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Bill O'Reilly Let's Make a Deal ... On Shoes!

4/21/2017 3:32 PM PDT

Bill O'Reilly's second day of unemployment, and he's already bargain hunting ... with $25 mil falling out of his wallet.

The ousted FOX News anchor hit up Eric Comfort Shoes on Long Island, where he was lucky enough to come across a big sale. Of course, Bill could really be looking to buy the whole damn store.

He's leaving his longtime gig with a reported $25 million payout -- the equivalent of about a year's salary for O'Reilly.

No spin? He won't be hurting for money.

'Hell's Kitchen' Star Died from Accidental Drug Overdose

4/21/2017 10:42 AM PDT
Breaking News

Paulie Giganti -- a star on "Hell's Kitchen" who was found dead in his home Thursday -- accidentally OD'd ... TMZ has confirmed.

The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office tells us Giganti's body tested positive for drugs from a standard urine drug screen. The office wouldn't say which drug or drugs were found in the chef's body.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a call Thursday from a neighbor for a foul odor. When cops showed up, they found the door wide open and his body sprawled on the floor of his bedroom.

Giganti -- who famously feuded with Gordon Ramsay in season 16 -- was 36.

Kristen Wiig Crashes Dodgeball Game Pumps Up Team Wiigs!!

4/20/2017 1:46 PM PDT
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Kristen Wiig's a real team player ... especially when the team is named after her.

The hilarious actress surprised a West Hollywood dodgeball team Wednesday called Team Wiigs -- they dress up as famous Kristen characters for games -- by stopping by to pump 'em up.

We're told Wiig's friend on the opposing team told her about the theme, and they all set up a fun surprise. When the rest of the Wiigs showed up for their match ... BOOM! Real Wiig in the house!!

Kristen brought champagne for a pep talk/toast and huddled with the team for a "Sorry!" chant ... in Gilly voice, of course. Great strategy ... Team Wiigs won its match to end the regular season undefeated.

Seinfeld NYC Architect Nabbed in 'Operation Vandelay Industries'

4/20/2017 9:07 AM PDT

"Seinfeld" is back ... linked to a guy who's been indicted for passing himself off as an architect, and the investigation is called "Operation Vandelay Industries." Seriously.

New York's Attorney General announced a 3-charge indictment Thursday against a guy auspiciously named Paul Newman -- yes, Newman -- for allegedly defrauding construction companies, business owners and others by pretending to be a licensed and registered architect.

The AG says Newman drafted bogus designs for over 100 properties in 3 NY counties since 2010, making tens of thousands in the process. He was also the only employee at his company.

George Costanza would be proud.

Oprah IF Facebook Live Was Around For My Show ... I Tell Ya

4/20/2017 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah LOVES Facebook Live -- despite some very troubling events this week -- and even bemoans that it wasn't around in the 25 years O talked for a living.

We got the queen Wednesday in D.C., where she sang the praises of the social media platform and her new movie, of course.

Oprah never mentioned the Facebook killer, but did say Facebook needed to be properly managed. That said, she clearly views it as a game changer.

Now ... when is her HBO movie on again? Right, Saturday, 8 PM.

Bill O'Reilly Pope Meeting Not Enough to Save Job

4/19/2017 3:13 PM PDT

Bill O'Reilly had what turned out to be an 11th hour meeting with Pope Francis -- but even shaking hands with His Holiness wasn't enough to spare his gig at FOX News. 

Bill was in St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning -- he'd been on vacation -- when he got an audience with the Pontiff. Just a quick meet and greet really ... handshake, exchange of salutations.

But put yourself in Bill's shoes at the time -- wouldn't ya have to ask for a prayer or two?

As we reported ... FOX News announced O'Reilly would not return to the network after about 70 advertisers pulled out amid allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Only so much a Pope can do.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Rashad Jennings Got Private Jet For 'DWTS' as Thank You Gift

4/19/2017 12:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rashad Jennings was overdue for a favor from Liberty University, which is why Jerry Falwell Jr. flew his folks out to see him perform on "Dancing with the Stars."

We spoke to the Liberty U Prez and his wife, Becki, who gave us the play-by-play on how Rashad's family was able to get out to L.A. to see their son perform last week.

Sounds like Rashad wasn't asking them for the plane, but lucked out when the Falwells decided to hook him up as a show of gratitude. He spoke at Liberty's commencement last year pro bono.

The move led to one of the most emotional 'DWTS' moments ... without a doubt.

Bill O'Reilly Officially Out at Fox News Channel

4/19/2017 11:41 AM PDT
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2:15 PM PT -- O'Reilly released a statement thanking his fans, but added, "It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today."Bill O'Reilly is officially out at Fox News Channel.

FNC's parent company -- 21st Century FOX -- released a statement saying, "After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel."

O'Reilly departs in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations by female co-workers ... the latest of which is a woman who anonymously said through her lawyer, Lisa Bloom, that O'Reilly would leer at her and call her "hot chocolate."

FOX News and O'Reilly already paid upwards of $13 mil in settlements involving sexual harassment claims against the talk show host.

Despite a mass exodus from at least 70 advertisers, O'Reilly's show remained the undisputed top cable news program. O'Reilly announced his current vacation on air and said he'd return April 24.

O'Reilly had been at the network since its start-up days ... creating what was then called "The O'Reilly Report" in 1996.

Barb from 'Stranger Things' Comes Out as Bi Apologizes to LGBT Fans

4/19/2017 10:05 AM PDT

Shannon Purser -- who plays Barb on "Stranger Things" -- came out as bi this week, and apologized to fans who thought her show was misleading the LGBT community.

Shannon posted the news Tuesday night in response to online backlash over her show, "Riverdale" ... which fans accused of queerbaiting. If you're unfamiliar, that's when a show teases fans into thinking characters are gay to build an audience, but ultimately they turn out to be straight.

"Riverdale" was accused of doing that with it's characters Betty and Veronica ... pissing off a lot of Beronica worshipers. That's when Shannon got involved.

She posted an offensive tweet a fan sent her -- which Shannon felt harassed by -- and then announced ... she's bi.

Glenn Beck to Tomi Lahren You Weren't Fired ... You Were Just Bad at Your Job

4/17/2017 1:47 PM PDT
Breaking News

As far as Glenn Beck is concerned, Tomi Lahren is still an employee at his network, TheBlaze, and she's the one who breached her contract.

Beck and TheBlaze filed a countersuit against its former personality, Lahren. She had sued them claiming she was canned simply because she said she was pro-choice. In the new docs, Beck says Tomi was never fired or suspended, but they did bench her show for one week. He says they continued to pay her salary during that time.

They admit the show was temporarily taken off the air because her pro-choice comments were "offensive to many of the TheBlaze's supporters and followers." According to the docs, the real problem was, "Her comments were shocking and disappointing because they demonstrated Lahren was uninformed and unprepared to speak."

Translation: She's an idiot ... as far as Beck and TheBlaze are concerned.

Tomi's former employers think she was an awful mouthpiece whose "word choices on air had to be addressed repeatedly for bordering on the profane."

Beck insists Tomi's still under contract, and wants a judge to block her from trashing TheBlaze and from making public appearances without their approval.

'Baywatch' Star Jeremy Jackson Cuts Deal in Stabbing Case ... But Will Still Do Time

4/17/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jeremy Jackson copped a pretty sweet plea deal for stabbing a woman, but he's still going to jail.

The former "Baywatch" star was sentenced to 270 days in L.A. County Jail and 5 years probation for the 2015 incident -- a woman said he stabbed her with a knife during an argument in the street.

The judge gave Jeremy 109 days credit, so he'll have 161 behind bars. Sounds rough, but he could have done up to 7 years without the plea deal. Plus, he'll most likely get out in May if he's a good boy in lockup.

Hobie will also have to complete 52 anger management and 52 AA meetings, and stay off drugs.

If he completes all of the above, his felony charge could be dropped to a misdemeanor. 

Sean Taylor Redskins LB Cast to Play NFL Legend ... On Murder Investigation Show

4/15/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A Washington Redskins linebacker has been cast to portray slain Redskins legend Sean Taylor in a new TV show about his murder ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We've learned 25-year-old Khairi Fortt will star as Taylor on a June episode of "The Perfect Murder" on Investigation Discovery ... which will explore how cops helped solve Sean's tragic 2007 home invasion murder.

The show is a combination of real-life interviews with investigators and family members, and scenes dramatizing the actual events.

But get this ... the role of Taylor's father will be played by Fortt's father, Guy Fortt -- who was an actor working with producers on the show last year when he suggested they consider Khairi to play Sean.

Khairi got the audition and executive producers Kevin Kaufman and Rick Tirelli tell us it was an obvious fit.

Break a leg (or don't, the Redskins wouldn't like that).

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'Survivor' Outing 'ANTM' Alum Backs Zeke Trans Has Nothing to Do with His Game

4/15/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Transgender model Isis King is taking a strong stance in support of 'Survivor' contestant Zeke Smith after his televised outing, because she went through the same thing on "America's Next Top Model."

Isis was the first transgender contestant on 'ANTM' in 2008. She was outed on TV, and some rival models refused to acknowledge her transition. Tyra later funded her reassignment surgery.

Isis says Jeff Varner put unfair pressure on Zeke, especially because his being trans had NOTHING to do with winning or losing 'Survivor.'

She did say there's ONE situation where it's relevant, and we highly doubt it applies to tribal council.