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Kelly Clarkson, P!nk Plan Opening Tribute for 1st Responders ... At 2017 AMAs

11/19/2017 2:22 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Clarkson and P!nk will be honoring first responders everywhere during their opening performance at the American Music Awards ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us the 2 pop stars are planning a tribute for police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, disaster relief teams and everyone in between who shows up at the first sign of trouble to kick off the program Sunday evening.

We're told there will be a photo montage displaying pics of different scenarios where first responders were crucial this year -- including at shootings, hurricanes, fires, floods and other natural disasters that befell the country in 2017.

Sources say it's being planned to be an incredibly powerful and emotional moment in the show -- so much so, that it even got standing ovations during dress rehearsal. 

Jamie Foxx introduced the pair before they launched into a duet of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts."

'Cosby Show' Actor Earle Hyman Dead at 91

11/19/2017 5:39 PM PST

Earle Hyman, the man who played Bill Cosby's father on "The Cosby Show," has died. 

Hyman passed away Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey, according to a rep for The Actors Fund. 

The actor was a veteran theatre performer, having made his Broadway debut in "Run, Little Chillun" in 1943 and starring in multiple plays over the course of his career. He has more than 40 acting credits attributed to his name from movies and TV roles. 

Hyman was perhaps most famous for playing Cosby's TV dad, Russell Huxtable -- he even got nominated for a guest performer Emmy in 1986 for his portrayal. Hyman was also well known as a voice actor on the '80s cartoon show "ThunderCats."

He was 91. 

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Jeffrey Tambor Quits 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

11/19/2017 1:56 PM PST
Breaking News

Jeffrey Tambor is quitting the show "Transparent" -- which he starred in as the lead role for years -- after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Tambor released a statement to Deadline Sunday saying playing the transgender character, Maura Pfefferman, had been an honor ... but that the show clearly isn't what he signed up for four years ago. 

He added ... "I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."

As we reported ... Tambor faced at least 2 allegations of sexual harassment that we know of. He was recently accused by a transgender co-star of making lewd, sexually suggestive remarks ... and even allegedly pressing up against her in a suggestive manner. 

Tambor denied those allegations, as well as the ones made against him by a former assistant on the show. Still, Amazon launched an investigation into the matter ... even though they were considering writing him out the show before all this. 

Looks like he beat 'em to it.

Donald Trump Blasts LaVar Ball ... I Shoulda Left Your Kid in Jail!

11/19/2017 10:21 AM PST
Breaking News

3:46 PM PT -- Trump is continuing to stoke the flames against the Ball family. He just elaborated on his earlier tweet about leaving LiAngelo in a Chinese prison, saying he should've gotten him on his next trip to China.

Donald Trump has a new enemy -- LaVar Ball.

POTUS is lashing back at the outspoken basketball dad after LaVar dissed Trump during an ESPN interview a few days ago. LaVar cast doubt on Trump's role in freeing his son from China after LiAngelo and 2 UCLA basketball teammates shoplifted.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning and said ... "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!"

So far no word back from LaVar -- but we're sure it's only a matter of time.

As for LiAngelo and his 2 teammates ... all 3 thanked President Trump after returning to the United States last week. 

Drake 'Free Meek Mill'

11/19/2017 1:32 PM PST

Drake seems to have buried the hatchet with Meek Mill -- at least for now -- 'cause even HE wants his archenemy out of prison.

Drake was performing in Melbourne, Australia Sunday for his Boy Meets World Tour when he took a moment to shout out a fan who was wearing a "Free Meek Mill" shirt.

Drizzy echoed the sentiment by saying, "Free Meek Mill too, man. For real" ... to which the audience roared in approval. 

The words are pretty powerful coming from Drake -- who, as you know, has had a long-lasting beef with Meek that seeped into this year ... despite Rick Ross trying to squash it.

Seems like much of the hip-hop community agrees on this one thing ... old feuds be damned. 

Harrison Ford Still Playing Hero ... Helps Woman Who Drove Off Highway

11/19/2017 12:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Harrison Ford is the real-life Han Solo/Indiana Jones/every action hero he's ever played on camera ... 'cause he just helped a woman who ran her car off a highway.

Ford was on the scene of a crash late Sunday morning in Santa Paula, where a woman who was driving east on California State Route 126 accidentally drove her car off the road. 

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ Ford was driving behind her when she lost control and crashed into an embankment off the freeway. He pulled over and rushed to the woman's aide, as did other bystanders, to get her safely out of the vehicle while paramedics arrived.

Law enforcement sources tell us the woman was transported with minor injuries. 

This ain't the first time Ford's held up as a standout good citizen. You'll recall ... he recently directed tunnel traffic in NYC at a moment's notice -- did a pretty good job, too.

Thank you (again) for your service, Harrison.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

11/18/2017 12:40 AM PST

The sexual harassment scandal has exploded in Washington D.C., which was predictable, and Meek Mill says it's clear the fix was in to lock him up. So we gotta ask ...

Ashanti to Concert Fans Stop Throwing Money 'I'm Not a F****** Stripper!'

11/19/2017 11:41 AM PST

Don't ever mistake Ashanti for a stripper, 'cause she'll stop her show and call you the hell out ... as a group of her fans quickly learned this weekend.

Ashanti and Ja Rule performed Saturday at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, where the singer stopped her part of the show mid-song to blast some concert-goers who were tossing cash at her while she did a choreographed lap dance as part of her routine. 

As you can see ... she quickly shut that down by reminding 'em she's not a "f****** stripper." 

Turns out, the folks making it rain were actually employees of a nearby strip club called Ballarrinas -- and the owner didn't take too kindly to Ashanti's outburst.

In an IG post, the owner -- Dyamin Thomas -- said ... "WAIT Ashanti ain’t that you in your background video throwing money ? And aren’t you giving a lap dance ? Lmfao .. she ain’t say nothing to me but you gonna pick on the small white boy lol my Dj ? Damn."

Meanwhile, Ja seemed more than happy about the extra dough lying around onstage. Not as happy as his DJ, though.

David Cassidy Doctors Say the End is Near

11/19/2017 8:07 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

David Cassidy's condition has deteriorated and he's now in ICU and the family is preparing for the end ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... David was rushed to a Florida hospital earlier this week. His organs were failing and he was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

Sources now tell us David has taken a turn for the worse ... he now has a breathing tube and doctors say David's prospects are grim. As one source puts it, "There's really no issue anymore for a transplant. It's futile."

We're told doctors have summoned David's immediate family -- his son and ex-wife -- back to the hospital for what could be their final visit.

Cardi B Offset's a Partner in Wedding Planning

11/19/2017 7:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B says her wedding will not be a competition to outdo Gucci Mane's.

We got the rapper at LAX Saturday afternoon and she had a lot to say ... for starters, she's not being heavy handed when it comes to planning her wedding to Offset. She says he has an equal voice.

And we asked her about Offset having a 7-year-old love child. Cardi didn't like the implication, and said Offset embraces all of his children ... end of story. 

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

11/19/2017 8:40 AM PST
Breaking News

Mel Tillis, the country music legend who wrote and sang dozens of chart-topping hits, is dead.

Tillis died Sunday morning of respiratory failure.

Tillis recorded more than 60 albums and scored 3 dozens top 10 singles in his decades-long career.

He wrote the classic, "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)," "Detroit City" and "Mental Revenge." Tillis also recorded "Coca Cola Cowboy," featured in the Clint Eastwood flick "Every Which Way but Loose."

Tillis was indicuted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He was 85.

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Taylor Swift All Walled Up Paparazzi Proofing Historic Mansion

11/19/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift's literally putting up walls all around her, turning an historic landmark home into her own personal fortress that will be impenetrable to cameras -- if all goes according to her plan.

Taylor obtained permits to block visibility to her Beverly Hills mansion ... including putting up a 6.5 ft tall cinder block wall by her front porch and a 7 ft high retaining wall by her tennis court. She also upgraded and remodeled her front gate -- emphasis on "up."

Normally, this would be no big deal, but Taylor's crib -- purchased in 2015 --  was designated a historic landmark by the city of Beverly Hills. That means she gets a HUGE tax break, but it also means she has to jump through hoops to make the slightest alteration.

Phil Saveni, president of the Beverly Hills Historical Society, tells us Tay Tay's changes are all good though because the walls won't "impact the integrity" of the home.

Translation: It's full steam ahead at Chateau Swift!

Jameis Winston Gets Backup From Friend Disputes Uber Sexual Assault Allegations

11/19/2017 8:12 AM PST

Jameis Winston is getting backup from another NFL player who says he's positive the QB didn't sexually assault an Uber driver back in 2016 ... because he was in the car that night.

The witness is Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby -- Winston's longtime friend who was also a witness in JM's rape case at Florida State back in 2012.

"I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016 when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona," Darby said in his statement. 

"There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true."

Darby went to bat for Jameis during the 2012 rape case -- straight up calling the accuser a liar during the videotaped deposition. He and Jameis have remained close ever since.

The driver told BuzzFeed she picked up Jameis from the bars in Scottsdale around 2 AM in March 13th of last year. She says he was riding alone and the QB grabbed her by the crotch during the ride.

Winston has adamantly denied the allegations and says there are holes in the driver's story -- starting with the number of passengers in the car.

The NFL says a league investigation into the incident is underway.

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