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Jerry Lewis Last Stand-Up Shows He Still Had It

8/20/2017 1:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry Lewis still had his sharp wit and comedic edge 7 months before his death ... as seen here in his final on-stage performance ever.

Jerry was performing at the Southwest Florida Event Center in Bonita Springs this past January, and it just so happened to be his final stand-up gig in front of a theater audience ... for which he stayed seated, presumably due to his age.

Right out of the gate, you can see the legendary comedian hadn't missed a step with his timing, as some females from the crowd shouted a classic line of his from "The Ladies Man" ... and he dished a punchline right back.

As we reported ... Lewis died Sunday at his Las Vegas home due to natural causes, according to his family. 

Jerry ended his set with a joke that quite possibly epitomizes his iconic career. This much is clear ... even at 90, the guy loved what he did. David Letterman can attest to that.

Jay Z Finally Talks Elevator Incident with Solange ... Sort of

8/20/2017 8:42 PM PDT

Jay Z has finally broken his silence over the infamous elevator video in which Solange Knowles attacks him as Beyonce looks on.

Jay was on the podcast, "Rap Radar" when he addressed the 2014 incident at the Standard Hotel in NYC, but without discussing the trigger for Solange's tirade.

Jay said obtusely, "I fought my brothers and argued with my brothers my whole life.  It just so happens, who we are, these things go into a different space, but it ain't nothing."

He went on ... "We had one disagreement ever.  Before and after we've been cool.  She's like my sister.  I will protect her.  That's my sister, not my sister-in-law, my sister."

It seems Solange was angry over Jay's alleged infidelity when she went off in the elevator, which he underscores in his new song, "Kill Jay Z" ... "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong/you almost went Eric Benet/Let the baddest girl in the world get away."  

Jerry Lewis Dead at 91

8/20/2017 10:48 AM PDT
Breaking News

7:15 PM PT -- The White House has issued a statement on the death of Jerry Lewis, saying ... "Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions. Jerry lived the American Dream -- he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back. Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one our greatest entertainers and humanitarians. Thank you, Jerry. You will be missed."Jerry Lewis -- the legendary comedian, actor, singer, director and philanthropist -- has died.

Penn Jillette just tweeted, "Jerry Lewis just died. When I met him, I feel apart, just sobbed. I guess it's time for that again."

Another tweet from Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter John Katsilometes says Lewis died peacefully from natural causes at his home in Vegas ... attributing a statement from his family.

Lewis was one of the greatest comedians in the history of comedy. He was known for his slapstick routines and became enormously famous when he teamed up with Dean Martin in 1946.

Jerry starred in more than 50 films, including classics like "My Friend Irma," "The Nutty Professor," "The King of Comedy," "The Bellboy," "The Ladies Man," and "Cinderfella." Jerry starred in a bunch of TV shows as well, including "The Colgate Comedy Hour" alongside Martin, and lots of others leading into the 21st century.  He also starred in the Broadway musical "Damn Yankees."

Jerry has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ... one for TV and another for film.

Lewis also was known to millions for decades as the emcee of the "Muscular Dystrophy Telethon" held every labor day weekend, where Lewis would raise money for 24 hours straight. He raised nearly $2.5 billion by the late 2000s through his telethons -- he was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts in raising awareness and money for the disease.

Lewis got a lifetime achievement award in 2009 by the Academy of of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 

Comedy greats have poured in to express their condolences and memories of a comedy legend himself.

He was 91.

Russell Simmons We Didn't Honor Hitler So Why Honor Robert E. Lee?

8/20/2017 7:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Russell Simmons is clear as a bell ... we wouldn't think about erecting a statue honoring Adolf Hitler, so what's the argument for doing the same with Robert E. Lee?

We got Russell out Saturday at Tao in Hollywood and didn't hesitate ... honoring people with bad intentions is simply wrong.

Russell was into honoring someone ... Dick Gregory, who passed Saturday. Russell says Gregory inspired Def Comedy Jam which helped launch the careers of a number of African American comedians, including Dave Chapell, Chris Rock and Chris Tucker. 

JAY-Z Light it Up for Chester Bennington!!!

8/20/2017 7:59 AM PDT

JAY-Z paid homage to the late Chester Bennington Saturday by performing "Numb" at a UK concert.

JAY and Linkin Park have history ... they re-did the band's hit "Numb" back in 2004, so the mogul had reason to pick that song out to honor his good friend, who committed suicide a month ago today.

You hear JAY at the VFest event fire an order to the crowd, "Let's show some love for Chester tonight!"

JAY is in the middle of a heavy touring schedule promoting his new album, "4:44."

Blac Chyna Tries Jackin' Rob's Range Rover During Custody Negotiations

8/20/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna tried resolving their custody war Friday in a lawyer's office building, but there were clearly hard feelings at the end of the day because Chyna tried hightailing it out in Rob's whip ... so claim 2 eyewitnesses.

Here's what happened. Chyna and her team of 5 lawyers, including Lisa Bloom, showed up at the Century City law offices of Laura Wasser, who reps Rob. They spent hours inside but, according to Bloom, nothing has been resolved.

We're told Rob had someone call ahead to have his car pulled up to the valet stand, but he wanted to wait until Chyna left. According to witnesses, a visibly agitated Chyna came along, saw the Range Rover, got inside and prepared to hightail it away from the building.

We're told one of her lawyers told her, "That's not a good idea," and with the help of a valet, they got Chyna out of Rob's whip.

Bloom tells TMZ Chyna did not try to drive away in the Range Rover and did not get inside. Bloom did say, however, that Chyna was "agitated" when she saw the Ranger Rover because she had given it to Rob as a gift. Rob gave Chyna a Ferrari and a Lambo, both of which she returned to him when they broke up, but Rob kept the Rover.

Bloom said Chyna had some "choice words" when she saw the Range Rover, but that was it.

Bloom also said the custody hearing is full steam ahead for next month and she plans to raise allegations that Rob committed domestic violence.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Hookers & Johns, Beware ... Cops Gunning for Illegal Sex Workers

8/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Huge sporting events mean huge money for sex workers ... but cops in Vegas have a message for tourists -- if you're gonna pay for it, KEEP IT LEGAL!

Click here... it's not over yet

Madonna Good Genes Or Good Docs?

8/20/2017 10:03 AM PDT

Madonna's good looks didn't require a prayer!

Here’s a 27-year-old version of the Material Girl at the American Music Awards back in 1985 (left) and 32 years later ... the 59-year-old  Queen of Pop and mother of six -- at a party in France last month (right). 

Vogue!

The question is...

Justin Bieber I Got Tired!!!

8/20/2017 8:21 AM PDT

Justin Bieber has had his share of car problems in the last few weeks ... the latest of which appears to be a very perplexing flat.

The Biebs was outside the Montage hotel Saturday in Bev Hills when he pondered the flat. It's apparent from the pic he's not a tire iron kinda guy.

You'll recall, Justin accidentally ran over a photog and got slapped with a ticket for yakking on a cellphone while driving.

Judging by his expression, we're guessing a nice man from AAA came to the rescue.

Michael Lohan Kate Major Taken By Cops for Psych Evaluation

8/20/2017 6:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Lohan's wife called the cops on him, but ended up getting taken in herself for a psych examination.

Michael tells TMZ ... Kate Major was drunk when arrived back at his Florida home around 6 PM Friday, so he left and took their kids with him. He says she was pissed and called 911 to report a kidnapping ... during the call she allegedly made threats of violence toward Michael.

Lohan says when cops arrived he showed them video of the incident he recorded and cops determined he did nothing wrong.  Kate, however, was taken into custody for the threats she had made.

Boca Raton Police confirm ... they did respond to a domestic violence call Friday night and took Major into custody under Florida's Baker Act, which allows for an involuntary psych evaluation. 

We're told police took Kate to a mental health facility Friday night.

Michael tells us he and Kate have been living together after a long period of estrangement ... which included her going to jail.

As far as we know, Kate's still at the facility. We reached out ... no word back so far.

Matthew Modine 'Stranger Things' Actor Says We Live in Great Times!!!

8/20/2017 8:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mattew Modine does not think Charlottesville and other terrorist attacks are a harbinger of bad things to come ... to the contrary he thinks we are living in the best of times.

We got the "Stranger Things" villain Saturday at M Cafe in Bev Hills, and he blames the perception that our world is crumbling on a 24-hour news cycle that obsesses over the negative.

He thinks there are definitely bad apples, but clearly doesn't believe they spoil the whole bunch.

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne Walk down the Aisle ... At Bristol Farms

8/20/2017 7:33 AM PDT

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are a shining example of staying together through thick and thin.

The rocker and the talker -- who have been hitched for 35 years -- hit up Bristol Farms in WeHo Saturday ... roaming the isles and filling up the shopping cart. 

It's actually pretty cool ... they separated for a time, they have epic arguments and she's even appeared to have thrown in the towel, but they have undeniable love for each other that keeps them together.

Dick Gregory Dead at 84

8/19/2017 7:39 PM PDT
Breaking News

Dick Gregory -- comedian, actor, writer and famed civil right activist -- died Saturday night in Washington D.C. ... according to a statement from his family.

Gregory began his career as a comedian while serving in the the military in the '50s,''

He broke color barriers by becoming the first black performer to perform at a white club in 1961, when Hugh Hefner eyed his talent and gave him a regular gig at the Playboy Club in Chicago.  He was a hit.

Gregory's talent was laced with political rhetoric.  He once said/joked, "Segregation isn't all bad.  Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt?"

He was invited to perform on "The Tonight Show" in the days of Jack Paar, but refused unless he was able to have a seat on the couch.

Gregory became a prominent civil rights leader who was arrested a number of time during marches in the '60s.  He marched in lockstep with some of the biggest civil rights leaders of the decade.

Dick was also a writer known for the documentary "Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed." Comedy Central named him #82 on the all time list of greatest stand-up comedians.

The comedic and civil rights legend was recently hospitalized for an unknown but serious condition. According to his rep, he died from heart failure.

Dick was 84.

RIP

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