American Idol's TV ratings has sunk to less than half of what it was in its heyday during the 1990s. Naturally, FOX is desperate for something (other than screeching singers) to draw viewers back. So the show's producers hire loud mouthed celebrities to replace the vocally-challenged singers as the program's biggest draw.

Enter Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey to save the day for FOX: Let the publicity stunts begin.

The two new AI judges were conveniently filmed hurling obscenities at each other during auditions in Charlotte, NC, which was coincidentally captured by TMZ's cameras.

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Rappers Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, who both own homes in Atlanta, got into a shoving match backstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, according to sources who witnessed the wild encounter.

Witnesses say the BET staff didn't clear the hallway fast enough after Ross got off the stage, which resulted in a bottleneck of Jeezy's people and Ross's entourage near both men's dressing rooms backstage.

The hallway was already crowded with male and female groupies when both entourages converged in the hallway and words were exchanged between Jeezy and Ross.

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According to a credible source, Tameka Foster Raymond was paid $25,000 to speak exclusively with Entertainment Tonight. Foster's exclusive interview with ET! airs tonight (Tuesday).

Foster, 42, recently lost her Motion for a new trial after losing primary custody of her 2 sons, ages 4 and 3, to her ex-husband Usher Raymond, 33.

During the interview with Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, Foster seemed to forgive one of Usher's bridesmaids for sleeping with him after Foster and Usher tied the knot in 2009.

"This is someone who was there when my children were born she took me to the hospital when I was in labor with one of [my children] but I hate to say but I somewhat empathize with her because I feel that she was vulnerable and she fell into somewhat of a trap," Tameka told O'Dell.

"I think that she got very close to him as a result of being my friend and I feel as though he used it to his advantage. I think we all would admit that he's very charming," she went on.

But a source close to Foster's camp tells Sandrarose.com that Usher slept with Foster's close friend because he felt "emotionally deprived of affection" from the mother of 5. "She would withhold sex to [control him]," said the source. "Her a** is sneaky and he didn't trust her."

The confidential source continued: "[Usher's] mother gave him the the Private Investigator's report of Tameka's past criminal history that she forgot to tell him prior to their marriage.

"Who did she think she was to believe mama Patton would allow her to get her paws on his fortune when she worked for so many years to help him amass such," said the source, who added: "I admire [Jonetta Patton] for that."

More from Sandrarose.com:

  • Does Usher have the victory in the bag?
  • Tameka Raymond calls Usher's girlfriend 'barren'
  • Tameka Foster-Raymond fears Usher's stalker will harm her kids
  • Tameka Foster-Raymond Files Motion for New Trial
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    She's baaaackk!

    It was just a matter of time before Paris Hilton did something stupid to turn the spotlight back onto her. Not that she hasn't been trying to get attention all along.

    But nothing gets the attention of the press more than a pseudo-celebrity disparaging the gays.

    Paris Hilton is catching heat for comments she made about gay men during a recent cab ride. Paris, the spawn of the multi-millionaire hotel magnate, supposedly didn't know she was being recorded.

    "Gay guys are the horniest people in the world, the Hilton heiress can be heard saying. "They're disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."

    The comments were made during a Sept. 7 cab ride in NYC, TMZ reports. Hilton's team claims the cab driver secretly recorded the audio while Paris was having a conversation with a gay friend who was also in the cab.

    Of course she was joking, but the media is running with it because celebrity news has been slow lately.

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    It's been 3 years since the unfortunate fisticuffs between singers Chris Brown and ex-girlfriend Rihanna, but Brown is still feeling the backlash.

    A Canadian music blog has launched an app that blocks all mentions of Chris Brown's name from the Internet. The Toronto-based website AUX launched their app called "Brownout" that currently only works in the Google Chrome browser.

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    A British student union group's plan to promote domestic violence against women may have backfired. Members of the Cambridge University Student Union Women's Campaign affixed stickers to Chris Brown's fifth studio album, Fortune, at a HMV store in England. The stickers read: "WARNING: Do not buy this album! This man beats women."

    The domestic abuse statement stems from Brown's conviction for felony assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

    But the worldwide news coverage of the British student group's protest resulted in increased sales for Brown's Fortune CDs in Europe, MSN reports.

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    In a scathing op-ed post titled “Wake up, Kate; photogs are always watching,” published on CNN.com, syndicated columnist Roland Martin tells England's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to keep her clothes on in public.

    Last week a French magazine published topless photos of Middleton and her husband, Prince William, on vacation in France. The scandal irked the Queen of England who is still fuming after pics leaked of Prince Harry's naked romp with commoners in his private hotel suite in Las Vegas last month.

    In a victory for the Royal family, a French court ordered Closer magazine to hand over all of the topless photos of the Duchess. The court will also fine the magazine $15,000 each time a photo is republished or distributed.

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    Another attention-hogging celebrity mother doesn't get it. Last week, actress/singer Jessica Simpson revealed a photo of her 4-month-old infant daughter posing awkwardly in a scanty bikini. Then on Friday, reality TV mom Kate Gosselin tweeted a photo of her prepubescent daughter, Mady, trying on her mom's high heels. Twitter was outraged, saying Gosselin went too far.

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    Androgynous singer Miguel put his pedicured foot down when he noticed a group of suspect men crowding the front of the stage at a recent concert. According to BET.com, "the R&B star recently hit the stage at Joe’s Pub to celebrate the three-stage-roll-out of his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream."

    During a break in his set Miguel glanced at the front row and said, “May I have a water on the stage, please, and more women in the front... “There's too many men up here. With all due respect, fellas, I’m not playing.”

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    Rihanna wasn't pleased when she was met by a throng of frenzied fans upon her arrival at Gare du Nord Train Station in Paris, France on Saturday. Rihanna is used to the paparazzi swarming her, but she wasn't feeling the love when her fans AND the paparazzi joined forces to hound her for pictures and autographs. After pushing and shoving her way through the crowd, Rihanna took to her Twitter page to let her French fans have it.

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    New York mayor hopeful Malcolm Smith took offense to rapper Lil Wayne saying he didn't like New York. Wayne, 29, made the snarky remark in a MTV interview that was published on MTV.com.

    Smith spoke out in defense of the Big Apple, according to Page Six.

    “I take strong exception to the words ‘I don’t like New York,’ ” said the ex-Senate majority leader in a Times Square news conference yesterday.

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