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'Big Bang' Star Johnny Galecki Home Burns Down in Massive Fire

6/27/2017 4:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki's ranch burned to the ground Monday night in a huge fire in San Luis Obispo ... TMZ has learned.

It's Johnny's getaway place ... 190 miles from L.A. The ranch was torched along with other property in the 1,200 acre fire, that's now 40% contained. We're told the area is secure and no one can enter for now ... the road is closed.

Our sources say Johnny hasn't seen the property since it burned down, and plans to show up when he gets the all clear ... so he can salvage anything that was spared.

Johnny tells TMZ, "My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile."

Johnny goes on ... "It's never the structures that create a community -- it's the people. And if the people of Santa Margarita have taught me anything it's that, once the smoke has cleared, literally and figuratively, it's a time to reach out and rebuild."

And he says, "We've done it before, and will need to do it together again, and it will make our community even closer and stronger. Endless thanks to CalFire and the Sheriff's Office. I know you guys are fighting the good fight to keep us safe. So very relieved no one has been hurt."

Piers Morgan CNN Cut Corners to Bash Trump ... It Came Back to Bite Them

6/27/2017 11:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Piers Morgan's not bashing CNN for going after huge ratings with stories about President Trump and Russia, but thinks their Prez-bashing is dangerous journalism ... and led to embarrassment.

Piers, Editor-at-Large of Dailymail.com, tells TMZ he's not surprised CNN is now in trouble over an undercover vid coming out suggesting its Trump/Russia coverage is BS ... because they've been pushing the narrative too hard for too long.

The TV personality says CNN's obsessed with the story because it's been their moneymaker -- and they want it to be true -- but now they're paying the price for recklessness.

CNN Producer Calls its Trump/Russia Coverage 'Mostly Bulls***'

6/27/2017 7:52 AM PDT

This video clip is swirling around ... showing a CNN supervising producer saying the network's coverage of the Russia/Trump investigation is "mostly bulls***" but it's being covered to death for ratings.

John Bonifield, CNN's supervising producer of the network's health unit, is caught on undercover video saying the network is getting great ratings from trying to tie the Trump Administration to the Russian interference in the election.

Bonifield says CNN doesn't have the goods, but it's nonstop coverage is all about attracting viewers.

The video was produced by James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, a super conservative blog.

Trump has jumped on Monday's story about 3 CNN employees resigning after an unsubstantiated story connecting Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund was retracted. Trump tweeted, "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories."

LaVar Ball The Shirt Comes Way Off At WWE Raw!!!

6/26/2017 6:55 PM PDT

LaVar Ball got really into his appearance at WWE Raw ... seeing how he took off his shirt and flexed for all of America Monday night.

LaVar was facing off against The Miz in the ring, and as soon as the wrestler mentioned he was the Michael Jordan of WWE ... LaVar was up and shouting. Nothing like a little MJ talk to get the Mr. Ball rolling.

At first, he tries to get his son, LaMelo, to handle the situation -- but Miz gets right in his face for some classic trash talk. Then Miz loses his shirt ... and LaVar does the same. 

It's sure to go down in WWE history ... just check out those pecs. 

'Power Rangers' Star They Made My Power Axe Real ... Lemme Get One!

6/27/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The original Black Ranger from "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" can't believe someone made his TV weapon into a real-life killing instrument ... and now he wants his own.

We got Walter Jones Monday at LAX, where our photog asked what he thought about the show "Man at Arms" ... recreating his character's Power Axe (which doubled for a gun on TV). 

Walter's all about it, but not completely surprised it got done. It is 2017, after all -- the tech these days is pretty wild. As he puts it ... making an axe-blaster is high on the doable list.

We also ask what his weapon of choice would be in a real battle ... let's just say Walt's old school. 

Bill Cosby Prison or Not ... I've Got Fat Albert Money to Make!!!

6/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Cosby could still find himself locked up for the rest of his life ... but that's not going to stop him from making bank on the show that helped his rise to fame.

The comedian and creator of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" filed paperwork in May -- about a month before his sexual assault trial began -- to renew the rights to the title of his animated series ... and the terms "Fat Albert" and "Hey hey hey" specifically.

Cosby wants to churn out t-shirts and DVDs featuring the cartoon ... whether he's a free man or not. Prosecutors vowed to retry him.

This also might explain why Cosby -- to the dismay of many -- shouted Fat Albert's catchphrase as he was leaving the courthouse during his trial. It was just marketing.

Lionel Richie Secret 'American Idol' Meeting It IS Me You're Looking For

6/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lionel Richie secretly met with "American Idol" producers this week and the subject was joining the show ... production sources tell TMZ.

We're told 'A.I.' execs had a sit-down with the legendary singer/producer for 2 hours, and they loved him. Our sources say 'A.I.' honchos now think he'd be a great fit for the show ... they like his "vibe."

It's interesting. We're told execs view him as a "nice judge." That seems to be Katy Perry's M.O. as well. So the third judge -- whom producers have not identified -- will be critical. It's unclear if they want another Simon, or if they're going for warm and fuzzy all 'round.

We're told producers will not negotiate with Richie until Ryan Seacrest's hosting deal is done. We broke the story, Seacrest has agreed to the money -- somewhere between $10M and $15M -- but he wants an executive producer title and 'A.I.' honchos are resisting.

Lamar Odom Blasts Stephen A. How Dare You Mock Crack Addiction?!

6/23/2017 4:24 PM PDT
Breaking News

Lamar Odom is FURIOUS at Stephen A. Smith -- and unleashed his lawyer to tear the ESPN star a new one for mocking his crack addiction on the air.

Odom's pissed at a segment from Wednesday's "First Take" -- when Smith was ripping NY Knicks president Phil Jackson for running the team into the ground and brought up the time he signed Odom. 

"His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom ... WHO WAS ON CRACK," Smith said on air. The clip went viral. 

Now, Odom's attorney, Saam Zangeneh, has fired off a letter to ESPN saying, "Mr. Smith chose to jokingly disparage Lamar for a having a disease."

"Mr. Smith chose to shout out the fact that Lamar was sick, and to use his disease as the butt of a joke."

"To say that his conduct was outrageous and unacceptable does not scratch the surface."

"Imagine the effect this grotesque statement would have on any young athlete who is privately fighting this disease. To become the punch line of a vulgar joke."

Zangeneh continued, "We hope those at ESPN will actively voice their disdain for Mr. Smith's inappropriate statement and take the proper action to support those that are fighting this disease."

"We should hope that your network would use this situation as an opportunity to become more actively involved in this cause."

Stephen A. Smith released the following statement through ESPN:

"Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom -- and only for that reason -- I want to return to my comments about something I've repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by New York Knick's President Phil Jackson. 

My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom's much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.
   
The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he's arrived in New York. In my opinion, he simply couldn't leave soon enough.

Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles -- including me -- which is something I've repeated throughout the years. 

That's why it's worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who've witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to.

And Why!"

Drew Barrymore My Fam's Down with the Zombie Life

6/22/2017 10:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore looked very much the opposite of undead in L.A. with her estranged hubby, Will Kopelman, and one of their daughters -- but they'd still have her back if she opted for the zombie lifestyle.

Drew's got a new show on Netflix called "Santa Clarita Diet" about a mother who turns into a zombie and is forced to eat people. We're guessing Will digs the show based on his response to our zombie hypothetical.

The bigger point here ... this looks like another case of Hollywood exes getting along. Nice trend.

Drew also talked to us about her perfect cameo in the SZA video for the song, "Drew Barrymore." Great casting on someone's part.

John Oliver Sued Coal Mogul Keeps Promise I Warned You Not to Call Me 'Dr. Evil!'

6/22/2017 9:37 AM PDT

11:37 AM -- HBO tells TMZ, "We have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray's or Murray Energy's rights."

John Oliver knew what was coming, and now he's got it -- a big fat lawsuit from the head of Murray Energy who apparently doesn't enjoy being called a "geriatric Dr. Evil" ... at least based on the docs.

For nearly a half hour on his show, "Last Week Tonight," Oliver went HAM on Robert E. Murray and his coal mining corporation, which is the nation's largest. The comedian tore into the coal industry in general, and mocked Murray specifically.

In the suit, Murray says the show was a "meticulously planned attempt to assassinate" Murray's character. He also says Oliver deliberately left out facts about an accident that killed 9 miners. Murray's insisted an earthquake caused it, not mining ... and claims Oliver ignored reports that backed his quake theory.

One part of the show focused on minuscule bonus checks some miners sent back to Murray, including one with the words "Eat s**t, Bob" written on it. According to the suit, the company's website was hacked, after Oliver's show aired, and flooded with "Eat s**t, Bob" messages.

Oliver acknowledged Murray's company warned it might sue. Oliver defiantly said, "I know you're probably going to sue me over this. But you know what? I stand by everything I said."

HBO and Time Warner are also named as defendants.

Mary-Louise Parker Nanny Busted Allegedly Jacked More than $30k

6/21/2017 6:59 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

12:01 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us the nanny made off with $36,820 from Parker ... with around $15,000 of that coming just from withdraws at a local CVS. Parker caught on to her nanny after her bank alerted her to "possible fraudulent transactions."Mary-Louise Parker's nanny may have taken some serious liberties with the "Weeds" star's debit card ... allegedly stealing more than $30k when she was supposed to be shopping for the kids.

The nanny, Amanda Hoston-St. Louis, was arrested Monday after cops say she illegally withdrew more than $3k from Parker's account twice in April. The nanny allegedly had access to the star's debit card and PIN number.

Parker's bank notified her about the transactions ... prompting cops to investigate.

Cops say it wasn't the first time the nanny dipped into Parker's account -- she's allegedly been making withdrawals since 2016 ... totaling more than $30k ... as first reported by the NY Daily News.

Hoston-St. Louis was charged with several counts of identity theft, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

'Dance Moms' Teen Sued We Had a Deal, You Broke It ... Now It's Gonna Cost Ya!

6/19/2017 5:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mackenzie's legal team says, "This is a frivolous lawsuit, which we intend to prove in a court of law. This is yet another example of a production company taking advantage of a young rising star.”Former "Dance Moms" star Mackenzie Ziegler is two-timing a music producer by bailing on performances and record sessions, and working with another producer on the side ... according to a lawsuit.

Kismet Music is going after 13-year-old Mackenzie and her mom, Melissa Gisoni ... saying they breached their 2014 deal.

In the docs, Kismet says when it signed Mackenzie -- who has more than a million YouTube followers -- she agreed to "deliver technically and commercially satisfactory records." In exchange, Kismet would try to secure a recording contract and distribution deal for her.

The producers say Mackenzie and her mom didn't seem to have any issues with the contract when they were cashing checks associated with music released under the deal -- but in 2016 something changed. According to the suit, Mackenzie started skipping recording sessions and meetings -- and when Kismet tried to contact her, at least 14 times ... radio silence.

Maddie Ziegler's kid sister is also working with another producer, a clear violation of her exclusivity deal with Kismet ... according to the suit.

Kismet is suing for 15% of Mackenzie's net profits under the deal.

William Shatner From Captain Kirk to ... Bunny Handler!!!

6/17/2017 11:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

William Shatner may have explored new worlds where no man has gone before, but now he's in Sweden ... running around with rabbits.

The legendary "Star Trek" actor is in Stockholm shooting for his new comedy/reality show "Better Late Than Never" ... and showed off his skills as a bunny handler. Spoiler alert -- he wasn't great at it.

Rabbit show jumping is big in Sweden -- kind of like the Westminster Dog Show in the U.S.

Shatner and his fellow cultural icons on the show -- Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman -- all took part in the rabbit racing and looked like they had a blast. As usual, host Jeff Dye was their guide.

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