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Donald Trump Stake in 'Apprentice' Continues … But So What?

12/9/2016 8:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump told Harvey Levin back in September, as one of the creators of "The Apprentice" ... he had a lifetime deal with the show whether he was on it or not.

We were told, then and now, any involvement he might have in the show ceases when he becomes President, other than the title "executive producer" and his paycheck.

Levin asked Trump, while shooting the TV special "OBJECTified: Donald Trump," if he was rooting for Arnold, and Trump made it clear he wants the show to succeed.

Sources connected to the show tell us, Trump had no involvement in the most recent installment with Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and sources connected with Trump tell us he'll have no involvement as long as he is President.

As one source put it, “This is a non story. Presidents don’t cancel preexisting business deals when they get elected. They simply disengage from the decision-making process. Jimmy Carter didn't sell his peanut farm."

Ne-Yo I'll Do Trump's Inauguration ... But I'm Bringing My Bird

12/9/2016 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ne-Yo is the first black artist to say he's willing to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration, because as he puts it ... business is business and a party is a party.

We got the singer Thursday at LAX, and he told us without hesitation he'd be there in a heartbeat if Trump asked him. His reason seems practical, and he says he'd even bring a surprise for the new Prez. 

Just a couple months ago, Ne-Yo promised to head north if Trump won.

Interesting backup plan.

Alberto Del Rio Vince McMahon Would Be Better Prez Than Trump

12/8/2016 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If Vince McMahon has White House ambitions, he's already got 2 supporters on board ... Alberto Del Rio and Paige ... who say the WWE honcho would make a MUCH better prez than Donald Trump

First off, Alberto HATES Trump ... with a passion. 

But when we asked the pro wrestler about the President-elect naming Linda McMahon to head his Small Business Administration ... he didn't seem too confident in his former WWE boss. 

Still, Alberto and Paige say they love Vince (probably because Paige still works for him) -- and think he's got the brains to be a solid Commander in Chief one day. 

Hey, don't rule it out ... 

Hillary Clinton I Was Done In by 'Fake News'! We Need to Fix the Internet

12/8/2016 2:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Hillary Clinton is back on the attack ... blaming the Internet, at least in part, for her loss to Donald Trump -- and she's demanding some big changes.

HRC surfaced in D.C. for Sen. Harry Reid's going-away event, but when she got on the mic she went off about "fake news" stories taking over the web. Since her defeat, there's been a lot of talk about websites posting fabricated stories about Clinton and their impact on voters -- not to mention the wave of Wikileaks ... allegedly fueled by Russia.

Watch ... Hillary's suggesting legislation and/or technology can help shut down the problem. Sounds like a slippery First Amendment slope, but she sounds determined.

John Glenn Dies at 95

12/8/2016 12:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1209_john_glenn_remembering_launchFormer Senator and astronaut John Glenn -- the first American man to orbit Earth -- died in Ohio Thursday ... surrounded by his family. He was 95.

Glenn was at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center when he passed away. His wife of 73 years, Annie, was reportedly by his side. 

Glenn was part of NASA Mercury program and in 1962 he became our first astronaut to orbit the planet aboard the Friendship 7 ... and was hailed as a true American hero for the feat.

He also served in the military during World War II and the Korean War.

He was elected Senator in Ohio in 1974 ... and served until 1999.

Kellyanne Conway The Donald Loves His Tunes, Even If The Artists Don't Love Him

12/8/2016 8:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump cranked tons of music on the campaign trail, and didn't let a little thing like an artist's public disapproval stop him from enjoying any of it.

We got Trump's campaign manager Thursday morning in D.C., where she told us who the Prez-elect listened to most leading up to the election ... we gotta say, he's got good taste.

As for all the musicians who've come out against Trump ... well, Kellyanne says the Prez-elect has a way to reconcile that too. She even drops a hint on who might perform at his inauguration.

Rick Caruso Trump Ban Over at the Grove ... Let's Give Him a Shot!

12/8/2016 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump is free to do his Christmas shopping at L.A. hot spot, The Grove ... because its owner, Rick Caruso, believes in second chances.

We got billionaire developer as he was leaving The Grove, and even though he was totally down on Trump a couple months ago ... he explained why he's giving him a chance.

Remember, Caruso referred to Trump as a "pretty angry human being" when he put the then-candidate on the same banned list as Manny Pacquiao. So, someone's definitely in the holiday spirit. 

#ComeOneComeAll

John Leguizamo I've Got One Word for Trump's Ex-WWE Cabinet Pick

12/8/2016 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John Leguizamo had one word locked and loaded to describe Prez-elect Trump's choice of Linda McMahon for a Cabinet position, and no ... it was NOT positive.

Leguizamo's never been confused for a Donald Trump fan, so his reaction to the ex-WWE exec being named head of the Small Business Administration might not be all that shocking.

The actor's strong insinuation/allegation on his way into Madison Square Garden Wednesday night ... was that America's non-politician President is quickly learning the ropes on being political.

It might be an oversimplified view -- proponents would point out McMahon's business world qualifications -- but it's John's and he's standing by it. 

Brandon Jennings LeBron Wants To Punish Knicks ... But We Ain't Scared

12/7/2016 3:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Knicks guard Brandon Jennings says the team is fully aware LeBron James will try to punish the team for Phil Jackson's "posse" comment in Wednesday night's game -- but he has a message for the King to hear ...

WE AIN'T NEVA SCUURRRED!!!!

TMZ Sports spoke to Brandon ... whose Knicks are playing pretty well ... and asked him if the team is ready for a potentially angry LeBron to show up at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Why would Bron be mad? This is the first meeting of the teams since Knicks Prez Phil Jackson referred to Bron's business team as a "posse" ... offending Bron in the process.

Jennings -- who's getting the start tonight with Derrick Rose out -- says the squad knows LeBron is motivated ... but they're ready for it all.

This one is gonna be fun.

Trevor Noah Calm Down, People Tomi's Cupcakes Were From My Team ... Not Me!

12/7/2016 11:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207_trevor_noah_Tomi-Lahren_tmzTrevor Noah wants to make it clear -- he did not personally send Tomi Lahren cupcakes ... and certainly not as any form of apology.

Many 'Daily Show' fans got pissed when Tomi posted a photo of herself holding a cupcake, claiming Trevor sent it to her. They took it as a sign he was going soft and saying sorry for grilling her on his show.

But sources close to the situation tell us ... Lahren's peeps got an email from Noah's peeps asking for her studio's address because they simply wanted to send her a thank you gift. We're told she got the cupcakes and a card ... which was signed by "The Daily Show" -- not Trevor Noah.

So, they might still be friends ... but probably not besties.

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Dave Chappelle Here's My $60 Mil Trump Impression

12/7/2016 6:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How does Dave Chappelle feel about his huge Netflix deal? Let's let Donald Trump answer that.

Dave was cruising into The Nice Guy early Wednesday morning -- after he did another stand-up set in L.A. -- so we asked him about the $60 million deal for 3 comedy specials.

As we reported, he's been working on new material for those specials, and apparently it might include a new impression. Watch Dave workshop the Prez-elect.

It's no Rick James, bitch! But we'll take it.

Donald Trump Spread 'Em! To Eat with the First Family

12/6/2016 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's backing up traffic -- not on the streets of NY -- but outside one of his favorite NYC restaurants.

The President-elect -- along with Melania, Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr., and son-in-law, Jared -- paid 21 Club a visit Monday night, but now when he goes it requires an intense security search ... of every other patron.

We got video as a bunch of hungry customers waiting in line to get wanded and patted down by Secret Service. Last month Trump slipped away from the press pool and hit up the fancy midtown Manhattan spot ... pissing off reporters.

Customers could've been the ticked ones this time -- although everyone seemed cool.

Angelina Jolie Angling for London with Kids and U.N.'s Top Job ... Sources Say

12/6/2016 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1205-angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-fun-art-03Angelina Jolie has an endgame in her claims Brad Pitt abused one or more of their children -- she wants to move to London with the kids and score a top position in the United Nations ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Several well-placed sources say Brad and Angelina have not gotten along for more than a year, and she's been looking for an opportunity to end the marriage and bolt for her dream job ... with all 6 children in tow. We're told she knew that would be nearly impossible unless Brad's right to joint custody was in jeopardy.

As we reported ... Angelina told L.A. County Dept of Child and Family Services officials Brad brutalized Maddox on a private jet and engaged in other conduct that endangered the children. We know Brad strongly denied intentionally striking Maddox or engaging in any abuse, and DCFS clearly saw it his way ... closing out the investigation without taking any action.

Our sources say Angelina's move to involve DCFS was orchestrated by 2 women she's been relying on for advice for more than a year. One is a member of England's House of Lords, and the other also holds a U.K. government position. We're told they've been in Angelina's ear, convincing her she could become Secretary General of the U.N. if she plays her cards right.

Angelina, who has been paying both women handsomely for their consulting services, is all in and taking their cue that a move to London would help get her closer to the U.N. gig.

0923-launch-angelina-jolie-un-getty-02The rub, of course, is in order to take her kids out of the country ... she'd have to prove some sort of parental unfitness on Brad's part. So far she's struck out.

Jolie's rep denies there's a move planned and says Angelina is focused on the health and well being of her children. The rep adds, Angelina wants to continue therapy with the kids and Brad.

Our sources are clear and insist Europe and the U.N. post is the ultimate goal. 

The custody war is now in family court -- she wants sole physical custody and he wants joint. We're told Angelina has a slim to none chance of taking the kids 6,000 miles away from Brad.

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