5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
President Obama pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.
TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show. After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear. She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."
Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.
LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.
Ticketed for Speeding
'I Wasn't Speeding I Was Qualifying'
7/22/2014 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sarah Palin may be conservative, but her driving is unabashedly radical ... giving TMZ an epic rationalization for speeding in her pick up truck in Alaska.
The former guv was stopped in her hometown of Wasilla last Wednesday for going 63 in a 45 MPH zone in her Toyota Tundra. The cop wrote her up and she was on her way.
Palin cops to the crime, telling us, "I wasn't speeding, I was qualifying." She didn't accept full blame, saying Sammy Hagar's, "I Can't Drive 55" on the oldies station contributed to her lead foot.
We're told Palin will pay the $154 ticket STAT.
Hopefully a big black and white won't crush her groove next time.
Hollywood Leg of L.A. Visit
7/22/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mystery grows over President Obama's visit to Hollywood Wednesday ... which we've learned has now been officially cancelled.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD brass notified its Hollywood division an hour ago ... they got a call from the Secret Service saying Obama would no longer be coming to Hollywood ... although he is coming to L.A.
TMZ broke the story ... the plan was for Obama to show up at the El Capitan Theatre at 3 PM Wednesday and he would be there for an hour. LAPD sources told us they had been notified about the plan and were ready, but just an hour ago they were told -- without explanation -- to stand down.
We also reported ABC sources told us the purpose of Obama's Hollywood visit was to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show, which tapes right next door to the El Capitan. Kimmel's people told us it was not true ... Obama would not be on the show.
We have contacted the White House multiple times about the Hollywood visit ... but we never got a response.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
7/21/2014 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:15 PM PDT -- A rep for the Kimmel show tells TMZ Obama will not be doing the show Wednesday. Our ABC sources, however, continue to say he was booked on the show and multiple LAPD sources continue to tell us Obama is scheduled to be at The El Capitan Wednesday at 3 PM for an hour.
President Obama is juggling at least two world crises, but it's not cramping his pop culture style -- we've learned he's coming to L.A. this week to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
ABC Network sources tell TMZ ... the Prez will come to Kimmel's studio Wednesday to tape a special segment. We're also told a big chunk of the interview will be "serious."
The show is shot at the legendary El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
LAPD sources tell TMZ ... the President will only be at in Hollywood for an hour -- at the El Capitan -- beginning at around 3 PM.
We're told the Secret Service has been all over the El Capitan in the last few days.
Israeli Concerts Cancelled
7/20/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The band says the July 29-31 shows have been cut from their schedule -- but they're optimistically trying to re-book for next year.
The band follows in the footsteps of Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka ... who also cancelled their concerts in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict.
Backstreet says, "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans."
Pro-Humanity or Pro-Hamas?
We Don't Know ... Does She?
7/19/2014 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez is either directly or indirectly supporting Hamas in the Middle-East conflict ... at least that's the way a lot of people see it after her plea to "Pray for Gaza."
Selena went where Rihanna dared to go on Instagram late Friday ... when she dipped her toe in the conflict.
Maybe she doesn't realize Hamas has launched an untold number of missiles in an effort to destroy Israel, or maybe she supports it ... we don't know. Maybe she just wants peace for everyone. We just don't know.
Rihanna had a change of heart in 8 minutes. Selena seems way more committed ... committed to what is the question.
Rubbing Elbows at Fundraiser
With Tumblr CEO
7/19/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who created Tumblr is hobnobbing with big wigs after selling the company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion ... something he proved by sitting next to President Obama Thursday at a fundraiser.
The duo was at an intimate fundraiser this week in New York at the home of a big time investment manager ... which means Tumblr CEO David Karp made a good impression last month when he interviewed the prez.
Karp and Obama didn't talk much at the fundraiser, according to the NY Post, but they discussed all sorts of things during the interview ... including how to pronounce GIF.
Sorry Tom from Myspace.
Son Trades Hollywood for D.C.
7/18/2014 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pierce Brosnan's handsome son has become Malia Obama's mirror image ... SHE left Washington for Hollywood and he did the reverse.
17-year-old Dylan is working as an intern for Mass. Senator Ed Markey -- doing gopher things like grabbing burgers for the staff.
As we reported ... Malia fetched coffee during her week as an intern for Halle Berry's new show,
2 things about Dylan:
Thing 1 -- He's learned the D.C. code. He doesn't answer questions
Thing 2 -- He's gonna slay a bunch of chicks on the Hill
Own It Rihanna & Dwight!!
They Meant to Tweet #FreePalestine
7/17/2014 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna and Dwight Howard may say their tweets in support of Palestine were accidental -- but D.L. Hughley thinks they only hit delete because of social media pressure.
Hughley told us he believes the #FreePalestine tweets were intentional, and Dwight and RiRi should never have backed down -- with excuses and apologies -- if that's how they really feel.
But the comedian, who's been known to get political himself, added they shouldn't be bullied ... "I don't think they should be shouted down, no matter whether I agree with them or not."
As for whether the #FreePalestine movement is racist -- D.L. wasn't afraid to voice his opinion.
The Rock Body Slams
7/17/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Christie can take down a plate of buffalo wings, but he can't beat The Rock ... at least not when it comes to his political satire video.
Christie posted a YouTube video this week ... a mock trailer that portrayed the New Jersey governor as an action hero fighting for pension reform. But the video -- titled "No Pain, No Gain" -- featured a shot of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from one of his films.
Johnson's lawyers complained and the video was taken down. It was re-cut ... sans The Rock ... and re-posted again. Christie's Twitter page read, "Unfortunately The Rock is in high demand & won’t be able to appear in our Summer flick. But #NoPainNoGain lives on."
BTW ... The Rock is a registered Republican.
If I Run for Prez
My Campaign Song Would Be ...
7/16/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Hill was non-committal, but it got us thinkin'...
Man Breaks Into Compound
Looking for Katy Perry
7/16/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:10 AM PT -- According to Barnstable Police, LaCroix, who police discovered sitting on a couch and reading a book, told police he entered through an unlocked door. LaCroix also said he had a gift for Perry and was also there to see ... John F. Kennedy.
Cops say that after talking to LaCroix for a few minutes, they realized he "was detached from reality."
A scary moment for the Kennedys at the famed Hyannis Port compound ... a crazy guy entered the house looking for Katy Perry and hung with the clueless 16-year-old grandson of Ted Kennedy.
Barnstable Police tell TMZ ... there was no sign of forced entry. At around 6:30 Tuesday night ... 53-year-old James LaCroix just walked inside and started cooking dinner.
Ted Kennedy Jr. -- who was in Connecticut -- called the home just after 9 PM to check on his teenage son. The intruder answered and the panicked dad called the cops.
When cops arrived they found LaCroix -- still in the kitchen -- and he said he was there looking for Katy Perry.
Cops say Kennedy's son came home in the evening and ran into LaCroix ... but he thought LaCroix was just a house guest.
LaCroix was arrested and charged with breaking and entering.
In 2 weeks the house will be filled with Kennedys ... Cheryl Hines and Robert Kennedy Jr. will tie the knot there.
Hyannisnews.com shot video of LaCroix being led out of the home.
Beverly Hills High
Celebrity School Embroiled
In Racism Lawsuit
7/16/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The principal of Beverly Hills High School -- the inspiration for "90210" and the alma mater of a gaggle of celebs including Angelina Jolie, Nic Cage, Lenny Kravitz and Monica Lewinsky -- claims the school district is out to get him and every other African-American who works there.
Carter Paysinger claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- the all-white Beverly Hills School Board targeted him because he's Black. He says one member told him, "One of the problems that you have is that you don't look like what a principal of Beverly Hills High School should look like."
Paysinger says another member once said, "It would be easier if he had lighter skin ... and he looks more intelligent when he wears glasses."
Paysinger has worked for the district for 4 decades, as a longtime football coach who became principal in 2010. In fact, he was a student at BHHS ... he was the black version of Andrea Zuckerman, who was bussed in ... well, not from the Valley, but from South Central.
But it gets a little tricky. Paysinger was investigated by the L.A. County D.A. for wrongfully taking money from students who attended a summer sports camp. The camp was privately funded but was held on campus. Paysinger said he had been taking a fee for 15 years and everyone knew and no one complained. Ultimately the D.A. rejected the case.
And the Principal says the District is now out to get him and his family. He claims in the lawsuit the Board has made a decision to rid the school of all minorities.
Paysigner is still principal but he feels the District has tarnished his reputation so he's suing for damages.