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Charlie Rose ASU Takes Back Journalism Award

11/24/2017 4:58 PM PST
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Charlie Rose isn't just losing jobs ... Arizona State University just yanked his prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Christopher Callahan, the dean of ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says the university is rescinding Rose's 2015 award. Callahan emphasized the move was unprecedented and "the idea of 'taking' back a Cronkite Award is so foreign" the school had never considered it.

He says this is the first time in the award's 30 year history. 

"We give the award each year based on the knowledge we have of a recipient at that time," Callahan's statement read. "When new information about a recipient surfaces, the question we ask is not whether the award would be given again with a new set of facts, but whether the transgressions are so egregious that they demand nothing less than a reversal of history."

At least 8 women have come forward and accused Rose of various forms of sexual harassment and assault. 

Callahan says students, alumni, staff and other journalists helped him reach the decision. 

Donald Trump No Thanks, TIME! I'll Pass on Person of the Year (Probably)

11/24/2017 4:23 PM PST
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"Probably" isn't good enough for Donald Trump ... who says he turned down TIME's offer to become Person of the Year for, most likely, a second consecutive year. 

Trump says the mag reached out, and told him he "probably" was its 2017 P.O.Y., but couldn't tell him before he committed to a photo shoot and interview. That didn't sit well with the prez, who tweeted "probably is no good" and he took the pass.

It's interesting because Trump had no issues accepting the title in 2016, fresh off his Election Day victory -- plus, he's been doing one-off interviews here and there.

Sounds he's only interested in sure things at this point.  

Jeff Bezos I'm Now the $100 Billion Man!!!

11/24/2017 1:03 PM PST

Jeff Bezos has a lot of XMAS cheer ... because he just crossed the $100 BILLION mark thanks to Black Friday.

Amazon stock shot up 2.5% Friday, and Bezos is the largest shareholder. The jump in stock price puts him in 12 figure territory. 

Get this ... Bezos made $2.4 BILLION on Friday!!!

Bloomberg says Bezos fortune now totals $110.3 billion.  Mind you ... the .3 alone is $300 million!!!

He's the first billionaire to hit 12 figures since 1999 ... that's when Bill Gates went north of $100 bil.

Oprah True Grits!!!

11/24/2017 12:53 PM PST


Oprah turned her Thanksgiving leftovers into a breakfast of champions and it looks like she didn't waste an ounce of turkey.

O shared a video of her post-Turkey Day spread at her estate in Montecito, CA ... turkey hash, grits, eggs, biscuits and what looked like mini parfaits were all part of the breakfast buffet table.

Oprah explains there's an unbreakable bond between her and grits. On the other hand, there's something on the buffet table that will NEVER touch her lips.

Donald Trump I'm Teed Off Again ... This Time with Tiger!!!

11/24/2017 12:43 PM PST

Donald Trump took a break Friday and went from his vacation home at Mar-a-Lago to Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida to play a few rounds with none other than Tiger Woods.

Trump and Woods were joined by Dustin Johnson, the number 1 ranked golfer in the world. 

Trump and Tiger have history ... they've golfed together in the past.   The last time they hit the links was just before last XMAS.

BTW ... Tiger is bipartisan on the green ... he's also golfed with Obama. 

VH1 Star Kamal Givens Monkey Attack in Thailand!!!

11/24/2017 11:18 AM PST


VH1 star Kamal Givens messed with the monkeys, and he became a bloody mess.

The "real Chance of Love" star was in Thailand Thursday shooting a documentary -- "N***** in Thailand" -- when he and Ricky Romance started playing with a group of monkeys at a sanctuary. A baby viciously attacked Kamal.

The video begins just before the attack and you hear the cries of a panicked Kamal as the baby goes to town on him.

Monkeys and people freaked.

Kamal was rushed to the ER with gashes on his legs and hand. He got six stitches on his hand and a bunch of bandages to cover the wounds.

Ricky tells us he's a lucky camper ... the monkeys could have ganged up on him and killed him. They'll be flying back to the United States Saturday. 

As for the documentary… they had one day of filming left. It is unclear how they will incorporate the attack. 

Black Friday Fight Erupts at Alabama Shopping Mall

11/24/2017 9:13 AM PST

Black Friday is living up to its reputation as the most dangerous shopping day of the year.

Check out this video, shot at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama where shoppers are fighting for bargains.

Police showed up to stop the fighting. You see an officer holding a woman back who is out of control.  You see another shopper being held down by security.

To be technical, the incident went down at 11:20 PM Thanksgiving Day.

No arrests were made.

Charles Manson Will Surfaces Pen Pal Gets Everything

11/24/2017 1:00 AM PST

Charles Manson left his estate to a pen pal ... and what the murderer left behind may actually be valuable.

The pen pal -- he asked us not to use his name -- began writing Manson in the '90s and the 2 exchanged letters and phone calls for 2 decades. The man even visited Manson in prison from time to time.

We obtained a copy of a crudely written will which we're told was drafted by Manson. It's typed but there's handwriting on the document. We checked the handwriting in the will against Manson's known handwriting, and they appear very similar. Check out the comparison. 

The will -- dated February 14, 2002 -- leaves all of Manson's personal belongings, including cash, image rights and clothing to Manson's pen pal. More significantly, Manson leaves his "exclusive music catalog" to the guy. Manson fancied himself as a songwriter and even wrote a Beach Boys song the group recorded.

The will says Manson's body should be turned over to his pen pal. He says he will claim the body, but as we reported, if he doesn't do it within 10 days of Manson's death, the prison will cremate him.

Manson specifically disinherited his known children, ex-wives, in-laws, lawyers, friends, prisoners, inmates, cops, guards, and the State of California.

The man tells us he began writing Manson in the '90s out of curiosity, and after more than 50 letters with no reply ... Manson finally wrote back in 1997. He claims the 2 struck up a friendship through letters and eventually phone calls, and he met Manson in person for the first time in 2002 ... the same year Manson drafted the will.

He claims he visited with Manson several times after that and got his last phone call from him on October 21 ... just weeks before his death.

The 2002 will includes a handwritten note from Manson, saying ... "I'm not in the best spot to rest in peace" along with his signature. We're told the witness signature is that of a fellow inmate.

New Balance Sues New Bunren Shoe Co. You're Confusing the Chinese!!!

11/24/2017 8:54 AM PST

New Balance Athletics Inc. is suing a company marketing a shoe called New Bunren, claiming the New Bunren is a shameless ripoff of the OG, designed to utterly baffle the Chinese.

New Balance claims when Chinese people say New Bunren it sounds exactly like New Balance.

What's more, the Chinese spelling of New Bunren is exactly the same as New Balance, thus creating confusion in the marketplace. 

And it gets worse ... New Balance says New Bunren adopted a series of "N" marks that are virtually identical to the iconic New Balance "N."  

Here's the rub. New Bunren actually got it's brand registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. New Balance is currently trying to undo New Bunren's registration.

New Balance is suing for New Bunren's profits. They also want a stop to the sales.  

In other news...

Kris Jenner Goes Undercover to Do Her Holiday Shopping With Jonathan Cheban

You Won't Be Able to Recognize The Two!


Teresa and Joe Giudice Wedding Photo Triggers Lawsuit

11/24/2017 8:29 AM PST

Teresa and Joe Giudice have been married for 18 years, but their wedding photos are still keeping the courts busy.

Photographer Neal Clipper has filed a lawsuit against the website for a story it did titled, "Teresa Giudice May Skip Visiting Imprisoned Joe on Their Anniversary." The post included this pic below. This is the photo that appears in Clipper's lawsuit.

He says the site had no permission to run the photo, so he wants $150,000 minimum.

Teresa and Joe were married on October 23, 1999. It looks like lawsuits over their wedding photos could outlast their marriage. 

Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, Disney Sued Over Frozen Song I Won't Let It Go!!!

11/23/2017 7:56 PM PST

The iconic song from "Frozen," "Let It Go," was shamelessly ripped off from a famous international artist, who is now suing everyone even remotely connected with the smash hit.

Jaime Ciero claims in a new lawsuit "Let It Go" was obviously inspired by his song, "Volar."  Ciero recorded the song in 2008 and it was played globally.  Ciero calls the song "a huge international success reaching millions of listeners and landing on numerous charts of the most popular, top-performing songs."

Listen to both (below).  Gotta say ... even though "Volar" is recorded in Spanish, there are similarities.  The question ... are there enough to make a case?

Ciero says the striking similarities include note combinations, structures, hooks, melodies, lyrics, themes, production and textures. 

He's suing Disney, Idina Menzel who recorded it for the movie, Demi Lovato who recorded the single and others.

If Ciero wins, the judgment could be humongous.  He wants profits from the movie, the music, the marketing ... you name it.

Listen, and judge for yourself. 

Senator Al Franken Tells Victims ... Sorry, I'm Just a Big Hugger

11/24/2017 6:46 AM PST

Senator Al Franken is clearly trying to save his job, but his answer to the various women who have accused him of sexual assault/harassment is sketchy ... he says he just likes to hug a lot. 

Franken issued a statement on Thanksgiving Day, saying, “I’ve met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I’m a warm person; I hug people. I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many."

He goes on ...“Some women have found my greetings or embraces for a hug or photo inappropriate, and I respect their feelings about that. I’ve thought a lot in recent days about how that could happen, and recognize that I need to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations."

Franken did not address the photo of him appearing to grab a sleeping Leeann Tweeden's breasts.

He did say he feels terrible about his misdeeds and ends with this ...“And let me say again to Minnesotans that I’m sorry for putting them through this and I’m committed to regaining their trust.”

Tiffany Haddish Manson Should have Gotten Life Insurance Cremate that Bitch!!!

11/24/2017 7:15 AM PST

Tiffany Haddish thinks the dude who started a Gofundme account to pay Charles Manson's funeral expenses should just stop, because no one should cut the mass murderer a break.

The "Girls Trip" star was slinging grub at The Laugh Factory for Thanksgiving when our photog asked about our story ... that Gofundme shut down the account and refunded the money that had already been donated -- $972.

Tiffany thinks if Manson really wanted a proper burial he should have taken steps himself.

BTW, the Laugh Factory event for people in need has been an annual event for nearly 4 decades, and it's awesome. 

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