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Tavis Smiley Suspended By PBS 'Troubling' Sexual Misconduct Allegations

12/13/2017 3:49 PM PST
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Tavis Smiley is the next big star under fire for alleged sexual misconduct ... PBS has suspended the talk show host after an investigation uncovered "credible allegations."

Smiley is a veteran talk show host who focuses on politics and current events -- he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Smiley was allegedly banging multiple lower-level staffers who believed their employment status was dependent on their sexual relationship with them, according to Variety

Now, PBS is taking action ... "Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley," the network said in a statement.

"PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley."

"The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision."

Story developing ... 

Warren Sapp I Never Peed In Front of that Lady But ...

12/13/2017 1:24 PM PST
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Warren Sapp is firing back against allegations of sexual misconduct -- claiming he NEVER urinated in front of an NFL Network wardrobe lady ... but there WAS a conflict over the bathroom. 

Sapp appeared on "The Andy Slater Show" on 940 AM in Miami and told his version of what went down during a bathroom incident with Jami Cantor while he was working at the network.

Long story short ... Sapp says he DID open the bathroom door and saw Cantor working in there -- but instructed her to get out ... and didn't begin to pee until she was gone.

"I walked in [and] asked her to leave," Sapp said ... "She left. She yelled what she yelled through the door, talkin' about that's her office."

Sapp explained, "This sh*tter can't be your office."

Cantor tells a different story in her lawsuit against the NFL Network ... claiming Sapp barged in, whipped it out and began to pee while telling the woman, "Sorry mama, but your office shouldn't be our sh*tter."

"I walked in that bathroom but there's no way I peed in front of her. I put that on my 6 kids. My 3 little girls and my 3 big boys -- no way, no how." 

Sapp also addressed Cantor's allegations that he gave her sex toys as Christmas presents -- saying he DID give them to some makeup artists after they requested them ... but never gave one to Cantor. 

When asked if he had spoken to any of the other players named in the suit, Sapp says he talked with Marshall Faulk ... but claimed his CTE kept him from remembering much of the conversation.

Floyd Mayweather Vouches for Anti-Gay Alleged Warlord

12/13/2017 9:36 AM PST
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Floyd Mayweather has a new member of The Money Team -- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov ... an alleged violent warlord who unapologetically hates gay people. 

Floyd met up with Kadyrov during a recent trip to Chechnya -- buddying up with Kadyrov and urging his fans to follow Ramzan on Instagram. 

But here's the problem ... Kadyrov has a very controversial past -- littered with accusations of human rights violations from kidnapping to torture and murder. He's denied all wrongdoing

But what's undeniable ... Kadyrov says he doesn't want gay people in his country and has said on the record he'd ship them all to Canada if he could. 

The U.S. State Dept. issued a warning in April 2017 saying it was "increasingly concerned" about the anti-LGBT movement in Chechnya -- after "numerous credible reports" indicating gay people were being detained, tortured and even killed based on their sexual orientation. 

But Kadyrov's a huge sports fan -- LOVES combat sports -- and Floyd seems to see past the other stuff. 

LaVar Ball Everyone Is Scared Of Me ... Cause I'm A BLACK MAN

12/13/2017 7:42 AM PST
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LaVar Ball says there's one thing he could do differently to have everyone love him and embrace the Big Baller Brand -- be a white dude.

LaVar and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, sat down with the gang on "The Breakfast Club" -- where Charlamagne Tha God asked if he thinks the perception of him would be the same if he were Caucasian.

"Heck no. They're scared of me because I'm uncontrollable. When you can't control one of us you in trouble."

Ball then explains what he means -- that a black man with a vision is a threat to the status quo, and he feels he's been vilified to a degree for being that threat.

That's not all that's in the interview ... LiAngelo spoke on the infamous UCLA-China shoplifting scandal and said he wouldn't have thanked President Trump -- but the school made him.

Bella Hadid Busting Out ... at Lakers-Knicks

12/13/2017 7:21 AM PST
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There were TONS of huge stars at the Knicks vs. Lakers game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday ... but, for some reason, everyone seemed to have their eyes on Bella Hadid

So, we present two photo galleries ... 

The Celebs (LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Odell Beckham, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and more) -- and if you're not into that, we've also got 20 pics of Bella sitting courtside. 

Think of it as a sports-themed "Choose Your Own Adventure."

Don't worry ... no one's judging you.

Omarosa I'm Outta Here!!! Quits White House Gig

12/13/2017 7:03 AM PST
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Omarosa's breaking up with Donald Trump -- she's quit her post ... according to the White House.

WH spokesman Sarah Sanders says Omarosa officially resigned on Tuesday to "pursue other opportunities." She had been serving as Trump's Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison -- but it had been a bumpy road.

The 'Apprentice' alum famously bumped heads with Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly. It's unclear what prompted her sudden departure, but interesting that it coincides with the Alabama Special Election.

Omarosa's resignation is not effective until Jan. 20 ... which means she'll get a full year under her belt.

Drew Brees Opens Dope Playground For Special Needs Kids

12/13/2017 6:41 AM PST
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How cool is this? 

Saints QB Drew Brees spent his Tuesday opening a VERY cool "fully inclusive playground" in New Orleans for kids "of all abilities" ... including those with special needs. 

Drew and his family attended the grand opening of the Walnut Street Playground at Audubon Park -- it's the very first fully inclusive playground in the city. 

The place has everything from swings to slides to ZIP LINES!! Plus, the play area was designed to be fully accessible for wheelchairs! 

Props to Drew and his foundation -- and everyone involved.

Anderson Cooper It Wasn't Me!!! Hacker Slammed Trump

12/13/2017 6:49 AM PST
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Anderson Cooper called President Trump a "Pathetic loser" -- or so about 10 million people thought for an hour Wednesday morning.

The slam on 45 was tweeted from the CNN anchor's verified Twitter account in response to Trump tweeting he knew Roy Moore was going to lose all along. But what seemed like a great Twitter war in the making was not to be.

It was a hack ...according to Anderson.

He says, "just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account." Anderson says he hasn't posted anything in days, and he's trying to find out who's behind the hack.

See? Sometimes the Internet does disappoint.

Charles Barkley Praises Alabama for Roy Moore Defeat We're Not Just Rednecks!

12/13/2017 6:05 AM PST
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Charles Barkley is now a prime political commentator on CNN -- and after the election Tuesday night, he WENT OFF about how Alabama isn't just "rednecks" and "ignorant people."

Sir Chuck -- who's from Alabama (he played college ball at Auburn) -- had been campaigning hard for Doug Jones ... and after he took down Roy Moore last night, Barkley didn't hold back.

"You know, we've been stuck in a time warp for a long time," Charles said ... "This is just a great night for Alabama and for Doug Jones."

"Roy Moore was an embarrassment. Hey listen, if any other man had 8 women accusing him of sexual harassment ... talking about how he really enjoyed slavery ... he thinks people who are homosexuals should go to jail, they wouldn't have even been in this election."

Barkley says he's extremely proud of Alabama ... adding, "We got some amazing people here."

"Yeah, got some rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people ... but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today."

Roy Moore Loses Alabama Senate Election Against Doug Jones

12/12/2017 7:36 PM PST
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The contentious and highly publicized race for Alabama's vacant Senate seat is finally over ... and the victor is Doug Jones.

Roy Moore lost the special election for the seat left open by Jeff Sessions Tuesday night, to his Democratic opponent Jones, by a slim margin ... amidst the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Moore and his campaign chairman appeared on stage shortly after Jones' acceptance speech to announce they'd continue to watch votes come in, hoping the margin of victory is less than .5% for Jones to trigger an automatic recount ... but that seems very unlikely.

As we reported ... Moore rode in horseback to cast his ballot Tuesday -- and the showmanship apparently didn't pay off. It's unclear if his spokesman's TV appearances had any effect.

President Trump weighed in on Moore's loss by seemingly taking the high road.

BLM's DeRay McKesson Sues Jeanine Pirro ... She Lied, Now I'm in Danger!!!

12/12/2017 6:03 PM PST
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6:15 PM PT -- A FOX News spokesperson tells TMZ ... “We informed Mr. McKesson's counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings. We will defend this case vigorously.”DeRay McKesson -- one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement -- is suing FOX News personality Jeanine Pirro for saying he directed protesters to attack a police officer.

McKesson says Pirro was on "FOX & Friends" on September 28, discussing a lawsuit filed by the cop against BLM. According to the suit, Pirro made a series of outrageous and false statements about him.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, DeRay says Pirro blamed him for directing the violence, and added, "You've got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay McKesson."

DeRay believes Pirro made her statements knowing they were false -- and it's damaged his rep and endangered him as a civil rights activist. As we reported, a federal judge ruled McKesson was expressing his right to free speech at the demonstration, and it wasn't his fault the officer got hurt. 

DeRay's suing both Pirro and FOX News for defamation.

Jose Canseco I've Been Molested By Women ... Never Complained

12/12/2017 3:49 PM PST
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Jose Canseco says the women accusing politicians of sexual misconduct are only complaining because the alleged offenders are "ugly men" ... and now the Oakland A's are distancing themselves from the ex-MLB star. 

Canseco began ranting on Twitter on Tuesday ... saying, "What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I've been molested by several women and never complained."

He continued, "Well I mean I've been beaten by women taken advantage of by women and molested by women I never complain but it was kind of a turn-on."

"I see the difference I guess cuz I was a good-looking guy and these politicians look like a bag of boogers."

But, it was the next line that REALLY pissed some people off ... 

"These women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men."

The comments got back to Jose's former team -- the Oakland A's -- and the organization wasted no time condemning the comments and making it clear they have no relationship with the ex-slugger. 

"We were disappointed to learn of Mr. Canseco's statements," the team said. 

"Mr. Canseco is not an employee of the Athletics and his statements do not reflect the values of our organization or those of our most trusted partners."

Anthony Bourdain Blasts Batali, Food Industry Culture ... I Stand with Women!!!

12/12/2017 3:01 PM PST
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Anthony Bourdain would've gladly helped women who were allegedly sexually harassed or abused by Mario Batali ... if they'd shared the allegations with him.

Bourdain's been taking some heat for his reaction to the Batali claims because he hinted he knew about some of the inappropriate behavior. Now, he wants to make it clear he stands "unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women."

He says his past admiration for Batali and famed restaurateur Ken Friedman -- who's also been accused -- doesn't matter. He says he's "ashamed that I was clearly not the kind of person that women friends who knew -- and had stories to tell -- felt comfortable confiding in."

Bourdain's girlfriend, Asia Argento, is one of numerous Harvey Weinstein accusers who claims he sexually assaulted her, and Anthony says their relationship helped open his eyes to the plight of women. He even apologized "to the extent which my work in 'Kitchen Confidential' celebrated or prolonged a culture that allowed the kind of grotesque behaviors we're hearing about."

Earlier Tuesday another celeb chef, Giada De Laurentiis, told us this is a time for cleansing.

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