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Tim Tebow Baseball Is My Passion Now ... I Love It

10/24/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102416_tim_tebow_primaryIt's not about the money or the fame ... Tim Tebow says he's simply pursuing a baseball career for the love of the game.

Tebow appeared on "Good Morning America" in NYC Monday morning -- even though he's got a game tonight in Arizona -- and told Robin Roberts he's having a blast playing minor league baseball. 

"I’m so passionate about the game and pursuing it and playing every day is just so much fun," Tebow said ... "It’s amazing when you do something for the love of it."

Tebow also opens up about how he bounced back after getting pushed out of the NFL -- "I’ve been told by a lot of different teams that I’m not good enough so how do you handle that?" 

"For me, it’s to be able to have a foundation of something bigger than yourself, understand what God says about you, that you are important, that you have a life of significance and you have a life of meaning."

Laila Ali Dad Was 'Trapped Inside His Body' ... 'Not Suffering Anymore'

6/6/2016 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0606-laila-ali-primary-01Laila Ali says she has "comfort" in knowing her father is "not suffering anymore" ... saying she felt Muhammad Ali was "trapped inside of his body" during his battle with Parkinson's. 

Ali spoke with Robin Roberts on 'GMA' and said all 9 of Ali's children flew in to Arizona to be with their dad in his final moments. 

Laila says some of her sisters recited Islamic prayers at his bedside -- she says it was "a very peaceful time."

Laila says she's also grateful her 5-year-old daughter, Sydney, got to spend time with the legend in the years before he passed. She even tells some heartwarming family stories. 


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Michael Strahan New Job ... Old Smile Returns

5/17/2016 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0517-michael-strahan-good-morning-america-first-day-happy-STARTRAKS-01Michael Strahan's wide grin Tuesday morning on "Good Morning America" said it all -- there's no more bitterness or awkwardness to deal with at the office.

Days after he and Kelly Ripa parted ways ... Strahan's happily working his new full-time gig with 'GMA.'

Parting isn't always such sweet sorrow. Sometimes it's just sweet. 


Michael Strahan Leaving 'Live' for Good in Two Weeks

4/26/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Strahan's getting the hell outta dodge months earlier than anticipated -- instead of staying at 'Live' through the summer, he'll be gone in just over 2 weeks. 

Sources connected to the show tell us Michael's last day will be Friday, May 13. We're told an internal memo went around to the show staff Tuesday morning ... just as Kelly Ripa finally returned to the show.

The memo reads: "After meeting with the producers of both 'Live' and "Good Morning America," and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future."

"To that end, Michael's last day on 'Live' will be Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have an appropriate send off for him during the May sweeps, but to also immediately give Kelly and the producers an opportunity to begin the on-air search for a new co-host."

When Strahan's move to 'GMA' was announced, Disney said he'd be at 'Live' through August -- but that was before Ripa staged her protest

The memo also said, "This plan also allows 'GMA' to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."

Michael Strahan He Was Sick of the Sniping He Wanted to Bail on 'Live'

4/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42516-michael-strahan-kelly-ripa-06Jumping ship from 'Live' was an easy call for Michael Strahan ... he wanted to work where his co-host wasn't tormenting him.

Sources connected with the production tell us, Michael had his fill of Kelly Ripa long before the 'GMA' opportunity surfaced. Sources say Kelly couldn't stand the fact that he stole some of her shine. Strahan became an instant star and got lots of attention, and we're told she hated it.

One source says it got to a point where she was "bullying" him, although on camera you couldn't tell. But another source says the notion Kelly was bullying Michael is "a joke."  

The 'GMA' job gives Strahan more money, a group of co-hosts he likes and who like him, and the right to continue his sports stuff. He also wants to grow beyond interviewing celebrities.

As we reported, after Strahan broke the news to Kelly he texted her Tuesday, trying to create an atmosphere where they could co-exist for the duration of his time on 'Live.' We're told she did not respond until Saturday, and it was "short and superficial."

From Kelly's perspective, we know he was at war with Executive Producer Michael Gelman for the first year and made things very uncomfortable for everyone. These sources also say a lot of the conflict surfaced because Michael was not "present enough" on 'Live' because of his part-time 'GMA' duties.

Kelly Ripa Back Tuesday After Tough Talk With Disney

4/23/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Kelly Ripa will be back Tuesday on 'Live' ... TMZ has learned ... this after her people jawboned it with Disney over the fate of her show and the tenure of her co-host.

Our ABC sources say Kelly's people made it clear she would come back if they could get assurance the show wasn't getting the ax. As we reported, ABC honchos are noodling whether to add a third hour of 'GMA,' which would displace 'Live.'

From what we can gather, the brass gave Kelly enough assurance to end her boycott. Based on what we know, even Disney doesn't know if they'll expand 'GMA.' A lot depends on morning show ratings and the performance of 'Live' over the next year.

Even if 'GMA' moves to 9 ... ABC could save 'Live' by moving it to 10 or 11 AM.

Our ABC sources say Kelly made it clear she'd be a happy camper if Michael Strahan leaves before his scheduled September departure. Our sources say both Kelly and Michael are extremely uncomfortable about sitting together under the circumstances, and they'd both like to stop the bleeding STAT.

As we reported, the 2 have not gotten along for 2 years ... various sources say they don't like each other.

We're told Kelly has a little more than a year left on her contract. Makes for good TV.

Kelly Ripa Crew Furious Her Boycott Could Cost Us Our Jobs

4/22/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Kelly Ripa is alienating lots of people on 'Live,' because they believe she's jeopardizing their jobs by refusing to work.

Production sources tell us, some members of the crew believe ABC execs are weighing the benefits of either killing the show or moving it to a later hour so they can add a third hour of 'GMA.'

These crew members are grousing, the longer Kelly stays out, the more damage it will do to 'Live' and the greater the chance that they'll be replaced by 'GMA.' If 'Live' goes away, so do they.

That said, we're told the crew generally likes Kelly, but many of them think what they call "her tantrum" is hurting the show.

As we reported, ABC is indeed mulling over the prospect of adding a 3rd 'GMA' hour.

Oprah Kelly Ripa Shouldn't Have Been Told That Way

4/20/2016 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah Winfrey was shocked that Kelly Ripa was blindsided by the big announcement Michael Strahan's leaving her, and the queen thinks it's just plain wrong.

Oprah didn't know the details, so our photog clued her in Wednesday at the premiere of her OWN drama "Greenleaf" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Winfrey is clear ... Kelly should have been treated more respectfully. She's happy, though, for Michael, although she says he's in for a big surprise.

Kelly Ripa Ballistic Over Strahan Shocker

4/20/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

41916-kelly-ripa-tmz-03Kelly Ripa is livid over Michael Strahan's departure from her show, largely because she was shockingly disrespected by Disney honchos. 

TMZ broke the story ... Kelly was blindsided by Tuesday's announcement. She found out at 10:30 in the morning ... the same time Disney made the announcement. She never got a call from Disney CEO Bob Iger or anyone else at the Mouse House.  

Our ABC sources say Kelly -- and virtually everyone on her show -- feels Disney has screamed to the world they don't care about 'Live' ... their singular focus is breathing life into 'GMA,' which has lost a big chunk of its audience over the last year.

We're told there's serious talk about giving 'Live' the boot at 9 AM and adding a third hour to 'GMA.' It's unclear if Disney is eyeing a time slot later in the morning for Kelly's show. It's pretty incredible, since 'Live' has been super successful on Kelly's watch.

Adding a 3rd hour to 'GMA' is the logical next move, since Strahan has established himself in the 9 AM time slot. 

As for Kelly, it's unclear if Disney can ever win her back. It's not difficult to understand how pissed she is ... it's like the Ann Curry/NBC mess, but more outrageous.


Will Smith I'm With Jada ... No Oscars for Me!

1/21/2016 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0121-will-smith-tmz-02Will Smith will spend Oscar night with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and not at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

Will went on "Good Morning America" to talk about The Oscars, the lack of black nominees, and Jada's stance that black filmmakers should stop begging white Hollywood for acceptance.

As for why he won't be at the award show, he said it feels "uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is ok."

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Spike Lee has already said he's skipping the show and there have been calls from some African-American stars for Chris Rock to step down as host.

Spike Lee Hollywood Needs a Rooney Rule

1/20/2016 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-spike-lee-gma-abc-01Spike Lee says Hollywood needs to take its cue from the NFL -- forcing studios to institute a "Rooney Rule" ... requiring studios to greenlight a certain number of movies featuring minorities.

Lee was on 'GMA' Wednesday morning when he said the problem with the Oscars is deeper than who gets nominated -- it's the fact black movies and black actors aren't getting the opportunities in the Hollywood boardrooms. 

That's why Lee wants a "Rooney Rule" -- an NFL policy that requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and minority jobs. 

Lee feels that someone needs to force Hollywood to hit a mandatory quota when it comes to making minority films. 

Watch the clip ... seems Michael Strahan is down to play the role of enforcer. 

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Spike Lee I Never Called for Oscar Boycott

1/20/2016 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-spike-lee-tmz-01Spike Lee has corrected the media for reporting he was calling for an Oscar boycott.

Spike appeared on 'GMA' and made it clear ... blasting the Academy for shutting out black actors and films and vowing not to attend the ceremony is NOT the same as calling for a boycott.

Lee said he and his wife would be at the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden the night of the Oscars, and everyone else can either attend or not ... not his business.

There were lots of reports Jada Pinkett Smith also called for a boycott, which she did not. She said it's time for African Americans to stop begging the Academy for acceptance and do their own thing in their own community.

As for Chris Rock, Spike's making no judgment on whether he should still host.

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Nicki Minaj Taylor Swift Was Wrong ... And She Admitted it

7/24/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj went on TV to tell the world ... Taylor Swift screwed up when she assumed Nicki was attacking her over the VMA noms.

Nicki went on 'GMA' and revealed she and Taylor had a chat yesterday and Swifty admitted she was wrong when she went after Nicki on Twitter, jumping to the conclusion that Nicki was ragging on her over "Anaconda" being passed on for video of the year.

Minaj says everything's now kumbaya between the 2 of them now that Taylor's eaten crow.

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