Aldis Hodge Zoom Bombed By Racists ... During Black History Month Event

SHOW YOUR FACE, COWARD

A zoom celebration of Black History Month was interrupted by some racists who hurled the n-word for all to hear, but, as host Aldis Hodge said, were too cowardly to show their faces.

"Straight Outta Compton" star Aldis, along with Reginald Johnson and Malyia McNaughton, were on the call when an uninvited guest blurted out, "Aldis Hodge, my n*****. I heard you're like a famous actor, my guy."

Aldis and company kept their cool as they tried to boot the disembodied racist from the room.

Malyia then resumes the conversation, talking about the importance of Black History Month, when another voice chimes in, "When's white history month?"

At that point, the co-hosts decided to address the haters. After another uninvited guest hurls the n-word, Aldis lowers the boom, saying, "If you're brave enough to speak to me in such a callous way, I would love to see your face so we can speak face to face."

Of course, the invitation is not accepted, and Aldis labels the racists "cowards."

Sounds about right.

Rob Gronkowski Traded to Bucs ... Reuniting W/ TB12

3:40 PM PT -- More from Gronk via Jay Glazer, "I’m back. I always said when I have that feeling and it feels right, I will be ready to take the field again. And I have that feeling. I’m ready."

Gronk tells Jay Glazer he has already passed his physical and added, "I'm baaaaackkkkkk!"

1:22 PM PT -- Rob Gronkowski is officially coming back to the NFL -- reuniting with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay ... and the deal should be done in less than 24 hours.

Gronk had been coy about a possible comeback, but he's made up his mind -- and will return to the league for the 2020 season.

The issue -- Gronk is still technically a member of the New England Patriots -- but the team has been in contact with the TB Bucs and worked out a deal to ship the future Hall of Fame tight end to Florida.

The deal ... the Patriots are sending Gronk and a 7th-rounder to Tampa Bay for a 4th-round pick.

Jay Glazer has already spoken with Gronk ... who says the deal should be wrapped up by Wednesday ... pending the results of a physical.

Gronk had been dealing with back injuries -- but recently had been bragging about his recovery ... and proved he's back in playing shape by jumping off the Jumbotron at WrestleMania 36 earlier this month in a high-risk stunt.

Speaking of which, Gronk is the reigning WWE 24/7 Champion -- but we're guessing that won't get in the way of an NFL contract.

We're guessing it's Tom Brady who pushed for the trade ... the guys have become super-tight friends over their 9 seasons together in NE ... where they won 3 Super Bowls.

Tampa Bay is quickly becoming the TB Patriots ... all they need now is Julian Edelman.

Get ready, Tampa!!!

12:48 PM PT -- IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE HAPPENING!!!

Gronk has informed the New England Patriots he's interested in making a return to football with the intention of seeking a trade to play with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

"The #Patriots and #Bucs have had some communication, from what I’m told," Rapoport added.

Of course, Gronk and TB12 played together for YEARS in New England ... and became one of the greatest QB-receiver duos EVER.

And, with the Bucs shopping their current starting tight end O.J. Howard ... there would be room for Gronk if a trade went through.

It would also make sense for Gronk personally ... as we've previously reported, he's owned property in Florida in the past -- and has spent time in the Tampa area recently for his WWE gig.

Just call Rob Gronkowski the pancake man ... 'cause he's flipping AGAIN on retirement talk -- this time saying he's "not totally done" with football after all!!!

The NFL's greatest-ever tight end has been in a tug-o-war almost since the day he quit the NFL in 2019 ... going back and forth on whether or not he's officially done.

The latest? Gronk told Andy Cohen this week on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" that a reunion with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay ain't totally out of the question.

"I'm feeling good right now," the Patriots legend said. "I'm happy where I'm at. You just never know, man. You just never know. You never know. I'm not totally done."

Gronk says the only thing that's holding him back is a passion for the game ... adding, "I like to stay in shape, but I've gotta get that feeling back."

Rob retired in March 2019 ... and has said injuries -- including roughly 20 concussions -- played a big role in him calling it a career at the age of 29.

The rumors of a return haven't stopped, though ... with Gronk playing a big role in the whispers -- flipping publicly between "I'm done" and "You never know" often.

As for those close to him ... TMZ Sports spoke with Gronk's brother, Chris, just a few weeks ago, and he said he'd be surprised to see the tight end come back.

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Originally published -- 7:23 AM PT

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Couples Therapy Saved My Marriage

Dale Earnhardt Jr. just got REAL candid about his relationship with his wife -- admitting they were crashing and burning in a big way ... until they started going to couples therapy.

"Every day was like grinding gears,” Earnhardt said about his relationship with Amy Reimann ... "Just a lot of tension and disagreement and misunderstanding."

Dale and Amy started dating back in 2009 -- and got married in 2016 -- but it wasn't always sunshine and rainbows.

"There were great times -- and then there were days when we would both sort of withdraw and get frustrated with each other and not communicate and hold grudges and, 'I'm gonna show you!'”

Dale fought back tears as he opened up on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" -- explaining how things finally turned around when they sought professional help from a woman named Jane.

"Jane was the reason why we were married. Jane is the reason why we're having a family. And, Jane is the reason why every day is way better."

The couple just welcomed their first child -- a baby girl named Isla Rose -- back in May ... and Dale says even though they still get regular checkups with their therapist -- they're a very happy family now.

Ariana Grande Gives Tearful Interview About Manchester Bombing

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Ariana Grande broke down crying as she opened up about the impact the Manchester Arena bombing has had on her life ... and TMZ has the emotional interview.

Ariana was on Ebro's show on Beats 1 Radio Friday when he asked about her track "Get Well Soon" from her "Sweetener" album, and the importance of it to her in relation to last year's terror attack.

The singer's instantly overcome with emotion, but manages to get into how she -- and so many others -- have internal issues we're all dealing with ... and the song is meant to give everyone a hug.

But, she admits she's been deeply affected by the traumatic incident in Manchester, saying ... "It's like people are permanently affected by this s**t and it’s just like, perspective. It changes everything, changes your life quite a bit."

Ariana says she tries not to give into fear for her fans, but the truth is ... she's scared. She says she feels it when she travels and hates the extra security measures she has to take to feel safe, but that's the way it has to be now.

22 people were killed in the Manchester bombing. Less than a month later, Ariana was joined by stars like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Liam Gallagher to put on the One Love concert in Manchester to honor the victims.

Hugh Jackman Don't Put Money On Me Winning Golden Globe

I GOT MY MONEY ON ...
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Hugh Jackman is up for a 'Golden Globes' Best Actor award, but he hasn't created a space for the statue on his mantle ... 'cause he thinks someone else is gonna win.

We got the dapper actor in Hollywood outside Avalon Friday night, as he left a big awards shindig. He's up for Best Actor for a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy ... for his performance in "The Greatest Showman."

Hugh tells us who he thinks will take home the trophy. He also tells us which movie, in his opinion, is the best musical ever made.

Brody Jenner Distant from Kardashian Fam

OUT OF THE LOOP
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Brody Jenner seems happy for Kim, Khloe and Kylie -- who are all expecting -- but it also seems he's estranged from them.

We got the perennially handsome Jenner at LAX Friday, and he spilled some tea about the famous trio, 2 of whom are his step sisters. Brody says he hasn't spoken to any of them since TMZ announced their pregnancies.

Gotta say ... that's a big sign all is not well. As you know, Brody's father Caitlyn is estranged from the Kardashian brood, and it seems like his son is right behind.

Sugar Ray to Floyd Have Lots of Sex But Don't Party

HE SAID WHAT!?
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Sugar Ray Leonard seemed genuinely shocked that Floyd Mayweather told the world he will party every night from now through next Saturday, when he faces off with Conor McGregor.

The former champ seemed almost in disbelief that Floyd would do such a thing, although there's a good argument Floyd's saying it just to promote his Vegas gentleman's club, Girl Collection.

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On another subject ... he also strongly disagrees with Floyd on the matter of sex before big fights.

Big Sean You Might Catch Me at Comic-Con

STAN LEE IS MY BOY!
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Big Sean's an open (comic) book ... when it comes to his infatuation with superheroes.

The rapper was leaving Craig's in Weho Saturday night with his gf, singer Jhene Aiko, when we asked if he's into the Comic-Con scene. His answer was an enthusiastic yes.

Sean says he's into "Star Wars," both the DC and Marvel Universes ... and was once so star-struck by Stan Lee that he almost caused a traffic accident to meet him.

Here's an idea -- Big Sean headlines Comic-Con 2018. It's a win-win.

Akon If Jay-Z Fires Shots ... He Can Back it Up

HE'S UNTOUCHABLE
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Akon's got some advice for anyone Jay-Z puts on blast -- just let it go.

We got the singer at LAX Friday and asked him about Jay firing off at people like Kanye and Eric Benet on his new album, "4:44" ... he thinks it's so rare that anyone getting heat should just take it -- or it could get worse for them.

Akon also responds to Hov making personal revelations on his new album about cheating on Bey ... which he thinks is an unwise move. He knows it's juicy, though ... and believes Jay-Z always knows what he's doing.

Wiz Khalifa Hell Yeah I Got My Own Kush ... Want Some?

TRICK OR TREAT!
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Wiz Khalifa was in a charitable mood with the paps Friday night ... handing out free weed to his target demo.

We got Wiz leaving Catch in WeHo ... with a bag of his own "good s***" you can buy in stores now -- because he can't give all of his KK away.

Wiz doesn't seem concerned about the movement to legalize marijuana in the upcoming election, because he's starting his own ... in his souped up '64 Impala.

Terrence Howard Admits To Hitting Women ... With an Asterisk

Terrence Howard is fessing up to wife-beating allegations that cost him two of his marriages ... sort of.

Howard makes the admissions in Rolling Stone, saying in both instances he was provoked, kinda playing the victim card.

Howard was arrested in 2001 for hitting his first wife. He says, "She was talking to me real strong, and I lost my mind and slapped her in front of the kids. Her lawyer said it was a closed fist, but even slapping her was wrong."

As for his second marriage to Michelle Ghent, Howard explains, "She was trying to Mace me and you can't see anything so all you can do is try to bat somebody away, and I think that something caught her. But I wasn't trying to hit her."

Howard also deflects a 2005 incident at a restaurant where a woman claimed he hit her, but he says it was self-defense.

He lays a lot on the table.

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