'Jersey Shore' Cast Pisses Off MTV 'Ungrateful' Bashing of '2.0'

The cast of "Jersey Shore" has done a lot for MTV -- but now, they've pissed the network off ... with a statement denouncing a new, younger version of the popular reality show.

If you didn't know, MTV announced earlier this week it would be adding a revamped version of the classic, with an all-new cast, to the network's upcoming programming -- a cast in the age range of the OG "Jersey Shore" stars when they started out way back in the day.

Clearly, that didn't sit well with The Situation, Snooki, JWoww, DJ Pauly D, Vinny, Deena or Angelina ... who all posted the same statement slamming the new show, saying, "... we are not in support of a version that will exploit our original show, our hard work and authenticity to gain viewers."

We've spoken to high-level sources at MTV who say show and network honchos were not only blindsided ... they're PISSED, calling the cast "ungrateful" and saying, "It's disgusting they'd take a swipe at the network."

Not only that ... they say the cast's claim MTV was struggling before airing "JS" just isn't true, and was an uncalled-for low blow.

We should mention ... the OG cast isn't going anywhere, at least not yet, and their "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" still has a home on the network.

Can't say the cast never had a shortage of drama ... and here's more proof.

'Naked and Afraid XL' Contestant Poops Out Tomato Seeds For Garden ... Plants Are Growing!!!

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"Naked and Afraid XL" contestant Dan Link is getting creative in growing his own food in the Amazon ... using undigested tomato seeds from his poop to grow plants, and it's working!

Dan, a survivalist who's appeared in two previous seasons of "Naked and Afraid," planned out his poop seed garden way in advance ... eating a bunch of tomatoes before getting shipped off to a rainforest in Peru to film the new season.

The move is paying off ... Dan took a dump in the woods and mixed in some dirt, then added water ... and now there are plants sprouting from the ground.

Dan's garden is growing so well, he's been moving the seeds around ... and now there are three garden terraces, which are growing like crazy.

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The unique tomato garden is featured in Sunday's episode of "Naked and Afraid XL" airing at 8 PM ET on Discovery.

Dan is among the contestants trying to hold out for 60 days in the rainforest ... and based on the video, he seems stoked to eat his poop seed tomatoes once they're ripe.

Bon Appetit???

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

Elon Musk has thrown a monkey wrench in his bid to buy Twitter with a change of party affiliation, and how crazy is Depp vs. Heard?!!? So, we gotta ask ...

Elon Musk Turns Republican ...

Chris Brown Congratulating Rihanna on Birth of Baby ...

Who's Winning???

Anti-Fur Protesters Scaring Christine Quinn

Shawn Booth Says Wild Snake Loose In His House ...

UFOs ...

Kourtney Not Inviting Scott Disick to Wedding

Kim Will Try To Catch Kourtney's Bouquet ...

Racism In 2022 ...

Ric Flair I Was Medically Cleared By Doctors ... Ahead Of Final Match

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73-year-old Ric Flair is returning to the ring as a wrestler for the last time -- just years after cheating death following a medical emergency in 2019 -- something Nature Boy tells us wouldn't be happening if he wasn't cleared by his doctor.

"I don't have any aches or pains. I know I've had the health issues, but I asked 40 different doctors, and I decided I'm only gonna listen to one. Not necessarily the one that was gonna give me the right answer, but that I felt the most comfortable with," Naitch told Babcock and Mojo on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (weekdays on FS1).

Ric says the physician gave him a clean bill of health, paving the way for him to return to the ring on July 31 in Nashville, TN ... under Jim Crockett Promotions.

Naitch and his team are still looking for an opponent ... something they expect to be squared away over the next few days.

Question is, why is the 16x world champ -- an immortal figure in the sport -- wrestling again?

Ric tells us he just wasn't happy with his last few performances ... and knows he can be better.

"I couldn't stand the last couple of matches I had. Couldn't stand the last year I had," Flair, who last wrestled against Sting in 2011, told us.

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Flair says he's been training with Rob MacIntyre from John Cena's gym (as well as with Jay Lethal) ... and the fitness guru has been pushing him hard.

"I needed someone to motivate me. And, what motivates me is doing something I like to do, and that's wrestle."

Nature Boy admits he'll never be the exact guy he was in his 30s, 40s, and 50s, but he'll be pretty damn close.

"I'll never run at 100% again. But, I'll be running at 80, 85%."

And, let's face it ... just wrestling into your 70s is pretty damn impressive. Factor in decades of wrecking your body in the ring, a plane crash in 1975, and a near-death medical emergency in 2019, and it's nothing short of incredible that Naitch is about to kick ass in the ring.

Woooooooooo!!

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We also talked to Ric and Wendy Barlow about her humanitarian trip to Ukraine.

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Wendy spent time helping many people in need in the war-torn nation.

Summer-Ready Abs Guess Who?!

We are ripping into Summer 2022 and stars have been bulking up in all the best ways prepping for swimsuit season!

In the age of social media, it's basically man-datory to post some sort of bod' shot, and these shredded celebs have not failed to give Instagram a look at what's under the hood! The gang's all here ... Actors, influencers, tv stars and more are poppin' off with their washboard abs, so take a peek through our gallery of stars who are more than summer-ready.

Can you put your celeb knowledge on the line and guess which Hollywood hunk is in the bare-chested shot?

Angelyne I Hate Seeing Anyone Play Me!!! I'm Doing My Own Movie

NOBODY DOES ME LIKE ME
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Peacock's new series, "Angelyne" was a complete fail at capturing the L.A. icon, and it did not do her life's work justice, at all ... at least that's the real Angelyne's review.

The Los Angeles billboard queen tells TMZ ... it was painful to watch someone try to be her, and adds Emmy Rossum -- the series' star -- was way off in her portrayal. Angelyne went so far as to call the performance unprofessional.

She says she had little to no involvement with the show.

Angelyne did speak to Emmy and granted permission to use her copyrights for music, artwork and billboards. At first, she thought it was a good idea, but later regretted it, calling it a "blonde moment".

Angelyne says she was the original influencer to inspire folks like Kim K and Paris Hilton ... and the show misses the mark, by having an actress pretending to be an influencer. She says, the actress is the complete opposite of her, and it comes off almost like a parody.

We should note, she says she doesn't think anyone can truly play her -- so, it's less of a personal jab at Emmy, and more about putting ANY actress in the role.

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On the upside, it gave her the opportunity to create her own movie -- which she says, will premiere this summer and show the 'real Angelyne,' from her own experiences, not just a made-up story.

Interestingly, Angelyne's scorching review is based purely on the trailer for the show. She says she doesn't plan to watch a single episode.

What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

You may have to whip out your Catwoman fighting skills to navigate your way through these two similar snapshots of Anne Hathaway. The actress was recently photographed looking "so chic," wearing an abstract outfit during the 75th annual Cannes film festival in Cannes, France.

There's no doubt that Anne's entrance into the Cannes festival turned many heads, as she rocked yet again another fashionable ensemble, but ... can you pass Miranda Priestly's test and spot the minor differences in these two Anne Hathaway images? Your trip to Paris Fashion Week is dependent upon it!

**HINT: There are THREE differences in the above Anne Hathaway photos!*

Breastfeeding Mom Saves Pet Goose From Bald Eagle

WILD GOOSE CHASE
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Here's a real mother goose ... a mom breastfeeding her baby ran out of her house and saved the family's pet goose from a bald eagle's talons ... and it's all on video.

The crazy scene played out this week in Canada, where a family's surveillance camera captured the moment an eagle swooped down and tried to carry off the goose ... springing the mother into action before she could put down her baby or put on a top.

The hero here is Cait Oakley, and she told Global News she was getting her baby ready for bed when she heard the cries of the family's female goose, Frankie.

Cait says the eagle grabbed Frankie by the throat, but she was able to frighten the eagle enough to where the bird of prey let go of the 20-pound goose.

The mom says the goose is like her 4th child and she didn't even realize the moment was captured on camera ... but the family later shared a good laugh over the footage, which is now going viral.

Mothers ... they're amazing.

Kim Kardashian Ciao, Italia!!! Let's Get My Sister Married

The sister has landed -- Kim Kardashian is in Italy for Kourtney's wedding -- and as expected, she did it with a ton of fans following her every move.

Kim was just spotted in Portofino, still sporting her blonde Marilyn Monroe hair, and a figure-fitting bodysuit as she walked the streets with security close by. We should point out, Pete Davidson is nowhere in sight, but it was reported he's got his final 'SNL' duties this weekend, so looks like work took priority.

Kim joined her family -- including Kourtney, Travis, Kylie, Kris, North, Kendall and her boyfriend Devin Booker -- for dinner before heading out.

KIM IS HERE!!!
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TMZ broke the story, Kourtney and Travis' wedding celebrations are slated for the next 4 days, with the ceremony to take place at Castello Brown -- a structure built in the 13th century with a ton of history.

The wedding party enjoyed a $60M yacht early Friday, taking a plunge and enjoying a ride on a jet ski.

Even once the Italy trip ends, the partying won't be over ... we're told there will be ANOTHER celebration back in L.A. for all their friends back stateside.

Calvin Magee Former NFL Tight End, Coach ... Dead at 59

Calvin Magee, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end and coach at Jacksonville State University, has died ... the school announced on Friday.

He was 59.

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of our beloved friend Calvin Magee," Rich Rodriguez, head coach for the JSU Gamecocks said in a statement. "Calvin was a great husband, great father, and grandfather, great coach, great friend and great man."

"He impacted my life and the lives of so many others in such a positive way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family - wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, son Bryson, his grandchildren, and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but heaven got better."

"I miss him dearly already. I love you, my brother," Rich added.

Magee, whose coaching career began in the early '90s at Tampa Catholic High School in Florida, joined Rodriguez's staff after leaving Duke University this past December.

During his more than two decades of coaching experience, Magee made stops at South Florida, West Virginia, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Arizona, New Mexico, and Ole Miss.

In 2007, Magee was named the AFCA's Assistant Coach of the Year after he helped lead WVU to an 11-2 record, a Big East Championship, and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma.

Magee spent 4 seasons in the NFL after being drafted out of Southern college, where he played in 56 games for the Bucs org.

In those games, Magee started in 34 and recorded 114 receptions, 1379 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Magee is survived by his wife Rose, and their children, Jade, Jasmine, and Bryson.

R.I.P.

Travis Scott Nike Drop Gets Over 1M Entries in 30 Mins for Shoes ... First Since Astroworld

Travis Scott still has the golden touch, or at least a VERY loyal group of fans, because his first merchandise drop since Astroworld just went crazy online.

Travis released a new collab Friday with pants, jackets, shirts and vests -- but it's the two pairs of Travis Scott Air Trainer 1's that really had fans in a frenzy, trying to score some of their own.

In fact, the hype was so wild for the shoe, Travis and his team needed to create a raffle to make everything fair.

A source close to Trav tells us more than a million people signed up for the raffle for the shoes in just 30 mins ... proving he's obviously still got it when it comes to hawking merch.

Security and the ability to prevent bots from scoring a pair was also a must for TS and team -- we're told they worked with web developers to set up anti-bot protection -- as his drops are some of the most heavily poached online.

This isn't it for Travis and Nike ... we've also heard there's rumblings of additional Nike releases next week, including an Airmax next Friday.

Of course, Travis has also had insanely successful releases with McDonald's, Fortnite and his Cacti hard seltzer flew off the shelves when it was released.

RETURNING TO THE STAGE
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The Nike launch is Travis' first since Astroworld, and while litigation and the investigation continue into what happened, Travis has slowly started to creep back into mainstream entertainment ... including his performance at The Billboard Awards last week.

Pete Davidson See Ya, 'SNL'!!! Expected to Leave After Season Finale

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2:48 PM PT -- According to Deadline, Pete isn't the only one to say goodbye the show ... Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney are all also leaving.

Looks like Pete Davidson is making some big changes ... there's a report he's expected to leave "Saturday Night Live" after this weekend.

That's right, according to Variety, Pete's final show will come after Saturday's finale. It's a pivotal move for the 28-year-old comedian. PD joined the show back in 2014, when he was just 20 years old ... as one of the youngest cast members in the show's history. Now, he's amongst the long-serving performers.

Since joining 'SNL,' Pete's career has taken off. He found himself in the Hollywood mix when he got engaged to singer Ariana Grande, before they called it quits. But now, he's with arguably the most famous woman in the world Kim Kardashian.

The two have been all over the place lately -- including the Met Gala, the White House Correspondents' Dinner ... and even showing up to show his support in court for the Blac Chyna/Kardashian trial.

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Outside of his love life, we know he's been pretty busy working on some projects other than 'SNL.' He recently missed a few SNL performances to film for the horror movie, "The Home."

We reached out to a rep for the show ... so far, no word back.

Akademiks Calls Cap On Migos Breakup ... I Just Spoke to Offset!!!

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When DJ Akademiks talks, hip hop pays attention -- which is why he joined us on today's episode of "TMZ Hip Hop" to drop jewels and share his intel on some big stories.

Top order of business was the Migos breakup rumors, which got gassed up like a Chevron when Quavo got real quiet at LAX as he was peppered with questions about feuding with Offset.

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Big Ak tells TMZHH he actually spoke to Offset just the other day, and while there might be some tense feelings ... he doesn't think any "beef" will escalate to a full scale split. His best guess is Quavo and Takeoff are stirring up buzz to promote their new song "Hotel Lobby."

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As one of the most trusted voices in hip hop media, Akademiks has nearly 5 million followers, just on Instagram, plus his Spotify-backed podcast "Off The Record."

That being said, ... he doesn't consider himself an actual journalist -- and he explained the real reason he caught so much flak for a recent story about the Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez case.

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Of course, we couldn't let Ak go without getting him to weigh in on who's the best artist, so far, of 2022 ... and we're not mad at his pick.

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'American Idol' Caleb Kennedy Out on Bond After Fatal DUI

"American Idol" finalist Caleb Kennedy is getting sprung from jail, but he won't be free, as he awaits his fate in his deadly DUI case.

The singer has been locked up in South Carolina since February after he was arrested for felony DUI resulting in death. Cops say Kennedy drove his 2011 Ford pickup truck up someone's driveway, plowing through their garage and killing a man inside.

17-year-old Kennedy had previously been denied bond, but his attorney, Ryan Beasley, tells us he was granted bond at $50k Friday -- and will be held in home detention until his trial.

Beasley tells us Caleb is in good spirits, and hoping to have his day in court where he can prove the DUI was just a tragic accident caused by medication. He's expected to be released sometime today.

Caleb was one of 5 finalists on 'Idol' in 2020, but left the show after a video surfaced showing him seated next to someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-like hood.

Kim Kardashian I Got Bomb and Death Threats .... Runs to Court for Protective Order

Kim Kardashian says her life and the lives of her children are in danger, after receiving scores of letters that threaten their lives and one where the letter writer threatened to blow up her office with a bomb.

Kim's lawyer, Shawn Holley, beelined for court Monday to get a restraining order against David Resendiz, someone Kim says she's never even met. Kim says somehow Resendiz got her home and business addresses and began sending a slew of letters -- more than 80 -- threatening her and her 4 kids in various ways.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Kim says Resendiz made numerous false and delusional claims about her intimate relationships. She says he's made "disturbing sexual references about me in his letters."

Kim says he's threatened in multiple letters to kill her. And, she says, on April 25, she received a written bomb threat in a letter delivered to one of her business offices. She says the letter is a dead ringer for the ones Resendiz previously sent.

Kim says she's scared for her safety and the safety of her family. She believes unchecked ... Resendiz could harm or even kill her.

Kim's asking a judge to keep Resendiz 100 yards away from her and her family and to have no other contact.

Kourtney & Travis We're Having a Yacht of Fun Counting Down to Wedding

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are living it up in Italy as they count down the hours until their wedding ceremony, enjoying a massive yacht and time with their kids until the big event.

The two are aboard the Regina D'Italia, a $60M superyacht once owned by Dolce and Gabbana head Stefano Gabbana. Travis, Kourtney and her son Reign all took a plunge off the back of the boat before enjoying some time on jet skis as well.

Travis, feeling a little bolder, also took a jump off the side of the boat from a greater height before getting back onboard to give his Mrs. a foot massage.

TMZ broke the story, the couple will celebrate their wedding over the course of 4 days in Portofino ... with a ceremony at a historic castle called Castello Brown, overlooking the harbor.

Sources close to the couple tell us Kourtney's kids, sisters and some close friends will attend the wedding ... and on Travis' side, it'll be his kids, and some close friends, including bandmates.

The Italian escapade won't be the last for the new couple's wedding celebration though, we're told they'll have another reception back in Los Angeles for everyone else.

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