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Chris Paul Busts Sweet Ass Running Man ... In Lip Sync Performance

5/2/2016 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Paul is still trying to be the best in the world ... not at NBA basketball (Clippers are DONE) ... but at the running man.

CP3 is a contestant on Thursday's "Lip Sync Battle" and broke out the dance social media is obsessed with during a performance of New Edition's "Candy Girl."

It's definitely a more classic take on the move ... but if you watch closely at 17 seconds there is running ... and there is man.

Take that, Kyrie Irving.

'Trailer Park Boys' Star Battery Case Dropped

4/29/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0429_Bubbles-from-Trailer-Park-Boys_gettyMichael Smith -- aka Bubbles from "Trailer Park Boys" -- just got a huge break from the L.A. City Attorney ... who rejected his domestic battery case due to insufficient evidence. 

We broke the story ... Bubbles was booked for misdemeanor domestic battery after witnesses told cops he choked a woman near the pool at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. 

Sources close to Michael and the woman tell us they're baffled the case was dropped since cops took photos of the alleged victim's bruises and torn clothing.

We're told the woman referred to Smith as her boyfriend, and our sources say they're worried Smith pressured her into not cooperating with cops.

Michael Strahan Blindsided by Ripa Taking Divorce Cheap Shot

4/29/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The gloves are off ... and Michael Strahan got that message loud and clear when Kelly Ripa dropped an unscripted jab at him over divorce, TMZ has learned. 

Sources connected to production tell us Ripa's intro to a segment about divorced couples was a total shock to Strahan. If you missed it -- Kelly innocently turned to her co-host and said, "So, you've gotten divorced ..."

We're told the look of shock on his face was 100% authentic.

Of course, both Kelly and Michael knew they were doing the segment, but we're told he had NO IDEA she was going to raise his divorce as part of it. If it looks like a cheap shot, that's exactly how Michael and others on set took it ... according to our sources.

Strahan played it off on the air this time, but these last 2 weeks -- before he jumps to 'GMA' full-time -- are gonna get interesting. 


'American Idol' Parent Company Goes Bankrupt Show Became a Money Pit

4/28/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428_american_idol_so_you_think_you_can_dance_gettyThe media giant behind "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" has filed for bankruptcy, and part of the problem is ... 'Idol' was hemorrhaging money in its final seasons. 

Core Media Group filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday morning saying it's several hundred million dollars in the hole, and needs to reorganize its debts. Core and all its subsidiaries say they have $73 million in assets, but more than $512 million in debt. 

One of its biggest creditors is 'Idol' creator Simon Fuller, who is owed more than $3.3 million. Several law firms and music labels, as well as the FOX Network are also owed dough.

Core Media's filing includes many of its holdings, including 19 Entertainment which owns the recording rights of 'Idol' superstars like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

In the bankruptcy docs, Core says revenue started sliding after 2012 when 'Idol' ratings started declining. For instance in 2014, earnings dropped $15 million from the previous year.

Michael C. Hall Shoots Down 'Dexter' Rumors

4/28/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael C. Hall is done with "Dexter," despite a buzz it might come back for season 9.

Our photog spotted Michael leaving Fred Segal in WeHo when he asked about the rumor. Michael was not 100%, but close enough to dash our hopes.

Tom Arnold Real Intervention Could've Saved Chyna ... Why Wait For TV Show?

4/27/2016 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tom Arnold has a good question ... why didn't Chyna's friends stage an intervention for her BEFORE her agent struck a deal with the TV show???

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Chyna's manager says in the weeks before her death, he was in talks to have the WWE legend appear on "Intervention" -- but she died before production began

Arnold -- a recovering addict himself -- says waiting to take action when it comes to substance abuse is a terrible idea ... because time is of the essence. 


Donald Trump Which House He Likes More His, Or the White One

4/27/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump has some awesome houses, including Mar-a-Lago, which is pretty spectacular. Trump told our photog Tuesday night at the TIME 100 Gala in NY how his homes stack up to The White House.

We also asked him what TV show is his must watch. It's pretty clear he'll get the nom, and could be prez, so his choice is a little worrisome.

Michael Strahan Leaving 'Live' for Good in Two Weeks

4/26/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Strahan's getting the hell outta dodge months earlier than anticipated -- instead of staying at 'Live' through the summer, he'll be gone in just over 2 weeks. 

Sources connected to the show tell us Michael's last day will be Friday, May 13. We're told an internal memo went around to the show staff Tuesday morning ... just as Kelly Ripa finally returned to the show.

The memo reads: "After meeting with the producers of both 'Live' and "Good Morning America," and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future."

"To that end, Michael's last day on 'Live' will be Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have an appropriate send off for him during the May sweeps, but to also immediately give Kelly and the producers an opportunity to begin the on-air search for a new co-host."

When Strahan's move to 'GMA' was announced, Disney said he'd be at 'Live' through August -- but that was before Ripa staged her protest

The memo also said, "This plan also allows 'GMA' to start integrating Michael into the show more often this summer before his full-time start in September."

Kelly Ripa I Got My Apology and Some Respect

4/26/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan proved they're not only good hosts ... they're really good actors.

Kelly and Michael locked hands as they walked out ... a little surreal given that they have bad feelings toward each other.

She took the spotlight and was not the least bit contrite about boycotting the show for 2 days ... something she readily acknowledged. To the contrary, she said she got what she was looking for ... an apology from Disney for what she believes is a lack of respect.

Check out the video ... even when she mentions Michael they never show him.

Weird, and uncomfortable.

Michael Strahan He Was Sick of the Sniping He Wanted to Bail on 'Live'

4/26/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42516-michael-strahan-kelly-ripa-06Jumping ship from 'Live' was an easy call for Michael Strahan ... he wanted to work where his co-host wasn't tormenting him.

Sources connected with the production tell us, Michael had his fill of Kelly Ripa long before the 'GMA' opportunity surfaced. Sources say Kelly couldn't stand the fact that he stole some of her shine. Strahan became an instant star and got lots of attention, and we're told she hated it.

One source says it got to a point where she was "bullying" him, although on camera you couldn't tell. But another source says the notion Kelly was bullying Michael is "a joke."  

The 'GMA' job gives Strahan more money, a group of co-hosts he likes and who like him, and the right to continue his sports stuff. He also wants to grow beyond interviewing celebrities.

As we reported, after Strahan broke the news to Kelly he texted her Tuesday, trying to create an atmosphere where they could co-exist for the duration of his time on 'Live.' We're told she did not respond until Saturday, and it was "short and superficial."

From Kelly's perspective, we know he was at war with Executive Producer Michael Gelman for the first year and made things very uncomfortable for everyone. These sources also say a lot of the conflict surfaced because Michael was not "present enough" on 'Live' because of his part-time 'GMA' duties.

Kelly Ripa I'm Not Looking Forward to This

4/26/2016 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0426-kelly-ripa-inf-02Kelly Ripa left her swanky Upper East Side townhouse as she ends her boycott of her show ... and her expression tells it all.

There's an air of dread looming over her 'Live' show as she prepares to sit next to co-host Michael Strahan. The 2 haven't gotten along for several years, and the last week has only made things worse.

As we reported, Michael reached out to Kelly by text ... hours after he told her he was leaving for 'GMA.' She didn't respond until Saturday, and only superficially.

BTW ... this time she's clutching "The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper ... pretty clearly telegraphing he's a front-runner to replace Michael.

Makes for good TV.


Andy Cohen Strahan Will Be Sorry He Left Kelly

4/25/2016 10:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Strahan just made the biggest mistake of his career by choosing 'GMA' over "Live! with Kelly and Michael" ... at least according to Andy Cohen.

Andy took a stand for his BFF, Kelly Ripa, during his SiriusXM show Monday morning ... calling out Strahan for taking the 'GMA' gig. The way Andy sees it, it's a numbers game and Strahan's taking a big risk leaving his established spot on 'Live.'

He said, "What happens if the ['GMA'] ratings don't go up? What is going to happen to this sweet man? By then she will have a new co-host."

Andy's already said he doesn't have time to take the job with Kelly -- if it were offered to him -- but he does have another good friend in mind for the job.


'Narcos' TV Crew Barred From Filming on Pablo Escobar Death Roof

4/24/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

narcos_season_two_spoiler_pablo_escobar_photos_launchPablo Escobar still terrifies the people of Medellin -- 23 years after his death -- to the point "Narcos" producers had to scramble to find a roof to recreate his famous death scene.  

Our sources in Medellin (yep, got those too) tell us production for the Netflix hit wanted to film Escobar's fatal shootout with cops on the actual roof where he was killed in 1993.

The crew tracked down the guy currently renting the house and asked permission, but we're told he basically said, "No way, José" out of respect for the community and owners of the house.

Although we're told it's still taboo in Medellin to mock Escobar's memory -- due to his deep ties there -- one brave soul eventually struck a deal with producers, and allowed them to mock up his roof for the critical kill shot.

It's unclear when the death episode will air. Oh yeah, spoiler alert: Escobar dies. 


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