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Kim Kardashian West Family Yacht Day ... All Aboard, Kiddos!!!

8/16/2018 12:08 PM PDT

Kim Kardashian West is teaching her kids how to live it up in Miami ... which should always include some time spent on a luxury sea vessel.

KKW brought her oldest children -- North and Saint -- onboard Miami mogul David Grutman's yacht Thursday ... and had her finest hot pink, skin-tight Chanel catsuit on to chase 'em around.

North matched her mom with some pink shorts, and Saint looked absolutely adorable rocking a captain's hat.

Also on the yacht were family friends Jonathan Cheban, Larsa Pippen and her daughter Sophia.

Btw ... Kim knows how to do an encore when it comes to her bright and tight Miami outfits. We see you, girl.

Aretha Franklin Walk of Fame Star Draws Huge Crowds in Wake of Death

8/16/2018 12:06 PM PDT

Aretha Franklin's death is making waves around the world -- and Hollywood is no exception, where hordes of people are paying tribute to her shining star ... and TMZ is streaming live.

The Queen of Soul's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is quickly becoming a major center of attraction Thursday in the wake of of the iconic singer's death. Folks have been leaving flowers left and right -- and now it looks like a major gathering is happening as well.

As we reported ... Aretha passed away at her Detroit home. She died of advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Safe to say ... people are paying their R-E-S-P-E-C-T(s) to Aretha from afar in any creative way they can. RIP to the Queen.

Omarosa Releases Audio of Lara Trump ... Offers Hush Money After Firing

8/16/2018 10:42 AM PDT
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It's now clear why Donald Trump pretended not to know his Chief of Staff fired Omarosa, because he and his family were clearly on a campaign to buy her silence ... or at least to hush her up and not talk trash.

Omarosa just released another secret audio recording ... this time with Eric Trump's wife, Lara, and it's shocking. She straight-up offers her around $180k to work on Trump's reelection campaign -- what she made at the White House, but there's a string attached.

Lara says, "It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you've got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly if you come on board the campaign, we can't have ..." and then she says Omarosa's got to keep it positive.

Here's what's really shocking ... General Kelly told Omarosa she was being fired for financial improprieties involving "integrity" issues that could run her afoul of the law. She wasn't fit for the White House, but she's fit for Trump's reelection campaign? 

Omarosa released the tape on MSNBC.

Aretha Franklin Global 'Respect' For Music ... Dominating The Charts

8/16/2018 11:02 AM PDT

The perfect way to remember Aretha Franklin is through her music ... and the Queen of Soul is now topping the charts on iTunes. 

Aretha has the No. 1 song, "Respect," and the top album, "30 Greatest Hits." She also has 3 more tracks in the Top 10. 

It's not just her songs that are getting major play ... Aretha has the No. 2 music vid, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)." The jam features George Michael

The hits keep coming ... Aretha has 3 more tracks in the Top 40, for a total of 7 -- "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is No. 2; "I Say A Little Prayer" is No. 4; "Chain of Fools" is No. 9; "Think" is No. 14; "Until You Come Back to Me" is No. 24; "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" is No. 36.

As we reported ... Aretha died in her Detroit home Thursday after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Fortunately for us, her music lives on. 

Joe Jonas Bday Bummer ... Consoles Fiancee in NYC

8/16/2018 11:49 AM PDT

Joe Jonas should've asked for a box of tissues for his birthday. 

Joe had a mini-crisis on his hands Wednesday in the Big Apple as he consoled fiancee Sophie Turner. The "Game of Thrones" actress looked distressed as they walked around the city. 

It's not clear why Sophie was crying ... maybe she's lamenting Joe's final bday in his 20s? The middle Jo bro turned 29.

What a difference a few days can make ... Joe and Sophie spent Monday double fisting fruity drinks and sucking face in Miami.  

We're hoping his 30th will be tear-free. 

Garry Shandling Leaves Behind $668k Estate, But ... Likely Has Millions More

8/16/2018 11:09 AM PDT

At first blush, it appears Garry Shandling left behind an estate of less than a million dollars -- a surprisingly low amount for the mega-successful comedian ... but there's more to the story.

According to new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Shandling had a net worth $668,636 at the time of his death, which was left with the executor of his estate ... his lawyer and friend, Bill Isaacson.

But, there's a catch -- Isaacson is the trustee of a trust Shandling created that's hidden from public view ... a trust that likely contains millions more in assets. 

As we reported with Anthony Bourdain, rich celebs often create these separate trusts for various reasons, including privacy and tax purposes.

That seems to be the case with the late star of "The Larry Sanders Show" as well.

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Aretha Franklin Rock & Roll HOF Honors First Woman Ever Inducted

8/16/2018 11:15 AM PDT

Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ... and the org has already rolled out a new display to honor the singer. 

Franklin -- who was inducted back in 1987 -- once gifted the HOF a Valentino dress she'd worn at Radio City Music Hall during an appearance in 1979. The Hall put that dress on display as a tribute to the Queen of Soul. 

President and CEO of the Rock Hall, Greg Harris, tells us, "Lady Soul. The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”

Unclear how long the dress will be out ... but it's gonna be one of the first of many tributes to one of the greatest singers of all time.

Barack & Michelle Obama Aretha Franklin Gave Us ... 'A Glimpse of the Divine'

8/16/2018 9:34 AM PDT

Barack & Michelle Obama say America has no royalty ... but the Queen of Soul is as close as we get.

The former Prez just weighed in on the passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin, saying from the time she began performing in her father's congregation, "every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine."

Obama adds that Aretha helped define the experience of being an American, helped us feel more hopeful and connected ... and sometimes helped us "just forget about everything else and dance."

And for that ... 44 says Franklin has earned and deserves nothing but our respect.

Aretha's performance at Obama's inauguration in 2009 was powerful and unforgettable ... one of the highlights of an historic day.

Check out Obama's full statement ... which is yet another outpouring of emotion from a celeb honoring the life and impact of the Queen. 

Teyana Taylor Highjacks Jeremih's Tour I Run This S*** Now!!

8/16/2018 11:08 AM PDT

Teyana Taylor's war of words with Jeremih has reached a whole new level -- the tour Jeremih was headlining has just been rebranded and Teyana's now running the show.

Teyana announced Thursday morning on Twitter that the Later That Night tour will now be the KTSE on Alse VII tour. She also said DaniLeigh will join her and all tour dates will go on as scheduled ... save for Toronto, which will be rescheduled later this week.

The move comes on the heels of Teyana putting Jeremih on blast Wednesday ... calling him every name in the book. She later tweeted she was done with him because she'd been extremely mistreated on the tour. She added, "I will NO longer continue to stay on the #LaterThatNightTour because if I do ima end up knocking this n**** out. I'm sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me. I will make sure everyone gets refunded."

Turns out it might not even come to that ... 'cause there's 15 dates left on the tour and Teyana's pushing forward. We've reached out to tour organizers, so far no word back.

Jack and Lisa Osbourne Settle Divorce

8/16/2018 10:18 AM PDT

Jack and Lisa Osbourne made quick work of their divorce because TMZ has learned the case has already settled. 

Sources with direct knowledge tell us ... under the terms of the settlement, Jack has given Lisa a "sizable cash payout." He's also paying "significant child support" and is covering private schools, medical costs and pretty much every other expense.

The couple will also share joint custody of their 3 children.

As we reported, Lisa filed for divorce back in May and Jack just filed legal docs responding to her divorce petition. In his docs, Jack asked the judge to deny Lisa spousal support, but turns out that was just a formality because the settlement gives Lisa cash upfront in lieu of spousal support.

The divorce will be official 6 months after the May divorce petition was filed, but since Jack and Lisa have settled ... it's now just a matter of time. 

Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul Dead at 76

8/16/2018 6:59 AM PDT
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Aretha Franklin, known for having one of the greatest voices in music history, and for hits like "Respect," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" ... died Thursday after a long battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Aretha passed away in her Detroit home where she was under hospice care. She'd been in failing health for many months and she was down to 86 pounds. One source told us he was informed more than a week ago that Aretha could go at any time.

She was surrounded by friends and family when she passed. Her family released a statement, saying, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family."

She had appeared incredibly frail in recent years, and rarely performed live. Her most recent appearance was last November for Elton John's AIDS Foundation 25th Anniversary Benefit.

Aretha's career is just incredible. Born in Memphis in 1942, her family eventually relocated to Detroit where she began singing in her father's church. She was such a powerhouse gospel singer, she landed a Columbia record deal in the early '60s.

Her string of chart-topping hits began with her Atlantic Records deal in 1967.

Aretha's achievements in the late '60s were remarkable for any artist, but especially so for a black woman in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. She held the record for the most entries on the Hot 100 list of any female artist for nearly 40 years, only to be dethroned in 2017 by Nicki Minaj.

She won 18 Grammys and was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Aretha delivered a powerful rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" -- while wearing that unforgettable hat -- at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Throughout her career, Aretha was known for delivering incredible one-off live performances, including at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors show where she sang 'Natural Woman' in honor of the song's co-writer, Carole King.

The Queen of Soul was 76. She is survived by her 4 sons.


Jay Mohr, Nikki Cox Divorce Finally Final ... After 2 Tries and 2 Years

8/16/2018 10:08 AM PDT

After multiple divorce filings, a failed reconciliation and claims of drug abuse ... Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox are officially done being husband and wife.

According to new legal docs ... their divorce became final Tuesday, but the terms of their settlement will remain under wraps. This means we don't know the custody situation of their 7-year-old son ... same for child or spousal support.

We broke the story ... Jay filed for divorce from Nikki in July 2016, claiming she had a serious drug problem and seeking full custody of their kid. However, he told us the 2 were "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is" ... and called it off 6 days later.

It didn't last, though -- Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December 2016, and once again claimed Nikki had a drug problem that made her an unfit mother ... so he wanted sole physical custody of their son.

But, like we said ... it's unclear if he got his wish.

Aretha Franklin Hollywood Star Crowned To Honor Queen of Soul

8/16/2018 8:41 AM PDT

Aretha Franklin's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has received a fitting tribute in the wake of her death ... a crown to honor the Queen of Soul. 

Franklin's passing Thursday morning sparked a wave of memories and tributes, and fans were quick to flock to Hollywood Boulevard to do their part as well. Unclear who placed the crown, but the meaning is obvious ... Aretha was the Queen of Soul.

As we reported ... Aretha died at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Aretha's family released a statement, saying, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family." 

Franklin was 76. 

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