August 01, 2015 | Updated at 09:30 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

After TMZ's Prince Harry Photos, The Five Biggest TMZ Scoops Ever

The celebrity news site has made a reputation for breaking enormous news first.

By Ryan Buxton, EnStars on Aug 23, 2012 10:45 AM EDT
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • TMZ
  • (Photo : TMZ Logo)

TMZ became the go-to website this week for celebrity news fiends after it posted nude photos of Prince Harry partying with naked women in a Las Vegas hotel room, but the royal scoop was only the latest in TMZ's legacy of breaking high-profile Hollywood news first.

Over the years, TMZ has been the first to report of a host of big stories that went viral and made waves far beyond the typical scope of celebrity gossip.

In celebration of the international hullabaloo surrounding the bare-skinned photos of Prince Harry, here are the top five TMZ scoops that got everyone talking.

5. Michael Richards' Racist Rant

TMZ exclusively posted video in 2006 of the actor who played Kramer on "Seinfeld" unleashing slew of racial slurs at L.A. comedy club The Laugh Factory. TMZ's video of Richards' using the N-word spurred so much vitriol that he eventually appeared on "The Late Show With David Letterman"alongside Jerry Seinfeld to apologize.

Michael Richards
Michael Richards

4. Alec Baldwin Berates His Daughter

A voice message in which Alec Baldwin told his 11-year-old daughter she was a "thoughtless little pig" appeared on TMZ first in 2007. He also called ex-wife Kim Basinger a "thoughtless pain in the ass." The actor's publicist eventually released a statement saying Basinger had worked to alienate Baldwin's daughter from him.

 

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

3. Mel Gibson Goes Nuts

In 2006, TMZ introduced to the world a storyline that still pervades pop culture today:  Mel Gibson is insane. TMZ broke news of Gibson's drunk driving incident in which he made crude anti-Semitic remarks and called a police officer "sugar t*ts." The story exploded. Gibson made a public apology, then subsequently continued his bad behavior - TMZ would later be the first to post graphic phone recordings in which Gibson called Oksana Grigorieva a "whore" and much worse.

 

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

2. Chris Brown Assaults Rihanna

In one fell swoop, TMZ began a dialogue about Rihanna, Chris Brown and domestic abuse that still follows the musicians wherever they go when, in 2009, TMZ posted a photo of Rihanna's bruised and bloody face following a physical attack from Brown. The picture immediately went viral and made it impossible to ignore the severity of the beating. Brown eventually pled guilty to felony assault, but the incident still follows him: Rihanna recently opened up about it in a tearful interview with Oprah Winfrey

 

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

1. Michael Jackson Dies

TMZ was lightning fast in reporting the 2009 death of the King of Pop: Jackson died at 2:36 p.m., and by 2:44 p.m. the news was on TMZ's home page. The Los Angeles Times would not file the story until 2:51 p.m. The media collectively descended upon the news, making Jackson's passing one of the biggest entertainment stories of the decade, and TMZ had it first.

 

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

 

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Ronda Rousey

UFC 190 Live Stream: Watch Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia Online @ 10 pm ET

Catch tonight's bout between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia with an online live stream

Kalenna Harper

Did 'LHHATL' Star Kalenna Harper Just Blast 'Fool' Rasheeda In New Diss Record?

Kalenna Harper has possibly put her feelings for Rasheeda on a diss track.

Ginnifer Goodwin

'Once Upon a Time' Star Ginnifer Goodwin Talks Who Will Be In Possession Of The Dagger

Ginnifer Goodwin reveals why the Charmings should NOT be wielding that dagger.

Supernatural

Misha Collins Speaks Out On Charlie's Death, LGBT & Female Representation In 'Supernatural'

Collins explains why death is necessary and why the drama doesn't have as many woman as viewers may like

Witches Of East End

'Witches Of East End' Petition Gains A Good Haul Of More Signatures...But Is It Too Late For A Renewal?

The petition for a 'Witches of East End' renewal has gained a massive amount of signatures in the past month.

Ashlyn Pearce

Ashlyn Pearce Speaks Out About Aly's Shocking Death On 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The actress took to social media to address the trn of events and thank fans for their support.

WWE Raw

Monday Night 'Raw' LIVE STREAM Free: Watch WWE Wrestling 2015 Online @ 8 pm ET

Catch Brock Lessner and the Undertaker live online

Future and Ciara

Future Just Can't Stop Talking About His Ex In Interviews

Future admits to feeling 'embarrassed' for his ex-fiance Ciara.

The cast of 'Days of Our Lives' posing at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Is 'Days of Our Lives' No Longer In Jeopardy Of Being Canceled?

The show has seen a spike in viewership.

Adiz 'Bambi' Benson

Bambi Gets Way Too Close To Another Man On 'LHHATL' Amid Lil Scrappy Drama

Bambi might have found comfort with an aspiring rapper as she and Lil Scrappy face challenges in their relationship on 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.'

Draya Michele & Orlando Scandrick

Draya Michele Rocks Engagement Ring After Split With Orlando Scandrick

Draya Michele proudly wore what looks like her engagement ring after she and Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick battled it out on social media following their split.

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss Reveals Due Date, Fans Will See Pregnancy Journey On 'RHOA'

Kandi Burruss spills the beans on details of her pregnancy and what fans can expect to see from her on the new season of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

Cecil the Lion

The Internet Is Pissed At An American Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion

After Walter Palmer was outed by the media, people took to social media to express outrage at him.

Terrence Howard

'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Faces Real Drama, Ex-Wife Hits Him With Assault Lawsuit, Details Inside [

Terrence Howard is on the top of the world in his career with the new success of 'Empire.' But his personal life is getting the spotlight as his wife claims he physically assaultd her.

Latest News

World Series Of Fighting

WSOF 22 LIVE STREAM: Watch Palhares vs Shields Online @ 10:30 pm ET

Catch an online live stream of tonight's WSOF 22

Ronda Rousey

UFC 190 Live Stream: Watch Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia Online @ 10 pm ET

Catch tonight's bout between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia with an online live stream

Angie Varona

Angie Varona Bares Her Legs In Full Body Shot

Angie Varona is showing her skin again.

Switched At Birth

Check Out The Impactful Promo For New Episodes Of 'Switched At Birth'

The promo for new episodes of 'Switched at Birth' is finally here!

Raven Symone

Raven Symone Opens Up On Being Body-Shamed As A Child

This society has a habit of body shaming certain men and women, but Raven Symone recalls it happening to her when she was only 7-years-old.

The Whispers

Will Thomas Survive On 'The Whispers?'

Things are getting more dramatic on 'The Whispers' when someone's life is on the line.

Kristen Stewart

'Twilight' Director Opens Up On Kristen Stewart's 'Vampire Orgasms'

It's been nearly three years since the last 'Twilight' movie hit theaters, and the main stars are still getting praise for the work they put in.

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari Says She Gets 'More Breakous' During Pregnancy

As Kristin Cavallari waits for the day when her baby girl is born, she opened up on how she goes about her beauty routines with having kids.

Nick Viall

Is Nick Viall Going To Be The Next 'Bachelor?'

Nick Viall is making it no secret that he wants to be the next 'Bachelor.'

Downton Abbey

Find Out When 'Downton Abbey' Will Premiere Its Final Season

A premiere date has been announced for the final season of 'Downton Abbey.'

Real Time Analytics