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CBS Honcho Les Moonves Clearly Conflicted Over Possible Oprah 2020 Run

1/11/2018 6:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

CBS's top dog, Les Moonves, loves him some Oprah, but it's not hard to read between the lines ... he wants her to stay on "60 Minutes."

The CBS honcho was in WeHo Wednesday night leaving Craig's, when our photog asked about a possible 2020 presidential run by O. He heaped praise on her, but then our guy made it more interesting by noting Oprah would have to leave CBS ... where she's now a Special Correspondent for "60 Minutes." 

Les is one of the smartest businessmen in Hollywood, so it's no surprise he wants to keep one of the most influential people in the world under his tent.

Interesting clip.

Gayle King Prez Winfrey's Got a Nice Ring ... But She Ain't Convinced Yet

1/9/2018 9:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Gayle King is doubling down ... trying to clarify Stedman Graham's comment about Oprah running for President, and throwing in her own 2 cents too.

We got Gayle leaving CBS Tuesday in NYC, after she went on the air and offered a tightrope answer as to whether Oprah was serious about a presidential bid in 2020.

The co-anchor said Oprah was intrigued, but probably not actively considering it at this point -- despite folks already hitting her up to run a campaign.

Gayle got direct with us, insisting while SHE personally thinks President Winfrey is easy on the ears ... Oprah is not convinced, and is not seriously considering a run.

We also press her on Stedman's L.A. Times quote where he said, "She would absolutely do it" if people wanted her. Gayle can't handle that truth, and thinks reporters got it wrong. 

Dan Rather Burger Boner!!! Loses In-N-Out Virginity

12/8/2017 7:14 AM PST

Dan Rather just broke a BIG story that changes everything -- for him, at least, because the legendary newsman just bit into his first In-N-Out burger!

Dan was seriously moved by the experience after making the long-awaited fast food stop in the Bay Area. Yeah, he's 86 years old, but as he wrote ... "I can honestly say it was worth the wait."

The CBS news vet is touring to promote his book, "What Unites Us." Sounds like he found a new chapter in between the patties of a double-double: "When in doubt, I now will 'In N Out.' And a great milkshake can certainly be a big part of #WhatUnitesUs."

Don't forget the fries, Dan.

'Entourage' Star Kevin Dillon Jeremy Piven's Getting Railroaded in 'Witch Hunt'

12/2/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Dillon says his old pal and "Entourage" co-star, Jeremy Piven, is a gentleman who's being wrongly blacklisted over sexual misconduct allegations.

We got Kevin -- who starred on the HBO hit with Piven for 7 years -- and he says Piven's new show getting axed on CBS just ain't right.

According to Kev, Jeremy's nothin' but a gentleman. Can't tell if he's doing Drama here, but he's also shocked by the Lauer scandal.

Bottom line for Johnny Chase ... find the truth, first.

Eli Manning Gets Offer to Broadcast NFL ... 'We'd Take Him' at CBS!

11/29/2017 7:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Looks like Eli Manning's gonna be alright if he decides to hang it up ... 'cause he's already got a job offer from one of the NFL's biggest networks!

We got CBS honcho Les Moonves out at Craig's with Al Michaels ... and when we asked about Eli going the Tony Romo route, Les was all about it.

"We'd take him in a second," Moonves told TMZ Sports

Al also gave the Giants QB a ringing endorsement -- saying Manning "absolutely" has it in him to slide over to the broadcast booth.

Your move, Eli.

Charlie Rose On-Air 'Sex Talk' Going Viral Thanks to John Oliver

11/21/2017 1:10 PM PST

Charlie Rose is off the air at CBS, but his sexual banter with his "CBS This Morning" co-hosts is all over the Internet ... thanks to John Oliver's HBO show, 'Last Week Tonight.' 

Oliver does a running "awkward sex talk" bit, fully dedicated to what -- at the time -- seemed like Rose's playful, yet sexually charged chit chat with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell.

In one of the clips, you hear Norah tell a guest to "watch his hands, he knows what he's doing" in reference to Charlie holding a female guest.

Oliver's mocking is similar to that of Seth MacFarlane -- who made news when old clips of his surfaced in which he made fun of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey after their scandals broke.

It doesn't seem like Oliver was aware of the extent of Rose's alleged "wrongdoings" ... but he definitely had his eye on the ball well before the reckoning.

Charlie Rose Fired by CBS, PBS

11/21/2017 9:35 AM PST
Breaking News

10:41 AM -- PBS just dropped Rose. The network said it has "terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs."

CBS launched an investigation into allegations Charlie Rose sexually assaulted co-workers, and it didn't take long for the network to reach a conclusion ... because Rose has just been fired.

Rose was suspended Monday after the Washington Post story that 8 women accused him of various forms of sexual harassment and assault.

CBS News President David Rhodes issued a statement ... "A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose's employment with CBS News effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program."

Rhodes went on to say, "I'm deeply disappointed and angry that people were victimized."

Rose apologized, saying he misread signals and felt his overtures involved "shared feelings."

It's unclear how the network reached its conclusion so quickly, but Rose is now out of CBS News. His PBS show has also been put on ice.

Rose told a photog Monday night his conduct did not involve wrongdoing

Charlie Rose I Didn't Commit 'Wrongdoings'

11/21/2017 6:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Charlie Rose seemed the worse for wear as he walked home Monday after getting benched from all of his gigs, and he seemed to take issue with the characterization that he did something wrong.

A photog got Rose entering his New York City apartment and asked if he had anything to say to the women who accused him of "wrongdoing." Rose shot back, "It's not wrongdoings" ... then entered his building with an assist from the doorman.

Rose was suspended from his job at "CBS This Morning" and his PBS show was put on ice after the Washington Post reported that 8 women accused the talk show icon of various misdeeds, including groping and parading in front of some of them naked.

Charlie Rose CBS Co-Anchors Say ... He Doesn't Get a Pass

11/21/2017 5:56 AM PST
Breaking News

Charlie Rose's co-anchors say they are "reeling" from the allegations chronicled in The Washington Post, but they are on the side of the women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault.

Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell seemed almost tortured by the revelations, because the person with whom they shared a desk didn't seem like the guy who grabbed women and exposed himself.  That said, they made it clear ... Charlie Rose doesn't get a pass.

Rose has been suspended by CBS as the company investigates the claims

'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Shocking Fan Scam Fake $35,000 Tickets!!!

11/17/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' fans are getting scammed into dropping tens of thousands of dollars for a prized ticket to the China show ... and we've learned the tickets aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

We did some digging and found out the company behind the show is not selling tickets ... the real tickets are free by invitation only.  

The Chinese equivalent to eBay is now littered with offers to purchase tickets ... we found the rock-bottom price was $7,000 and the highest was a staggering $35,000 which supposedly got you a seat in the first 5 rows. And get this for audacious ... the $35k includes a phantom afterparty.

Other fake listings promise front row seats and claim Taylor Swift and Harry Styles will be performing. Not true.

Producers are trying to scrub the fake offers from the online marketplace, but they're still up.

The 2017 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' will air November 28 on CBS.

'Y&TR' Star Kristoff St. John Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Himself

10/22/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

11:56 AM PT --  A rep for Mia St. John tells TMZ, Mia -- Kristoff's ex-wife -- is NOT the one who called police or got the photos of him holding a gun to his head.'Young and The Restless' star Kristoff St. John was hospitalized and placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ...  an ex of Kristoff's called cops Thursday evening and told them Kristoff had been sending her photos showing the soap star holding a gun to his head. 

When cops arrived, they confiscated 2 guns and placed Kristoff under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation. Sources close to Kristoff tell us the 2-year anniversary of his son Julian's suicide is fast approaching -- November 23 -- and that had him very, very upset.

Kristoff's ex set up the "El Saber es Poder" ("Knowledge is Power") Foundation to battle mental illness following Julian's death. 

Les Moonves & Randy Jackson Our Friend Hugh Hefner ... Was Iconic, Revolutionary

9/28/2017 7:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Hugh Hefner was ahead of his time, but not because he put hot women in centerfolds -- and that's what Les Moonves and Randy Jackson will remember about him.

We got the CBS honcho leaving Craig's Wednesday night in WeHo, and Les had seriously high praise for Hefner. You know that running joke, "I only read Playboy for the articles"? Les says there's a lot of truth behind it, and for good reason.

As we reported ... Hefner died peacefully at his home. He revolutionized the magazine biz -- partly with Playboy's famous photos, but also by attracting amazing writers. 

Hef's leadership is what Randy admired the most.

CBS Honcho Les Moonves Donald Trump Is Wrong ... NFL Ratings Are Up!

9/27/2017 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

CBS honcho Les Moonves is calling #FakeNews on Donald Trump -- saying the President's claims that NFL ratings are "way down" are just wrong.

"All I know is our ratings were up 4% this weekend for the NFL," Moonves told TMZ Sports while leaving Craig's in L.A. with his wife, Julie Chen.

(To clarify, the CBS PR dept. says, "Strong NFL ON CBS ratings for week 3, Up +4% overall vs last year.")

Moonves added, "The NFL is still the best thing on television."

Of course, Trump has tweeted out a different story over the past few days -- saying there is a "tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players" and proclaiming "ratings for NFL football are way down."

Clearly, CBS and Trump are not seeing eye to eye.

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