5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
President Obama pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.
TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show. After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear. She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."
Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.
LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.
On a Yacht
9 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio was kung fu fightin' the hell out of someone in his mind ... as he ripped off some seriously high kicks in the South of France.
The Wolf of Wall Street was kicking air, taking names, and rocking a pony ... while onboard a yacht off St. Tropez Tuesday.
We know Leo loves MMA ... so the kickfest could be a new workout regimen -- or maybe he seriously wants a rematch with the guy who crushed him at Coachella.
Shows Up LATE for Concert
Then Lectures Fan on Respect!
19 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
If you look up the definition of "irony" ... you'll find this video of Lauryn Hill, who had the nerve to snap at a fan for being disrespectful -- despite the fact SHE was severely late for her own show.
Hill played the House of Blues in Chicago last week, and our HOB sources tells us she was supposed to start playing at 10:30 -- but took her sweet time, and didn't actually make it to the stage until 11:20.
Once she did, most accounts say Lauryn's opening song performance was terrible, and when a fan called her out and flipped her off ... she berated him and had him tossed by security.
The person who shot this video tells TMZ they decided to leave after 2 more songs (which they called "rushed and sloppy") ... and say they saw a huge line of people at the box office asking for a refund.
It's like rain on your wedding day.
NFL Star Adrian Peterson
YES, I GOT MARRIED!!!
7/22/2014 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson is a married man ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.
Don't Ask Hercules How Much He Benches!
That's Sooo High School
29 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
When ya see a guy the size of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson … one obvious question pops in your head, but whatever you do -- do NOT ask it out loud … as our camera guy learned.
The Rock -- so damn huge he's playing "Hercules" -- was in NYC Tuesday when our pap fell into gym meathead mode and asked, "How much are you benching?"
You gotta see Rock's initial reaction to the question (which he must hear 100 times/day) -- but he does eventually hit the photog with the perfect answer … for the smartass question.
Our guy shoulda learned from Alex Pettyfer -- who made the same screwup on Muscle Beach last weekend.
Guess Who This
TODDLER TURNED INTO!
34 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Before this playful little guy gained famed for his crazy sideshow stunts he was just a cute kid goofing around with a mini grocery cart in London, England. Can you guess who he is?
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Cara D. Floats Her Boat for Bday Bash
37 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Ticketed for Speeding
'I Wasn't Speeding I Was Qualifying'
7/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sarah Palin may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska.
The former guv was stopped in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday for going 63 in a 45 MPH zone in her Toyota Tundra. The cop wrote her up and she was on her way.
Palin cops to the crime, telling us, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying." She didn't accept full blame, saying Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" on the oldies station contributed to her lead foot.
We're told Palin will pay the $154 ticket STAT.
Hopefully a big black and white won't crush her groove next time.
Comeback Begins with
7/22/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wins Custody Battle
Versus Husband #1
7/22/2014 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd will maintain primary physical custody of her 9-year-old son, despite her ex-husband's claims she's a horrible parent to the child.
Sherri emerged victorious over Jeffrey Tarpley after yesterday's hearing in L.A. County Court -- he was seeking full custody of their son, but was denied by the judge.
TMZ broke the story ... Jeffrey made some horrendous claims about Sherri neglecting Jeffrey Jr. -- including blaming her for the boy not being able to read or tie his shoe laces.
The judge clearly disagreed. In court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she wrote, "there has not been a material change in circumstances to grant the request."
After court Sherri asked fans to "keep the prayers coming" ... clearly referring to her ongoing battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally.
Keep the prayers coming... Still got more battles - please judge me by my character and not from the tabloids who are having a slow news day— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) July 21, 2014
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
House Up for Sale
Can You Say, Final Nail?
7/22/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Robin Thicke's begging ever works, and he actually gets back together with Paula Patton -- they'll be living somewhere new -- their Bel Air home is officially on the market.
TMZ has confirmed the 3,158 square foot home was listed Monday with an asking price of $2,985,000.
It was originally purchased by Robin's dad, Alan Thicke back in 1990 for a paltry $910,000 -- though we're told Robin's name is now on the deed.
We're told neither Paula or Robin has officially moved out of the 2-story crib -- with awesome views over Sunset Blvd -- though we know they haven't slept under the same roof since separating in February.
The pad includes a recording studio where Robin may have worked on songs like "Blurred Lines," "Lost Without You," and "Get Her Back" -- which he obviously hasn't.
The question: If you're a newlywed couple looking for a house -- would you dare?
Hollywood Leg of L.A. Visit
7/22/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mystery grows over President Obama's visit to Hollywood Wednesday ... which we've learned has now been officially cancelled.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD brass notified its Hollywood division an hour ago ... they got a call from the Secret Service saying Obama would no longer be coming to Hollywood ... although he is coming to L.A.
TMZ broke the story ... the plan was for Obama to show up at the El Capitan Theatre at 3 PM Wednesday and he would be there for an hour. LAPD sources told us they had been notified about the plan and were ready, but just an hour ago they were told -- without explanation -- to stand down.
We also reported ABC sources told us the purpose of Obama's Hollywood visit was to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show, which tapes right next door to the El Capitan. Kimmel's people told us it was not true ... Obama would not be on the show.
We have contacted the White House multiple times about the Hollywood visit ... but we never got a response.
Thanks for Finding My Wallet ...
Guy Who's Never Heard of Me
7/22/2014 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mark Ruffalo has one less reason to Hulk out -- "The Avengers" star lost his wallet in Chicago, but it was returned by a total stranger ... who had no idea he was dealing with a big time celeb.
Ross McHale tells TMZ he found the wallet in a cab last Friday ... and saw Ruffalo's name on an ID, but didn't recognize the name so he Googled it.
McHale's clearly not fan of the Hulk, "Zodiac," or "54" ... because he says Mark's creds still didn't ring any bells. But he did get enough info to reach out on Twitter, where Mark eventually responded ... "Thank you! Wow! Another point for the decency in people."
Ruffalo didn't offer a reward, but Ross is hoping for a pay-it-forward kinda deal. He tells us ... "If [Mark] ever finds my wallet I expect him to return the favor."