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Richard Simmons The Paps Didn't Get the Shots With Some Help from Cops

4/21/2017 5:59 AM PDT
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Richard Simmons was playing with the paparazzi Thursday, with a lot of help from the LAPD.

TMZ broke the story, Simmons returned home after spending 3 days in the hospital for gastrointestinal issues.

As Richard sat in his garage waiting for cops, a photog got a pic that partially shows his face, which we haven't seen in 3 years ... except for one Bigfoot-like image last summer.

Sources who have been around Richard all tell us he's fine ... he's got a bum knee and often walks with a cane but mentally he's "all there" and is just sick of maintaining the "Richard Simmons persona."

So Thursday late afternoon ... Richard was returning home, didn't want to be seen and knew paparazzi were at his gate. So he and his housekeeper called the LAPD and apparently made things sound urgent enough that at least 4 cops showed up and ended up forming a human shield, allowing a blanket-covered Simmons to slink into his home without anyone snapping his mug.

We're told Richard was laughing about it as cops arrived, meeting him in his garage ... out of view of the paps.

Lady Gaga Makeout Sesh with Bradley Cooper

4/18/2017 9:52 AM PDT

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shared a passionate and long kiss at a gas station ... for a movie, of course.

Gaga's making her big screen acting debut in the remake of "A Star is Born." She'll be playing alongside Cooper, who's also making his directorial debut.

The duo shot a sexy scene Monday in the California desert, where they will also film scenes on the Coachella grounds during the week ... which is super convenient for Lady Gaga, who headlines again this coming weekend. 

Sharon Osbourne Mel B's Ex is a Pig!!!

4/18/2017 7:46 AM PDT

Sharon Osbourne's got Mel B's back and then some.

Sharon was at Fred Segal Monday in WeHo when the former 'AGT' judge was asked about Mel leaving Stephen Belafonte. Sharon didn't mince words ... throwing a pretty good jab at Stephen.

TMZ broke the story ... Mel detailed horrific sexual and physical abuse allegedly at the hands of Stephen ... something he denies.

Mel has a restraining order against both Stephen and their former nanny -- whom Mel claims Stephen got pregnant. Mel B says Stephen and the nanny are extorting her over various sex tapes that they're hiding in storage.

Selena Gomez, The Weeknd Suck Face at Coachella Between Food & Beverage

4/17/2017 7:04 AM PDT

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd had to sneak some affection at Coachella ...making out in between snack breaks.

The couple roamed the grounds of the Empire Polo Club this weekend with friends, when Selena and Abel made their relationship clear to all ...

He drops his water and meets her halfway, but then cuts it just as fast when his bud returns with what appear to be fries ... priorities, right?

Who said you couldn't have your cake and eat it too?

Richard Simmons Friend Says He's Fine But His Knee's Not

4/16/2017 7:55 AM PDT

Richard Simmons is "perfect," and "happy," but he's still dealing with a knee problem that has kept him in virtual hiding for the last 3 years ... that's the takeaway we got from one of his closest friends.

A woman named Denise -- who says she's known Richard for 35 years -- was at Richard's gate delivering flowers where she said the former fitness guru is doing great.

But then she says Richard's been dealing with a medical issue for years -- his knee. TMZ broke the story back in November, 2014 -- 8 months after Simmons just disappeared -- that he had 2 bad knees and an operation on the first was so painful he was delaying the second.

It seems that based on what Denise is saying ... Richard was bedridden for a time because he never got the second knee operation. Unclear if he's gotten it done yet.

The mystery continues.

Paris Hilton Downward DJ at Equinox

4/13/2017 7:02 AM PDT

Paris Hilton headlining in Ibiza ... but she will also volunteer for a rager during a yoga sesh at Equinox, when it benefits a kid's charity.

Paris put her turntable skills to good use Wednesday at an Equinox gym in West L.A., where she was performing at a benefit for The Felix Organization, which helps children in the foster care system. 

We always thought yoga was supposed to be done in a calm, quiet environment ... we stand corrected.

Kendall Jenner Cops Called to House ... Don't Fly That Drone Here, Bro!

4/11/2017 3:12 PM PDT
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Kendall Jenner's had another uninvited guest, and this one was armed with a drone ... TMZ has learned.

The guy showed up with a 4-rotor drone Tuesday on the street outside Kendall's Hollywood Hills pad, and her security team was on him like white on rice ... taking down his ID, and immediately calling LAPD. 

Kendall's team is on high alert after she had $200k stolen from her house last month. Not to mention, the trespasser who terrified her last summer when he followed her into her driveway.

Our law enforcement sources tell us officers checked out the drone guy ... even searched his trunk, but let him go because he hadn't done anything wrong at that point.  

IF he'd been flying the drone over the house without a proper license, he could've been cited.

It's unclear if she was home at the time, but crisis averted at casa de Kendall. Again.

Kendall Jenner Walk of Shame After Pepsi Ad

4/5/2017 11:57 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner was in a cover-up of sorts after Pepsi yanked her ad ... hiding her face as she walked past a bank of paparazzi in Paris.

Paps got Kendall Wednesday at a Paris airport, where she was predictably tight-lipped about the backlash she and Pepsi got for the tone-deaf ad.

Pepsi has since taken it down and apologized to Kendall.

Kim Kardashian Attacked or Not in Bev Hills

4/3/2017 6:42 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian may or may not have been accosted Sunday night ... you be the judge.

Kim was leaving Mr Chow in Bev Hills when a guy in shades and a backpack seemed to make contact with her, and she looked stunned.

The question is ... was he just a passerby who got swallowed up in the paparazzi crush or a goofball who wanted to mess with her?

Kim tweeted, "A random guy walks near me & almost bumped into me but he hit the parking meter. Not attacked me. Hope he's ok!"

A bodyguard apparently felt differently and gave the dude a stern warning.

Todd Chrisley Me Owe $800k in Back Taxes? Give Me a Break!!!

3/31/2017 7:34 AM PDT

Todd Chrisley laughed off reports he owes $800k in back taxes, and although he's adamant it's NOT true ... he admits his lawyers are hard at work.

The "Chrisley Knows Best" patriarch was at LAX Thursday night when he was asked point-blank if he's in debt to the state of Georgia. WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Todd and his wife have not paid state taxes in years, according to Fulton County court records.

Todd does some serious humble bragging here about his real estate portfolio, but insists ... don't believe the tax hype.

Nelly Resting NBA Players Sucks ... But I Get It

3/30/2017 3:59 PM PDT
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Good news for LeBron James ... Nelly totally gets why NBA teams are resting their marquee players, saying the guys are playing a ton of minutes and need a break sometimes.

Bad news for Lebron James ... Nelly ain't with NBA teams resting their marquee players, saying he'd be super bummed if he took his son to a game, and the big stars were missing.

Nelly said both things when he was out at LAX, and it's clear the competitive athlete in him is having a vicious battle with the loving dad in him.

He also throws his 2 cents into the MVP debate, making that debate currently worth six trillion dollars.

'Dance Moms' Cast Welcome Aboard, Cheryl Burke! ... Oh, Screw Abby BTW

3/29/2017 2:42 PM PDT

The moms of "Dance Moms" are absolutely thrilled with their new host, Cheryl Burke, and equally excited to throw dirt on Abby Lee Miller's metaphorical grave.

The longtime "Dancing with the Stars" pro showed up at 8 Count Dance Academy in L.A. to start working with her new students. She played it coy when paps compared her to Abby.

The moms, on the other hand, couldn't wait to blab about ditching Abby and upgrading -- in their eyes -- to Cheryl.

Damn. Body's not even cold.

The Weeknd to Selena Gomez Get Off Me, Girl ... Paps Are Watching

3/29/2017 7:29 AM PDT

The Weeknd was all about Selena Gomez's public cuddling ... until he noticed paparazzi watching.

Paps got the couple Tuesday showing some extreme PDA while strolling around Buenos Aires before Abel's gig later this week.

He seems down with her clinging onto him ... but watch what happens when he sees the camera guy across the street.

Back to basics ... hand-holding 101.

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