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Nick Cannon Praises Kevin Hart Academy Can't Push Him Around

12/11/2018 4:14 PM PST

Nick Cannon is praising Kevin Hart for not letting the Motion Picture Academy subjugate him. 

We got Nick in NYC Tuesday night, and he was squarely on Kevin's side. As you know, Hart refused to follow the Academy's ultimatum to apologize for his homophobic comments ... or else.  

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Nick then addressed his comments about others who used the f-word and suffered no real consequences ... in particular Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler. He says it's clear evidence of a double standard, although point of fact ... they weren't hosting the Oscars.

And, wait till you hear Nick's review of the United States of America ... harsh for sure.  

Kenan and Kel Welcome To 'Good Burger' Can We Get A Sequel?!?

12/11/2018 3:26 PM PST

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are hungry for a second helping of "Good Burger" ... but we've learned their craving is more fantasy than reality. 

Our Nickelodeon sources say there has been NO movement on a "Good Burger" sequel because there has been so much turnover at the top of the network's leadership.

Kenan sparked this new wave of hope for a sequel when he recently revealed on 'Watch What Happens Live' that he and Kel would be open to a "Good Burger" reunion movie ... but the kitchen remains closed because it hasn't happened. 

Our Kenan and Kel sources say longtime Nick producer Dan Schneider pitched the reunion idea, but he's no longer working for the network. We're told no one at Nick has seriously approached the idea, much less had a realistic conversation. 

However, it's not all bad for those with a case of '90s nostalgia, because new Nick president Brian Robbins directed 'GB.' Brian is obviously a fan of the movie, so who knows what could happen?

The good news ... it sounds like "All That" is making a comeback, so Nick fans might get their Kenan and Kel fix no matter what.

O.T. Genasis Punched Guy Who Confronted Nipsey ... And Sparked Brawl

12/11/2018 2:45 PM PST

O.T. Genasis is technically the reason Nipsey Hussle got roped into a brawl, 'cause the dude who confronted Nip had just gotten socked by O.T. ... and confused the two.

We got footage of O.T. getting into a fight inside of Nightingale in WeHo Sunday night just moments before the rapper ran into Nipsey outside, who was just arriving with his gal. In this clip, obtained by TMZ, you can see that the guy O.T. throws a haymaker at, is the same dude who confronts Nipsey outside as he and O.T. try making their way back in. 

As we reported ... it was a classic case of mistaken identity, but now we know it was O.T. that the aggressors were after. Look at their outfits -- Nip and O.T. are both wearing plaid, which is presumably why the gentleman in white thought Nipsey had punched him.

Luckily for everyone, the madness had dispersed by the time cops showed up on the scene. No arrests were made, but a taser was pulled out at one point to de-escalate things. 

Here's hoping O.T. bought Nipsey a drink or something to make up for the fuss. It's the least he can do.

Wiz Khalifa Boxing Lesson From Evander Holyfield ... Real Deal Punches!!!

12/11/2018 3:44 PM PST

You knew Wiz Khalifa could scrap in MMA ... but did you know he could box too???

It's true ... at least, now it is -- after the rapper got a private, 1-on-1 fighting lesson from Evander Holyfield!!!

The Real Deal and Wiz hit up Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center in L.A. recently ... and the "Black and Yellow" spitter got in a dope training sesh with the champ.

Evander gave him some pointers on his defense ... Wiz explained how he's put some weight on his skinny frame -- and Glazer was there to document it all.

So ... why were the two hittin' the mitts together in the first place??

Wiz has a song dedicated to the boxing legend called "Holyfield" -- so, seems only right Evander gave him some fighting pointers in return.

Wiz has told TMZ Sports in the past he'd take -- and maybe even WIN -- a pro-MMA fight if the money was right ... but the question now is -- would he do the same for boxing?!?

Stay tuned ...

Cardi B vs. Ex-Manager Time to Get Grilled!!! Deposition Date Set in $15 Mil Lawsuit

12/11/2018 1:15 PM PST

Cardi B's 2019 calendar is filling up fast ... she's now got a date with attorneys for the ex-manager she's suing for $15 million.

According to docs obtained by TMZ, Cardi has been ordered to sit for a deposition on March 12. She'll be testifying about her legal battle with her ex-manager, Shaft. As we told you, he sued her in April, claiming he made her the star she is ... only to see her cut him off, financially. Shaft sued her for $10 million.

Cardi didn't take it quietly, and fired back with a countersuit for $15 mil ... and claimed Shaft overstepped the bounds of a manager. In docs, she said he tried to control every aspect of her professional life, and also her relationship with Offset.  

The court had agreed to delay her deposition back when she was pregnant, but now all bets are off.

BTW, there's a good chance Offset will be deposed for the case as well. No date set for him yet, but we know it would be sometime before April 2.

Mo money, mo problems. 

NASA Head Jim Bridenstine Claps Back At Curry We Went To Moon 6 Times!!!

12/11/2018 2:45 PM PST

Jim Bridenstine -- the head of NASA -- says Steph Curry just HAS to be joking about his moon landing theory ... telling TMZ Sports, "I can't imagine he really believes that!!"

The Warriors superstar sent space nerds into a frenzy Monday when he declared on The Ringer's "Winging It" podcast that the moon landing in 1969 never happened.

Enter Bridenstine ... who says Curry's claim is so outrageous -- the point guard just cannot be serious.

"I think it's funny," Jim tells us  ... "I can't imagine he really believes that. It's outside the realm of what's possible."

In fact ... Jim REALLY set Steph straight, saying, "Here's the thing, we didn't just go to the moon once, we went to the moon six times! And, we did it from 1969 to 1972!!!"

Bridenstine also doubled down on NASA's invitation to have Curry come check out all their evidence -- saying he'd LOVE to prove Steph wrong and get him involved in the space program afterward!

"My son is a HUGE fan of Steph Curry. So, if we can get him involved in space, I'm for it!"

Oscar De La Hoya Canelo Will Fight Triple G Again ... When We Say So

12/11/2018 2:17 PM PST

Oscar De La Hoya says he's got big plans for Canelo Alvarez once he runs through Rocky Fielding this weekend ... telling TMZ Sports a 3rd fight with Gennady Golovkin will definitely happen. 

Oscar confirmed that Golden Boy Promotions has locked up T-Mobile Arena in Vegas for Canelo to fight on May 4 -- but said he's not ready to announce the opponent. 

When we asked if he was gunning for Gennady Golovkin, Oscar downplayed it.

"I haven't even spoken to GGG, I haven't even spoken to his handlers. I have that date for Canelo and that's it," Oscar said. 

But, he did assure us a 3rd fight is coming -- whenever Canelo feels like it. 

"Is he gonna fight GGG again? Yeah, whenever we say he's gonna fight him again. We call the shots now. Canelo beat him so if he's gonna fight him it's gonna be when we say."

Canelo and GGG have fought twice before. The first fight ended in a draw. Canelo took the rematch in a controversial decision. 

Oscar said there are other fighters in the mix for Canelo as well -- including Daniel Jacobs, Billy Joe Saunders and the Charlo brothers. 

"They're all gonna get it," Oscar says ... "Canelo fights the best."

First up is Rocky Fielding -- and Oscar says he expects nothing short of a knockout. 

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat No Immunity from Prosecution ... In Return for Trump Resignation

12/11/2018 1:29 PM PST

Donald Trump's biggest foes on Capitol Hill want him out of office, but at least one is not willing to give him immunity from criminal prosecution as a quid pro quo.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat has already advocated for Articles of Impeachment against 45, but there's a line in the sand he will not cross. We asked him on "TMZ Live" Tuesday if he'd be okay if the Manhattan U.S. Attorney gave Trump and members of his family a promise they will not be prosecuted, in return for the President leaving the White House. Espaillat recoiled at the prospect. 

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney essentially said Trump committed a felony by violating campaign finance laws in the hush money payout to Stormy Daniels. Although it seems Trump cannot be prosecuted while in office, he could definitely be charged when his term is up.

Nipsey Hussle Talks Weekend Brawl ... You See Any Bruises or Scratches?!

12/11/2018 12:46 PM PST

Nipsey Hussle's paying very little mind to his involvement in a brawl over the weekend ... he's too busy putting in work.

We got the rapper at LAX Tuesday afternoon and wanted to get his side of the story following a crazy ass brawl on the same night he was celebrating his GF Lauren London's birthday. TMZ broke the story ... Nipsey and his crew got dragged into an intense melee in the parking lot of Nightingale. It happened less than an hour after he was confronted by two guys ... some of which was caught by our camera.

Nobody was arrested or injured -- something Nipsey was quick to point out to our photog. He also made sure to turn the fight into an easy plug for his Grammy-nominated album, "Victory Lap."

Can't knock the hustle.

MLS Champs Trophy Goes to Booty Club ... It's Twerk Time!!

12/11/2018 11:00 AM PST

Ever seen a championship trophy get a lap dance before?!! 

Well, the guys from the ATL United soccer team made it happen Monday night -- taking the MLS Cup to the legendary Magic City booty club just days after winning the title. 

Cup got lit -- getting pulled onstage where it got an up-close and personal twerk session from one of the dancers while people in the crowd made it rain. 

Some of the players who accompanied the trophy to the club included Chris McCann, Miles Robinson and Jeff Larentowicz

The team had a championship parade in Atlanta on Monday -- after beating the Portland Timbers in the MLS championship game on Saturday. 

It's ATL's first MLS cup -- in just their 2nd season in the league -- so, why not go big?! 

Magic City is probably the most famous strip club in America -- having hosted huge stars like Jermaine Dupri, T.I., Usher, Drake, Future and more. 

Stormy Daniels Club Owner Says She's Lying About Slur ... 'I've Owned Gay Bars Before!'

12/11/2018 10:34 AM PST

Stormy Daniels lied about a Florida strip club owner using a homophobic slur ... according to the club owner who not only denies using the word, but says he's done plenty of biz with gay people.

Leonard Del Percio -- the owner of Goldfinger, where Stormy was supposed to perform last weekend -- tells TMZ he used to own gay bars, so Stormy's claim he called her right-hand man a "f**king f****t" is a bunch of BS.

Del Percio's fuming over Stormy's allegation, and tells us his attorneys are considering filing a slander lawsuit against her. 

As we reported ... Stormy also claimed the owner told her to "do something not in my contract," so she bounced. Del Percio denies doing any such thing, and says Stormy's the only one who broke the contract ... because she never got onstage. 

Doesn't quite rise to the level of her President Trump beef ... but fair to say, Stormy's got more on her plate.

Pete Davidson Back in the Saddle ... Date Night with Mystery Woman

12/11/2018 8:42 AM PST

Put him in, coach -- Pete Davidson's back playing the field after the Ariana Grande breakup, and we gotta say ... dude knows how to class it up for date night.

The 'SNL' vet was spotted having dinner 1-on-1 Monday night at Carbone in NYC, with a lovely lady sitting across from him. You can see in the pic, it was full wine and dine mode.

This is one of the first times we've seen Pete out on the town with a new girl since he and Ariana split in October and called off their engagement. We're told he has been casually dating. It's also certainly a nice change of pace considering how rocky things have been for him since the breakup, privately and publicly.

Just last week, he announced Internet trolls were encouraging him to kill himself ... but vowed he'd never do any such thing. Way to bounce back, Pete.

As they say ... thank u, next. 

Brian Ortega 'Doing Much Better' After Loss ... Says Coach Rener Gracie

12/11/2018 10:24 AM PST

Great news from Brian Ortega's camp ... the UFC star is improving by the minute after that bloody loss to Max Holloway this past weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Ortega suffered a broken nose and thumb during Saturday night's fight at UFC 231 in Toronto -- and his left eye was swollen shut. The doctor stopped the fight in the 4th round. 

We spoke with Ortega's coach, Rener Gracie -- who's been coaching Brian since Ortega was 13 years old. The two are super tight and Gracie was working the corner during the Holloway fight. 

Gracie tells us T-City was initially crushed by the loss ... and even apologized to his team at the hospital for letting them down.

But, Gracie says the apology was completely unnecessary -- telling TMZ Sports he's proud of the young fighter for the tremendous effort he displayed against "one of the best to ever do it."

Now, Gracie says Ortega is "doing much better" -- he's healing up and excited to getting back to work ... and tells us why the loss will ultimately be a GOOD thing for his career. 

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