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Kelly Ripa Emerges with War Book

4/21/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421-kelly-ripa-book-akm-01Kelly Ripa is up for an epic fight with ABC ... at least that's what we're reading into what she's reading.

Kelly and hubby Mark Consuelos left their Upper East Side townhouse Thursday, as she clutched a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's book, 'David and Goliath.' The book -- which btw is outstanding -- is a primer on how underdogs took on the powerful and emerged victorious.

Kelly was a no-show for the second day on 'Live,' and she and Mark are going on vacation ... reportedly to Turks and Caicos.

The earliest she'll be back on the show is Tuesday, but don't count on it. She does not want to be near Michael Strahan.

Conor McGregor I'm Not Retired 'Paid to Fight, Not Promote'

4/21/2016 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0421-conor-mcgregor-TMZ_01Conor McGregor says he is NOT retired -- still wants to fight at UFC 200 -- and blasted the UFC saying he's paid to fight, not to promote.

In a long post to social media, McGregor essentially says he's been caught up in the PR machine -- and it distracted him from his main focus ... fighting. 

"I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting."

"Talking to some lady that deep down doesn't give a f**k about what I'm doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I'm cool with that too, I've been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now."

McGregor says he tried to strike a compromise with the UFC -- asking for permission to skip the Vegas press conference this weekend and instead only hitting the "big" events like the upcoming presser in NYC, but was shot down. 

Conor says he doesn't think the decision to yank him from UFC 200 is fair considering how much money he's made for the UFC over the years. 

"I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway."

"I am still ready to go for UFC 200."

He also took a shot at Nate Diaz -- "Nate's little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it."

He concludes by addressing his "retirement" tweet -- saying, "For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations - I AM NOT RETIRED."

Click here for Conor's entire statement ... 

DJ Quik to Kanye West Make Better Music! He's Just a Kardashian Now

4/20/2016 12:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DJ Quik challenged Kanye West to get his head out of Kim Kardashian's vagina and start making better music.

Quik's rant happened on Noah Ayala's radio show -- he unloaded on Kanye's 'Life of Pablo' album ... saying fans aren't stupid and can spot a bad product.

Quik, who's promoting his new album, "Rosecrans," claims he wasn't trying to diss Yeezus, but watch the clip ... seems pretty diss-y. Decide for yourself.

Either way ... #ShotsFired

Kelly Ripa Ballistic Over Strahan Shocker

4/20/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

41916-kelly-ripa-tmz-03Kelly Ripa is livid over Michael Strahan's departure from her show, largely because she was shockingly disrespected by Disney honchos. 

TMZ broke the story ... Kelly was blindsided by Tuesday's announcement. She found out at 10:30 in the morning ... the same time Disney made the announcement. She never got a call from Disney CEO Bob Iger or anyone else at the Mouse House.  

Our ABC sources say Kelly -- and virtually everyone on her show -- feels Disney has screamed to the world they don't care about 'Live' ... their singular focus is breathing life into 'GMA,' which has lost a big chunk of its audience over the last year.

We're told there's serious talk about giving 'Live' the boot at 9 AM and adding a third hour to 'GMA.' It's unclear if Disney is eyeing a time slot later in the morning for Kelly's show. It's pretty incredible, since 'Live' has been super successful on Kelly's watch.

Adding a 3rd hour to 'GMA' is the logical next move, since Strahan has established himself in the 9 AM time slot. 

As for Kelly, it's unclear if Disney can ever win her back. It's not difficult to understand how pissed she is ... it's like the Ann Curry/NBC mess, but more outrageous.

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Wrestling Legend Jeff Hardy Rips Brother's Wife 'She's a Witch B*tch'

4/18/2016 2:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Hardy Brothers are in a nasty family feud -- with Jeff not only trashing his brother Matt ... but also going after his wife, calling her a "witch bitch" who's tearing the family apart. 

It all went down on the "TMZ Sports" TV show -- when the wrestling superstars were talking some serious smack to each other leading up to their "I Quit" match on TNA Impact Wrestling Tuesday on Pop TV. 

It started off with the usual threats ... but got crazy personal when Jeff brought up Matt's wife ... calling her a "witch bitch that's casting spells" who's turning the brothers against each other. 

Matt fired back -- warning him about going after his wife ... and promising to "make [Jeff] suffer" when they face off tomorrow on Pop TV. 

Make sure to check out the full interview on "TMZ Sports" tonight on FS1 -- it's war!!

Cheryl Burke 'DWTS' Partner Ian Ziering 'Made Me Want To Slit My Wrists'

4/16/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cheryl Burke's got a deep-seated hatred for her former "Dancing With the Stars" partner Ian Ziering.

Burke revealed being around Ziering 24/7 drove her so nuts it made her "want to slit [her] wrists." The grizzly confession went down on Matt Weiss and Theo Von's "Allegedly" podcast.

Burke and Ziering were eliminated in the semi-finals back in season 4 -- but according to Burke, she practically begged producers to give her the axe way before then.

The podcast will be released on iTunes Tuesday.

NBA's Lou Williams 'God Bless LeSean McCoy' ... After Twitter Beef

4/15/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

You know when people in the South say, "Bless her heart" ... but they really mean it in a condescending, insulting way???

Yeah, that's kinda how Lakers player Lou Williams sounded when we asked him about his Twitter beef with LeSean McCoy

FYI, the beef started after Kobe's finale ... when the NFL running back referred to Williams as "Soft ass Lou."

Lou replied by essentially telling LeSean, "Say it to my face." McCoy responded by accusing him of beating up women. 

So, when we saw Williams at LAX -- we had to ask him about the issue. 

"We don't do beef," Williams said ... adding, "God bless that young man."

Yeah, somehow that didn't feel genuine ... 

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Mohamed Hadid Lisa Vanderpump Is Dead To Me!!!

4/15/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0414-mohammad-hadid-lisa-vanderpump-tmz-01Lisa Vanderpump's calling BS on Mohamed Hadid's kids suffering from Lyme disease, and her accusation is having major repercussions for the 'Real Housewives' shoots.

Sources tell TMZ Lisa and Mohamed's 20 year friendship came to an abrupt end when Vanderpump, for the umpteenth time, asked about his kids, Bella and Anwar, and their Lyme disease. We're told Hadid was embarrassed because Lisa asked while taping at dinner with friends.

Sources close to the situation tell us Hadid will be cordial during shoots, but ANY attempt to renew the friendship -- even for the show -- is out of the question, as far as he's concerned. 

We're told Lisa's husband, Ken, even tried to patch things up, but Hadid's not budging ... and hasn't even been to any of Lisa's 3 restaurants since the drama.

Lucky for him it's a big city.

Smush Parker I Didn't Diss Kobe On Twitter ... That Account Is Fake!!!

4/13/2016 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant IS NOT under attack from Smush Parker ... it's an IMPOSTOR posing as the former Laker who's VERBALLY DESTROYING Mamba on Twitter ... Smush tells TMZ Sports.

Social media went crazy after @SmushParker -- an account thought to be SP's --  attacked KB hours before his final game ... saying, among other things, "F*** OUTTA HERE KOBE"

0413_smush_parker_tweetFYI -- Bryant and Parker have beefed for years ... with Kobe famously saying, "Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn't have been in the NBA." 

In other words, people weren't shocked -- just really entertained -- when Parker dissed Kobe.

Here's the twist ... we reached out to Smush, and he's adamant the account is NOT his ... telling us, "Its definitely not mines. I would love to have that account deactivated.”

So, all's peachy with Kobe? Eh, maybe not ... we asked Smush to reflect on the Mamba's career.

His answer, no comment.

Snoop Dogg Schwarzenegger's a Racist Piece of S***!

4/12/2016 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Snoop Dogg is hotter than fish grease at Arnold Schwarzenegger for his final act as the Governator ... shortening the sentence of a killer -- whose father was one of Arnold's political allies.

Just watch the video -- Snoop is absolutely seething, calling Arnold a "punk motherf******" and a "racist piece of s***." On Sunday, Esteban Nunez was released from prison -- 10 years early.

Nunez was convicted for manslaughter, but his father is Fabian Nunez ... who was the CA State Assembly speaker, and a close friend to Arnold. On the last day he was in office, Arnold shortened Esteban's sentence from 16 years to 7.

Snoop is pissed about what he sees as cronyism ... and because his friend Stanley "Tookie" Williams -- a famous leader of the Crips -- died by lethal injection in San Quentin Prison in 2005. Arnold refused to stay his execution.

This video is intense.

Big Show to Shaq 'DO I LOOK SCARED?!' ... Bring On the Rematch!

4/12/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

WWE superstar Big Show is finally responding to Shaquille O'Neal's big fight challenge -- COME AND GET SOME!!!

Of course, Shaq and Big Show got into it at WrestleMania 32 -- and tried to chokeslam each other before they BOTH got ambushed by a bunch of other dudes and eliminated from the Battle Royal. 

After the match, Shaq called out Show -- demanding a 1-on-1 rematch to determine who's the better big man once and for all!!! 

Now, Show is responding -- telling TMZ Sports, "Do I look like I'm scared?" 

Watch the clip -- seems like the ball's in Shaq's court ... 

Kim Kardashian Crying For Rob ... Sorta

4/9/2016 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian is so upset over Rob Kardashian's engagement to Blac Chyna she sent him a video with tears streaming down her face.

Rob posted the video Saturday with caption, "Had to post this snap my sis sent me. LOL she's got jokes! #KimsCryFace." It's clear Kim's kidding around ... but it's the first time we've seen any of the sisters come close to addressing Rob's engagement. 

It's unclear just how often the siblings have gone back and forth ... but if Kim's making light of the situation, you gotta think the others will follow. 

Shane Mosley I'll Kick Manny Pacquiao's Ass ... For Gay Rights!

4/9/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Former world champion Shane Mosley says he'd love to have a rematch with Manny Pacquiao ... this time to pummel his face in the name of gay rights.

Mosley and his GF were on their way out to NYC to watch Manny fight Tim Bradley on Saturday night -- despite calls for protest -- but say they don't support Manny's views on gay people

In fact, Shane (with some coaxing from his GF) told us he's down to get in the ring with Manny again ... and this time, he'd fight in HONOR of gay rights. 

Now there's a REAL macho, macho man.

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