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Oprah Winfrey Like a Wrecking Ball ... Chicago Studio Demolished

7/27/2016 4:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The building where Oprah Winfrey gave away hundreds of cars, and Tom Cruise famously leaped on the couch is a big pile of dust now, and from its ashes ... Big Macs will rise. 

Harpo Studios in Chicago was demolished this week as O shifts her OWN operation to Los Angeles. McDonald's is reportedly moving in on the old site to build its new headquarters. 

She spent 25 years shooting 'Oprah' in that building. Good times. Even if you had to pay taxes on one of those gifted cars in 2004.

Todd Gurley There's One Thing I'll Miss About STL

7/25/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cheer up, St. Louis Rams fans ... your ex-running back, Todd Gurley, says there's actually one thing he's gonna miss about your city ... even though he can still get it in L.A.

Gurley was out at LAX when our camera guy decided to flip the script on him ... instead of asking what he LOVES about L.A., we wanted to know what he's gonna MISS about St. Louis.

Check out the clip -- he throws out a delicious answer, but there's only one problem ... what he said he's gonna miss, he admits he can get here.

Guess when you're the star player in L.A. it really doesn't have to make a lot of sense.

'Pokemon Go' Real Pokestops with Brews & Pikachus ... Coming Soon

7/24/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0721_pokestop_restaurant_tmz_compositeThe "Pokemon Go" craze is so big, it's going to turn a line of themed restaurants into huge money makers ... or so one developer thinks now that he's filed docs to launch the idea. 

James Kim -- a branding and marketing guru -- is trying to lock up trademark rights for eateries he plans to call "Pokestop." If you don't know ... Pokestops, in the game, are digital locations where players refill on supplies.

Kim plans to open cafes catering to the game ... which would allow users to fill up on Pokemon supplies (for the game), catch a few creatures and also fill up on real-life food, coffee, tea and possibly beers too.

He says they would have Pokemon lures to bring in creatures to each location, and even host Pokemon-themed events. Of course, he'll need to secure a licensing deal with Pokemon -- which hasn't happened. Yet. 

Trademarks ... gotta catch 'em all.


Carl's Jr. They Do 3-Ways Right!!!

7/22/2016 10:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Carl's Jr. knows how to sell it, and they've done it again with 3 super hot models diving into the same burger at the same time.

We got pics from the latest C.J. offering ... a Bacon 3-Way Burger ... loaded with thick cut, Applewood-smoked bacon strips, crumbled bacon and bacon jam. The bacon booty sits atop a patty weighing in at 1/3 of a lb.  

Genevieve Morton -- the one in the photo with the burger -- was out and about in L.A. Thursday when our photog asked what we all wanted to know ... how much burger-munching on the set? She even shows us how it's done!

0722-sub-Carls-jr-commercialFrom babe ... to babes.


Jon Gosselin My Friday's Checks Go to Charity ... Or At Least They DID

7/20/2016 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jon Gosselin is proud of the work he puts in at T.G.I. Friday's, and says he donated his pay to multiple charities.

Jon went on the "Kannon and Sybil" radio show Wednesday in Dallas and was pissed his cover was blown. TMZ broke the story ... he's been clocking in at a Friday's in Lancaster, PA.

Check out the audio ... Jon's clearly frustrated and says he's calling it quits. For him, it's a trust issue with his co-workers. That being said, he also says he loves the gig. 

Sources at the restaurant tell us Jon hasn't said anything about quitting -- he only requested a week off. We're told he'll be back in the kitchen after his vacay.


Jon Gosselin It's Always Friday Now That I Work There

7/20/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0719-jon-gosselin-tgif-tmz-02Jon Gosselin has gone from starring on a TV show with a brood of 8 to slinging food for a party of 8 ... at T.G.I. Friday's. 

Jon's been working at the Lancaster, PA franchise for a few months, prepping and cooking family fare. The pic was taken at the restaurant when he started working there a month or so ago.   

We're told JG even had to go through chef boot camp.

Friday's is giving Jon a chance to spread his chicken wings ... when he's not cooking, he gets to DJ once a month. It is his true passion, after all.

Note to reality stars ... save your $$$.

KFC 'Hillary Special' Is NOT Finger Lickin' Good

7/19/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0719-hillary-clinton-kfc-getty-tmz-01KFC is clucking pissed about an anti-Hillary Clinton button comparing her to one of the Colonel's combo meals ... TMZ has learned.

A blatantly insulting pin is making the rounds at the RNC with the slogan, "KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts ... Left Wing." 

A KFC spokesperson tells us they had nothing to do with the production of the button, and further ... the company "does not endorse any political candidate and certainly does not support offensive, derogatory portrayals of any person."

Aside from the obvious misogynistic shot at Hillary ... the rep thinks the button also disparages KFC, and is an infringement of its trademark.

KFC isn't ruling out legal action if it can find out who's making the buttons. 

Donald Trump I Like Asian, Italian, Mexican ... I Like it All!!!

7/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0715_donald_trump_rnc_food_compositeDonald Trump's convention will be inclusive for almost all nationalities ... at least in the food court.

We've done some digging, and found out the RNC has planned a true smorgasbord. Delegates can dine from a variety of restaurants including:

-- Asiatown ... favorite dishes include thai spiced ramyun noodles and marinated chicken

-- Slavic Village ... favorite dishes include handmade pierogis and kielbasa

-- Little Italy ... favorite dishes include mozzarella stuffed risotto bites and red pepper romesco

-- Ohio City ... essentially a Mexican restaurant. Favorite dishes ... steak with cilantro and onions served in flour tortillas.

There's also plenty of American food.

And no matter where they eat, they'll all end up in the same place ... the bathroom.


Teyana Taylor How'd I Get My Bikini Body? ... Popeyes.

7/18/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Want that killer Teyana Taylor bikini body? Here's what you gotta do ... hit Popeyes and ignore the gym. 

That was Teyana's plan after poppin' out a kid just 7 months ago ... and the results? MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME!! 

Seriously, Iman Shumpert's lady spelled the whole thing out for us ... and yeah, it just ain't fair. 

Only one question remains -- spicy or mild? 


Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Scene From An Italian Restaurant

7/15/2016 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0715-gwen-stefani-blake-shelton-date-trattoria-delarte-facebook-3Gwen Stefani still has Blake Shelton head over heels for her 8 months into their relationship if what he's drinking is any indication.

Blake took Gwen on a romantic dinner date Thursday night at Trattoria Dell’Arte in Midtown Manhattan.

We're told they ordered a 2011 bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet, which goes for $140 with dinner. No biggie, except Blake's usually a whiskey guy ... so he's still smitten, for sure.

As for food, he got veal chop parmigiana and she got the dover sole. We're told very few people noticed them until they got up to leave their corner table.

Blake picked up the tab. He's just traditional that way.

Andrew Zimmern I'm Dying To Taste A Human

7/14/2016 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'Bizarre Foods' host Andrew Zimmern has tried everything from raw pig testicles to bull penis soup ... but seriously, human flesh? 

We got Zimmern out in NYC Wednesday and talked cannibalism. It's actually still practiced in certain parts of the world, and Andrew's game ... with certain conditions.

Brad & Angelina Son Gets Breakfast of Champions (Birthday Edition)

7/12/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0712_brad_and_angelina_breakfast_tmz_wmBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spoil their kids ... in much the same way lots of other parents might.

The couple celebrated Knox's 8th birthday Tuesday morning at The Griddle Cafe in West Hollywood. The kid's got a major sweet tooth -- we're told he filled up on Oreo-filled pancakes topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar.

While Knox's mom and dad can afford private jets and French castles, they're actually known for being very down to earth parents.

Unclear why twin sis Vivienne wasn't there. Maybe she's more of a lunch person.

Lisa Vanderpump Restaurant Sued Would You Like Glass in Your Calamari?

7/1/2016 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0701-lisa-vanderpump-tmz-facebook-02Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant is being sued by a customer who claims their garnish messed him up something fierce.

John Santos claims in a new lawsuit he was chowing down on calamari at Pump in WeHo when he felt a sharp pain in his mouth.

Santos says he realized in short order he was chomping on shards of glass, and it didn't take long for blood to ooze from his mouth.

John alleges he instantly alerted the manager, who scurried over and removed the plate.

Santos says he has medical bills from Urgent Care to prove his injuries. He's gunning for more than $25k.

Lisa's hubby, Ken Todd, tells us they serve 500 meals a day and nothing like this has ever happened. Ken seems suspicious, saying Santos came to the restaurant asking for a king's ransom.

Ken adds, Pump has an A rating.

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