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Michael King

Creator of Oprah, Dr. Phil

Dies at 66

5/27/2015 9:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael King, who with brother Roger created and syndicated wildly successful shows, including "Oprah" and "Dr. Phil," has died ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us King and his wife went to France several weeks ago to visit their son and when he returned home contracted a bad infection.  He was admitted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood 20 days ago, where he was treated in ICU for pneumonia.

King was placed on a ventilator and did not get better.  His health continued to deteriorate and at around 1 PM today we're told doctors removed him from life support.  We're told he died several hours later.

King, who was the CEO of King World Productions, was considered one of the most successful producers in TV history.  In addition to Oprah and Phil, he acquired the rights to "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy."  

King was 66.

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Kyle Richards

I Haven't Spoken to Kim Since

Mexican Wedding Disaster

7 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kyle Richards made it clear by what she said and what she didn't say ... her sister Kim is in crisis.

We got Kyle out in Bev Hills Wednesday, and she opened up and said she hasn't spoken with Kim since Kim's daughter tied the knot in Mexico over the weekend.

As we reported, Kim was off the rails, pissing off everyone and apparently under the influence of something. Kyle says everything's okay now, but the way she says it makes it painfully obvious ... she's protecting her sister who is way off the wagon again.

As far as we know, Kim is still MIA. She hasn't returned to rehab and the last she was seen was in Cabo.

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Nicole Scherzinger To Ex

You Can Have Kendall Jenner

I Have This Sexy Body

17 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nicole Scherzinger made it clear without saying a word ... her ex-BF may be with Kendall Jenner but he's missing out on a lot. 

Our photog practically tripped over his tongue when he spotted the 36-year-old leaving The Sayers Club in Hollywood. He mentions Nicole's former BF, Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton, but mum's the word.

As we reported, all signs point to Lewis hooking up with 19-year-old Kendall, but at nearly twice Kendall's age ... Nicole's gotta still make Lewis think about his choices.

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Auntie Fee

I’m Trading In My Knife Set

For A Film Set

27 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527-auntie-fee-facebook-SWIPE-3Auntie Fee -- best known as Internet sensation Chef Sista Girl -- is taking her low budget recipes and take-no-s**t attitude to the big screen, and there's a Tyler Perry twist.

Auntie just booked her first film role in "Barbershop 3" and is already bringing some flavor to the Atlanta set ... according to a family source. This wasn’t just a friendly favor either ... she actually auditioned to land the gig.

We're told the foul-mouthed chef is playing Anthony Anderson's mother, and her character's name? Madea ... which is kinda perfect since Fee told us Tyler Perry is one of her idols.  

As Fee might put it ... this ain't no f**king one-off! We're told she's already looking to to score more roles. We're thinking less PG and more R -- for language. 

Guns N' Roses Guitarist

Concert Fight

... Over an E-Cigarette!

37 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba's e-cigarette vapor pissed off a Vegas concertgoer so badly ... the guy put an ass whupping on Axl Rose's axman. 

It's not the most rock 'n' roll brawl we've ever heard of ... but here's what went down. Ashba was at Planet Hollywood over Memorial Day weekend to see Romeo Santos perform. Our sources say when the guy said something about the e-cig ... Ashba shot back, "What are you going to do about it, buddy?"

That question sparked the fight, and we're told the guy's girlfriend even got in the mix.

Security escorted all of them out, but cops determined Ashba was the victim ... and the couple got cited for misdemeanor battery. 

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'THE MATRIX'

'MEMBA HIM?!

47 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

0527_spoon_boy_matrix_launchRowan Witt is best known for playing The Oracle's metal melting prodigy, Spoon Boy -- who teaches Neo to realize "...there is no spoon" -- in the 1999 sci-fi film "The Matrix." Guess what he looks like now!

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New Found Glory

Band Connects with Horse

Saves Her From Death Row

5/27/2015 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-newfoundglory-horse-2New Found Glory’s guitarist Chad Gilbert,  just saved a very special horse from getting turned into glue.

Chad tells TMZ he was doing a Twitter search recently for fan reactions to the band’s tour, and he came across an ad for an old mare that happens to share the band's name, but was just hours from getting slaughtered.

After doing some digging, he found out it would only cost a measly $350 to rescue the ole girl -- so he got approval from his bandmates to adopt her. Chad says, “everyone thought it would be great for the band." 

He says they got the cash to auctioneer just in time, and then -- with the help of Freedom4Horses -- found an owner in Texas with wide open spaces where she can roam.

The new stable owner's gonna get NFG gussied up before the band comes to visit their horse. Of course.

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Ice Cube to Rabbi

For You, a Beatdown!

Casino Fight Alleged

5/27/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-ice-cube-tmz-01So a rabbi and Ice Cube walk into a casino, and the rabbi catches an anti-Semitic fueled ass whuppin' -- at least that's what the rabbi's claiming, but Cube says that's a load of crap.

P. Taras, who says he's a rabbi ... tells TMZ he was at the MGM Detroit on May 24 when he literally bumped into Cube outside an elevator.

Taras claims he said something like ... hey, watch out -- and the rapper/actor responded by having his boys attack. While he was getting stomped, Taras claims he heard several epithets. He thinks that's because he was wearing a yarmulke. 

Taras has filed a lawsuit against Cube for assault and battery, and wants $2 million for his troubles.

Ice Cube's rep says, "Not only are these accusations a lie, he doesn't even know who this guy is."

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Tracy Morgan

Walmart Did Right By Me ...

Settles Crash Lawsuit

5/27/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1109-tracy-morgan-tmz-01Tracy Morgan has reached a settlement with Walmart, and says he's satisfied with how the corporation took care of him financially after the accident that left him severely injured.

Tracy's attorney and Walmart's attorneys announced the settlement, but said terms of the deal would remain under wraps. Whatever they paid, Tracy's happy with it ... saying, "Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families."

He added, "I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably."

Walmart also settled with two of the other passengers, Ardie Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea, and settled with the family of James McNair, who died in the crash involving Tracy's limousine van and the Walmart 18-wheeler.

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Lil Boosie

My Diabetes Meds Went On Vacay

... That's Why I Puked

5/27/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Boosie first heard big cheers from a NYC crowd, and then huge groans .. because fans watched him vomit on stage -- and he tells us it's all because he lost some very important medication.

Boosie -- a known diabetic -- says there was a miscommunication during his travel, and the bag with his meds went to Philly ... while he went to New York. He went on stage last night without getting his insulin shot. 

He wants his fans to know everything's cool now -- he's got his Rx, and is on his way to Nebraska to tear down the stage.

As Boosie puts it, "S**t happens when you have diabetes but I feel good now.”

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President Obama:

Hollywood Mega-Producer Goes for the Jugular

5/26/2015 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

HERE'S THE RUNDOWN
  • Chris Brown's Major Beef with Tyson Beckford
  • More Controversy for the Duggar Family
  • Bobby Flay Takes a Cheap Shot against His Estranged Wife
  • Lamar Odom Believes He Might Reunite with Khloe!

Lindsay Lohan

Mission Accomplished!!!

I Finished My Community Service

5/27/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527_lindsay_lohan_tmzLindsay Lohan just did what nobody thought possible ... she completed her community service, but just in the nick of time.

We just got word from the prosecutor, Chief Deputy Terry White, who confirmed Lindsay put in nearly 8 hours a day for several weeks without a break to get the job done.

Lindsay didn't have any time to spare. Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, will be in court Thursday with proof that the 125 hours were completed.

So tomorrow marks a new chapter in Lindsay's life ... it will be the first time in nearly 7 years she's off probation.

Amazing.

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