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Mario Batali Fired from 'The Chew'

12/14/2017 3:37 PM PST
Breaking News

Mario Batali is officially cut from "The Chew" ... for good.

ABC completed its review into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the celeb chef -- and says, "While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct."

As we reported ... 4 women claimed Batali had inappropriately touched them in the past, 3 of whom used to work for him. Batali said some of the accusations matched up with ways he'd acted.

Morgan Spurlock Admits Past Sexual Misconduct 'I Am Part of the Problem'

12/13/2017 6:35 PM PST

Morgan Spurlock is coming clean about his history ... regarding sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and even an accusation of rape.

The famed documentary filmmaker posted a shocking list of confessions Wednesday, including a detailed description of a sexual encounter with a woman he had in college that led to him being accused of rape.

Spurlock also admits to paying off a former female assistant who he often called "hot pants" or "sex pants" about 8 years ago to settle a sexual harassment claim and keep it quiet.

The "Super Size Me" star says he's not been an innocent bystander amid the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood and beyond, and has wondered ... "When will they come for me?"

He adds ... "If I'm going to truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it's time for me to be truthful as well."

Spurlock drops another bombshell too -- he says he was sexually abused as a boy -- before vowing to be part of the solution from now on.

Check out his full statement above.

Tim Allen Glad I Don't Live In 'Bama Both Candidates Sucked!

12/13/2017 7:54 AM PST

Tim Allen is a bigger fan of the dessert menu at Craig's than the two guys Alabama had to pick from for U.S. Senator.

We got Tim and his wife, Jane, along with Mary Hart and husband/producer Burt Sugarman leaving the WeHo hot spot Tuesday night right after Roy Moore's stunning defeat to Doug Jones.

When we asked about the results, Tim's answer was simple: the ice cream was good.

Tim has long been one of Hollywood's outspoken Republicans, but on this election night he didn't swing right. He also didn't swing left.

Anthony Bourdain Blasts Batali, Food Industry Culture ... I Stand with Women!!!

12/12/2017 3:01 PM PST
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Anthony Bourdain would've gladly helped women who were allegedly sexually harassed or abused by Mario Batali ... if they'd shared the allegations with him.

Bourdain's been taking some heat for his reaction to the Batali claims because he hinted he knew about some of the inappropriate behavior. Now, he wants to make it clear he stands "unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women."

He says his past admiration for Batali and famed restaurateur Ken Friedman -- who's also been accused -- doesn't matter. He says he's "ashamed that I was clearly not the kind of person that women friends who knew -- and had stories to tell -- felt comfortable confiding in."

Bourdain's girlfriend, Asia Argento, is one of numerous Harvey Weinstein accusers who claims he sexually assaulted her, and Anthony says their relationship helped open his eyes to the plight of women. He even apologized "to the extent which my work in 'Kitchen Confidential' celebrated or prolonged a culture that allowed the kind of grotesque behaviors we're hearing about."

Earlier Tuesday another celeb chef, Giada De Laurentiis, told us this is a time for cleansing.

Giada De Laurentiis Mario Batali News Is Sad But It's 'Time for Cleansing'

12/12/2017 12:40 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Giada De Laurentiis says she's very sad over the allegations against fellow celeb chef Mario Batali ... but doesn't really seem too surprised.

We got the star TV chef at LAX Tuesday and asked about Batali stepping away from his restaurant empire amid claims he sexually harassed 5 women. It was clear she's sad, but says it had to happen and hopes it makes everyone feel better.

As she puts it ... "It's a time of cleansing."

Also, very interesting -- Giada's reaction when we asked if she's shocked by the accusations. You've gotta see it ... she says a lot without using a word.

Seems she might know some stories herself, just like Anthony Bourdain.

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.

Morgan Spurlock Trump's McDonald's Diet Fills a 'Sad Hole'

12/6/2017 6:47 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Morgan Spurlock thinks President Trump's obsession with McDonald's has psychological overtones ... proof he's an unhappy man looking for any form of fulfillment.

We got the "Super Size Me" star at LAX, and he weighed in on Trump's documented fast food campaign diet -- which at least once contained an estimated 2,500-plus calories full of junk food ... courtesy of good ol' Mickey D's.

According to Morgan, it's only a matter of time until Trump's heart explodes. Fifty four percent of Americans think that's impossible, because it presumes the existence of such an organ.

In-N-Out Owner Lynsi Snyder Buy My House ... It's On a Double Double Lot

12/5/2017 7:19 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

So this is what a billion burgers will get ya.

In-N-Out owner Lynsi Snyder is selling her 19,000 square foot mansion in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly $19,799,000.

The house is ridiculous ... 10 bedroom, 18 bathrooms, a batting cage, bowling alley, etc. etc. etc.

35-year-old Lynsi is one of the youngest billionaires in the U.S. ... after inheriting 50% of the company's stock on her 30th birthday after her father passed when she was young. She became President of the food chain in 2012.

Lynsi's been married 4 times and loves drag racing.

You'd think she'd be living closer to Hollywood, but there's burger history in the San Gabriel Valley. The very first In-N-Out was opened in the Valley by her grandparents and still operates today. Also In-N-Out University operates in the Valley.

Her next move is unclear.

Matt Lauer Still Welcome at Favorite NYC Restaurant

12/3/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Lauer's not getting his ass kicked to the curb in NYC ... at least when it comes to his favorite restaurant.

We're told Matt is more than welcome at Fresco by Scotto in NYC, despite the mounting sexual misconduct allegations that got him canned after more than 20 years at NBC.

Owner Anthony Scotto tells TMZ, Lauer and his brood are like family and, despite the allegations, he'd give Matt a hug the next time he comes into the restaurant.

The ex-"Today" host has been going to the place for 16 years ... dining there last with his family just this past Thanksgiving. He's already been seen out and about in the Hamptons ... but showing up in NYC's a different beast.

BTW ... Fresco's frequented by a bunch of celebs and sports stars ... including backup NY Giants QB Eli Manning.

Alex Rodriguez Cup Checked By J Lo ... I'm Blinged Out Too!

11/28/2017 6:01 AM PST
Breaking News

The couple that bedazzles together ...

Christmas came early for Alex Rodriguez this year ... by way of a blinged-out coffee cup, courtesy of his smokin' hot girlfriend.

After Jennifer Lopez iced out her own coffee mug, she decided she wanted A-Rod to have a matching sipper ... and surprised him with one of the fanciest coffee cups ever -- complete with his company logo.

As we previously reported, Jennifer's cup cost around $600 ... and A-Rod's runs around $500.

You fancy, huh?!

Giada De Laurentiis Here's What I'd Cook for Harry & Meghan's Royal Wedding ...

11/28/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Hell yeah! Giada De Laurentiis will get behind the grill for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ... all they gotta do is ask.

We got the star chef at LAX Monday and had to ask her if she's down to cater the royal wedding ... given she's got SOME royal experience. Giada once cooked for Prince William and Kate Middleton during their trip to Santa Barbara back in 2011.

Definitely sounds like Giada is ready for an encore ... because not only is she down, she's also got a menu in mind. Pick up the phone, Harry. It's gonna be delizioso!!!

White House Gingerbread House It's Yuuuuge!!!! ... 300 Pounds, Baby!

11/27/2017 6:31 AM PST

 When it comes to the official White House gingerbread house, Melania Trump's team had one rule -- GO BIG OR GO HOME! 

Melania's director of communications Stephanie Grisham claims the edible version of 1600 Pennsylvania used 300 POUNDS of dough!

Grisham says the gingerbread house is also punctuated with Melania's "signature wreaths."

The tradition of making a gingerbread White House dates back to 1969 -- it was started by Nixon's executive chef and as the years passed, they got more grand.

So, here's Obama's gingerbread house from 2016 -- begging the question ... 

Weiner & El Chapo Thanksgiving Meal Comes Super Early

11/23/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Anthony Weiner and El Chapo won't have to wait long to lick their chops for Thanksgiving ... the prison meal's served at lunch time.

We did a little digging and found out Weiner and Chapo -- serving time at Federal Medical Center and Metropolitan Correctional Center -- will stuff their faces with turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. For dessert, Weiner gets pie and Chapo gets candied sweet potatoes.

When it comes to dinner, all they get is an assorted box that includes sandwiches.

Meek Mill at State Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania gets:

-- Real turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Bobby Shmurda at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate NY:

-- 6 oz turkey, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, stuffing, gravy, and vanilla sundae.

Scott Peterson at San Quentin State Prison:

-- Turkey, ham, green salad with Italian dressing, stuffing or yams and cheesecake. To wash it down ... tea, Kool-Aid or water.

Kidd Creole at Rikers Island:

-- Roast turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, candied yams, steamed veggies and carrot cake. There's also a kosher menu and modified meals to accommodate therapeutic diets.

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