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Ex-Red Robin CEO Dead by Suicide

12/4/2018 8:08 AM PST

Michael J. Snyder -- known for being the first franchisee of the Red Robin restaurant chain, who later became CEO -- has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head ... TMZ has learned.

Yakima County Chief Deputy Coroner Marshall Slight tells us ... Snyder committed suicide with a high-powered gun Sunday in Washington state. We're told he shot himself on a bench in the front yard of his home.

Slight says police responded to a 911 call and found Snyder's body ... no suicide note was left behind.

Michael and his brother became the first Red Robin franchisees in 1979 and went on to open 14 of the burger restaurants in Washington, Colorado and Idaho. Snyder merged his franchise company with the parent company in 2000 ... and took over as CEO and President.

He was ousted in 2005, though, after an internal investigation discovered he had misused funds and charter planes. He reportedly remained the largest individual shareholder of the company.

Snyder was 68.

Major League Eating We Wanna Eat That 2,800 Pound Steer ... in the Name of Sports!!

11/29/2018 9:34 AM PST

You know that big ass steer in Australia that went viral for being the biggest freakin' thing you've ever seen?

Major League Eating -- the competitive eating org that brought you food-guzzling superstars like Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie and Takeru Kobayashi -- wants to eat him. 

"Knickers" has become a viral sensation after reports pegged his height and weight at 6'4" and 2,800 pounds. He's a beast. 

The MLE says it believes the animal could be too large to handle at a normal meat processing facility ... so they'd like to help out -- but butchering him and serving him themselves at an outdoor BBQ. 

"Knickers is an extraordinary Holstein and we hope to pay honor by eating him in historic fashion," MLE Chair George Shea said.

"As a point of clarification, we would not consume the stomach because none of our eaters care for tripe."

So ... how many of the MLE's best eaters would it take to finish off good ole, Knickers??

The org estimates it'll take 20(!!!!) of it's best food fighters -- plus donut eating world champion Badlands Booker

Holy cow. (sorry, had to)

Robert De Niro That Painting ... It's Talkin' to Me?

11/27/2018 9:28 AM PST

Robert De Niro was treated to dinner and a show, and the big reveal got very personal for him ... which is why he whipped out his phone to capture the moment.

De Niro was the main attraction at a special event Monday night in Halifax, UK. While Bobby D was eating at a restaurant called Ricci’s Place ... speed artist Dave Sharp performed a dance and paint number that paid tribute to one of the actor's most famous movie roles.

The attendees all seemed pretty wowed by Sharp's artistry -- he first painted a taxicab, but once he added the finishing touches, it revealed a colorful painting of good ol' Travis Bickle from "Taxi Driver" ... including his menacing mohawk and sunglasses.

De Niro looked the most pleased with the painting ... and, along with getting some video of the homage to his iconic character ... we're told he signed it as well.

Kevin Hart I'll Dew the Front Desk Gym Job, Bro ... You Guys Getting All This?

11/25/2018 11:39 AM PST

Kevin Hart is taking over a gym in Philly for Mountain Dew in what appears to be a new ad for the green pop ... and a peek behind the scenes looks promising for laughs.

TMZ has obtained footage of Kevin at a Philadelphia Sports Clubs gym early Sunday morning, where cameras were rolling as he got a lesson from an employee on how to work the front desk. From the looks of it here, Kev's got it all under control.

He hilariously gives a blow-by-blow of what he plans to be doing behind the desk -- "I'ma get back here, and I'm gonna help people!" -- while the gym worker gives him a quick rundown on how to check first and last names. Simple enough ... go dew you, "Daniel."

Hard to tell if this is part of a bigger ad campaign by MD, but it wouldn't be surprising if it is. Kevin's done plenty of TV spots for Mountain Dew in the past ... most were pretty funny.

If this ends playing like a full-on skit, though, it could be his best yet. Stay tuned ... 

Shaq Witnesses Car Crash While on 'Deputy' Duty ... Comforts Young Family

11/23/2018 2:32 PM PST

Shaq didn't need to throw on a cape to become a hero and comfort a family that had just been involved in a scary car crash, because he had a different superhero outfit -- Broward County Sheriff's issue.

The NBA legend was on his way to give away turkeys in Florida on Thanksgiving when he and members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office witnessed a head-on collision. Shaq and the deputies rushed to their aid ... you can see him comforting the kids.

After cops handled the situation, they all continued on with their plan to hand out turkeys. BTW ... Shaq was on holiday duty. He recently became an "auxiliary deputy" for the Broward Sheriff's Office. See, even NBA Hall of Famers get stuck working the holidays when you're a newbie.

Super BTW ... Shaq's not done giving back. His Shaq-A-Claus this year is gonna be bigger than ever.

Dikembe Mutombo I'm Giving Finger Wag Lessons ... To Joel Embiid!

11/23/2018 12:23 PM PST

Dikembe Mutombo loves Joel Embiid so damn much, he wants the young star to carry on his legendary finger wag ... so he's offering up personal lessons! 

First off, props to Mutombo who spent his Turkey Day volunteering at the Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry Thanksgiving dinner in Atlanta. Good on you and everyone involved in that program. 

As for Embiid, Mutombo has previously talked about how he views the Philadelphia 76ers star "like a son" -- but clearly thinks the kid needs a little more swag in his game! 

"I'm trying to teach him the 'No, no, no! Not today!'" 

Ya gotta watch Dikembe talk about Embiid -- he loves the guy ... but he also loves to tease him about how he'll never break his records or go down as the greatest NBA player who hails from an African country. 

And, if you want to learn more about the Hosea Helps organization -- click here

6ix9ine, Cosby, Suge & Manafort Thanksgiving Prison Meals (Mostly) Plain & Dry for Newbies

11/22/2018 12:50 AM PST

7:45 AM PT -- Looks like Tekashi will be dining at a new facility for Bird Day. TMZ broke the story, Tekashi got moved to a new center late Wednesday night for "security reasons."

The most notorious prisoners behind bars this year will partake in Thanksgiving like the rest of us.

According to prison menus across the country, guys like Tekashi69Bill Cosby, Suge Knight and Paul Manafort -- all of whom left public life in jumpsuits in 2018 for one reason or another (or several) -- are set to be served relatively modest meals Thursday, all of which include basics like turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and greens.

Here's what 6ix9ine will be chowing down on in Brooklyn's MDC: 

-- Turkey or eggplant, mashed sweet potato, corn, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, biscuit and pumpkin pie

Cosby at Pennsylvania's SCI Phoenix:

-- Turkey (or a garden burger for vegetarians), bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green peas, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with margarine and pumpkin pie with whipped cream or fruit

Manafort at Virginia's Alexandria Detention Center:

-- Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pumpkin pie

Suge at California State Prison: 

-- Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce, ice cream (no pie, sorry Suge) and veggies

And, if you care what Larry Nassar will be eating at US Penitentiary Coleman II in FL:

-- Turkey, baked turkey ham, tofu stir-fry or vegetable stuffing, macaroni and cheese or baked potato, candied or baked sweet potato, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, whole wheat bread and margarine and assorted holiday pies

Is it just us, or is Nassar getting the bigger wishbone?

Pharrell, Kevin Hart Here to Help the Needy ... On Thanksgiving

11/22/2018 7:39 AM PST

Pharrell, Kevin Hart and a bunch of other stars headed down to L.A.'s Skid Row Wednesday to put some smiles in the faces and food in the stomachs of people not nearly as fortunate as them.

Some of the other celebs who showed up to feed the homeless ... Minnie Driver, Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Antonio Villaraigosa, Christina DeRosa, Donna D'Errico, Edwin Hodge, Emma Kenney, John Savage, Blanca Blanco, and Loni Love.

The Thanksgiving meal is an annual tradition on L.A.’s Skid Row. In addition to meals, the homeless get blankets, hygiene kits, socks and other items. More than 3,000 people are fed every year.

The meals were prepared by Chef Michael Voltaggio, a winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef."

Nicki Minaj Sends Love To Tekashi69 ... Dishes Out Thanksgiving Meals in Hometown

11/21/2018 4:34 PM PST

Nicki Minaj is spreading holiday cheer, sending well wishes to Tekashi69 in prison and handing out turkey dinners to residents in her old hood in Queens.

Nicki started her Wednesday by posting a heartfelt message to 6ix9ine, writing on her IG page, "Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your Mother, daughter & her mom during this time."

Tekashi is in general population in a brutal Brooklyn detention center after getting busted by the feds on racketeering charges. Nicki and 6ix9ine were supposed to shoot a music vid with Kanye West, but production was halted earlier this month after 2 gunmen shot up the set.

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After that, it was turkey time in Queens, with Nicki dishing out Thanksgiving meals to tons of peeps in her old stomping grounds. 

That's why they call her "Queen."

French Soccer Star Gets Freaky With Raw Turkey ... For Thanksgiving

11/21/2018 10:34 AM PST

Okay, so full disclosure here -- we don't get it. We're not really sure why a French Soccer star just made love to a chicken on his Instagram, but he did ... and we're about to show it to you.

The guy's name is Patrice Evra, and he's an international soccer superstar, who used to play with Manchester United, and now plays with West Ham United F.C.

Not long ago Evra took to his IG and, in full view of his over 5 million followers, made love to raw turkey. He kissed the turkey, he sucked the turkey, he even got a little rough with the turkey, smacking it.

Patrice is pretty infamous for posting bizarre stuff, but none have inspired anything close to the collective WTF that the entire internet is experiencing right now.

BTW -- Evra came back and admitted he's not aware of things like oh, SALMONELLA which, if he isn't lucky, he'll be intimately acquainted with soon.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Meghan Markle Smiling & Holding On to Her Bump ... Checking in on Fire Victims

11/21/2018 7:14 AM PST

Meghan Markle is back at a community kitchen and throwing royal protocol out the window.

The Duchess of Sussex visited the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in West London ... not far from where the Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people.

Meghan's been making secret trips there since January ... and last September she was there cooking and helping the women release a charity cookbook with their recipes. This time around she abandoned all formality ... kissing and hugging just about everyone while seeing how funds raised from the cookbook have made a difference.

Makes sense she's treating the women there like family ... her involvement was Meghan's first solo project as a member of the Royal Family. Look at her close interactions ... and the baby bump!!

Michael Jordan Dishin' Out Turkey Meals ... to Hurricane Victims

11/20/2018 2:36 PM PST
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They don't call him the G.O.A.T. for nothin' ... Michael Jordan is delivering a huge assist to Hurricane Florence victims ... handing out Thanksgiving meals to those affected by the storm on Tuesday.

TMZ Sports has learned ... His Airness was dishin' out the meals in front of a Lowe's in Wilmington, North Carolina ... personally greeting and helping out the people in attendance.

It's a tragedy that hit close to home for M.J. ... he grew up in Wilmington and later went on to ball out at University of North Carolina.

ICYMI -- Jordan already donated $2 MILLION to hurricane relief and boxed meals with his Charlotte Hornets back in September.

Jordan also raised more money by selling Hornets merch with proceeds going to hurricane relief.

Not only did Jordan do the Thanksgiving giveaway ... M.J's rep, Estee Portnoy, tells us he surprised kids at the Boys & Girls Club and hooked them up with food and Jordans as well.

Like we said ... G.O.A.T.

Travis Scott Surprise Delivery for Post Malone ... Astroworld Chick-fil-A!!

11/18/2018 1:13 PM PST

Post Malone didn't have to lift a finger to eat well during his time at Travis Scott's Astroworld Fest, 'cause his host took care of him and then some with lots o' chicken.

Trav surprised Post Saturday with a huge Postmates delivery of Chick-fil-A and a group of hot Houston Rockets cheerleaders, all of which was waiting for the "rockstar" rapper in his trailer.

As far as what grub was on the menu, we're told it was a pretty simple order ... trays of well-done chicken tenders with 160 ounces of Buffalo sauce and 6 gallons of sweet tea. That's some good eatin'!!!

Post is no stranger to Postmates, BTW. In fact, they kinda love the guy on account of how much he drops on their delivery service. He spent upwards of $8,000 last year to bring 10,000 of Popeye's biscuits to his Coachella set for folks to eat and dropped more than $40k over the last year with them to become a star customer. 

Unclear who footed the bill this time around, but something tells us it very well might've been on the house. It's the least Postmates can do, really.

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