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Larry King 'I Don't Know this Donald Trump'

8/17/2017 6:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Larry King is heartsick over Donald Trump, because the guy in the Oval is not the guy he's known for 35 years.

Passengers on the TMZ Celebrity Tour spotted the legendary talk show host Wednesday in Bev Hills, and he's very clear ... the Donald Trump he's known over the years was actually pretty liberal and politically androgynous.

King seems genuinely depressed that Trump drank his own Kool-Aid during the election, and became a guy who is unrecognizable to the people who have known him over the years.

Donald Trump Shame on Us For Removing Confederate Statues

8/17/2017 6:28 AM PDT
Breaking News

Donald Trump is fighting like General Robert E. Lee to preserve the symbols of the Confederacy ... and he's resorting to shame.

Trump just tweeted, "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments."

He goes on ... "You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson -- who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!"

Trump does not elaborate on the lessons we can learn from the statues.

And, he says, "Also, the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"

A number of cities are removing Confederate monuments in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

Six Flags Over Texas No Plans to Remove Confederate Flag After Charlottesville Attack

8/17/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Six Flags Over Texas is standing firm on flying the Confederate States of America flag, despite the uproar post-Charlottesville.

Park officials tell TMZ, they see a fundamental distinction between the flag they fly and the Confederate Battle flag. They say the distinction is that white supremacists and neo-Nazis have adopted the Battle flag and not the banner the theme park waves. 

True enough, racists generally embrace the Battle flag, but here's the thing ... both represent exactly the same principle. Both flags flew during the Civil War to represent the fight to preserve slavery.

So, is this a distinction without a difference? It seems so. But reps from Six Flags explain it this way ... park patrons "are astute enough to know the difference." Again, what's the difference? Both flags are an homage to slavery.

In any case ... the Six Flags rep says the flag will continue to fly high over the park.

BTW ... the original stated reason for flying the flag at the theme park was that there are 6 flags that have flown over the state of Texas in its history, and the Confederate States of America flag is one of them.

Rihanna Hey, Boo ... You Can Hide Under My Umbrella!!!

8/17/2017 6:37 AM PDT

Rihanna's attempt to hide her boyfriend is funny ... just look at him laugh his ass off.

RiRi was leaving Chiltern Firehouse, the hottest restaurant in London, Wednesday night ... and gave it the ol' college try to shield bf Hassan Jameel with her moniker.

No dice ... Rihanna's pretty recognizable and it's not hard to match that grin to the one back in June ... when RiRi and Hassan were hanging out.

Not sure what Hassan's laughing about, but it certainly can't be about this.

'Stranger Things' David Harbour Oops!!! Was Season 3 Supposed to be a Secret?

8/17/2017 6:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Harbour, aka Chief Hopper on "Stranger Things," let a big cat out of the bag Wednesday when he accidentally talked about season 3.

We got Harbour at LAX Wednesday night when he talked about raging hormones on the set. The kids are getting older, and that leads to teenage craziness, especially when they enter season 3.

Hmmm ... was David supposed to mention a third season when season 2 doesn't premiere until October 27? Watch his reaction ... he tries to backpedal, but without much success.

BTW ... he seems like an awesome dude.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. Rips Justin Bieber 'He Don't Know Boxing!'

8/17/2017 6:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is coming out swingin' at Justin Bieber -- saying the pop star doesn't know a DAMN THING about boxing if he thinks Conor's gonna go the distance.

Remember, Bieber -- Floyd Jr.'s longtime friend -- recently shot down the idea that Mayweather would K.O. McGregor ... and that ain't sittin' too well with Floyd Sr.

"Justin Bieber ... he don't even know boxing," Floyd's dad told us at LAX ... "He knows Floyd. But he don't know Floyd like I know Floyd."

Floyd Sr. also went in on Vegas gamblers putting their money on Conor -- saying they're crazy ... and a bet on Floyd is like taking free money!

Papa Mayweather also says he thinks his kid should STOP FIGHTING after Aug. 26 -- because if he keeps taking on challengers, someone is eventually gonna knock his ass out! 

Blac Chyna Kicks Mechie to the Curb And All His Crap, Too

8/17/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's had it with her flavor of the month ... she dumped Mechie's ass and she's already back on familiar ground -- the strip club.

Sources close to BC tell us she got into an explosive argument Monday night with Mechie over his constant flirting with other women on social media. They'd been dating for less than 2 months but that didn't stop Mechie from getting BC's initials tattooed behind his ear.

The ink has barely dried and already she's told him to take a hike ... and to take all his stuff with him.

After the argument ... we're told Blac hit up a Tarzana studio and vented her frustration on the mic and spit lyrics for a new track. Inspiration.

Not long after she hit up Ace of Diamonds. As we reported ... she hit up the joint the same night her baby daddy's sister, Khloe, and her NBA superstar bf, Tristan Thompson, showed up.

We're told Khloe and BC crossed paths inside and had a brief stare down. But no one uttered a peep.

As for how long the breakup will last ... we're told BC's called it game over but Mechie's desperately trying to make things right.

After all ... tattoo removal ain't cheap.

Alfonso Ribeiro Jazzy Jeff is Crazy ... 'Fresh Prince' Revival a No-Go!!!

8/17/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nowww this is a story all about how ... Alfonso Ribeiro just crushed the hopes and dreams of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" fans.

Carlton was at LAX when our guy asked him about DJ Jazzy Jeff hinting at a 'Fresh Prince' reunion of some kind 21 years after the show went off the air -- and he shot it down HARD.

The current "America's Funniest Home Videos" host seems like he's totally moved on from the hit '90s sitcom ... and has some advice for people who haven't yet.

Looks like if you want a cast reunion ... you'll have to settle for Alfonso's Instagram pic.

Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.

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Curt Schilling 'Absolutely' Supporting Trump ... He's No Racist!

8/17/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Curt Schilling is standing by his President -- telling TMZ Sports Donald Trump is NOT a white supremacist and will continue to have his support. 

Click here... it's not over yet

Guess Who This Cool Kid Turned Into!

8/17/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Before this mini-man became the king of comedy, he was just another little dude with big dreams growing up in Los Angeles, California. Can you guess who he is?

Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet Jack and Rose Reunited At French Villa

8/16/2017 4:44 PM PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will always be linked whether they're near, far or wherever they are ... but it's always best to see them together.

The famous "Titanic" couple hung out at Leo's villa in Saint-Tropez, France in late July ... and the 2 are clearly still very tight.

Kate was visiting to attend the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation annual charity gala, but the old friends and fellow Oscar-winners found some time to chill by the pool and catch up.

And our hearts will go on.

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'American Idol' Struggling to Find Judges And the Clock is Ticking

8/16/2017 3:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The "American Idol" reboot seems to be in crisis -- honchos still haven't locked down a second, third and possibly fourth judge, with only 6 weeks until cameras roll.

TMZ broke the story ... producers first set their sights on Katy Perry, who will be pocketing $25 mil.

Our 'Idol' sources tell us ... none of the previous front-runners -- Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan or Keith Urban -- are any closer to signing than they were a few weeks ago. We're told record producer Nile Rodgers has now been tossed in the mix.

The issue with Lionel, we're told, is his team's asking around $10 mil ... double what they want to pay. 'A.I.' producers are also still debating whether to go with 3 or 4 judges. At this point it all comes down to money, but it sounds like they'd like 4.

Auditions for 'Idol' hopefuls kick off Thursday in Orlando, but filmed auditions in front of the judges don't begin until the end of Sept.

So there's still time ... but it's getting dicey.

Taylor Swift Butt Groper I Can't Get a Job I'll Even Work for Free!!!

8/16/2017 1:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The ex-radio DJ who lost big in the Taylor Swift ass-grabbing trial is desperate for a gig in radio -- so much so ... he'll work for free.

David Mueller says he's put plenty of feelers out, but so far no bites. He's so desperate he's willing to start at the bottom again and do what interns do at radio stations ... as in, "caller, you're next."

He thinks right now his face is poison ... even though it's radio, but he has a solution for that.

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