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Lester Holt Cheats While Singing 'Lovely Day' ... You Reading the Lyrics?

8/20/2018 12:05 PM PDT

This just in ... LESTER HOLT CAN SING!

The "NBC Nightly News" anchor got out from behind the desk Sunday night and took center stage at the Hill Country BBQ joint in NYC to sing his face off -- and it's pretty good! 

Holt channeled his inner Bill Withers and belted out the 1977 hit "Lovely Day" with his band, The Rough Cuts.

The whole thing went pretty smoothly -- but Lester definitely loses some cool points for having to check his lyrics sheet a few times during the set. Come on man, it's a classic!!! 

As for Holt's shirt -- 1959 -- that's the year he was born.

Rudy Giuliani to Chuck Todd Truth Isn't Truth And We're Not Rushing Trump Into Perjury

8/19/2018 11:05 AM PDT

Rudy Giuliani just added a new edition to the "alternative facts" library from the Trump White House -- telling a reporter "truth isn't truth" when it comes to ... well, the truth.

The President's personal attorney was on NBC's 'Meet the Press' with Chuck Todd and got grilled on why 45 hasn't sat down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up the Russia investigation. Giuliani's reason ... let's not rush into a lie under oath.

He basically says Mueller's gonna get a he said, he said -- from Trump and Comey -- as to who said what to whom ... who knew what ... and when. And, because Comey used to be tight with Mueller in the FBI, Rudy says it's a no-brainer who the latter will believe.

Unfortunately for Rudy, there's only one objective reality ... which is probably why Chuck couldn't help but laugh at the "truth" line. And, yes, this did become a meme.

Suzanne Somers I Fear Flirting is Dead ... In Wake of #MeToo

8/16/2018 6:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Suzanne Somers seems down with giving Matt Lauer a second chance ... and she fears the casualty in all of this is old-school flirting.

We got Suzanne Wednesday in Bev Hills leaving Madeo and asked if she agreed with Lauer's first wife saying he deserves another chance. Suzanne says she can only speak from experience and says he was always lovely to her. She went on to say she's not in a position to judge what Lauer did on his time off.

Lauer was fired for -- among other things -- allegedly dropping trou in his office in front of a female staffer and presenting another staffer with a sex toy. It's pretty clear Suzanne means she has no idea what Lauer did in private.

She does have strong feelings about flirting ... which she fears is a dying art. 

Steven Tyler Fans Go Crazy As Aerosmith Announces Vegas Residency

8/15/2018 7:32 AM PDT

If you're wondering if people will flock to see Aerosmith in Vegas, look no further than exhibit A on the "Today" show ... where fans literally couldn't keep their hands off the band.

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and co. were making their way onto the NBC morning show set Wednesday to talk about the residency with a sea of people around them begging for high fives and cheering them on. One daring spectator actually crossed the barricade to bum-rush Steven for a selfie.

Gotta say, he handled it like a pro ... sloughing him off with ease and keeping it moving without incident. If this dude thought he could get away with that ... Steven pretty much told him to dream on. He basically said as much on Twitter, anyway.

As for the big news ... Aerosmith is dubbing their Vegas show, Deuces Are Wild, with concerts beginning on April 6, 2019 at the Park Theater at the Park MGM on the strip and scheduled to run through July.

'AGT' Trapeze Duo FAIL!!! Wife Plummets Over Fire

7/18/2018 6:49 AM PDT

An "America's Got Talent" husband and wife duo felt the burn ... when their blindfolded trapeze trick -- over open flames -- came to a shocking end.

Mary and Tyce were flying through their act on Tuesday night's broadcast, pulling off some amazing stunts on a trapeze ... and even amped things up with a fire pit. The act took a turn though -- when Tyce slipped on a blindfold.

While hanging upside down, he was supposed to grab his wife as gravity pulled her down over his body -- but she, literally, slipped through his hands ... falling at least 20 feet as a couple of the judges shrieked in horror.

Their only saving grace? 'AGT' airs on network TV -- there's no way they'd allow that kinda stunt without a safety net. Mary, whose mom and young son were watching in the audience, is totally fine.

Actor Hugh Dane Hank from 'The Office' Dead at 75

6/4/2018 6:49 PM PDT

Dunder Mifflin fans have lost a member of their TV family -- Hugh Dane, who famously played Hank the security guard on "The Office," has died. 

One of Hugh's costars on the sitcom, Rainn Wilson, tweeted out the news Monday with a link to a nonprofit Hugh was involved with. The org., The Inner City Cultural Center in L.A., posted about Hugh's death late last month ... they say he died in mid-May.

It's unclear what Hugh might've died from -- the ICCC didn't provide any details about the circumstances surrounding his death. They did mention, however, he'll be honored through a memorial this weekend.

Hugh had a long acting career dating back to the 1990s. Besides his recurring role as Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch enforcer ... he's also appeared on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Martin," "Boy Meets World," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The West Wing," "Friends," "Sister, Sister," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "New Girl" and lots of other shows and films. 

He was 75. Here's to Hank, and his blues ... RIP.

'Chicago Fire' DuShon Monique Brown Died of a Blood Infection

5/31/2018 12:50 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DuShon Monique Brown -- who played Connie on "Chicago Fire" -- died of a blood infection, but it's unclear how her system became contaminated ... TMZ has learned.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office tells us Brown's cause of death was sepsis, with an unknown origin. Sepsis typically occurs when harmful bacteria infiltrates the blood, often from an untreated wound.

We're told other contributing factors to her death include high blood pressure and obesity.

 As we reported ... DuShon died back in March after falling ill while she was at home in Chicago. She'd just been released from a hospital a few days prior ... after she'd received treatment for chest pains. 

She starred on "Chicago Fire" ever since the show debuted in 2012 -- and also had a role on the FOX show "Prison Break" from 2005 to 2007.

She is survived by a daughter. DuShon was 49.

RIP

Andrea Constand Breaks Silence He Gave Me 3 Blue Pills and Sexually Assaulted Me

5/31/2018 6:53 AM PDT
Breaking News

Andrea Constand has spoken out for the first time -- aside from testifying in court -- about how Bill Cosby gave her 3 blue pills and then attacked her.

Constand spoke to NBC's Kate Snow about the encounter 13 years ago, when she was the operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball program. The then-31-year-old was being mentored by Cosby about a career change when she went to his home for counseling.

Constand explains why she took the pills, and how she tried in vain to fight Cosby off her.

Cosby was convicted on 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault and is awaiting sentencing.

The interview is part of a Dateline special, "Bringing Down Bill Cosby: Andrea Constand Speaks" ... which airs Friday night.

Chrissy Metz Oh, of Course I'd Play a Superhero! I'm Split on Which Universe

5/13/2018 10:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chrissy Metz says she'd love to throw on a cape and save the day on camera -- now the harder question ... DC or Marvel? 

We got the 'This Is Us' star Saturday at LAX, where we asked about a revelation she made in her novel 'This Is Me' regarding abuse she suffered as a child. She offers some heartfelt advice to girls going through similar situations ... and then pivoted to spandex tights. 

Our guys asks if she's a 'Black Panther' fan since her co-star, Sterling Brown, acts in it. Surprise ... she is, and wouldn't be opposed to donning a mask herself if the opportunity presented itself. Sounds like she's open to any and all, too. Whip up those scripts.

Tom Brokaw Maddow, 63 Others Sign Letter of Support

4/27/2018 4:44 PM PDT
Breaking News

Tom Brokaw's current and former colleagues at NBC, including Rachel Maddow, are coming out strong in his defense against sexual harassment allegations.

Maddow, Maria Shriver and longtime NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell -- along with 61 other women -- all signed the letter stating, "Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect."

According to the letter, the women are anchors, directors, executives, personal assistants and technical staff who've worked with Tom over 4 decades. They added, "He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers."

As we reported, 2 former coworkers have accused Brokaw of making unwanted sexual advances in the '90s. He's denied the allegations.

Tom Brokaw Stongly Denies Sexual Harassment Claims ... Angry and Hurt

4/27/2018 11:53 AM PDT

Tom Brokaw's firing back at one of his sexual harassment accusers, referring to her as a former colleague with a grudge who has had "trouble with the truth."

In an email reportedly sent to a few NBC News coworkers, the former "NBC Nightly News" anchor goes off on Linda Vester, who claims Brokaw acted inappropriately toward her more than 20 years ago.

Brokaw begins his statement by saying it's the first day of his new life as an accused predator, and slams the publications he feels are responsible, saying ... "I was ambushed and then perp walked ... as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship."

He says he's pissed off and hurt, and gives a detailed account of his relationship with Vester and adamantly denies any verbal or physical attacks on her.

As for the alleged kiss Vester claims he tried to force on her, Brokaw says ... "That move she so vividly describes is NOT WHO I AM. Not in high school, college or thereafter."

Brokaw continues, claiming he helped Vester land a job after the alleged incident and there were never issues between the 2. He suggests her claims are an attention grab, saying ... "Hard to believe it wasn't much more Look At Me than Me:Too."

As we reported ... Brokaw is facing allegations of misconduct by Vester and an anonymous woman.

Matt Lauer vs. Ann Curry War Reignited

4/27/2018 6:52 AM PDT

The bad blood between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry is boiling again ... after Curry accused Lauer of physically harassing an NBC female staffer.

Curry claimed she told NBC execs back in 2012 Lauer was actually physically aggressive toward women and claims the honchos did nothing. Lauer just fired back, acknowledging he had crossed the line while anchoring "Today" but adding, "I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false."

Lauer made his comments to The Washington Post, the same day Curry told the post about her allegations.

The animosity between Curry and Lauer goes back years. As TMZ previously reported, Lauer thought Curry was a lightweight and was bringing down the show when she was his co-anchor. Curry believed Lauer was responsible for her getting fired from the gig, and even shunned him her last day on the show.

Tom Brokaw Facing Claims of Sexual Harassment

4/26/2018 5:51 PM PDT
Breaking News

Tom Brokaw is being accused of making inappropriate and unwanted advances ... on 2 female co-workers in separate incidents in the 1990s.

One of the women, Linda Vester, claims the veteran broadcast journalist and former anchor of NBC Nightly News sexually harassed her while she was a reporter for NBC on "Weekend Today" in 1994 ... according to a report by The Washington Post.

Vester claims he asked her to have a drink with him, she replied "I only drink milk and cookies" ... and Brokaw later called her room around 3 AM and told her to order the milk and cookies because he was coming over. 

She then says he showed up uninvited and attempted to force a kiss on her, jerking her head towards his, but she resisted ... then he left.

The second woman -- who chose to remain anonymous -- says she was a former PA at NBC News when he took her hands and put them under his jacket against his chest. He then invited her to his office later on ... insinuating he wanted to give her more than job advice.

She says she left the company shortly thereafter.

Neither woman reported the incidents when they happened. Brokaw -- who has been married to Meredith Lynn Auld since 1962 -- has denied the allegations.

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