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Yodeling Walmart Kid 100% In for Coachella

4/13/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The kid who went viral for yodeling at a Walmart is about to take his act to the desert and, if the stars align, he'll be performing at Coachella with Post Malone ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to 11-year-old Mason Ramsey from Golconda, Illinois tell us ... he's set to share the stage with some of music's hottest acts, starting at 2:45 PM Friday with Whethan, an up-and-coming DJ. Funny story -- Whethan actually tweeted about Mason after he went viral.

We're told several other artists have reached out -- including Posty -- wanting to feature Mason's yodeling magic during their Coachella set, but thanks to Ellen DeGeneres ... he's already booked at the Grand Ole Opry for Saturday ... which is when the rapper's scheduled.

Our sources say his team is still trying to make it happen with Post Malone, though ... it will just have to wait until weekend #2 of the festival.

Mason's popularity has soared since a vid of him yodeling Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" at a Harrisburg, IL Walmart blew up. It's led to an appearance on 'Ellen', a follow-up concert at the Walmart and a 69-year-old song being back at the top of the charts.

And it looks like Yodeling Kid's just getting started. Mason posted Friday, "Can't wait to see California again! Hope y'all are ready cause we're bringing the country to @coachella."

Ronda Rousey I Won't Officially Retire from MMA ... But, I'm Done.

3/13/2018 6:07 AM PDT
Breaking News

Ronda Rousey has essentially announced her retirement from MMA -- even though she won't officially say the words, "I'm retired."

It all went down on the 'Ellen' show (airs Tuesday) -- when Ellen asked Ronda if she'll ever go back to the UFC. 

"I don't know," Ronda said ... "I think it's just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo."

FYI, Rousey won a bronze medal in judo in the 2008 Summer Olympics. She began her MMA fighting career in 2010. And let's face it, she ain't going back to judo. 

"No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don't really think the same thing is necessary for fighting."

"I'm just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now."

Ronda hasn't fought in the UFC since December 2016, when she lost to Amanda Nunes. Before that fight, and a loss to Holly Holm in 2015, Rousey went on a 12-fight undefeated streak and locked up a future spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. 

Ellen DeGeneres to Eric Trump I Can't Be Part of 'Deep State' It Interferes with My Brunch Plans!!!

1/4/2018 6:12 AM PST

Ellen DeGeneres skewered Eric Trump for insinuating she's part of a cabal to undermine his dad.

Ellen's reacting to E.T.'s tweet, in which he suggests the "who to follow" feature of Twitter is somehow part of the "Deep State," and he singles out Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Ellen.

The talk show host -- who does not hide her contempt for the Prez -- says Donald Trump has no one to blame but himself for his problems and inability to govern.

She also says her dance card is full ... no time for deep state activities.

Ellen DeGeneres Slashes Price Of Santa Barbara Compound By More Than $5 Mil!

11/30/2017 1:45 PM PST

Ellen DeGeneres' 17-acre Santa Barbara compound is definitely stunning, and definitely not priced to move ... until now.

Ellen took $5.5 million off the original $45 mil asking price this week. It's now listed for the low, low price of $39.5 million. Quite a deal for a home with 9 fireplaces, ocean views and 800 sq. ft. ... in the living room alone!

The 6-bedroom home's been on the market since March, but real estate tycoons like Ellen don't have to wait to buy new property. She scooped up a waterfront crib last month in nearby Carpinteria.

That one was only $18.6 mil ... aka weekend crash pad.

Kim Kardashian Paris Robbery Made Me a Better Person

4/27/2017 6:25 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian says the Paris robbery was meant to happen to her and she actually sounds grateful for how it's changed her.

Kim told Ellen authorities gave her lawyer the lowdown -- the robbers followed her on social media for 2 years as she flaunted her jewelry, cars and other expensive stuff. She says it put a big fat target on her head.

Kim broke down as she explained how the robbery has made her a better mother and how she has changed her world view on material possession.

It's actually pretty interesting. The full interview airs Thursday on 'Ellen.'

Janelle Monae Claims Kim Burrell Won't Be on 'Ellen' ... After Homophobic Rant

1/3/2017 6:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Janelle Monae says gospel singer Kim Burrell has been 86d from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in the wake of her homophobic rant.

Janelle told our photog at LAX Burrell sunk herself with an anti-gay church sermon last week.

Kim did a duet with Pharrell on the soundtrack of "Hidden Figures," so she was supposed to sing it with him on Ellen's show this week ... and Janelle -- who's one of the movie's stars -- is also set to be a guest. Now, Janelle says it'll just be her and Pharrell.

Janelle also has some choice words for Burrell.

As for Ellen ... she confirmed Janelle's remarks Tuesday morning on Twitter, saying "For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show." 

Lil Wayne Clowns Ryan Lochte In Rap Verse

9/15/2016 11:18 AM PDT

Even Lil Wayne is making fun of Ryan Lochte these days ... using the disgraced swimmer to attack Cash Money in a rap performance on 'Ellen.'

Weezy was performing "No Problems" with Chance the Rapper when he changed the words into a Cash Money diss. 

The usual lyrics are ... 

"And if that label try to stop me ... There gon' be some crazy Weezy fans waitin' in the lobby."

The new lyrics were ...

"And if Cash Money try to stop me, Imma let 'em rob me ... YEAH RIGHT, like Ryan Lochte."

Ryan Lochte I Asked Michael Phelps for Advice ... He Hit a Low Point, Too

9/9/2016 6:17 AM PDT

Ryan Lochte says he reached out to Michael Phelps for life advice after his drama in Rio -- explaining, "I knew he hit a low point in his life and he bounced back from it."

Lochte revealed the details to Ellen DeGeneres -- saying he was impressed by the way Phelps was able to rebound after his two DUI arrests ... and thought he'd be able to share wisdom. 

"I knew his answer was gonna be really honest because of our relationship over the years," Lochte said.

"He said, 'It’s not what you did it’s what you do now that will shape who you are.'"

"I took that to heart and ya know that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna better myself. Make sure I don’t make those mistakes and become a better person."

The entire interview airs Monday on 'Ellen.'

Taylor Swift Joe Jonas Taught Me How to Dump

6/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Taylor Swift dumped Calvin Harris in a phone call, which is stunning because she was pissed when Joe Jonas did the exact same thing to her.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, Swift called Calvin from Nashville at some point after his car crash to pull the plug on their relationship. We're told Swift was vague during the call, only saying she needed some space.

Calvin was thunderstruck because he was under what he thought was a clear impression that Taylor was in it for the long haul to help him recover. He didn't accept the news well ... we're told they haven't spoken since. 

And get this ... Taylor put Joe Jonas on blast on Ellen's show back in 2008 ... when she called him out for an over-the-phone breakup. 

Pot, meet kettle.

Ellen DeGeneres Show Sued Over Hilarious 'Titty' Joke

6/7/2016 5:10 PM PDT

A Georgia woman has her t** in a ringer over a joke Ellen DeGeneres told on her show ... in fact she's so upset she's suing the talk show's producers for allegedly besmirching her good name.

In a segment called "What's Wrong with These Signs?" Ellen showed a real estate sign advertising a broker named Titi Pierce. Ellen assumed -- as we would -- it was pronounced "titty," but Titi says, "as grammar dictates," it's pronounced "Tee Tee."

Pierce says in her lawsuit ... no one has ever made such an error in her 35 years on planet Earth. As such, she's suing for defamation and invasion of privacy.

The realtor says, to add insult to injury ... she was on her way to a funeral when the segment aired and she got lots of mocking calls on her cellphone. She also says "The name-calling led to immediate ridicule and raucous laughter from the show's live and television audiences." 

Pierce says she's suffered emotional distress, embarrassment and anger.  

Execs from "Ellen" tell us, "We try to have fun every day and make people laugh and never intend to hurt anyone's feelings."

'Ellen' Dance Dare Contestant Scores Settlement In Dance Confrontation Lawsuit

1/13/2016 7:46 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The man who was taken down by the NYPD while trying to win an 'Ellen' dance contest has just settled his brutality case with the city ... and he wound up with tens of thousands of dollars.

Alexander BOK took up Ellen's challenge in Times Square on Christmas Eve, 2014 ... furiously dancing behind some NYPD cops. You see in the video cops questioning him and as he walks away he gets thrown to the ground.

Although BOK unwisely decided to prank the cops 4 days after 2 of their fellow officers were assassinated, the NYPD opened an internal investigation. BOK also sued the city for $5 million.

Sources familiar with the case tell us the case has now settled for $33,000.

BOK's lawyer says the police review board found multiple officers acted improperly.

We reached out to the NYPD ... so far, no comment.

'Ellen' Dance Dare Contestant Sues NYPD For Assault

2/5/2015 11:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy shoved to the ground by an NYPD cop while filming a dance dare vid for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is now suing the city. 

As TMZ first reported ... back in December dancer/prankster Alexander BOK was roughed up by NYPD cops while shooting his entry for Ellen's 'Dance Dare' contest ... but according to the docs ... BOK says he was simply exercising his right to get funky and there's plenty of precedent.

In the lawsuit, BOK says his dancing in the streets merely followed in the footsteps of Martha and the VandellasThe Mamas & the Papas, Mick Jagger and David Bowie and, of course ... Dora The Explorer.

Dancing jokes aside ... keep in mind BOK pulled this stunt just days after two NYPD officers were shot and killed.

He's asking for up to $5 million in damages for excessive force, assault and violating his freedom of speech.

'Ellen' Dance Dare NYPD Incident ... The Raw Video

12/31/2014 3:00 PM PST
Exclusive Video

Here it is ... the unedited version of that viral video showing a guy dancing behind some NYC cops -- then getting shoved to the ground -- all so he could get on "The Ellen Degeneres" show.

Prankster Alexander BOK intended to send the vid to Ellen for her 'Dance Dare' contest -- but it all went awry when the cops got pissed. Alexander had posted a heavily edited version of the run-in ... complete with dramatic music.

Now TMZ has obtained the raw video, and it's definitely LESS ominous than Alexander's original. Still ... the shove is pretty clear. As we first told you ... NYPD is looking into whether the officer acted inappropriately.
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