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Serena Williams Still Faces Problems with Catsuit ... Despite Rule Change

12/13/2018 2:29 PM PST
Breaking News

Some good news, bad news for Serena Williams ... 

The Good News -- The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has announced massive rule changes allowing athletes like Serena to wear full catsuit outfits during 2019 matches.

The Bad News -- The French Open -- where the whole catsuit drama went down -- could still ban it because the rule change doesn't apply to Grand Slams. 

Remember, French Open officials created a huge controversy after they told Serena she couldn't wear her custom-made Nike compression suit ... despite the fact that it was designed to increase blood circulation in the wake of her health issues surrounding blood clots.

The ensuing outcry was LOUD -- with everyone from ex-pro tennis player Anne White to ex-Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad racing to defend Williams.

In an effort to prevent similar drama from happening ... the WTA announced in rule changes this week, "Leggings and mid-thigh-length compression shorts may be worn with or without a skirt, shorts or dress."

Translation ... catsuit's back!!!

The problem -- the rule changes only apply to WTA Tournaments ... NOT Grand Slams.

So, will the French Open stick to its guns and continue to the bar suit?? Tournament kicks off next May ... stay tuned.

Kanye West Demands Apology From Drake!!! And Says He Got It

12/13/2018 1:59 PM PST
Breaking News

1:57 PM PT -- Drake just responded to the barrage of messages.

Kanye West is going after Drake hard for daring to ask for clearance on a sample -- before apologizing to Ye for dissing him on tracks ... and it appears playing hardball worked.

Ye revealed Thursday he got a text from his pal, Free ... who said Drake wanted to clear Kanye's song, "Say You Will." Our sources confirm the request was, in fact, sent by Drake's camp. 

Kanye did not sound like he was in a giving mood as he went off, saying he still hasn't gotten that apology he demanded from Drizzy a few months ago. He demanded he get it -- very publicly in the middle of the Tweet storm -- before he clears a damn thing.

Ye reminded Drake he wasn't the one who gave Pusha T the intel about Drake's son, and added ... "It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro" and followed up by saying ... "Sending purple emojis When I’m dealing with mental shit I need my apologies now Not through scooter either Not through Travis."

Kanye also claims that Drake has been sneaking diss records on Travis Scott collabs, and texting Kris Jenner to check up on the family. 

Seems like it worked, Kanye just tweeted, "Drake finally called. Mission accomplished." But, after all that he also says ... he's not clearing the sample. JK? 

Now, back to your regularly scheduled program.

Originally Published -- 1:33 PM PST 

T.I. Ponies Up $300 for Potty Mouth ... Security Guard Case Closed

12/13/2018 12:58 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

T.I.'s run-in with a security guard at his gated community is now water under the bridge -- at least in court -- because he paid a small fine and put the case to bed ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper's attorney, Steve Sadow, tells us ... Tip pled no contest to disorderly conduct -- for cursing at the guard -- and was ordered to pay a $300 fine. All other charges were dropped.

We're told T.I. appeared in person Thursday in the Henry County, GA courtroom. 

As we reported, T.I. was arrested for assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct in May after he allegedly confronted the security guard for not letting him enter the gated community. The rapper claimed the guard was asleep on the job and cussed out his wife, Tiny, when he called her to verify T.I. lived there.

T.I. denied ever getting physical with the guy but admitted to yelling obscenities at him. In the end ... that's the only thing that stuck.

Farrah Abraham to Bristol Palin You're Jealous of Me And You're a Wimp So Leave 'Teen Mom'!!!

12/13/2018 11:06 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham has sage advice for Bristol Palin -- leave "Teen Mom" if she can't handle how she's being portrayed ... as a Farrah wannabe.

We got Farrah out Thursday at LAX and she bristled at Bristol's verbal attack this week, when she blasted MTV ... "All they want with my little segment each week is some fake fill-in Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer BS."

Bristol griped that the program fails to showcase her work ethic -- a single mother who juggles parenting 3 kids all by her lonesome.

Farrah -- who was initially shocked when MTV picked Bristol -- says it all boils down to 2 things ... she's not cut out for reality TV.  

Oh, thing 2 is jealousy. 

John Goodman 'The Conners' Love Life ... Without Roseanne

12/13/2018 11:02 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

John Goodman is anything but broken up about playing a widower on TV, because he tells us life without his TV wife, Roseanne Barr ... is just great! 

We got the star of the "The Conners" Thursday at LAX and asked how the show's carrying on without its former namesake ... and John tells us he hopes the ride doesn't end because everyone is having so much fun. 

As you know, Roseanne's character was killed off the show by an opioid overdose just 5 minutes into this season. Barr got the ax from the reboot only hours after she posted a racially charged tweet aimed at a former Obama adviser. 

Judging by John's reactions to our questions, seems Roseanne is the only one pissed she's gone. 

Miss USA Apologizes After Mocking Miss Vietnam ... For Not Speaking English

12/13/2018 9:45 AM PST
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9:45 AM -- Sarah has issued an apology on her Instagram ... she says, "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize."

Sarah also says she would be "grateful" for an opportunity to discuss the matter with Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam.  

8:02 AM -- We just spoke to Summers' mom, Desiree, and she tells TMZ ... her daughter's comments were taken out of context. She says, "She in no way meant any harm. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body." As for imitating Miss Vietnam, Desiree says, "[Summers] was just recreating how Miss Vietnam acts when she doesn’t understand what someone is saying. She wasn’t trying to mock her."Reigning Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers is going full "Mean Girls" at the Miss Universe competition by openly mocking Miss Vietnam for not speaking English.

The pageant competition goes down in Thailand in a few days -- but Sarah, Miss Colombia Valeria Morales and Miss Australia Francesca Hung decided to go on social media to gossip about other contestants. Watch ... Sarah took a nasty, xenophobic cheap shot at Vietnam's H'Hen Nie.

She wasn't done there ... in another clip, she takes aim at Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat, for not speaking English. Granted, Sarah sounded a little more sympathetic, saying ... "Can you imagine? Francesca said that would be so isolating, and I said, yes and just confusing all the time."

Still, she clearly thinks everyone should be speaking her tongue.

The backlash was immediate -- and in English -- with one person commenting, "The future Miss Universe should not be an ambassador of bullying." Another said it's a "shameful display of meanness poorly masked as empathy."

And, ya gotta love this irony from Sarah's IG profile -- #ifyoudonthaveanythingnicetosaydontsayanythingatall

Well, she said ONE thing right.

Originally Published 7:25 AM PT

Shareef O'Neal Undergoing Heart Surgery

12/13/2018 9:33 AM PST
Breaking News

Shareef O'Neal is currently undergoing heart surgery to correct an irregularity that forced the UCLA basketball star to miss the 2018 season ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Shaq's 18-year-old son -- one of the top college freshmen in the country -- learned about his medical condition during a routine checkup with team doctors earlier this year. 

At the time, Reef told us, "Thank God the UCLA medical staff caught it early."

On Thursday morning, Shareef went under the knife -- and his mother, Shaunie, was there to see him off. 

"This morning was by far my toughest moment being a Mom," she said in a statement.

"If only I could take his place today. Could I at least go with him in that operating room and hold his hand. Separating from him as he was wheeled off to surgery was heartbreaking. THATS MY BABY!"

"I don’t care how old, how big, how grown my kids get I still want to protect them. I had no control over any of this. But there is a God, I trust and believe He is in there with my baby right now and has complete control."

Shaunie is asking for prayers for Shareef. 

O'Neal previously told us he expects to make a full recovery and rejoin the UCLA Bruins basketball team in time for next season. 

Offset Hey Cardi, I'll Be Home for XMAS ... If You Let Me

12/13/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B and Offset might officially be on the outs, but Daddy wants to come home for Christmas. 

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Offset wants to spend the holidays with Cardi and their little girl -- specifically, Xmas Eve and day as well as a few days leading up to that. We're told Offset knows how important spending Kulture's first Christmas with his daughter will be, and wants to be there. 

Our sources also say Offset won't be coming over empty-handed. As a notoriously generous gift giver, we're told he'll have lots of presents for his new baby ... and, of course, some things for Cardi as well (assuming she accepts them, and we're guessing she will).

Sources close to Cardi tell us the "Bodak Yellow" rapper hasn't yet made up her mind if she'll allow Offset to celebrate the holidays with her as a family ... and the plans haven't been discussed.

We're told Offset plans on seeing his other kids too -- he's got 3 others from previous relationships. In other words, Papa will be on the move. 

As we've already told you ... Offset wants Cardi back, plain and simple. He feels like his haters are standing in his way ... but he's determined to win back her heart. That feeling might be mutual. We're told Cardi still feels love for him, despite her publicly saying otherwise

No word on whether they'll rekindle their relationship and stave off a divorce, but our sources say that people close to both of them think there's a reasonable shot they can work it out. 

There's no better time for some magic like that than the holidays. Ya listening, Santa?

Michael Jordan Malik Monk Slap Was 'Only Love' ... 'Like a Little Bro'

12/13/2018 9:39 AM PST
Breaking News

9:39 AM PT -- Michael Jordan now says the slap was not malicious -- but rather, a "tap of endearment."

"It was like a big brother and little brother tap," Jordan told the Associated Press ... "No negative intent. Only love!"Michael Jordan SLAPPED Malik Monk on Wednesday night!!!!

Here's the deal ... MJ is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets and Monk got a really stupid technical foul that coulda cost the team the game. 

So, MJ reached back like a dad upset with his kid and whacked the 20-year-old in the back of the head ... in front of everyone!!!!

Backstory ... the Hornets were tied with the Pistons in the final seconds of Wednesday night's contest ... when Charlotte's Jeremy Lamb knocked down a deep 2-pointer to go up 108-106. The Hornets bench went wild ... and Monk ran on the court to celebrate.

Only one issue -- THE GAME WASN'T OVER YET.

Refs checked out the replay, and the Pistons were awarded a 1-shot technical.

Jordan got SO pissed at Monk that he let his left hand fly. Had to be embarrassing for the kid.

The Hornets ended up holding on for the win ... so MJ was able to laugh it off.

But, imagine if the Hornets lost ... dude woulda been on the next flight outta Charlotte.

Originally Published -- 6:19 AM PST

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Tommy Lee Hugs it Out With Brandon ... I Love You, Son!!!

12/13/2018 6:56 AM PST

Tommy and Brandon Lee seem to have made up ... after an ugly 2018 between the father and son that began with Brandon knocking him out during an argument.

The Motley Crue drummer shared a photo around midnight of the 2 embracing, captioned simply ... "I love you son." Brandon also posted a video of his dad with him in the studio late Wednesday night ... it looked like they were having a good time.

It's unclear what led to the reconciliation, but it's quite a surprise considering the physical attack that went down in March followed by a criminal investigation ... and a nasty war of words.

As we reported ... the father-son beef culminated when Brandon coldcocked Tommy in the middle of the night, claiming it was self-defense because his dad was drunk. The knockout came on the heels of Tommy taking a shot at Brandon's mom, Pam Anderson, on social media.

Tommy shared a photo of his injuries after the knockout punch, saying he gave his kid everything and he still turned on him.

Cops launched a battery investigation after the incident, but the case was ultimately rejected by the D.A. because Tommy chose not to cooperate.

Still, the 2 continued to go at each other on social media -- especially on Father's Day -- suggesting they were far away from having a loving relationship again.

But, as they say ... time heals all wounds. Or, maybe Brandon just doesn't want to miss Tommy's upcoming wedding.

50 Cent Nicki & BF Movin' Too Fast? Nah, And I'll Tell You Exactly Why

12/13/2018 7:14 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

50 Cent has no problem with the pace Nicki Minaj and her new boyfriend seem to be moving at in their relationship ... because they're picking up right where they left off.

We got Fif in Bev Hills Wednesday night where, at first, we asked if he or Starz were planning anything for the family of the "Power" crew member who was tragically killed in a freak accident this week on set. Understandably, he's not ready to talk about it.

Our camera guy then pivots to the 'Queen' rapper, and asks if he thinks it's too soon for her to be talking babies and marriage with her new man/old flameKenneth Petty -- a convicted sex offender

Check out his answer ... sounds like history trumps all when it comes to this kind of stuff, according to him anyway.

TMZ Live Nick Praises Kevin Hart ... No Need for Him to Bow to Oscars

12/12/2018 10:56 AM PST

 

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Jason Momoa Aquaman's Out, Tongues Out!!! For Fierce Haka Dance

12/13/2018 6:59 AM PST

Admit it ... Jason Momoa makes ya kinda love "Aquaman" -- instead of just mocking him like usual -- and, at the movie's premiere, he turned the fish talker into a full Polynesian badass.

Jason stomped back and forth outside the Chinese Theater as his buddies -- including his kids, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf -- lined up to perform the Haka ... a traditional Polynesian dance. You might have seen it done by Polynesian athletes before a competition.

You gotta see Jason's version 'cause it's really intense. So much so, he freakin' busted Aquaman's trident!! How ya gonna break the superhero's weapon at the premiere???

Let's just say, Jason was feeling it.

The only disappointing part of the video -- Jason's wearing shoes, something the islander rarely does. Never conform, bruh!

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