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Ben Stiller's Mom Dies

Anne Meara

Dead at 85

5/24/2015 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-ben-stiller-anne-meara-GETTY-01Actress and comedian Anne Meara -- who famously co stared with her husband Jerry Stiller for more than 60 years -- has died at the age of 85.

Anne's family, including her son Ben Stiller released a statement on Sunday regarding her passing. They did not mention a cause of death. 

Meara was famous for performing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1960s with her husband Jerry Stiller, and also had recurring roles on "All My Children" and "The King of Queens." She co stared with Ben in the 2006 film 'Night at the Museum."

Anne's death was first reported by the AP.

'Bachelorette' Contestant

Warns 'Rape Joke' Guy ...

Mess with Kaitlyn, Mess with Canada!

5/24/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Freshly booted 'Bachelorette’ contestant Shawn Evans wants Ryan McDill to man up and apologize for his drunken banter -- including the "rape" comment -- or he’s taking matters into his own hands.

Evans – who pulled up to the bachelor mansion in a hot tub car  -- says he’s “disgusted” with McDill’s unapologetic remarks and sexually aggressive behavior with "our Canuck Bachelorette.”

He has given McDill a deadline for a public apology – the end of Monday’s episode. If McDill does not comply, Evans says he will “MAKE him apologize for his actions.” Exactly how, we're not sure.

Evans says he feels a responsibility to stand up for bachelorette Kaitlyn and all his offended fellow Canadians … even though they didn’t spend a ton of time together because he was nixed on one of the first episodes.

Evans says McDill needs to man up and apologize or he will call him out. 

Josh Duggar

I'm Backin' Out of Sandusky

5/23/2015 8:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-josh-duggar-TLC-01Josh Duggar has pulled the plug on a conference he was scheduled to attend in the most ironic of places ... Sandusky, Ohio.

Josh was supposed to speak at a home schooling convention next week, but in the wake of his public sexual molestation admission, we've learned he's cancelled the appearance.

We're told Josh told the organizers he would be too much of a distraction and didn't want the focus of the conference blurred.

We're also told convention organizers are commending Josh and his parents, saying they've handled the matter well and it all reflects back on Christ.

Mike Tyson Reporting:

Cops Nailed Flavor Flav ...

They Found Some Other S**t Too

5/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Trapped deep inside of Mike Tyson is an evening news anchor ... who came busting out right after Flavor Flav's latest arrest -- and the video of his "audition" is just awesome.

Tyson was on "The Damon Elliott Show" in Las Vegas -- a new talk show set to air on the CW this summer -- and while waiting for Flav, who was also a guest, they got word he'd been busted.

Sources on set Thursday ... tell us Iron Mike suddenly went all Edward R. Murrow, and decided he needed to report the news to the studio audience.

Watch, it's hardly "Nightline" -- but then again ... it's way more entertaining.

'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Yanks Show From TV Schedule

5/22/2015 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-duggar-family-twitterTLC has just pulled all airings of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup ... TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.

We're told they absolutely have not made a long-term decision, but it's clearly a bad sign for the show.

And there's this ... a rep for General Mills tells TMZ, they have already blacklisted the show and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule. 

As we reported, TLC ran a Duggar marathon Thursday, prominently featuring Josh. There was big backlash, not the least of which came from Mama June, who felt TLC was giving the Duggars a pass for far worse conduct than hers, which caused TLC to pull the plug on 'Honey Boo Boo.'

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Al Sharpton

Lose Weight Tubby!

Fat Shames Kenan Thompson

5/22/2015 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If Kenan Thompson ever wants to host a late night show, Reverend Al Sharpton says he better drop some major poundage because nobody wants to fall asleep to a puffy porker.

Our photog asked Sharpton which black comedian he'd like to see snag a hosting gig, when out of nowhere he begins blasting Thompson's weight.

It's a strange response from Al -- who was once 305 lbs. himself, but now thinks Kenan is so big ... just seeing him gives people the munchies.

Ooooh-weeee ... what up with that, Al? Check it out.

David Letterman

Drops Thousands

On Staff's Parting Gifts

5/22/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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David Letterman's former employees didn't walk away empty-handed this week -- he dropped thousands of dollars hooking them up with ... wait for it ... custom-made letterman's jackets. 

Letterman's final gift to his staff  have the words, "Thank you and good night" scrawled across the front. Dave scooped up more than 200 of them ... according to the owner of Golden Bear Sportswear.

Dave's been buying staff swag from GBS for 15 years, and the owner tells us they were contacted last winter, after Letterman announced his retirement plan. She says Dave designed the jacket as a final gift. 

GBS wouldn't divulge exactly how much Letterman spent, but the jackets run AT LEAST $300 each ... so you do the math.

Safe to say, Dave can afford it.

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Mike Huckabee

I'm Standing by Josh Duggar

5/22/2015 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-huckabee-duggar-facebookPresidential candidate Mike Huckabee is coming out swinging for Josh Duggar ... saying he should be forgiven for his sins, because the alleged molestation happened when he was a minor with poor judgment.

The former Arkansas Governor is famously tight with the whole Duggar family, and made it clear ... he's standing by them now that the molestation investigation has come to light. Huckabee says, "Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities."

Huckabee also believes the 2006 investigation should never have become public. He says the law protects disclosure of many actions by minors because "being a minor means that one's judgment is not mature." 

He adds ... Josh has gone on to live a very responsible and Christian life as an adult, and says, "Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends." 

Huckabee just posted his staunch defense on Facebook -- an incredibly bold move considering he's in the middle of seeking the Republican nomination for president.

The Duggars frequently campaign for Huckabee. 

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Mama June

Threatens TLC with Lawsuit ...

We Weren't as Bad as the Duggar Family

5/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mama June is so angry TLC has not cancelled "19 Kids and Counting" she's prepared to sue TLC, claiming the Duggar family is way worse than hers, yet they still have a show.

June tells TMZ there is no way TLC can justify keeping the Duggar family on the air yet yanking 'Honey Boo Boo.' June notes within hours of TMZ posting the pic of her cavorting with convicted child molester Mark McDaniel, TLC pulled the plug on her show.

June says she never molested anyone and McDaniel wasn't ever on her show, yet Josh Duggar is a central figure on the TLC show and admitted to molesting some of his sisters, who are also on the show. What's more, she believes Jim Bob and Michelle covered up their son's misdeeds. 

With that backdrop, June says she's out hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the abrupt cancellation of her show, and if the Duggar family stays on the air, she wants to sue the network for what she believes is blatantly unfair and inconsistent treatment. 

And June adds, "I read that the Duggar family said, this happening with their son brought them closer to God and each other. So they're saying it's ok to have family touch time? Hell no."

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Oprah

Sent Duggar Family Packing

After Molestation Tip

5/22/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oprah Winfrey took swift action when her production company got a tip that Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including some of his sisters, refusing to go through with a scheduled appearance on her talk show.

As we reported, the first tip about Josh Duggar was sent to a staffer at Harpo. The email was received on December 7, 2006 at 6:30 AM. The email not only refers to the molestation, the author also claims Jim Bob and Michelle covered it up.

Oprah's people sent the email to a child abuse hotline.

 The Duggars were already in Chicago for the taping, which was scheduled within a day of the email. Oprah's staff jumped so quickly, we've learned at 1:17 PM the same day, an Arkansas State Police officer contacted Michelle, telling her she needed to bring Josh back home immediately for an interview. 

Turns out there was no conflict, because Oprah's people immediately cancelled the taping and sent the family home. 

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‘Love & Hip Hop' Star

Serves Up Her Cake

... For Everyone

5/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_Karlie-Redd_underwear_WM-Alcole-Photography2Karlie Redd proves there are enough slices of her cake to go around on the June 2015 cover of J’Adore Magazine.

TMZ has obtained the exclusive photos ... and the "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta rum slinger practically goes full frontal for the racy spread. We're told Karlie was “very turned on” by the photo shoot.

Gotta keep that oven hot when baking the perfect cake. 

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'19 Kids and Counting'

TLC Airs Josh-Centric Marathon

In Wake of Molestation Admission

5/22/2015 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TLC seems undaunted by Josh Duggar's admission he molested young girls -- including some of his sisters -- when he was a teenager, because the network ran a Josh-centric marathon last night.

TLC's been radio silent about the revelations, but it seems all systems are still go, because Josh was right there, front and center, with one of the episodes focusing on the gender of their unborn child, and another featuring Josh playing with his kids.

TLC has said nothing about the show's future  ... which has angered former TLC star Mama June, who feels her show got axed for a lot less.

Josh Duggar

Admits Molestation

Resigns from Family Research Council

5/21/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-josh-duggar-getty-01Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh says, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."  He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."

The molestations occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14. He fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping.

Josh's wife Anna says he confessed his "past teenage mistakes" to her 2 years before he asked her to marry him.

The incidents were not reported to police until 2006, and the statute of limitations has now long since passed. But Josh says he believes God has shown him mercy and given him redemption.

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