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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

Smithers Was Black By Mistake

... DOH!

11/17/2014 3:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Simpsons Mr Smithers BlackThe creator of "The Simpsons" says Smithers was color incorrect when he first appeared on the show ... black.

Waylon Smithers' black hue was simply a mistake, but producers didn't have the money to turn him to his intended yellow ... so says Matt Groening.

Groening gives an interesting explanation for the error, which was short-lived. It was corrected for Smithers' second appearance in the town of Springfield ... whatever state it's in.

Groening also tells us why all the other characters are yellow ... and it's not what you'd expect.

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'Bumfights' Creators

Busted For Mailing Baby's Head

And Other Body Parts

11/17/2014 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The co-creators of the "Bumfights" video series were arrested in Thailand over the weekend for allegedly packaging child body parts stolen from a hospital, and shipping them to the U.S. ... labeled as "toys."

According to multiple reports ... Ryan MacPherson and Daniel Tanner were busted when a scan of the boxes by a Bangkok parcel company revealed the gruesome discovery.

The 3 boxes -- reportedly intended for friends in Las Vegas as a prank -- contained several body parts ... including a child's foot, an infant's head, an adult heart and 2 pieces of adult skin.

Both guys were taken into custody and questioned by cops, but were eventually released for lack of evidence. They've since fled to Cambodia.

MacPherson and Tanner made millions in the early 2000s off their "Bumfights" videos ... which pitted homeless people against each other.

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Dr. Phil

Mama June Lies Like a Rug

11/17/2014 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dr Phil Mama June Child MolesterDr. Phil thinks Mama June is a compulsive liar who is freakishly drawn to criminals.

Dr. Phil was on "TMZ Live" Monday ... talking about his interview with the former "Honey Boo Boo" matriarch and offering an interesting take ... that her version of events is so obviously false, she indicts herself.

According to Phil ... in addition to Mark McDaniel, June had also previously been involved with a second man who's currently in prison on similar child molestation charges. Two other former boyfriends have also done time.

She also claimed the photo we posted showing her and McDaniel in a hotel room was photoshopped, although she moonwalked out of that allegation.

The interview airs today.

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'Big Brother' Contestant

I Was Canned

Now I'm Cleaning Cans

11/17/2014 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Big Brother Donny Thompson Janitor"Big Brother" contestant Donny Thompson just learned a hard but basic lesson ... when you don't show up to work, you get fired.

Donny -- who's been the groundskeeper for Cabarrus County School District in NC for 6 1/2 years -- took a 2-month vacation when he was cast ... but he did so well on the show he stayed past that.

Donny returned home to no job ... he was fired. But his position had not been filled, so he reapplied ... assuming he'd have a lock on the job.

Another guy got the job, but Donny wasn't left totally out in the cold. He eventually got rehired -- but as a part-time janitor.

Talk about getting backdoored.

Solange

I'm Under Attack

... By My Face!!!!!

11/17/2014 6:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1116-solange-knowles-beyonce-jay-z-akmgsiSolange Knowles looked great during her wedding, but after the reception she broke out in hives ... and by process of elimination, she's either allergic to shrimp, or Jay Z.

It doesn't seem to be a case of nerves ... Beyonce's sister's face appeared smooth and radiant in the wedding photos ... but after the reception -- when she got in a car with Jigga -- all hell broke loose on her face.

According to our sources, Solange suffered some kind of food allergy, though she isn't sure what it was from. We're told the hives were gone in a matter of minutes.

Solange got hitched in New Orleans Sunday -- she married music video director Alan Ferguson.

Rough.


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Jack & Jack

Vine Rap Stars Upstaged By Matt

During Fan CRUSH [Video]

11/17/2014 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Matthew Espinosa Jack and Jack FansPop rap duo Jack and Jack were at the center of an insane scene at LAX -- hundreds of their 6 million social media followers flocked to the airport -- but much of the crowd was really obsessed ... with their famous friend.

You've gotta see the J&J fans losing their minds -- tears were shed as they made their way through the crazed pack of tweener girls. But the most surprising part is a majority of the girls were screaming for the Jacks' BFF ... a dude named Matthew Espinosa.

Matt's pretty popular in his own right -- over 4 million followers -- but based on this video ... it looks like he's coming for Jack and Jack's crown.

For the older set, this is like Beatlemania ... for Pete Best (Google it, young people).

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Raven-Symone Looks Nothing Like This Now

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NeNe Leakes

I Never Said NEVER On Donation

11/17/2014 8:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NeNe Leakes DonationNeNe Leakes now says she might donate money to Detroit's schools after all ... but she sure as hell ain't gonna do it just because Kenya Moore did -- IF Kenya did at all.

We talked to the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star at LAX, and she defended the fact she hasn't paid up her end of the $20K deal she made with Kenya to support a charity of her choice.

Check out the clip ... NeNe rips off a list of questions she needs answered before she writes a check. But at a point, doesn't this start to feel like a giant stall tactic?

C'mon, NeNe -- the statute of limitations might run out.

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Kevin Hart

Confronts Jameis Winston

'Stop Doing Dumb S**t'

11/17/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Kevin Hart went right up to Jameis Winston's face this weekend and delivered some cold, hard advice -- "YOU NEED TO STOP DOING DUMB S**T."

The star of "The Wedding Ringer" hit up Florida State University as part of his college tour and met with some of the football players ... including Winston.

And that's when he started an impromptu roast of the Heisman Trophy winner.

"I started to bring a bunch a crab legs to see if you was gonna take 'em!" Hart joked.

There's more ... it's hilarious.

But check out the look on Jameis' face -- doesn't seem like he was too happy about it.

  
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Joe Dirt

I'm Back

... And Taking Selfies

11/17/2014 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Spade Joe Dirt 2 Sequel"Joe Dirt" and his glorious mullet are back ... and David Spade took a selfie to prove his classic 'do will be front and center for the new flick.

You may recall ... the 2001 film ended with Dirt's mullet being replaced with dreadlocks -- but it looks like that's all changed for the new movie set to debut next year on Crackle.

Spade captioned the pic, "Day 1. Let's get this s*** started! #imjoedirt #whatscrappenin."

Home is where you make it.

In other news...

This Is Not The Version Of Holly Madison You're Used To!

This is a side of Holly Madison you've never seen before, and that's saying a lot!


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Sister Mary in

"SISTER ACT"

'MEMBA HER?!

11/17/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1114_Wendy_Makkena_sister_act_launchWendy Makkena is best known for playing the shy nun Mary Robert -- opposite Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris -- in the 1992 musical Comedy "Sister Act." Guess what she looks like now!

Stephen Collins

NYPD Looking For

More Molestation Victims

11/17/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Stephen Collins is NOT in the clear in the child molestation case -- not by a long shot -- because we've learned the NYPD is on the hunt for fresh victims.

TMZ broke the story ... the NYPD was investigating at least 3 cases of alleged molestation or indecent exposure, but all 3 cases are so old authorities believe the statute of limitations have run.

But sources tell TMZ ... 2 NYPD detectives flew from New York to Seattle to interview the woman whom Collins admits on tape to molesting when she was 10.   

Cops were not interested in probing the woman's story any further, but they were intensely interested in finding out if other, more recent alleged victims might have come forward. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they don't want to close a case where the suspect admitted he's a child molester. So the NYPD is aggressively pursuing leads and has no plans to shelve the case.

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In other news...

Reese Witherspoon's Brother Is Everything You Expected

Reese Witherspoon gave her Instagram followers yet another brief glimpse into her personal life when she posted a photo with her big brother!

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Scarlett Johansson

I'm Ready For Motherhood

On BOTH Coasts!

11/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1114_scarlett_johansson_potential_home_launchScarlett Johansson is looking to rekindle an old romance ... not Ryan Reynolds -- looks like she's moving back to L.A.

Real estate sources tell TMZ ... "The Avengers" actress scoped out a Spanish-style home last weekend in Los Feliz ... the same area where she and Reynolds lived. When they broke up, they sold the house.

Johansson is currently living in NYC with fiance Romain Dauriac

Our sources say she passed on the $2.9 mil Los Feliz property after spending close to an hour there. It just wasn't private enough for her.  

She's still on the hunt, and it appears she'll go back and forth from coast to coast.

Dropkick Murphys

Cancel Concert After

Tour Bus Kills Pedestrian

11/17/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1116-dropkick-murphys-getty-01The Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys cancelled a concert in Tulsa scheduled for Sunday night after their tour bus struck and killed a pedestrian very early that morning.

The band was headed from San Antonio to the airport in Dallas when they say someone ran onto the highway and in front of their tour bus. The band says cops told them they suspect it was a suicide. 

With their tour bus too damaged to continue on, and the bus driver severely shaken up, they tried to find other ways to Tulsa in order to make the gig ... but came up short.

A makeup date has yet to be announced.

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