'Real World' Star Kevin Powell Race Issues We Tackled in Season 1 ... Came Full Circle for Reunion


Kevin Powell says his very first season of 'The Real World' 28 years ago foreshadowed many of the racial problems that have been brought to the forefront in America ... bookended by the Capitol riots.

One of the OG stars of "The Real World: New York" appeared on "TMZ Live" Tuesday to explain how the controversial discussions he sparked with his housemates about racism are more pertinent than ever today ... despite the fact no one seemed to take it seriously back then.

He says the cast -- especially his friend, Norman Korpi -- now fully acknowledges he was onto something ... and their discussions are ongoing.

If ya don't know, Kevin and the rest of the original cast reunited to film a 'Homecoming' docuseries ... and cameras were rolling as they witnessed the January 6 insurrection together from their famous NYC loft.

Kevin likens what went down at the Capitol -- along with the recent cases of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd -- to the 1992 Los Angeles riots ... which also occurred when the OG cast was together under one roof.

He tells us the recent events show no matter how much society has progressed, there's still a lot of work to be done ... and he hopes people see how his experience with his 'Real World' co-stars can make a positive impact.

BTW -- "The Real World Homecoming: New York" is available now on Paramount+.

'The Real World' OG Cast Reunites Where It All Began ... NYC Loft Homecoming!!!

The original cast members from the 'Real World' are going back to their roots ... for a reunion show in the famous New York City loft where they first met.

The "seven strangers" are getting the band back together for the first time in almost 30 years for a new docuseries now streaming exclusively on Paramount+ ... "The Real World Homecoming: New York."

Yes, it's been that long since Eric Nies, Julie Gentry, Heather B. Gardner, Kevin Powell, Norman Korpi, Andre Comeau and Becky Blasband were under the same roof ... and ya gotta check out the gallery to see how they're looking these days!!!

Talk about a blast from the past ... the gang first moved into the loft way back in 1992, laying the foundation for 'The Real World' franchise. Don't worry, the digs have been spruced up a bit since, and the loft looks super cool. Oh, and we will finally get an answer to the big question -- what's up with Eric?

The new 'Homecoming' episodes stream Thursdays ... all ya gotta do is sign up for Paramount+ and try it for free.

It's about to get real ... again.

Netflix Cuts Controversial MTV 'Challenge' Ep

Netflix left a controversial episode from one of MTV's most popular shows on the cutting room floor ... an episode infamous for some severe bullying.

Here's the deal ... the streaming giant just added 2 seasons of MTV's 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge,' but fans will instantly notice something's missing ... some behind-the-scenes clips featuring 3 female cast members going after another female contestant.

The episode was titled "To Hell and Back: Hot Gossip From The Inferno 2" ... and the troubling scene showed Veronica, Rachel and Tina ganging up on Tonya Cooley by snapping nude photos of her while she was sleeping.

They later showed those pics to other houseguests. That episode was the show's finale in 2005, and aired instead of the usual end-of-season reunions.

As for why Netflix cut it? Well, there's the obvious ... 2005 was just a different time, and things that might have been seen as funny or entertaining back then, just don't fly today.

We reached out to Netflix and MTV for an explanation, but neither responded.

One more relevant fact -- Tonya sued MTV in 2011 claiming she was the victim of sexual abuse -- separate from the nude photos incident -- during the show's Thailand season. It was reportedly settled in 2012, but it would make sense if the network wanted to avoid any further smoke with Tonya.

Rep. Sean Duffy I'm with Trump ... Media and the Left Inciting Violence


Congressman Sean Duffy thinks it's grossly unfair to lay blame on President Trump for the bombs sent to political foes of the Prez -- and he had a heated debate with us over it on TMZ Live.

The Republican rep from Wisconsin -- and former 'Real World' star -- joined us Monday to explain why he believes there's a clear double standard from anyone trying to blame Trump for the pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats.

The way Sean sees it, suspected bomber Cesar A. Sayoc was crazy long before Trump took office.

As for the perception POTUS is condoning violence, Sean argues the left has more metaphorical blood on their hands.

The Miz My Fetus Hit the Genetic Lottery


WWE, reality TV ... IT DOESN'T MATTER -- The Miz says his future daughter will dominate any career she damn well pleases 'cause of her championship pedigree.

"Genetically, she's gonna be a star," The Miz told TMZ Sports ... pointing out that his WWE superstar wife, Maryse, is a physical specimen, too.

(Note: he's right)

But if his kid wants to break from the family biz, he's down with his daughter following in his "Real World" footsteps too.

"She can do whatever she wants, whatever she puts her mind to."

Kid's due in the spring. Stay tuned ...

'Real World: Key West' House Spared By Hurricane Irma

The home featured on "The Real World: Key West" proved it can stand up to a hurricane, because it only suffered minor damages against Irma's 130 mph winds ... TMZ has learned.

Homeowner Andrew Lippi says he's lucky because the only damage was a broken window in the guest cottage, and a flooded room caused by a clogged drain. We're told the power on Stock Island -- where the house sits -- just came back on Friday ... almost a week after the storm hit.

It's actually the second major hurricane it has withstood. The house was also hit by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 while the series was filming. Lippi says everyone was forced to evacuate, but the damage was minimal.

Lippi tells us he rode out Irma inside the famous house -- which is up for rent on Homeaway -- and the wind gusts sounded like the roar of a 747. He sent us a pic of the pad post-Irma, and it miraculously looks pretty much the same.

MTV's 'Real World: Paris' Star 'Ace' Busted for DUI

The Southern frat boy from MTV's "The Real World: Paris" was arrested this week for DUI.

Law enforcement sources tell us Clyde Amerson -- known as Ace on the 2003 reality show -- was arrested and booked Wednesday morning for DUI in Carrollton, Georgia after allegedly rear-ending someone on the road.

Cops say they responded to the accident -- in which nobody was injured -- and felt Ace was under the influence since he appeared drowsy, slurred his speech and had trouble with his balance. Our law enforcement sources say he admitted taking Benadryl and Rx pills.

We're told police drew blood, and toxicology tests are pending.

Ace was taken into custody and charged with 2 misdemeanors -- 1 count of DUI and 1 count of following too closely.

MTV 'Real World' Star Screws Up Public Drinking Case ... Now Facing Jail Time

"Real World: Skeletons" star Tony Raines is looking at jail time for his drinking in public arrest and it could have been avoided if he had just showed up in court.

Tony was a no-show for his court date this week in Charleston, SC. His lawyer didn't show either, so the judge issued a bench warrant for Tony's arrest.

Tony was arrested in a Burger King parking lot in March after several people called cops to report his alleged reckless driving. He ended up getting booked for drinking in public.

Now with the warrant, he's facing up to 15 days in jail and a $262 fine.


'Real World' Star Death Threats From Obsessive Fan

'Hangover' actress and former 'Real World' cast member Jamie Chung got flooded with some seriously threatening emails -- and it got so bad, the LAPD had to track down the sender.

According to law enforcement Chung received 100 harassing emails from two separate Gmail accounts ... all in just one week, back in August. They ranged from simply "annoying" to threats to kill her.

Cops believed both accounts were owned by the same person because the emails were identical. Using the email info, cops tracked the sender and obtained a search warrant.

We're told cops got in touch with the guy and determined he was too far away from Jamie to pose any real threat. The case was closed without any charges.

'Real World' Star Incubus Singer Is Threatening to Kill Me 'Every Day, I Am Terrified'

Incubus singer Brandon Boyd has been ruthlessly stalking a former "Real World" star -- even threatening to kill her -- so says the former "Real World" star ... but Brandon says B.S.

Svetlana Shusterman from "Real World 17: Key West" got a temporary restraining order against Boyd, claiming Brandon's been stalking her for years ... and recently began threatening her life.

Svetlana filed a police report claiming Brandon had followed her car onto a freeway and yelled through the window that he was going to kill her.

Svetlana says she recently moved to a friends house to evade him, but he tracked her down. She writes, "Every day, I am terrified."

Boyd has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her pending a court hearing next month.

Brandon says it's all news to him. A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Brandon has been advised about this but doesn’t know anything about it. He doesn’t know this person nor does he recall ever having met her."

Puck from 'The Real World' Dodges Jail In Domestic Violence Plea Bargain

David Rainey -- AKA Puck from "The Real World" -- is going back to school -- domestic violence school ... and if he graduates with honors, he won't go to jail.

Rainey copped a plea in his criminal case -- he was accused of hurting his live-in girlfriend and faced one year in jail.

Rainey got into an argument with his girlfriend in July and allegedly scratched and bruised her ... then slammed the phone down when she tried to call 911.

Rainey pled guilty to domestic violence and dissuading a witness -- both misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend a 1-year domestic violence program.

The judge gave Rainey credit for the 15 days he spent in the slammer.

Rainey had a similar run in back in 2011, when he was arrested for felony domestic violence. And he served prison time in 2012 for stalking a woman.

Maybe these women should learn a lesson from the 1994 "Real World" housemates ... and kick his ass out.

'Real World' Star Sean Sasser Pedro Zamora's Boyfriend Dead at 44

Sean Sasser -- who famously dated "Real World" star and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora back in the '90s -- has died after batting a rare form of lung cancer.

Sasser frequently appeared on MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco" ... and participated in a commitment ceremony with Pedro, before Zamora passed away from an AIDS-related illness in 1994. Sasser was HIV positive.

Judd Winick -- who also appeared on the show with Sean and Pedro -- broke the news of Sean's passing on his Twitter page Tuesday night ... saying:

"Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much."

Sasser was 44.

'Real World' Star Puck Arrested Domestic Violence -- Again

Former "Real World" d-bag Puck can't seem to stay out of jail ... he was just arrested again on charges of domestic violence, TMZ has learned.

Puck -- real name David Rainey -- was popped on July 13th in L.A. and charged with inflicting bodily injury on a woman who cops say is a "spouse, former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant" of Puck (a.k.a. domestic violence). He was also charged with trying to stop the woman from reporting it.

Specifically, law enforcement sources tell us ... Puck and the woman got into a physical altercation, but when she tried to call the police ... Puck allegedly grabbed the phone away and hung it up.

He's currently behind bars. Bail is set for $50,000.

As TMZ previously reported ... Puck was arrested back in 2011, also for domestic violence. Then, in November 2012 he was sent to prison for stalking a woman. He was supposed to serve 300 days, but must have been released early ... just in time to get arrested again.

'Real World' Star Pepper Sprayed By Cops ... Arrested for Sexual Battery

A former "Real World: Las Vegas" star learned the hard way NOT to put his hand up a girl's skirt (allegedly) ... after it landed him in the back of a cop car, pepper-sprayed to the nines.

Dustin Zito -- known as the 2011 housemate who did gay porn -- was arrested Saturday night, outside a bar in Louisiana. Cops say Zito allegedly tried to reach up a woman's skirt and touch her inappropriately. The woman reported the incident to police.

But it didn't end there ... cops say when they showed up, Zito violently resisted the arrest. So they used pepper spray to subdue him and take him into custody. Ouch.

He was charged with sexual battery and resisting an officer violently.

Zito remains in jail. A court date is set for July 16th.

Puck from 'Real World' Begins Prison Sentence for Stalking

"Real World" legend David "Puck" Rainey is officially locked up in a California state prison ... TMZ has learned -- after he was convicted of stalking a woman earlier this year.

The details surrounding the stalking incident are unclear, but according to court docs, 44-year-old Rainey -- who starred in "Real World: San Francisco" in 1994 -- committed the crime on February 22nd.

The docs don't state explicitly that Rainey had violated a restraining order in the process -- but he was sentenced to more than one year in prison for the crime, which suggests he violated a court order.

Rainey pled "no contest" to the stalking charge in April and was sentenced to two years in prison in September. He turned himself in to Wasco State Prison on November 8th.

Rainey was given 401 days credit for time served, so he's got roughly 300 days to go.

Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker.

'Real World' Star Joe Kovar Coroner Says Opiates Killed Him

Former "Real World" star Joey Kovar died from opiate intoxication, a rep for the Cook County Medical Examiner tells TMZ.

TMZ broke the story ... law enforcement sources originally believed a lethal mixture of cocaine, Viagra, and alcohol was to blame for Kovar's sudden death in August in Chicago -- but medical examiner tells us, the official cause of death is listed as "opiate intoxication."

29-year-old Kovar's death has been ruled an accident.

Sources close to Kovar tell us, the late reality star had been taking a prescription painkiller (opiate) called Norco. It's unclear if Norco is the opiate responsible for Kovar's death.

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