Jenelle Evans Ex-Husband Arrested Again ... Felony Probation Violation

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Jenelle Evans' ex-husband has been busted again in North Carolina ... for violating his probation in a felony case.

Courtland Keith Rogers -- who was married to the former 'Teen Mom' star from 2012 to 2014 -- got arrested Wednesday in Leland and booked at the Brunswick County Jail for a felony probation violation. His bond is set at $10k.

It's unclear what Rogers did to violate his probation, but it seems it's connected to Rogers' arrest back in April 2018 on drug charges.

He was also arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman in August, 2018.  

Jenelle doesn't have any kids with Rogers, and the couple was only married a couple months before they split in January 2013, only to reunite a few months later ... when both got arrested for heroin possession and domestic violence.

They officially divorced in June 2014.

As you know ... Jenelle's had her own share of legal troubles since then, and then some.

Wendy Williams A Very Happy Birthday From Us, the Paparazzi, to You!!!

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Wendy Williams' last year has had a lot of ups and downs ... but some paparazzi just gave her a big up singing "Happy Birthday" to her a day before she hits a milestone.

The talk show host was looking like a princess Wednesday -- quite literally -- as she walked out of a NYC TV studio wearing a giant tiara and a hot pink outfit, in which she showed off some leg. She was all smiles as she got into her waiting vehicle, and for good reason too ... the surrounding paps belted out a heartfelt 'HB' a day before she hits the big 5-5.

Yes, Wendy is turning 55 Thursday ... and the crush of photogs let her know how much she meant to them with a song (for a soundbite, of course). She seemed to appreciate the gesture though, thanking everyone who sang as she climbed into the car.

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Wendy's got every reason to celebrate -- her family drama seems to be simmering down after her son, Kevin Jr., was cut loose by prosecutors after he got into a scuffle with his dad.

Of course, she's still in the middle of an up-and-down divorce with her estranged husband/biz partner, Kevin Hunter, but even in the love department ... she's doing alright.

Wendy's been hanging with a young buck, who seems to be keeping her busy from coast-to-coast. He's already said he's not using her .. just enjoying her company, and vice versa.

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If anything ... her smile here is a most welcome 180 flip from what we saw her doing about a month ago, when she was shedding tears on camera over her family.

And, just for good measure ... Happy birthday, Wendy!!! If anyone deserves happiness this week, it's you.

Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner Honeymoon Dreamboats ... Take it All In, Mi Amor!!!

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Joe Jonas and his bride, Sophie Turner, are still honeymooning under the Southern Italian sun -- and even though they're two weeks deep ... they're treating each day like it's their first.

The couple was spotted Sunday near the shores of the cliffside village of Positano -- and as they made their way down a set of stairs to board a boat ... Joe made sure to capture all the moments.

Sophie had his back too -- he was looking one way firing off shots of the coast, and she was keeping watch on the other side ... making sure he didn't miss anything. Teamwork makes the newlywed dream work!

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Before their boat ride, Sophie and Joe enjoyed themselves a couple refreshing spritzers with some smooching in between. It's like they just left the altar!

The couple's been in Italy for at least 14 days now -- they got hitched in late June over in France ... and then jetted down to Italy to soak in some rays ... like just about every other famous traveler, it seems. The also-freshly-married Kat McPhee and David Foster were also honeymooning on a nearby yacht.

Good on 'em for taking their sweet time and filling up their photo album ... if anyone still uses those, that is. 

2020 Presidential Race Celebs Hedging Bets ... Donating to Multiple Prez Hopefuls

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A bunch of big celebs like a bunch of Presidential candidates ... so they're funding a bunch of candidates with the hope one of them makes a move on January 20, 2021 ... to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

We've done some digging and found the top several Democratic presidential candidates all have their share of celebrity backers, but a handful are sharing the love ... or hedging their political bets.

For instance, according to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission ... Barbra Streisand donated $1,000 each last quarter to the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

The Katzenbergs -- both Jeffrey and Marilyn -- dropped $2,800 each (the max one-time donation) on those same 6 candidates ... except substitute Kirsten Gillibrand for Klobuchar.

Anna Wintour's donated to at least 4 candidates, so far -- $2,800 to Mayor Pete, Harris and Beto and a grand to Gillibrand.

Shonda Rhimes donated $2,800 to Booker and Warren last quarter, and the same amount to Harris and Gillibrand the quarter before that.

Finally, Ryan Murphy is Team Harris to the tune of $5,500 and Team Buttigieg for $2,800.

Bernie Sanders is noticeably absent from this list, but he's received donations from stars like Shailene Woodley, Josh Hutcherson and Milla Jovovich ... it's just that none of them double-dipped with anyone else as far as we can tell. And, of course, he has the public support of Cardi B.

As for Joe Biden ... his donation numbers from last quarter aren't in yet.

As we told you ... Mayor Pete's got a wide variety of celebs supporting him, as does Elizabeth Warren, and there's still a lot of time for more of that sweet Hollywood money to pour in.

Mark Taylor on 'Home Improvement' 'Memba Him?!

San Francisco born Taran Noah Smith was only 7 years old when he shot to stardom for playing the youngest Taylor son, Mark, on the clumsy construction comedy "Home Improvement" from 1991 to 1999. 

Taran Noah Smith was cast alongside an awesome ensemble of on-screen family including Zachery Ty Bryan as his brother eldest Brad, Jonathan Taylor Thomas as the middle child Randy, Patricia Richardson as the level-headed mom Jill and of course Tim Allan as the hilarious dad Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor.  

Since his long run on the classic '90s comedy, Smith has stayed out of the entertainment biz.

Guess what he looks like now at 35 years old! 

Pete Buttigieg Celeb $upport Still Strong Major Donations Last Quarter

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Pete Buttigieg may have lost some early steam in his campaign to nab the Democratic nomination for president ... but Hollywood's still got his back big-time.

According to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission ... contributions for Mayor Pete have been pouring in from celebs since he announced his 2020 presidential run -- with well over 30 Hollywood types forking over cash to the South Bend Mayor.

Among the names ... Gwyneth Paltrow ($2,800), Anna Wintour ($2,800), Mandy Moore ($3,818.86), Tom Ford ($5,600), Larry David ($2,800), Kevin Bacon ($2,800), Michael J. Fox ($2,800), Frances McDormand ($3,000), Matt Bomer ($2,800), Jeffrey Katzenberg ($2,800), Marilyn Katzenberg ($2,800) and John Stamos ($1,000).

And, there are others who opened their wallets for Pete, including Brad Falchuk, Sean Hayes, Caroline Kennedy, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Silverman, Ted Danson, Sharon Stone and George Takei. 

Looks like $2,800 seems to be the magic number -- the max one-time donation. Funny enough the largest one-time contribution we found in the famous batch of donors -- $6,600 -- was one Cooper Hefner -- the guy running Playboy Enterprises. The smallest donations came in at $250. 

Pete may be behind in the polls, but he's still one of the most popular Democratic candidates -- raising more than $24m this past quarter.

BTW, he's not the only Dem who's got Hollywood in his corner ... Senator Elizabeth Warren has a healthy amount of support as well -- Amy Schumer, Rosie O'Donnell, Scarlett Johansson and others plunked down cash -- raising a total of just over $19m over the course of this last cycle. 

Hollywood support doesn't get you elected, but the money sure helps. 

Drake Bell Austin Butler LOOKS Like Elvis, But ... Can He Sing?!?

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Drake Bell thinks Austin Butler has all the right features to play Elvis Presley on the big screen ... but his biggest challenge will be singing like the king of rock 'n roll.

We got the "Drake & Josh" star in New York City after news broke Austin got the nod to play EP in Baz Luhrmann's movie about the icon. Drake, a self-proclaimed Elvis fanatic, says it's going to be a tough call whether his fellow Nickelodeon alum should attempt to really sing Elvis classics, or just lip-sync. 

He's a bit of an expert on the topic, because Drake rattled off several other actors who were in Austin's shoes -- Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and Taron Egerton as Elton John.

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Vocal abilities aside ... Drake says he's glad Austin got the part -- beating out Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Harry Styles, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and a last minute push from G-Eazy -- because he's got the right look.

Drake's a little bummed he never got a casting call though ... and ya gotta see his Elvis impersonation!

Amber Portwood Machete Attack Spells Doom for 'Teen Mom' Gig

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Amber Portwood will lose more than her freedom if she's convicted of going after her boyfriend with a machete -- she will almost certainly lose her gig on "Teen Mom OG."

Production sources tell TMZ ... Amber's already on thin ice following her domestic violence arrest resulting in 3 felony charges -- domestic battery, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and domestic battery in the presence of a child.

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The dealbreaker for the show ... if a jury believes Amber wielded a machete during a heated argument with bf Andrew Glennon. As we reported ... Amber struck a door with Glennon holding their infant son on the other side.

Our sources say a conviction for the use of a deadly weapon in a domestic violence incident should end her 10-year run on the 'Teen Mom' franchise. We're told the show is letting the legal process play out ... but a conviction will almost certainly be all she wrote.

As rabid 'Teen Mom' fans know ... the show has stood by Amber's side in the past when she weathered other legal storms. You'll recall she was busted for domestic violence in 2010 for hitting her ex, Gary Shirley ... an incident caught by MTV cameras.

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MTV again stood by Amber when she was busted in 2011 for possession of a controlled substance. She ultimately served time behind bars and later admitted to abusing prescription drugs.

The difference in this case ... putting her son in danger. Aside from the obvious, it's way too much of a risk for a show to keep someone on the air with this kind of propensity for violence, because if she snaps again and the child gets hurt ... the show will have hell to pay.

Amber recently opened up about being bipolar and suffering from borderline personality disorder. She's also talked about postpartum depression. Obviously, all factors will be considered before a final decision is made. 

She's due back in court later this month. 

Wynonna Judd Sad She Can't Attend Beth Chapmann's Memorial ... But Her Presence Will Be Felt

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Wynonna Judd is super sad she can't be there to perform at her late friend Beth Chapman's final send-off ... but she's still making her presence felt from afar. 

Beth's memorial service is going down this afternoon in Colorado ... and she was a huge fan of Wynonna's music and the 2 got close, so the family asked the country music icon to come and sing. 

Unfortunately, Wynonna's on tour and can't be there to support a dear friend ... so she's giving Beth's family permission to feature her music during the service, including Beth's favorite Wynonna song, "Rescue Me."

Wynonna posted a tribute to Beth right after her death. 

Beth's memorial service, which is being planned by reality star Kim Fields, will feature video messages from some of Beth's celeb friends ... and Wynonna is part of it.

The send-off was planned in part by Beth herself. A massive crowd is expected to attend. 

'Making the Band' Stars Day26 to Diddy ... Let's Costar on the Reboot!!!

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If Diddy's really going to bring back his hit reality show for MTV, Day26 wants to know ... are we in this together?

We got 4 of the 5 members of the R&B group that formed at the end of "Making the Band 4," and along with getting geared up for a tour this fall, Willie Taylor tells us the fellas would love to be involved in Diddy's revival of the classic competition show. 

Willie says he can't speak for the other groups that formed from the show -- like O-Town, Da Band, Danity Kane and Donnie Klang -- but Day26 is "still making moves" and could serve as excellent mentors for new talent competing to make the band.

He says fans would also love to see what the group's been up to over the past decade, and Qwanell Mosley goes a step further ... telling us fans would be disappointed if they're deprived of some Day26 action.

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Diddy made a surprise announcement about a possible 'Making the Band' reboot Monday, but expressed reservations about it ... and called on the public to let him know if they really want him to bring it back.

He says MTV's on board, and like the lyrics of their first hit track, "Got Me Going" -- the Day26 guys seem to be feenin' and dreamin' of the old days too.

Jenelle Evans I Never Told Cops David Shot Our Dog ... But I Believe He Did

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Jenelle Evans was adamant she NEVER told cops David Eason shot their dog ... but after a little cross examination she conceded that's exactly what she believes happened.

The ex-'Teen Mom' star joined "TMZ Live" Friday to try -- keyword, try -- to clear up confusion over the fate of Nugget. 

As we reported ... the Columbus County Sheriff's Office claimed Jenelle walked her story back that David shot and killed their dog, and made the whole thing up for publicity.

Jenelle tried selling the scenario she has no idea what happened to the family pet, but eventually had to admit the obvious ... David killed Nugget after the dog nipped at 2-year-old Ensley, which sent him into a rage.

The thing that made no sense ... that Jenelle couldn't remember what David said on the stand during the custody trial about shooting the dog. 

TMZ broke the story, authorities removed all the kids from David and Jenelle's house after the dog was killed, but a judge ruled last week they could get the kids back. Jenelle said they're doing fine. 

'Marrying Millions' Star Bill Hutchinson Cracks Edgy Joke About GF's Parents!!! (Yikes)

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Real estate tycoon Bill Hutchinson says he's totally in with his GF's folks -- who are actually younger than him -- and he must be to crack the kinda joke about them he did with us.

The 61-year-old "Marrying Millions" star and his 21-year-old GF, Brianna, are one of 6 couples on the new Lifetime reality show where one-half of the couple is rich like Bill ... and the other is on the opposite end of the income spectrum ... like Brianna.

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So, we asked Bill how it went meeting Brianna's parents, considering their age and wage gap and their different backgrounds ... and he said it went surprisingly smooth. Brianna's Mexican, and Bill's fluent in Spanish, which he says certainly helped.

Then, Bill went and possibly spoiled the good thing he's got going by cracking a joke that might make ya laugh ... unless you're Brianna's parents. Or anyone who lives near them

Watch the clip -- he might have some 'splainin' to do at home.

In case you're wondering ... Bill, who's twice divorced, met Brianna at a popular Dallas restaurant where she was working as a hostess. They're not engaged yet -- so you'll have to watch and see if sense of humor derails that process.

'Varsity Blues' It's Reboot Time! ... Bring on the Series!!!

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20 years after the legendary whipped cream bikini, "Varsity Blues" is COMING BACK ... but this time, it'll be a series about a high school football team that hates its coach! 

The original was released back in 1999 starring James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Amy Smart and told the story of a group of high school football players in Texas who played under butthole coach Bud Kilmner, played by Jon Voight

Now, Jeffrey Katzenberg's short-form mobile video platform, Quibi, has announced they're in the process of adapting the movie as a series ... with an updated twist. 

Unclear if any of the original cast will be back -- but man, we hope Jonathan Moxon made it out of West Canaan! 

Of course, some of the original cast members have passed away including Paul Walker and Ron Lester, who played "Billy Bob."

"Varsity Blues" has been in the news recently ... not just because of the flick, but the FBI sting operation into the college admissions scandal was nicknamed "Varsity Blues." 

Hey, in Hollywood ... when something's hot, gotta jump on it!

Aubrey O'Day Donald Trump Jr. Is My Soulmate!!! Kimberly is 'Crazy Looking'

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Aubrey O'Day is still holding a candle for Donald Trump Jr. ... she's absolutely convinced the President's son is her soulmate and she's about to say it on national TV. 

Aubrey is featured on MTV's reality show, "Ex on the Beach," and sources tell TMZ ... the singer openly talks lovingly about her ex, Don Jr., while cameras are rolling.

Our sources say Aubrey also takes shots at Junior's current girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle ... calling her "crazy looking" and begging Don to dump her. 

Aubrey and Don Jr. had a steamy affair back in 2011, when his wife was pregnant ... but since early last year, Junior's been dating Kimberly. 

Seems Aubrey fancies herself as some kind of political seer ... our sources say, on the show, she talks about President Trump and theorizes his days in the Oval Office are numbered. We're told the way she put it was, "The White House fiasco is about to be over." 

While she sure sounds like she's holding out hope Don Jr. washes up on the beach with the exes of other cast members ... he does NOT make an appearance. 

Sorry, Aubrey.

Audrina Patridge Soaks Beachin' View After 4th of July Nightmare

Audrina Patridge was all smiles showing off her bikini bod during a trip to paradise ... a welcomed scenery change a week after experiencing hell.

Audrina threw on a black bikini and some shades Wednesday in Laguna Beach ... enjoying the crashing waves and picturesque view of the sun beginning to set behind the Pacific blue. She sported a grin ear to ear and made good use of it ... taking tons of selfies.

It's a far cry from her stress-filled 4th of July when, for a moment, she couldn't get in touch with her daughter, Kirra. TMZ broke the story ... Audrina and her ex, Corey Bohan, were supposed to exchange custody that morning at the Costa Mesa Police Department ... but Corey was a no-show.

Making matters worse ... a strong earthquake struck SoCal that morning, causing more panic. They eventually met up hours later for the custody exchange. Kirra was fine, but a hectic day for sure.

Nothing like a little beachfront me-time to erase that memory.

'Willy Wonka' Star Denise Nickerson Dead at 62

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9:41 PM PT -- Denise's family tells TMZ ... she passed away in her hospital room Wednesday evening around 10:30 PM Colorado time.

We're told several visitors came by her room on Wednesday to share memories and say their final goodbyes.

Denise was 62.

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Denise Nickerson, who played Violet in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," is living out the last moments of her life, because her family tells us they have just taken her off life support.

Nickerson, who suffered a stroke last year, was at home Monday and, according to her family, she got into her meds at home and took as many as she could. Her family came to check on her shortly thereafter and rushed her to the ER.  

Once in the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia. On Tuesday, she suffered a massive seizure and doctors put Denise on life support.  

Her condition continued to worsen and her family tells TMZ they have now taken her off the respirator, which facilitates breathing and removed her IVs and stopped giving her medicine.

The family says it's now just a matter of time before Denise passes. Her son, Josh, and his wife are at the hospital with Denise, and have started a GoFundMe to honor Denise's last wishes of being cremated, and her ashes turned into glass artwork.

In addition to 'Willy Wonka,' Denise played Allison on "The Electric Company." She also appeared on "Dark Shadows" and an episode of "The Brady Bunch."

Denise left acting behind in 1978 and eventually got a job working in a doctor's office.   

Denise, who is 62, has one son and daughter-in-law, who've been caring for her.

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