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'Fast N' Loud' Richard Rawlings Divorce is Official ... She Gets a Benz and $$$

5/14/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Fast N' Loud" star Richard Rawlings is officially a single man ... but it wasn't cheap.

Richard's now ex-wife, Suzanne, will get to keep all of her bank accounts plus the 2019 Mercedes SL 450 roadster ... according to new divorce docs, obtained by TMZ. She owes a little over $80k on the whip but shouldn't have any problem covering her car note.

Richard says he'll fork over $300k to Suzanne ... in 2 payments.

The good news for the reality TV hot rod guru is he gets to keep all of his belongings ... clothing, jewelry, etc. -- and, most importantly, his 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 H Fastback.

As we first reported ... Richard -- the 50-year-old co-star of the uber-popular Discovery show -- filed for divorce back in March. This is their second time going down this road -- Richard and Suzanne first divorced in 2009, after 10 years of marriage. They remarried in 2015, but here we are again.

They don't have any kids -- other than Richard's Mustang -- so that seemed to move divorce proceedings along quickly.

'Deadliest Catch' Time Bandit's for Sale for $2.88 Mil

3/11/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If catching crabs in style is your thing, have we got a deal for you -- a real life "Deadliest Catch" ship which is now available ... for a small fortune.

The Time Bandit -- which debuted on the hit Discovery show in season 2 -- has hit the market for a whopping $2,888,888 million. The folks over at Dock Street Brokers are doing the honors ... and they describe the vessel as a 113-foot boat that can hold 175,000 pounds of crab.

Imagine the crab bake!

The Bandit -- built in 1991 and captained by the Hillstrand brothers -- has been on "Deadliest Catch" for most of the seasons. If your taste buds prefer salmon, you're in luck -- this sucker holds even more of that ... a whopping 365k pounds!

As we first reported, one of the captains -- Neil Hillstrand -- filed for divorce and, according to docs, he agreed to fork over $10k to his estranged wife, IF the brothers ever sold the boat.

Rough waters ahead?

Jennifer Lopez Hires 'Fixer Upper' Star Joanna Gaines for Her Malibu Pad

3/4/2019 8:39 AM PST

Jennifer Lopez is all about that Magnolia Market life ... and who better to get the job done on J Lo's new beachfront crib than "Fixer Upper" star Joanna Gaines?!?

J Lo and Joanna finally got to work Sunday at J Lo and A-Rod's new Malibu home. The couple dropped $6.6 million last month for the house and, for their 2-year anniversary, J Lo revealed to Ellen DeGeneres the couple recruited Joanna to give the "Fixer Upper" house her magic touch.

For the uninitiated ... Chip & Joanna -- who made our hearts ache hard when they left TV in 2018 -- are coming back!!! Details are scant but here's what we know for sure ... the "Fixer Upper" stars announced last November they're teaming up with the Discovery Channel to get hammerin' and stylin' again. That explains the cameras on hand.

Ya gotta imagine this project's unlike any other for Joanna ... working with a power couple that's not all that worried about going a tad bit over budget. The 3-floor beach pad's pretty sick -- featuring 4 bedrooms, 3.25 bathrooms and a wraparound deck.

Have fun, Joanna!!! 

Ex-'Deadliest Catch' Star Busted for DUI, Gun and Drug Charges

2/15/2019 1:03 PM PST
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Ex-"Deadliest Catch" star Jake Harris is sitting behind bars -- and has been for more than 3 weeks -- after he was arrested for felony DUI and drug possession ... TMZ has learned.

The incident went down back on January 23 in Skagit County, Washington where cops say the 33-year-old wouldn't identify himself to park rangers, who tried pulling him over. Harris took off with his RV, forcing state troopers to chase him down and force him to stop ... according to docs obtained by TMZ.

Cops say the trooper noticed signs of drug use once they pulled over Harris -- pinpoint pupils, bloodshot eyes and pale face. They also say he could not stand still ... shaking the entire time and talking fast. Meanwhile, a K-9 alerted cops to drugs in the RV.

Cops say they found a half ounce of heroin and other paraphernalia associated with the selling of drugs. Cops say they also found a shotgun Harris claims he bought from someone for $150 and a "ball" of heroin. Turns out it was stolen.

He was arrested and charged with 4 felonies -- DUI, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or premises for drug trafficking and possession of a stolen firearm. They also hit him driving on a suspended license.

Harris was skipper of the Cornelia Marie before leaving "Deadliest Catch" in 2012, and has struggled with drugs.

His bail's been set at $200k.

'Deadliest Catch' 3 Dead After Crab Boat Capsizes In Yaquina Bay Feat. on 'Dungeon Cove'

1/9/2019 1:20 PM PST

1:20 PM PT -- Despite initial local reports, we're told the Mary B II boat involved in this tragedy was never featured on 'Dungeon Cove,' nor were the crew members who died. 

However, this dangerous stretch of sea is the subject of the 'Deadliest Catch' spin-off series.

A rep for Discovery tells us ... "We are deeply saddened by the news as we feel part of the crabbing community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and the entire community during this difficult time."A sea vessel featured on "Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove" capsized in treacherous waters,  tragically killing 3 fishermen ... according to reports.

The U.S. Coast Guard was escorting the Mary B II commercial crab boat Tuesday night around 10 PM off the coast of Newport, Oregon. The boat capsized during the escort in 12 to 14-foot seas while crossing Yaquina Bay bar and there was an immediate rescue effort.

Sadly, the Coast Guard was unable to save the 3 crew members onboard. KGW8 reports the bodies of 2 of the 3 fishermen were recovered, but the third is still trapped inside the sunken boat.

The Mary B II was featured on the Discovery show, and the premise of 'Dungeon Cove' revolves around the danger of crossing the Newport bar with a full load of crab ... which is apparently what led to this accident.

Originally Published -- 8:03 AM PST

'Deadliest Catch' Neal Hillstrand Boat Gets Tugged Into Divorce

1/6/2019 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Deadliest Catch" star Neal Hillstrand is getting his family fishing vessel dragged into his divorce proceedings with his wife ... but this story doesn't have anything to do with tugboats. 

According to divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Neal agreed to fork over $10,000 to his estranged wife, Sugayle Marie Hillstrand, if he and his brothers ever sell their boat.

The docs show Neal has one-third ownership in "Time Bandit" -- along with his brothers, Captains Johnathan and Andy -- and he's bound to cut a check to his ex if his family ever unloads the fishing boat made famous in Discovery's reality TV series. As best we can tell, "Time Bandit" is currently not up for sale.

Neal filed for divorce Oct. 29, and docs show he gets the former couple's $340,000 house, plus a 1969 Chevy Malibu. She gets their 2 SUVs, a 2012 Sierra and 2006 Envoy. 

As part of the divorce, Neal already paid his ex $15k in November and will shell out $1,500 per month over the next 6 months.

But, the biggest catch in this divorce is the boat.

'Storm Chasers' Star Joel Taylor Death Investigation Dropped by FBI ... Back with Local Cops

1/25/2018 3:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Joel Taylor's death is officially off the FBI's plate -- for now at least ... TMZ has learned.

Carlos Osorio -- a spokesman for the FBI's San Juan Division -- tells TMZ the feds have been pulled off the "Storm Chasers" star's case, and it's been passed back to local authorities. 

Osorio says FBI members conducted a preliminary investigation on the cruise ship Taylor died on this week, and concluded his death was not the result of a violent crime. That, coupled with other factors he wouldn't elaborate on, made U.S. officials determine the case was no longer in the FBI's jurisdiction.

Here's the catch -- if it's determined Taylor's death is linked to murder ... we're told the feds could reopen the investigation. That doesn't seem likely -- Taylor's death appears to be tied to a drug OD.

As we reported ... Taylor was so out of it after consuming what we're told was GHB that he was rendered unconscious on the dance floor and had to be carried to his room. Passengers told us drug us was rampant on the cruise ship as passengers partied.

No arrests have been made, and local police in San Juan are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Taylor's demise. 

Nas When I Was Broke This Was My Dream Car!!!

12/2/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nas is living the dream ... exhibit A -- finally landing the car he dreamed about when he was a kid.

The legendary rapper hit up Will Castro of "Unique Rides" in NYC and challenged him to find a 1988 Mercedes-Benz 190E and turn it into a masterpiece.

Will spent under $5k to buy the beater and his team spent another 8 weeks customizing it with, shall we say, Unique touches -- a custom rag-top, leather piped interior seats, custom Nas wheels and a sick sound system. It's unclear what the whip's worth now but it's gotta be a crap load more.

The episode airs Wednesday at 9 PM on Velocity.

So, why does this car mean so much to Nas? We're told, to him, this Benz personified everything it meant to be rich ... in car, culture, style, life and spirit.

Mission accomplished, Nas.

Got my Bday 1988 190E Benz & picked up Shorty from Queens! We Out!

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Sig Hansen Sued For Alleged Uber Driver Attack

9/11/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Deadliest Catch" captain Sig Hansen is reeling in more heat for his alleged spit-fest on an Uber driver.

Waheed Lawal -- Sig's Uber driver during the night in question -- filed suit against the reality star and his son-in-law, Clark Pederson, for allegedly unloading saliva on the back of his head and kicking the crap out of his car. Lawal admits he refused to take cash for the trip, it's against Uber policy, and says that's what set them off.

Sig was arrested afterward, and his criminal case is still pending.

Lawal's suing for assault and battery. And get this ... his wife's a plaintiff too, claiming loss of consortium. In other words, the couple isn't having sex anymore due to his injuries.

Sig's previously apologized for the incident. Not enough for Lawal, obviously.

Michael Phelps Tells Shark Race Haters ... Bite Me!!!

7/25/2017 2:07 PM PDT

Michael Phelps isn't taking a shred of blame for viewers' disappointment over him not racing an actual great white shark, and says he stands by the "incredible" made-for-TV event.

The 23-time Olympic gold medal winner opened himself up to his critics on Facebook and addressed the backlash from his Discovery Channel special. You'll recall, no doubt, Phelps lost to the shark ... but it was a CGI shark.

Phelps claims everyone involved in the man vs. beast production made it very clear what the "race" would entail, but people chose not to listen and now they're hatin' ... which he calls "shocking."

Speaking of shocking -- Michael didn't race a real shark, but REALLY did swim in 53 degree water!


Anastasia Ashley Naked and Attacked by Sandflies!

3/2/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Anastasia Ashley lasted 6 of 21 days in the jungle ... but called it quits after a nasty ambush by a swarm of sandflies ... while she was naked.

The pro-surfer/bikini model is currently in Belize after competing on season 7 of Discovery's, "Naked and Afraid." The new season kicks off Sunday on Discovery, but Anastasia's episode will be airing later.

She described the nighttime ambush that cut her stay short. Don't worry, the bites are healing and Anastasia expects to be bikini-ready ASAP.

Capt. Sig Hansen Doctors Told Me No Cigs or Sex ... 1 Out of 2 Ain't Bad!

3/10/2016 3:37 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Deadliest Catch" star Captain Sig Hansen is calling it quits after suffering a heart attack -- that's right, no more cigarettes ... or at least, fewer of them.

The famous crabber came on "TMZ Live" to talk about his recovery from that heart attack he suffered last week while at sea. Sig says it was a huge wake up call and he's seriously trying to quit his smoking habit.

Cameras were rolling when Sig fell unconscious and we're told it will be part of the show's 12th season which starts later this month on Discovery. 

But watch the clip ... he's not so down to cut sex out of his life -- as doctors recommended, temporarily. You gotta see why Sig's even got beef with the little blue pills docs slipped him. 

Sig Hansen Collapses at Sea Airlifted to Hospital

3/2/2016 10:20 AM PST
Exclusive Details

4:00 PM PT -- Reps for Sig confirm he suffered a heart attack ... and is currently resting up.Captain Sig Hansen narrowly dodged a true "Deadliest Catch" moment when he fell unconscious on the deck while fishing for crab. 

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... Sig and the crew of the F/V Northwestern were at sea, with cameras rolling, when the captain briefly passed out. We're told Sig brushed it off when he came to, and wanted to keep fishing.

The production crew insisted he get medical attention, and he was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

His daughter posted a pic of him smiling in his hospital room. The family thinks he suffered a heart attack, but doctors are still running tests.

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