trip his wife won on the "Ellen" show.
Cherilyn McGraw won a trip to Australia on "Ellen" last January. Cherilyn and her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Brandon McGraw, took the trip last week. On Saturday, the two of them went skydiving in the same plane. Cherilyn made a tandem jump, but Brandon was experienced and followed by jumping solo.
An employee from the skydiving school tells TMZ ... approximately 300 feet from the ground, Brandon's parachute suddenly caused him to turn radically right and left and he crashed to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cherilyn posted a message on Facebook with photos inside the plane before the jump, saying, "My hero. My angel. These are truly such symbolic photos. He was happy and doing what he loved."
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.
Bodyguard Accused Of IHOP Brawl
12/19/2013 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of Justin Bieber's bodyguards roughed up a photog last night at an IHOP in Encino, CA ... and the pap has filed a battery report with cops ... according to law enforcement sources.
TMZ has learned ... the photog says he was trying to take pictures of Bieber in the pancake shop, but took a potty break, and that's where the alleged battery went down.
The photog says he was injured slightly.
Bieber's security guys have been getting increasingly physical ... his bodyguards have been accused of roughing up a photog who snapped Bieber surfing in Australia last month ... and another pap who shot Bieber cliff diving in Hawaii.
I'm On the Hunt
... for a Big Ol' 'C**t'
12/19/2013 6:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ke$ha tells TMZ ... there's one quality a man HAS to possess if he wants a shot at banging her -- he's got to be a "little bit of a c**t."
Ke$ha -- dressed like a 26-year-old Emperor Palpatine -- was rolling through LAX yesterday when our camera guy (a big fan of her reality show) asked why she's not drawn to nice guys.
Her answer was kind of like a Mounds commercial .... sometimes ya feel like a c**t, sometimes ya don't.
Races to Court Over Reality Show
Shaq Says No Way!
12/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shaunie O'Neal is rushing to court this morning for an emergency order allowing her to put her kids on her new reality show ... but ex-hubby, Shaquille O'Neal, is saying, "Over my dead body."
Shaunie has a deal for a new reality show for VH1 -- "The Shaunie Project." It's about life with her and her kids. But we've learned Shaq has put his big foot down, saying there's no way he'll allow their 4 kids to appear.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Shaunie has tried convincing Shaq that her show is just like "The Cosby Show" -- good, wholesome, family fun. She told him one of the episodes will focus on Shaunie's aversion to working out. The kids will convince her that working out is good and they'll all run a 5K together. Forgive our cynicism, but it sounds like this show may be scripted.
Shaq is not buying it and feels there are too many pressures imposed by producers -- to be able to keep the show wholesome. He's convinced the show will end up showcasing a dysfunctional family that will hurt his kids, some of whom are already struggling in school. Shaq believes no good can come from cameras in the home.
We're told Shaunie will tell the judge she needs an emergency order so she can meet her deadlines -- filming is scheduled to start the first week of January.
Shaq is also leery of Shaunie ... who once proclaimed she would no longer tolerate violence on her show, "Basketball Wives," because it damages the image of Black women ... yet she quickly changed her mind and the cat fights continued.
We'll be in court, so stay tuned.
Paul Walker's Car Shop
12/19/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The car shop owned by Paul Walker and Roger Rodas is shutting its doors for good ... after both men were killed in a violent car crash last month, TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Rodas tell TMZ, Always Evolving -- the performance and racing shop in Valencia, CA -- is expected to close for business in the next few weeks.
We're told the people who helped run the shop have already left and are looking for new jobs.
The shop itself is being cleaned out, and we're told the cars in-house will be auctioned off.
We're also told there's a core group of people who want to keep the shop open, but without Rodas and Walker's leadership and financial support ... it's impossible.
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.
Poker Star Phil Laak
Tax Man Calls His Bluff
Ante Up...Or Else
12/19/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Card shark Phil Laak -- who's made millions on the pro poker circuit -- just got dealt a lousy hand ... against an opponent who almost never loses-- the Tax Man ... TMZ has learned.
The Unabomber (it's because of his hoodies and sunglasses) was hit with liens for unpaid California taxes in 2010 and 2011 ... according to docs filed by the state tax board.
The docs show Laak owes a total of $24,874 in taxes for the 2 years -- a pretty small stack for Laak, who's earned almost $3 million dollars on the tournament circuit ... including a $263K purse at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Europe.
Gotta know when to fold 'em.
In other news...
Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as-is. She's comfortable with her body and we love it.
So why would anyone ruin it with photoshop?
'RHOA' Star NeNe Leakes
Potentially Fatal Blood Clots
Not Entirely Gone
12/19/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes says she's not out of the woods yet ... after doctors found blood clots in her lung.
NeNe was hospitalized last month. after suffering shortness of breath ... and that's when doctors found the clots.
NeNe was looking good at LaGuardia Airport in NYC and she gave us the low down on what could have been a fatal problem.
Jason Melon in
"Back to School"
12/19/2013 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Keith Gordon is best known for playing Rodney Dangerfield's slacker son Jason Melon -- opposite Robert Downey Jr. -- in the 1986 college comedy "Back to School." Guess what he looks like now!