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Billie Jean King Also Said Serena Couldn't Hang with Men

6/27/2017 9:59 AM PDT

John McEnroe isn't the only one who thinks Serena Williams would get crushed on the men's circuit -- Billie Jean King told us the exact same thing last year ... and backed it up with science. 

Of course, McEnroe's been getting killed over an interview this week in which he praised Serena as the best female player in the world but noted, "If she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world."

Williams shot back on Twitter saying, "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."

She added, "I've never played anyone ranked 'there' nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

But the Serena vs. Men debate has been going on for a while -- and back in August, Billie Jean King told us pretty matter of factly that Serena would have zero chance against the best men on the planet. 

BJK is a TITAN in women's sports -- most notably for pummeling Bobby Riggs (who was 55) in a co-ed tennis match dubbed the "Battle Of The Sexes" back in 1973. 

Still, she's pretty clear on the Serena issue. 

DeMario Jackson Wants to Hash it Out with Corinne ... But the Ball's in Her Court

6/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeMario Jackson is looking for answers, and thinks a 1-on-1 with Corinne Olympios could help him finally get some peace of mind ... but she's gotta make the first move.

Sources close to the "Bachelor in Paradise" outcast tell TMZ ... he wants to chat with Corinne about her sexual assault claim. DeMario's telling friends he doesn't hold a grudge -- after being cleared by Warner Bros. -- especially since he's bound to see Corinne again with other 'Bachelor' alums.

We're told DeMario was "blindsided and confused" when he heard she claimed to be a victim, because when they got sent home producers told him it was because a third party had a problem with their pool sexcapade -- not Corinne.

DeMario assumed he and Corinne would move on and be friends since they got along so well the first day filming -- laughing, chatting and hooking up -- so he doesn't understand what changed.

There's a catch -- we're also told DeMario's not going to reach out to Corinne. He feels the ball's in her court since she played the victim card ... but he'll drop everything to meet with her if she calls.

As we reported ... DeMario says he's done with 'BiP' and Corinne is unlikely to return, so their reunion will most likely have to be off camera.

Bernard Hopkins Blasts McGregor 'It's a Fake News Fight'

6/23/2017 9:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shots fired from boxing legend Bernard Hopkins -- who's dissing McGregor vs. Mayweather in a BIG way ... saying the whole thing is a "fake news" fight. 

FYI, B-Hop works for Golden Boy Promotions and is hyping the other superfight of the year -- Canelo vs. GGG ... a fight Hopkins says is undoubtedly the superior event. 

In fact, he has a message to people leaning toward buying the MayMac PPV over the Canelo fight. 

"You got a chance to get in a Ferrari but you choose the Pontiac?!?" 

Yeah ... he's not holding back. In fact, he won't even say Conor's full name. 

Ouch. 

Bill Cosby Hey, Hey, Hey Kids ... Here's How to Avoid Sexual Assault

6/22/2017 10:43 AM PDT

Bill Cosby wants to spread the word to young people about sexual assault  ... and how to avoid being accused of it.

Cosby's spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson, told "Good Day Alabama" Wednesday the comedian is planning a series of town halls this summer to educate young people about sexual assault.

More specifically, they say he's planning on teaching 'em how to look out for warning signs from potential victims and handle accusations that could follow.

Wyatt says Cosby's gonna start his new tour of sorts in July, explaining that young people -- especially athletes -- need to "know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing."

Cosby narrowly skirted conviction in his sexual assault trial after the jury deadlocked 10 - 2.

'B.I.P' Corinne Olympios I Was So Drunk I did a Face-plant in the Jacuzzi

6/17/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Corinne Olympios was so drunk when she got sexual with fellow "Bachelor in Paradise" castmate, DeMario Jackson, she did a face-plant in the Jacuzzi and after she was dragged and laying on the ground the sexual contact continued, but sources who have seen the video say it just didn't happen.

Sources involved in Corinne's representation tell TMZ ... she had a half a bottle of champagne in a vehicle before arriving at the bar, where she had some mixed drinks with hard liquor as well as one or 2 shots.

The sources say she did not object to the sexual contact and may have indeed consented, but they say she was not capable of consent, point to the "Jacuzzi face-plant" and being laid out on the ground.

They also claim a cast member told producers after the face-plant to stop, but they responded that she was "fine."  

But our sources who have seen the video say Corinne's version is "absolutely not true" ... no face-plant, no being laid out on the ground ... nothing like that. The sources who have seen the tape say she was clearly with it the entire time in the pool, and there's no ambiguity after seeing the video.

The sources add none of the cast members complained ... quite the opposite they say ... many have come forward to say Corinne knew exactly what she was doing. 

Don Lemon to Megyn Kelly Why Put Alex Jones On the Air? His Whole Act Is Phony

6/13/2017 1:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Don Lemon is torn over Megyn Kelly's controversial interview with radio host Alex Jones -- but ultimately seems to think he's not worth the airtime.

We got the CNN anchor at LAX and asked what he thought about the backlash against Megyn for interviewing the Infowars host ... who's theorized the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

Some parents of victims are blasting Megyn, and lobbying NBC to yank the interview. Don, at first, had Megyn's back ... saying sometimes journalists have to go to "dark places."

On a personal level though ... Don dismisses Jones as a total phony who doesn't deserve a platform.

Amber Rose Shocks with Bottomless Pic ... Brings Back the Bush

6/10/2017 6:45 AM PDT

Amber Rose bushwhacked Instagram's no-nudity policy and got the photo removed, but it still lives on ... as does her campaign to "bring back the bush."

Amber pushed IG's boundaries late Friday night by posting a bottomless pic of herself ... and it was deleted within 2 hours. It didn't matter though, because her "fire ass feminist post" had already been picked up ... plus she posted on Twitter too.

Rose added a reply to the pic's removal shortly after ... claiming she didn't give a f*** and making her intentions perfectly clear.

James Comey Trump Lobbied Me To 'Lift the Cloud' on Russia

6/7/2017 11:48 AM PDT
Breaking News

James Comey has released what he'll say to Congress Thursday about convos he claims he had with President Trump ... and it's filled with bombshell allegations.

Comey's opening statement details conversations he says he had with Trump after being elected, and he claims the President asked him how they could "lift the cloud" on the Russia investigation. 

He also insists Trump leaned on him to drop the investigation into General Mike Flynn. Comey claims Trump said ... "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." Comey notes he did not tell Trump he would let it go.

In the statement, Comey says Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty during a dinner in January. Comey claims he told Trump he could count on his honesty. 

Comey also says he felt the need to start documenting his convos with Trump -- something he says he felt he never had to do under Barack Obama

Comey's testimony begins Thursday at 10 AM ET.

Bill Maher Sen. Al Franken Cancels After N-Word Remark

6/5/2017 1:33 PM PDT
Breaking News

Bill Maher is out one big guest for his next live show on HBO this Friday -- Senator Al Franken just canceled his appearance.

Franken announced Monday he won't be appearing alongside Maher for Friday's episode. A spokesperson for Franken said Maher's use of the n-word last week was the reason.

A spokesperson for Franken tells us, "Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive ... He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment."

This would seemingly be the first real professional consequence Bill has faced since using the racial slur. As we reported, HBO isn't going to can him ... and his tour dates are fine for now.

Ice Cube is also scheduled to appear on Maher's show this week. Unclear if he'll go through with it.

Bill Maher No Tour Dates Canceled After N-Word Remark

6/5/2017 12:30 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Maher has dodged the bullet that annihilated Kathy Griffin -- NONE of his upcoming tour dates have been canceled ... despite his use of the n-word on HBO.

Bill's smack in the middle of a comedy tour, with a ton of Summer tour dates looming. We made calls to every venue on the list ... none have pulled the plug, at least not yet.

Tickets are on sale at all venues that haven't sold out already ... and a lot have. Interestingly ... staff at a majority of the venues we reached told us they didn't even hear of Friday night's incident. And if they did, they were either "looking into it" ... or "going on as planned."

You'll recall ... Maher cracked a joke in response to Republican Sen. Ben Sasse about adults wearing Halloween costumes in Nebraska ... casually invoking the racial slur. He apologized the next day ... and HBO condemned the remark but has no plans to take him off he air.

As you know, Kathy Griffin felt the wrath that escaped Bill ... all of her upcoming concerts were axed. Her screw-up was arguably more visceral and controversial.

Maher might have lucked out when his story got pushed to the recesses of headlines after this weekend's terror attack and a benefit concert.

Bill Maher Very Politically Incorrect Hurls N-Word on 'Real Time'

6/3/2017 6:41 AM PDT

9:30 AM PT -- HBO released a statement condemning Maher's use of the n-word, calling it ... "completely inexcusable and tasteless." They are removing his "deeply offensive comment" from any subsequent airings of the show.Bill Maher jokingly used a racial slur during an interview on his TV show, but as expected -- lots of people aren't laughing.

Maher was interviewing Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse on his HBO show Friday night when he brought up how adults in California dress up for Halloween. Sasse said that's frowned upon in his state and invited Maher to come ... and that's when the TV host dropped the N-bomb.

Maher was quick to tell the audience he was joking, but the backlash on social media was immediate.  

Sasse has chimed in as well, saying he wish he's spoken up to Maher right away and asked him ... "Why would you think it's OK to use that word? The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity ... Don't use it."

Maher has yet to respond.

Larry King Ted Turner Wouldn't Have Fired Kathy ... Let It Go, CNN!!

6/1/2017 11:17 AM PDT

Larry King's not down with everyone piling on Kathy Griffin for her Trump beheading photo fiasco ... especially his old bosses at CNN.

Larry, formerly Mr. CNN, took the network to task Thursday at LAX. He admits his friend Kathy's photo was in "terrible taste" ... but believes it didn't rise to the level of a fireable offense.

He believes her apology should've been enough for CNN to let it go. It's also very clear Larry's pining for the old days at CNN when someone else had the reins.

Sorry, Jeff Zucker.

Vili Fualaau Daddy's Girl ... Is 18!!!

6/1/2017 7:15 AM PDT

Vili Fualaau was out with his daughter in the wake of his separation from Mary Kay Letourneau ... but let's get real -- holy crap, she's 18!

Vili and Georgia hit up a Quick Mart in Seattle Wednesday -- she's the daughter to whom Mary Kay gave birth while serving a 7-year prison sentence for having sex with a then underage Vili.

We broke the story ... Vili filed for separation from Mary Kay last month after 12 years of marriage. Mary Kay's contesting the separation for some strange reason and wants Vili's petition dismissed.

BTW ... Georgia is 5 years older than Vili was when Mary Kay ... y'know.

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