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President Obama Mysterious Palm Springs Vacay

1/24/2017 7:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-barack-michelle-obamavirgin-islands-instagram-2Barack and Michelle Obama flew from Washington D.C. to Palm Springs for a grand total of 3 days before jumping on a private jet and going back from where they came and then some ... so the question, was that the plan or was Palm Springs a washout?

Fact is ... it was raining like hell all weekend. It was also super cold for SoCal. Obama got in one round of golf and that's about it, before they boarded Sir Richard Branson's private jet and took off for the Caribbean.

On the surface it looks like the Obamas bailed because of crappy weather. But we found out their departure date was set even before the former prez left Washington, D.C. We're told Palm Springs airport officials had conversations with the Secret Service about leaving on Monday, days before Branson's jet landed in the desert.

It's possible the Obamas made the decision to bail before leaving D.C. because they saw the weather report, but if that were the case why go to Palm Springs at all ... just beeline it for sunny Necker Island.

And there's this ... Sasha and Malia, who were staying in D.C. when their parents left for Palm Springs, took Branson's jet Saturday from Maryland to Palm Springs. We're assuming the girls went to the Caribbean with their parents, but we haven't see pics ... so far.

It could just be the former Prez just wanted a round of golf with Larry Ellison and then blew out of town. It's what ballers do, right?

Chelsea Handler Shames, Bullies Melania Trump

1/24/2017 7:45 AM PST

0124-chelsea-handler-melania-trump-tmz-01Chelsea Handler insulted Melania Trump ... and it's backfiring.

Chelsea says she wouldn't interview the First Lady because "she can barely speak English."

Handler failed to mention Melania speaks 5 languages ... French, Italian, German, Slovene and, of course, English.

Chelsea then unleashed on Melania, saying she wouldn't book the First Lady or President Donald Trump for her Netflix show because "I don't respect either one of those people."

It's unclear what grudge she has against Melania, other than proximity.

Handler's comments are essentially shaming immigrants who try to adapt to American culture, and when people bully them by making fun of their level of skill in mastering the English language it inhibits them from speaking altogether.

Choose your battles wisely.

Homeland Security We're on Swole Patrol Free Gym Memberships for ICE

1/24/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-homeland-security-tmz-getty-04President Trump just imposed a hiring freeze on the federal government, which makes what we found all the more surprising ... the Department of Homeland Security is shopping for gyms.

DHS filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which they solicit bids for a "full-range health & fitness center" for employees who work in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE is on the hunt for a gym with "state-of-the-art fitness equipment" within walking distance from one of its D.C. offices -- a quarter mile on the outside. The agency is currently taking bids from local vendors.

The document -- dated January 13, 2017 -- states ICE will foot the bill for its employees for 12 months, starting in March, with an option to extend the contract an additional 3 years.

The document sets a limit of $200,000 for the annual memberships.

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Erin Andrews Battled Cervical Cancer During NFL Season ... Didn't Miss a Game

1/24/2017 7:17 AM PST
Breaking News

0124-erin-andrews-tmz-02"NFL on FOX" star Erin Andrews has revealed she battled cervical cancer during the regular season -- which required multiple surgeries -- but she didn't miss a single game.

The good news -- Andrews says she's "cancer-free" now ... and plans on working the Super Bowl.

The 38-year-old sideline reporter broke the news to MMQB ... saying she was diagnosed back in Sept. but told doctors she didn't want to miss any work. 

She ended up missing two tapings of "Dancing With the Stars" before her first surgery in October. 

Two days after the procedure, she flew to Green Bay to shoot a segment with Packers star Jordy Nelson.

“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews told MMQB ... noting, "sports were my escape."

Andrews got better news on Nov. 17 -- when doctors told her she wouldn't need radiation or chemo.

Mark Gastineau's Daughter 'The NFL Has Major F***ing Problems'

1/24/2017 6:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The daughter of NY Jets great Mark Gastineau is coming out swinging at the NFL -- saying the league has "major f***ing problems" when it comes to brain injuries like CTE.

Click here... it's not over yet

Donald Trump It's Curtains for Hillary Clinton!!!

1/24/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-president-drapes-curtains-photos-launchDonald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton was a disaster on foreign policy and health care, but he clearly thinks she knows her drapes.

One of the first orders of business for the Trump Administration was to take down the fiery red drapes that flanked President Obama in the Oval Office. The replacement ... the very same drapes Hillary Clinton chose for her husband back in 1993.

The gold fabric endured throughout the Clinton presidency, but went into storage when George W. chose a deeper color, more in the brown than gold family. President Obama went code red.

When Hillary chose the drapes, she said she picked the color because she wanted the Oval Office to be "more dynamic, to show more energy."

Trump's taste is non-partisan ... he's also re-installed Reagan's sunbeam rug and W's gold brocade sofas.

As for Trump's penchant for gold ... well, check out his NYC pad.

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'Wonder Woman' Star In Baby-Hiding Costume Uh What's Showbiz?

1/24/2017 6:27 AM PST

The actress set to play Wonder Woman on the big screen doesn't know a couple of things -- the sex of her new baby ... or the true meaning of show business.

We got "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot Monday heading to Fred Segal in L.A. -- where she seems to be hiding her baby bump -- and while she definitely plays coy to our first question ... she has a genuine deer in the headlights response to our second.

We know she's only been in the game 8 years or so now -- but it's time Gal brushed up on her paparazzi game. It's called showbiz ... you're in it.

'Bachelor' Star Corinne Goes Full Villain ... F*** the Other Girls!!

1/23/2017 6:46 PM PST

It's not like "The Bachelor" star Corinne's ever cared about making friends with the other contestants ... but she's officially embraced the role of #1 bad girl now.

After Nick Viall gave her another rose -- much to the chagrin of everyone else -- Corinne gloats and gives a less-than-inspiring speech. Check out the vid ... there's never been more eye rolling.

And in case it wasn't clear, Corinne tells the cameras exactly how she feels ... and does some weird stuff with the rose too.

So maybe she doesn't need any help from producers to pull off the villain role.


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Mariah Carey YG's Got My Back For New Breakup Track

1/24/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey's turning her split from ex-fiance James Packer into a breakup song featuring YG -- and they've already recorded the track and shot the music video.

We're told the collabo went down over the weekend as Mimi laid down what she hopes will be an anthem for women overcoming harsh breakups. Take that, Taylor Swift.

They started recording on Saturday, and within 24 hours they also wrapped on the music vid. We're told it will debut in the "Mariah's World" season finale this weekend.

The duo was out celebrating the project Sunday night when we got them leaving Catch.

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'Bachelor in Paradise' Star Ex No Longer Runs Through My Veins

1/24/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-grant-kemp-before-and-after-tattoo-INSTAGRAM-TMZ-01"Bachelor in Paradise" star Grant Kemp officially -- and finally -- removed his ex from his life ... with the stroke of a needle.

We're told Grant Kemp on Sunday hit up Black Heart Tattoo in San Fran where artist Moses Saarni inked over the old "Grace" tattoo -- a combination of his and 'BiP' ex Lace Morris' names.

You'll recall Grant and Lace got their tattoos on the show before he proposed in the season finale ... and promptly broke up 3 months later.

Grant's new tat -- a black rose -- sends a clear message: You're dead to me. Also, I made a huge mistake. Far as we know, Lace still has her ink.

We're guessing it'll be gone before sundown.

  

Nina on 3rd Rock from the Sun' 'Memba Her?!

1/23/2017 9:00 PM PST

0112-Simbi-Khali-nina-3rd-rock-from-the-sun-launchSimbi Khali is best known for playing the level-headed earthlight Nina -- opposite John Lithgow as Dr. Solomon -- in the '90s sci-fi comedy "3rd Rock from the Sun." Guess what she looks like now!

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'A Dog's Purpose' Trainers Vid Makes Us Look Bad But Hercules Was NOT Harmed

1/23/2017 5:44 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0123-dogs-purpose-letter-launch-main-TMZ-01Birds & Animals Unlimited -- the group responsible for training the dogs in "A Dog's Purpose" -- insists Hercules the German Shepherd wasn't forced to perform a stunt, and claims the video doesn't tell the full story.

In a letter to TMZ, the org admits Hercules was resistant to entering the pool from a new location, but they cut right away, and went back to the original spot where he'd trained for the scene ... and he jumped in, happily.

Birds & Animals claims the dog was not thrown in from the spot where he resisted, but feels the "falsely edited video" implied that. TMZ did not edit the video. We posted all the footage as obtained.

The letter also addresses the voice in the video saying, "Just gotta throw him in."

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Collapses While Giving Speech

1/23/2017 6:29 PM PST

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed while giving his State of the State address Monday night ... and the scary moment was captured on video.

Dayton was delivering the speech at the University of Minnesota -- he was about 40 minutes in -- when he began to slur his words and reached for a drink of water. Moments later he appeared to faint and others rushed in to help him.

The 69-year-old governor was reportedly conscious as he was helped into a back room minutes later. His son Eric just tweeted that his father is doing great ... but offered no explanation for the collapse.

Dayton fainted at an event last year, which his staff attributed to overheating and dehydration.

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