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Wayne Brady Sorry I Missed My Show ... I Had Too Much Soul Food

12/2/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wayne Brady was surprisingly MIA for opening night of his new play, but he's got an excuse we can all relate to -- he ate way too much on Thanksgiving. Seriously.

We asked Wayne why he missed his debut in "Merrily We Roll Along" Wednesday night, and he told us -- despite rumors of a more serious injury -- it was something way more embarrassing.

Brady assured us and all his fans there's no reason to worry, though ... he's already recovered and will be onstage at the Bram Goldsmith Theater in Bev Hills Friday night.

HoneyBaked Ham be damned.

Comedian Ricky Smith Thanks, Olive Garden ... For $6,000 Apology!

12/2/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-ricky-smith-instagram-olive-garden-01Comedian Ricky Smith got a heartfelt and high-priced apology from Olive Garden after his bizarre and allegedly racist run-in with one of its servers. 

Ricky tells TMZ ... OG's VP of Operations was very apologetic about the incident when they spoke earlier this week. He says the chain hooked him up with a $1,000 gift card, but more importantly ... a $5,000 donation to his charity, Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.

BTW, Ricky's going back to the scene of the "casual racism" ... the Ohio Olive Garden where this all started. He says he'll use the $1,000 gift card to feed less fortunate folks. Breadsticks for everyone! 

One more act of kindness -- Ricky asked OG brass to spare the server and manager who were suspended. As he put it ... it is the holidays.

NASCAR We're Monster Now ... New Sponsor Revealed

12/1/2016 1:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1201-jimmie-johnson-monster-nascar-GETTY-01If NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson wins a record-setting 8th championship next year ... he'll be spraying Monster Energy drinks instead of champagne.

Sources confirm to TMZ Sports ... NASCAR is set to announce Monster, owned by Coca-Cola, is its new title sponsor. The beverage replaces Sprint/Nextel, which had been top dog since 2004. Before that it was the Winston Cup Series.

No word yet if the championship for NASCAR's top series will be known as the Monster Cup, but that sounds kinda awesome to us.

NASCAR is scheduled to make the announcement Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

ESPN first reported the sponsor change.

Kendall, Gigi, Bella Wings Off, Pig Out!!!

12/1/2016 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid made themselves thoroughly hateable Wednesday night in Paris by scarfing down burgers and mac 'n' cheese.

It's what models do after a big event like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show ... nourishing their starved bodies with the greasiest of food ... then washing it all down with margaritas.

In your pretty faces.

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Big Mac Inventor Two All-Beef Patty Salute! 'Super Size Me' Guy Downs # 28,984

11/30/2016 4:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1130-don-gorskeBig Mac creator Jim Delligatti got the ultimate tribute from his biggest fan -- the guy who famously eats 2 Macs per day come hell or high water.

"Super Size Me" star Don Gorske rolled into his fave Mickey D's on Wednesday, as soon as he heard Delligatti had died. Gorske says he ordered his usual -- yes, 12 years later, he's still pulling double duty everyday -- and proudly inhaled his 28,983rd and 28,984th sandwiches ... in memoriam, of course.

Gorske tells us he actually spoke to Jim by phone back in 2007, and hopes McDonald's will do something special to honor Delligatti's legacy.

Olive Garden 911 Call Ricky Smith Accused of Sexual Innuendo in 'Racist' Incident

11/30/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

An Olive Garden employee called 911 on comedian Ricky Smith and his friends, and blasted them for allegedly sexually harassing their server and trying to buy alcohol for minors.

TMZ obtained the audio ... the caller asks for police backup because Smith's group was being "rowdy" and yelling "racist comments" at the female manager. The caller gave her account of what started the ruckus.

But her version was totally different from what Ricky told us -- that everyone in his party was over 23, showed their IDs, never raised their voices and never made sexual or racial comments.

Cops did show up, but they say Ricky and friends were cooperative even though in the end, the manager refused to serve them. As for the alcohol accusation -- cops tell us that was "unsubstantiated."

Smith says he has a call scheduled shortly with Olive Garden brass to sort out the mess.

Comedian Ricky Smith Olive Garden Employees Suspended For ... 'Casual Racism'

11/30/2016 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1130-ricky-smith-olive-garden-TWITTER-01Comedian Ricky Smith was not treated like family at an Ohio Olive Garden when he popped in for dinner with his friends ... and we've learned the employees who he claims served him "casual racism" have been suspended.

Smith tells TMZ ... his crew had just finished handing out lunches for his organization, RAKE, on Tuesday and they worked up an appetite for endless soup and breadsticks. Smith claims they were small talking with their waitress when she just casually told them she doesn't like waiting on black people.

Turns out, the waitress was a black woman. 

The comedian tells us he politely went to the manager and requested a new waitress after this, but was given 2 options -- keep your waitress or leave. When they refused, cops were called and Ricky says police politely escorted them out.

An Olive Garden spokesperson tells us the waitress and manager have been placed on leave while they investigate. Olive Garden reached out to Smith to apologize and invite him back.

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McDonald's Big Mac Creator Dies at 98

11/30/2016 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1130-jim-delligatti-ap-02The man who created McDonald's most iconic burger has gone to the big burger stand in the sky.

Michael "Jim" Delligatti, who made the first Big Mac, died in his home in Pittsburgh Monday night surrounded by family ... according to a McDonald's spokesperson.

Delligatti, who owned multiple McDonald's franchises in Pennsylvania, first thought of the Big Mac in the mid-1960s ... when he wanted to offer customers a bigger burger than what Mickey D's was offering at the time. McDonald's was reportedly opposed at first, but the burger gods ended up going with his idea in 1968. It was already a hit at all of his stores in PA.

Delligatti was 98. In case you forgot his invention inspired that awesome jingle.

Sorry, you're gonna be singing this all day. 

Broncos' Linebacker Shane Ray HIBACHI, PLEASE! I'm a Benihana Chef Now!

11/30/2016 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray has a fallback plan if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out -- he's a master Benihana chef ... and he's got the certificate to prove it! 

The 23-year-old donned the trademark Benihana chef hat and apron -- and got cookin' on the teppanyaki ... grillin' up everything from shrimp to fried rice!

He even did the "spin the egg" trick! 

Ray's teammate, Taurean Nixon, documented the whole thing -- and though Ray was strugglin' at times ... he did well enough to get certified! 

As for the food ... don't worry, he had a "real" chef standing over his shoulder making sure everything tasted delicious. 

'Napoleon Dynamite' Stars Reunite ... Share Some Tots

11/29/2016 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-Jon-Heder-Efren-Ramirez-Napoleon-Dynamite-burger-Kig-Cheese-Tots-launch"Napoleon Dynamite" fans rejoice -- Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez are back together for a sequel ... of sorts.

Napoleon and Pedro's reunion is kinda perfect because they did it for TOTS! But mostly for money ... they're doing a spot for a Burger King product.

It's like 2004 all over again -- awkward and hilarious, but they really should've gotten that fat lard, Tina, to show up.


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Knicks to Ex Carnegie Deli Wife We Got Beef ... $97k Worth of Tix!

11/28/2016 12:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1128-KNICKS-CARNEGIE-GETTY-TMZ-2BA New York Knicks superfan, who's also linked to another NYC landmark, is stiffing the team on her super expensive courtside seats ... according to Madison Square Garden honchos.

MSG, which owns the Knicks, just sued Terry Klein, wife of the former co-owner of the legendary Carnegie Deli, for 10 Knicks season tickets she enjoyed using -- and allegedly reselling -- during the 2015-16 NBA season. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Terry either used or resold more than 90 percent of the tickets she was given.

There were 44 home games (pre and regular season) ... so we're talking 440 tickets! MSG says the total cost for those primo seats is $101,225 -- but Terry had a credit from the previous season ... so, they say she owes $97,865.

MSG points out Terry and her husband, Fred Klein, have been loyal Knicks fans "for decades" ... so it's "reluctantly" filing the lawsuit. MSG says it's only suing because Terry has agreed she owes the dough, but continually refuses to pay.

No doubt, Terry deserves something for remaining a Knicks fan -- it's been 43 years since their last championship -- but $97k seems steep.

We reached out to the Kleins ... so far no word back.

Ben's Chili Bowl Beware, Donald Trump They Want to Stuff You With Chili Cheese Fries!!!

11/28/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump gained a few lbs on the campaign trail, and a famous landmark in D.C. may exacerbate the problem in a big way. 

Virginia Ali, the owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, is dead set on carrying on the tradition of stuffing the faces of presidents with greasy delectabilities. She's got her sights set on a plate of chili cheese fries and the chili half-smoke, with Donald's name on it.

She also thinks a current customer -- who's about to lose his job -- will become more of a regular. 

Fogle, Guidice and Dassey Inmates Chow Down on Thanksgiving Grub

11/24/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1123-dassey-fogle-suge-tmz-getty-2Jared Fogle, Brendan Dassey and a bunch of other famous prisoners may have given up many of their inalienable rights, but not the right to get the bird on Turkey Day.

We surveyed the landscape, and here's what the joints are offering for Thanksgiving dinner:

Brendan Dassey (Wisconsin)
The "Making a Murderer" star gets roasted turkey with giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, biscuits, pumpkin pie with crust on top, veggie salad and chocolate milk.

Suge Knight (Los Angeles)
Suge's meal is similar to Dassey's, but he gets a dinner roll instead of a biscuit and a pumpkin muffin instead of pie ... and milk without the chocolate.

Kevin Gates (Florida)
The rapper also gets a traditional meal, but add corn and a fruit turnover to the spread. Sorry, no milk. Gates' prison also serves a vegetarian option of rice, beans and fruit.

Joe Giudice & Apollo Nida (New Jersey)
The 'Real Housewives' hubbies will chow down on a traditional meal, cafeteria-style, that includes stuffing and dessert.

Jared Fogle (Colorado)
The ex-Subway spokesman now eats fresh at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, and he gets turkey and ham or, alternatively, eggplant/baked tofu. Colorado seems to have the best menu ... it includes cornbread dressing, corn and sweet potato casserole.

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