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Warren Sapp

Guilty In Hooker Case

... Cuts Amazing Plea Deal

5/18/2015 11:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0518-warren-sapp-mug-shotWarren Sapp has pled GUILTY in his Arizona prostitution case -- but he (probably) won't spend another day behind bars thanks to an INCREDIBLE deal he made with prosecutors ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Sapp was arrested in Phoenix on February 2nd after admitting he paid 2 women $300 each to perform sex acts on him in his hotel room. Sapp was charged with solicitation and assault for allegedly roughing up the women after a fight over money.  

Now, we've learned Sapp agreed to plead GUILTY to one count of solicitation and one count of assault and in exchange he must complete 2 counseling programs -- the first is a "Prostitution Solicitation Diversion Program" ... the 2nd is essentially an anger management course.  

If Sapp FAILED to complete the prostitution program in 160 days -- he faced up to 30 days in jail. 

The good news for Warren ... he already completed the program and the hooker charge will most likely be dropped. 

As for the assault conviction, Warren is still working on completing that counseling program ... if he doesn't, he faces 30 days in jail and 2 years probation. But that's probably just a matter of time at this point. 

Sapp has also been ordered to pay restitution to the two prostitutes ... $150 to Quying Boyd and $1,171.24 to Britney Osbourne. 

All things considered, it's a GREAT deal for Sapp. 

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Billboard Music Awards

'He's Kanye!

What Are We Supposed to Do?'

5/18/2015 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kanye West totally blindsided Billboard Music Awards producers when he performed the n-word laced version of his hit, "All Day" ... and forced the censors to stand on the audio dump button. 

Production sources at the award show tell TMZ ... Kanye never did a dress rehearsal of the song, so they just expected him to be on his best behavior, and perform a clean version. One source said, "He knew it was national TV." 

We're guessing that's exactly the point, and Kanye knew exactly what he was doing.

Think about it ... his closing act is the one everyone's talking about -- even though they couldn't hear or see most of it.

The production source told us ... "He's Kanye. What are we supposed to do?"

By the way, Kanye not doing a dress rehearsal isn't THAT odd. Mariah Carey also skipped hers ... and several sources told us that's just what happens for top of the A-list acts. 

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Bruce Jenner

I'm Going to Be Full Woman

Surgery Scheduled

5/18/2015 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bruce Jenner says he will fully become a woman, and strongly intimates he will have sexual reassignment surgery this spring.

Bruce was not 100% clear, but strongly suggested he's going under the knife.  

You've gotta listen to the whole thing ... he flip flops a bit, first telling Kim he's going all the way with the transition, and then talking about surgically tweaking his facial features. 

But in context, it sounds like the conversations -- shot months ago for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" -- are about sexual reassignment surgery, but on the other hand it could be Bruce and the girls are simply talking past each other.

You also see in the clip how Khloe is having trouble handling it. Kim, on the other hand, is strong and even confronts Bruce about full disclosure.

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'Mad Men' Creator

Ducks Big Draper Coke Question

After the Finale

5/18/2015 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Mad Men" fans woke up Monday feeling like 'Sopranos' fans did 8 years ago -- an ambiguous final scene made it SEEM like Don Draper created the iconic Coke commercial ... and the show's creator is keeping the mystery going. 

We got Matt Weiner and Christopher Stanley (who played Betty's second husband) outside the show's wrap party -- and put the big Draper question to them.

If you missed it ... the final shots of the series showed Don finally reaching a point of clarity in his life -- cut to black (a la 'Sopranos') ... and then the legendary "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" commercial rolls. 

So, did DD clean up his act, and make the epic ad -- or was it just symbolic of the kind of manufactured feelings Draper was famous for creating throughout the series? 

Stanley tries to give us an opinion, before Weiner crushed his groove. Check it out.

Drake & Diddy

Mo' Money, No Mo' Problems ...

Beef Squashed!!

5/18/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515-diddy-drake-tmz-01Drake and Diddy's feud went from 0 to 100 with just one punch -- and it was killed with just one phone call ... TMZ has learned. 

The hip-hop superstars have been beefing since December when Diddy put hands on Drizzy outside LIV Nightclub in Miami because he felt disrespected in a dispute over a track.  

Sources close to both parties say they finally got together in mid-April for a summit, by phone. We're told they chopped it up, and agreed to end the drama ... and the major motivator for peace was green.

They've both scheduled big events this summer -- festival concerts, holiday parties, and award shows -- and realized they were going to cross paths several times. We're told they decided to clear the air since both would rather make money than war.  

There were concerns the squabble might get even more violent when J. Prince stepped in to warn Diddy (and several others) to quit messing with his protege, Drake. But we're told all parties are standing down now.

As they say, time ... and love of money heal all.

Kanye West

Sound of Silence ...

Censors Forced to Dump BMA Performance

5/17/2015 8:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kanye West gave ABC censors a collective heart attack Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards -- because the rapper dropped so many n-words ... most of his act was dead silence.

Kanye closed the show with his hit, "All Day" -- but about all you could hear on TV was the song's title. Censors killed the audio for so much of the song ... you're really left wondering -- why bother? The censoring went as long as 15 solid seconds at times.

Plus, you could barely SEE Yeezy through all the fireworks and smoke. Again ... why bother?

One thing you could hear clearly -- the boos for Kylie and Kendall Jenner as they introduced their bro-in-law.

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Tyler Shields

Check Out a Dead President

5/18/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515_tyler_shields_historic_gall_launch2Tyler Shields wants you to see how a toe tag was attached to the body of President John F. Kennedy, and how a black man struck back at a KKK member.

Shields spent a year putting together awesome art for an exhibit that kicks off Tuesday in Santa Monica at the Andrew Weiss Gallery.

The photos mostly recreate iconic moments in American history, some of which are grim and some are really fun. 

Shields tells us most people under 30 have no concept of world events, aside from 9/11. His exhibit brings some really important moments to life.

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'Cat From Hell' Star Sued

You Kitten Me??

You Can't Scratch Our Deal

5/18/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell" host Jackson Galaxy's former partners want to scratch his eyes out -- legally speaking ... because they say he's cheating them out of thousands. 

According to the docs ... consulting producer Brian Rochlin and publicist Susan Mainzer say they had a deal with Galaxy -- he'd give them 10% of his take, and another 15% of any back-end money.

Rochlin and Mainzer say Jackson started shorting them after 3 seasons of dutifully paying. In the suit, they acknowledge it was an oral agreement, but hope the fact he's been paying will prove they had a deal. Plus, they say Jackson emailed them ... it was time to "end this business relationship."

Jackson's ex pawtners want him to pony up for the rest of season 4, all of 5 and 6 -- and if it's picked up ... they also want season 7 dough.

We've called Jackson's rep but so far no word back.

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Original Bobby in "Mad Men"

MEMBA HIM!?

5/18/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Maxwell Huckabee got his big break when he starred as the first Bobby Draper in AMC's drama, "Mad Men" -- opposite John Hamm as Don Draper. Guess what he looks like now!

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One Direction

We Won an Award ...

That's NUTS!!!

5/17/2015 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Harry Styles paid tribute to 1D, as in ... DEEZ NUTS ... in Las Vegas.

One Direction won the Billboard Music Award for Top Duo/Group, and Harry celebrated by slyly grabbing a hold -- playfully and gently, we hope -- of bandmate Niall Horan's balls.

Watch ... Niall plays it off pretty good.

Not sure Harry even asked him to cough first. So rude.

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Taylor Swift

Ok, Calvin Harris ...

You Can Sit With Us

5/17/2015 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are a lot closer than expected at the Billboard Music Awards -- and he got the full GFE after she won an award.

Ok, Calvin wasn't the first person she hugged after winning Top Billboard 200 Album -- but he IS the only one who got an extended hug combined with a neck snuggle. They haven't exactly been undercover, but this qualifies as a full couple coming out.

As we showed you earlier ... the seating chart called for Taylor to sit with 2 friends between herself and her BF.  Nice decoy, T Swizzle. 

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Kim Kardashian's Daughter North West Looks Adorable As Minnie Mouse

North West dolled up as Minnie Mouse?!

Cutest. Thing. Ever.

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Mariah Carey

Blows Off 'BMA' Rehearsal

... Because She's Mariah

5/17/2015 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0517-mariah-carey-billboard-awards-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar5:55 PM PT -- Crisis averted. Mariah performed 2 songs -- "Vision of Love" and her new hit, "Infinity." Not only did she show up ... she NAILED one of the closing notes. Like, old school Mariah ... nailed it.

update_grey_gray_barMariah Carey knows how to cause a mass panic -- she bailed on her final rehearsal before the Billboard Music Awards, which air LIVE in a few hours -- but Mimi's got one word for the haters ... CHILL. 

TMZ has learned BMA producers are scrambling because they don't know what's going on with Mariah -- especially on the heels of her bronchitis issues earlier this week. Our BMA sources say the other reason for concern is ... it's been 17 years since she was last on the award show. 

But our Mariah sources are laughing off the panic, because producers shouldn't be shocked at all. As one source put it, "Nobody does dress [rehearsal]. WTF?? No big stars go ... ever."

It's true, you'd think award shows are old hat for a vet like Mariah. Plus, she performed as scheduled last night at Caesars Palace, and seemed fine.

As for what happens tonight on live TV? Stay tuned ... 


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Jay Z

Screw Tidal's Critics ...

I'm the Steve Jobs of Music Streaming

5/17/2015 1:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Z ripped into everyone who's bashing his new business ... as only he can -- by uncorking a blistering freestyle in which he compared himself to the founders of Apple and Nike. 

The lyrical attack came during Jay's 'B-Sides' concert last night, which aired on Tidal ... his music streaming service. Critics have accused the rap mogul of charging users more for Tidal -- compared to similar services -- simply because his name is attached to it. 

Jay Z's point? Steve Jobs was rich, and everyone bought iPhones ... and "Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought them kicks."

Check it out ... he also accuses Google and YouTube of underpaying artists -- or as he put it, "You know n***as die for equal pay right? You know when I work I ain't your slave, right?"  

No prisoners.

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