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'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Leaves Behind $5 Mil Estate

3/24/2018 12:20 AM PDT

John Mahoney, the beloved dad on "Frasier," left behind millions of dollars ... and TMZ's learned there's a long list of potential benefactors.

John's friend, Bernard Dowling, filed legal docs in Cook County, Illinois to open a probate case for his estate. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, John's estate is worth north of $5 million, including around $300k worth of real estate. There are also 38 relatives and friends listed as potential benefactors.

TMZ broke the story ... John died in hospice care back in February. As we first reported ... the official causes of death included brain disease, lung cancer and seizures. He also suffered from kidney disease and diabetes.

John played Kelsey Grammer's cranky father, Martin Crane, for 11 seasons on the hit sitcom.

He was 77. 

Judd Apatow on Garry Shandling I Read Through All His Diaries ... Turns Out, He Achieved Zen!

3/22/2018 1:11 PM PDT

Judd Apatow says his late mentor Garry Shandling became a nicer, wiser guy toward the end of his life, which will be explored in a new documentary about the comedian.

We spoke to Judd on "TMZ Live," and he gave us a rundown on what's behind his new project with HBO -- a 2-part documentary about his deceased pal and comedy great, Garry, that's airing March 26 and 27 on HBO at 8 PM. 

Judd tells us Garry's diaries and journals -- which are the centerpieces in the doc -- revealed the comic became much more compassionate and giving throughout the years ... as neurotic of a creative genius as he was. He says Garry realized giving more to others was a W.

It sounds like a crazy deep dive into the mind of Shandling, who was groundbreakingly innovative with his shows like "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show."

And lucky for Judd, he was in Garry's good graces ... until that one year.

Bozo No No OG Clown Dead at 89

3/22/2018 6:39 AM PDT
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Send in THE clown ... to God.

Frank Avruch, TV's original Bozo the Clown, died Tuesday in Boston after a long battle with heart disease ... according to his family. He was 89.

The Boston legend created Bozo back in 1959, and played the lovable clown until 1970. Although Frank wore a lot of hats -- as a local host on radio and WCVB-TV -- he'll most be remembered for wearing that red-orange wig, oversized red shoes and pajamas with the frilly collar.

Avruch is an inductee of the National Television Academy's Gold Circle. Bozo's survived by his wife Betty, 2 sons, grandchildren, and, of course, his cousin Homey. 

After Frank had the role some other clown, Larry Harmon, slipped into Bozo's famous getup. Harmon died in 2008.

Have a great time under the Big Top, St. Peter.

Lil Xan Brings 'Shameless' Doppelganger Out Onstage

3/22/2018 7:11 AM PDT

Rapper Lil Xan made the crowd at his L.A. show see double, and prescription drugs had noting to do with it ... it was all about his celebrity look-alike, Ethan Cutkosky

Seriously, the "Shameless" star is a dead ringer for the Cali rapper ... and on Wednesday night they shared the stage. If not for the face tattoos, the crowd would've really been confused.

Xan surprised his fans by bringing Ethan out while he performed his new cut, "The Man" ... which is off his upcoming album, "Total Xanarchy."

We got the rapper recently in N.Y., and he told us he and the actor are real life homies. Xan said he has plans to work with Ethan in the near future, and based on how the crowd reacted to their onstage debut together ... these guys should make it happen soon.

Just sayin' ...


Isaiah Washington Shonda Rhimes Agrees with Me ... Racism at ABC Got Me Booted off 'Grey's'!!!

3/21/2018 11:28 AM PDT

Isaiah Washington insists he was ousted from "Grey's Anatomy" in 2007 over false accusations fueled by an allegedly racist ABC exec ... and he says Shonda Rhimes knows it too, and has his back.

The actor tells us Shonda -- creator and exec producer of 'Grey's' -- has "nothing good to say" about ABC or its exec VP, Howard Davine. He also says Shonda believes Davine should be investigated for his "racist, biased behavior."

What Isaiah's suggesting is pretty explosive. First, that the stories about him making homophobic comments on the 'Grey's' set were lies to get him blackballed in Hollywood. Second, Shonda, the queen of TGIT, taking a stand against ABC says a lot.

She's the network's biggest content creator, and if she's calling out one of its execs ... y'know she's pissed.

Isaiah says a whistleblower tipped him off to Davine's alleged actions, and now he's hoping the Time's Up movement or others get on board with his fight.

We've reached out to Shonda's office several times, but so far no word back.

Fred Savage Accuser 'I Was Scared of the Abuse' Claims He Also Targeted Other Women

3/21/2018 10:42 AM PDT
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The woman accusing Fred Savage of harassment and assault claims he targeted other women and it was widely known.

YoungJoo Hwang, a costume designer on the set of the TV show, "The Grinder," appeared at a news conference Wednesday morning flanked by her attorney, Anahita Sedaghatfar of the Cochran Firm and and went into more detail about the lawsuit against Savage for harassment, assault, battery and discrimination. 

Hwang -- who says she was inspired by the #MeToo movement -- claims Fred was aggressive towards her, cursed at her and was demeaning from the moment she started working on the show. She alleges she's not the only woman Savage targeted and was encouraged not to report the conduct "because a lot of people would lose their jobs."

Sedaghatfar claimed 20th Century Fox has, to this date, not conducted a full investigation into Hwang's claims and wouldn't say whether her client's filed a report with LAPD 

As we reported ... Savage says Hwang's accusations are without merit and absolutely untrue, and claims they were investigated but ... "None of her claims could be substantiated because they did not happen."

Fred Savage Lawsuit Allegedly Told Crew 'Don't F***ing Look at Me!'

3/21/2018 9:54 AM PDT

11:00 AM PT -- Savage says Hwang's accusations are without merit and absolutely untrue, and claims they were investigated, but ... "None of her claims could be substantiated because they did not happen."

Savage says he's worked in entertainment his whole life and has "always endeavored to treat everyone on any set I work on respectfully and professionally." He adds ... he supports all people who feel they are being mistreated to come forward and speak out, but he also must "protect myself and my family from those seeking to tarnish my good name."

Fred Savage is getting sued for allegedly assaulting a costumer on his TV show "The Grinder" -- but she also claims he regularly tormented female crew members, demanding they don't make eye contact with him.

In the suit, filed Wednesday in L.A., Youngjoo Hwang says Savage constantly gave her dirty looks, rolled his eyes and hurled profanities at her while they were working on the show in 2015. Hwang says Savage made no secret of the fact he didn't like her, saying things like, "It's so f**king annoying that I have to be nice to you when I f**king hate you!"

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Savage had a rep for intimidating and tormenting female crew members, demanding they stop following him around -- even though it was their job to do so -- and told them, "Don't ever even f**king look at me anymore!"

TMZ broke the story ... Hwang claims Savage eventually blew up at her when she dusted dandruff off his tuxedo jacket, as part of her job. In the suit, she says he yelled, "Do not touch me with your hands" -- and when she explained what she was doing he "violently struck [her] arm three times with his hand."

Hwang says she reported this, but was told by an executive producer, "I'm not even sure what Fred did constituted harassment and I don't think you should report it to H.R."

She claims FOX protected its star, and did nothing to clean up the hostile work environment Savage created. As we told you, a source close to Fred says FOX actually did investigate Hwang's allegation and found zero evidence to back her story.

Hwang and her attorney, from the Cochran Firm, are planning a news conference at 11 AM PT, which we will live stream.

Fred Savage Harassment, Assault Claimed By TV Show Crew Member

3/21/2018 7:32 AM PDT

8:05 AM PT -- A source connected to Savage tells us ... FOX investigated this claim and interviewed every possible witness. They also looked at video and never saw anything inappropriate on Savage's part. We're also told they couldn't find a single witness to verify the woman's claim. 

The source called the allegation, "Absolutely 100% false."Fred Savage allegedly attacked and harassed a female crew member on the set of the TV show "The Grinder," and she's now filing a lawsuit ... TMZ has learned.

The alleged incident went down in 2015 while Savage was working on the FOX show. We're told the woman, who worked in wardrobe, is claiming Savage had it out for her and created a hostile work environment -- including verbally dressing her down in front of other people.

We're told things came to a head when she was brushing dandruff off his clothing, while he was wearing it, he got pissed and allegedly "violently struck" the woman 3 times in the arm. The woman claims Fred had a rep for losing his cool with female crew members.

The crew member plans to sue Savage and Twentieth Century Fox for harassment, assault, battery and discrimination. We've reached out to reps for FOX and Savage, but no word back yet.

The crew member has hired the Cochran Firm to represent her in the suit. They're holding a news conference at 11 AM PT, and TMZ will be live streaming.

Charles Manson Documentary in the Works ... 'Ghost Adventures' Star Producing

3/21/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Charles Manson is gone, but unfortunately he won't soon be forgotten ... because a documentary about his life and death is in production.

"Ghost Adventures" host Zak Bagans tells TMZ ... he's executive producing the doc, and his crew began filming shortly before Manson died. Zak says it will cover everything from Manson's life to the news of his death and the court battle over his body ... to exclusive footage of his open casket funeral. We're told the working title is "Manson's Bloodline."

Bagans tells us the idea to do the doc was born after he met Manson's grandson, Jason Freeman, for an interview with him for another show, "Deadly Possessions" -- in which Zak acquired one of Manson's prison televisions.

Zak says he and Jason became friends and he learned of Jason's desire to meet his grandfather face to face, so he wanted to document the quest to make it happen.

Bagans tells us the prison system ultimately didn't allow Jason to meet Manson in person while he was alive, but he was able to view his body at the funeral ... and that's part of the documentary.

We're told a few networks are in talks with Zak about picking it up.

As we reported ... Jason was granted custody of Manson's body, but the family fight for control of his estate isn't over -- so Bagans may still have a lot left to film.

NY Congressman to Cynthia Nixon Stick to Politics in the City, Not State

3/20/2018 3:57 PM PDT

A New York congressman says Cynthia Nixon's jumping into the deep end of politics by running for Governor in their home state ... and thinks she needs some floatie lessons first. 

We got U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks of NY's 5th congressional district on Capitol Hill Tuesday, and asked him to weigh in on Nixon's candidacy for the Governorship.

Safe to say, he's no fan -- explaining that Nixon's in way over her head by trying to go straight to the top of New York government, and might be better served running for a local office first.

Our question ... is he against the principle of celebs running for a high office -- as he indicates by comparing her potential win to Trump's "disaster" presidency -- or is he merely a staunch supporter of incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- Cynthia's opponent? 

Whatever the case ... Meeks seems to have a message for the real-life Miranda Hobbes ... drop out.

Rebecca Gayheart Single Life es Bueno On Bikini Vacay!!!

3/20/2018 11:15 AM PDT

Rebecca Gayheart's in full revenge bod mode, hitting a Mexican beach on the heels of her divorce from Eric Dane.

Rebecca threw on a bikini and soaked up el sol Monday in Playa del Carmen -- and it's crystal clear she's living her best life in the coastal resort town. Looks like she was hanging with a friend who understands the fine art of chillaxing through a crisis.

TMZ broke the story ... Rebecca filed for divorce from former "Grey's Anatomy" star Eric just 2 days after Valentine's, and after 14 years of marriage. Eric and the former '90210' star have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 7. 

She's asking for spousal support as well as joint legal and physical custody.

Tamar Braxton Family Standoff Over Her Ex And Reality Show Plots

3/20/2018 9:40 AM PDT

Tamar Braxton is furious with her family, because she believes they're ganging up on her estranged husband to vilify him on the new season of their reality show ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Tamar tell us ... she's supposed to be promoting the return of "Braxton Family Values," but is refusing because she thinks Vincent Herbert is being portrayed in an unfair light in an effort by her mom and sisters to destroy him.

We're told show cameras have captured Tamar and Vince as they steer through their pending divorce, but Tamar feels the family's using fake storylines to drum up ratings and frame Vince as a villain. We're told she's pissed her kin would "stoop so low for personal gain" and unless producers edit out what she feels are lies ... she'll refuse to promote it.

As we've reported ... Tamar insists she's not getting back together with her estranged hubby after his Christmas Day arrest, but she wants to remain cordial with Vince for the sake of their son.

NY Gov. Cuomo Calls Out D.A. Over 2015 Weinstein Sting

3/19/2018 5:05 PM PDT
Breaking News

6:01 PM PT -- A spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says their office is "deeply familiar with Harvey Weinstein's years of egregious sexual abuse, and recently filed a civil rights lawsuit against him alleging severe and persistent abuse of employees at The Weinstein Company." They add the AG is committed to a full, fair and independent review of the Manhattan D.A.'s handling of the Weinstein case.Harvey Weinstein skated after NYPD recorded him asking a model to watch him shower -- and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to know why.

Gov. Cuomo is directing the state's Attorney General to review how Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr. handled the 2015 sting operation ... where cops wired a model named Ambra Battilana, who claims Weinstein groped her breasts during a business meeting.

On the recording, first obtained by the New Yorker, Weinstein refers to the alleged groping, saying, "I'm used to that" ... and then begs her to come into his room. She refused, and he got pissed. Despite the recording, Weinstein was not charged. The D.A. said "the audio was insufficient to prove a crime."

The Governor says, "It is of great concern that sexual assault cases have not been pursued with full vigor by our criminal justice system."

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