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'The Brady Bunch' Crooks Break into Famous TV House

8/18/2016 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0818-brady-bunch-house-GETTY-01The famous 'Brady Bunch' house became more than just a tourist attraction Wednesday ... cops say it was a target for a couple thieves. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the North Hollywood home -- used for exterior shots during the show -- was broken into through a sliding glass door around 10:30 PM by 2 men who ransacked the main floor.

We're told the homeowner, an elderly woman, was upstairs and could hear them, so she flipped on a light and saw the 2 guys dart away.

The homeowner hasn't noticed anything of significance missing yet ... and police don't have suspects.  

Thomas Gibson Guy Who Got Me Fired Ain't So Innocent

8/18/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817-thomas-gibson-virgil-williams-getty-twitter-01The writer Thomas Gibson kicked on the set of "Criminal Minds" had his own issues with violence on the set of "ER" -- and Gibson might use it to fight back against his firing ... TMZ has learned. 

Virgil Williams wrote for "ER" back in 2006 and was also a player/manager for the show's softball team. Our sources say Virgil went ballistic when he got wind a female production assistant was going to take his spot on the team.

Multiple "ER" sources tell us Williams called the woman into his office, closed the door and went off -- threatening her life, and promising to ruin her career. We're told it never got physical, but still, the 22-year-old PA was left in tears.

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The show suspended Williams and ordered him to take anger management classes. Sources close to the writer tell us he learned his lesson, and hasn't had any issues in the workplace since then.

Thomas is aware of Virgil's past, and we've learned he's prepared to use it. We're told he feels he was wrongfully fired from "Criminal Minds" -- he insists the kick was in self-defense and Virgil rushed him and got in his face -- and is strongly considering legal action.

Sources at ABC, the producers of 'Criminal,' reiterate their investigation showed Thomas was the aggressor, and Virgil's keeping his job.

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Peyton Manning I'M ROASTING ROB LOWE ... OmaHaHaHa!!!

8/18/2016 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0818-peyton-manning-rob-lowe-TMZ-GETTY-01Peyton Manning got himself a job this NFL season after all ... ROASTER ... and his target will be Rob Lowe

The ex-QB will be on the dais during the "Comedy Central Roast" of Peyton's fellow DirecTV pitchman -- which airs on Labor Day. 

David Spade will serve as Roast Master -- and will get some help from his old "Tommy Boy" co-star Bo Derek.

Everyone knows people on the dais are just as big of targets as the guests ... so, good luck Peyton's forehead -- it's gonna be a long night. 

Ryan Lochte More Changes In Robbery Story

8/18/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0818-ryan-lochte-matt-laurer-getty-01Ryan Lochte is changing his tune about the alleged Rio robbery ... sorta ... with new claims about the incident that don't exactly jive with the story he told Billy Bush

First, Matt Lauer says Lochte now insists he did NOT have a gun pressed up against his forehead during the incident -- but rather, one of the gunmen was pointing the gun in his general direction. 

Lauer says he noticed one other difference when he spoke with the swimmer on the phone Wednesday night.  

Lochte now says he did not get "pulled over" by men posing as police -- but rather, 2 men approached their taxi while it was parked at a gas station, where Lochte had used the restroom. Lochte says the crew tried to tell the taxi driver to go, but he wouldn't. 

Lochte says he feels the differences are nothing more than a "traumatic mischaracterization." 

Lauer says he asked Lochte if he made the story up to cover up something else the swimmers were doing that night -- and Ryan adamantly denied that. 

'Little Rascals' Star Alfalfa Cowlick Scored Me Tons of Chicks

8/18/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bug Hall -- best known as Alfalfa from the '90s version of "The Little Rascals" -- says his iconic hairdo wasn't just for looks ... it was the ultimate closer with the ladies.

Hall was in NYC promoting Discovery's new show, "Harley and the Davidsons." Naturally we talked motorcycles and stuff, but it got really interesting when we asked a not-so-innocent question about his post 'Rascals' love life. WHO KNEW???

Also, check out Bug's pipes in this clip. Darla would be proud.

Blac Chyna Kylie's Ready for Adventures In Babysitting MY Kids!

8/17/2016 5:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Blac Chyna's old beef with Kardashian-Jenner sisters might get reheated -- depending on how Kylie Jenner receives a comment BC made about babysitting duties in the fam.

Chyna and Rob Kardashian did a Facebook Live Q & A on Wednesday afternoon to promote their upcoming reality show, and naturally someone asked which sister they'd trust to watch their newborn.

Kylie got the nod, but not only for the infant. Check out how Chyna slipped 3-year-old King in as a babysitting package deal. Watch, it kinda sounds like she's telling KJ ... if you wanna keep messing with Tyga then you're gonna have to watch his kid too.

New drama with baby mama?

Amy Schumer Condemns 'Friend' For Mocking Rape Victims

8/17/2016 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-amy-schmer-kurt-metzger-tmz-getty-01Amy Schumer is appalled her friend and fellow comedian, Kurt Metzger, chose to defend someone accused of rape ... by mocking rape victims.

Amy went public Wednesday, saying she was saddened and disappointed at Metzger's sarcastic and profanity-laced posts ... in which he blamed "internet feminists ... for not constantly urging everyone to go to cops FIRST."

Metzger's pissed about allegations another comedian, Aaron Glaser, raped several women in NYC -- and he claims the alleged victims didn't go to police. He went on to urge feminists to "Pull your heads out of your c**** and your c**** out of your blogs, and try actually helping victims."

The PR nightmare for Amy is Metzger has appeared on her Comedy Central show multiple times. She calls him a "great writer," but denies reports he writes for her show ... despite his IMDB credits.

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Most importantly, Amy added she "couldn't be more against [Metzger's] recent actions."  

We reached out to Comedy Central, so far no word back.

Shemar Moore My Message Wasn't for Gibson ... But Other 'Criminal' Star a Possibility

8/17/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Most people thought Shemar Moore's cryptic words on karma were all about his ex co-star -- and nemesis -- Thomas Gibson, but Shemar's hinting it WAS aimed at a different "Criminal Minds" actor. 

Shemar was out in L.A. when a photog asked if he was reacting to Thomas getting fired from "Criminal Minds" ... since they famously had beef on set. Check out the clip ... Shemar says people got it twisted -- denying he was throwing shade at Gibson.

The other prime suspect is Keith Tisdell -- a former friend and co-star who was recently convicted for stealing $60k from Shemar's charity. He definitely did NOT deny it was Tisdell.

As for his current feelings about Gibson? Shemar was polite, for sure, but still seems kinda icy.

Karma, bro.

 

WWE's Big Show Confirms Shaq Showdown at WrestleMania ... 'It's Happening'

8/17/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Get your popcorn ready ... 'cause the Big Show vs. Shaq matchup is DEFINITELY going down at WrestleMania 33 ... so says the Big Show himself. 

Last we heard, the two guys were down to square off -- but the WWE said the match wasn't officially set. 

But that was 2 weeks ago ... and now Big Show says it's a done deal -- "That's confirmed."

The 7-footer says he and Shaq "got the ball rolling" at the ESPYs and now it's a sure thing -- but heavy promotion for the event won't begin until January, considering WrestleMania 33 isn't until April. 

You gotta watch the clip ... Big Show says he's got all the respect in the world for Shaq -- "It doesn't mean I'm not gonna slap the crap out of him when I get the chance!"

Question is ... does Show think he can chokeslam Shaq? Check out what he says.

Brendan Dassey Ready for a J-O-B, But First ... Make Me Some Chili, Mom!

8/17/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0816-brendan-dassey-netflix-01Brendan Dassey is already prepping for freedom ... mapping out a prospective career path, but the guy has priorities -- we're told there's one thing he wants more than money or a job.

Sources close to him say job 1 for Brendan is spending time with family -- and not only because he's hankering for his favorite meal. We're told he has already requested his mom's homemade chili or her lasagna.

Dassey earned his GED earlier this year while serving his sentence in Columbia Correctional in Wisconsin. We're told he'd like to further his education when he gets out by focusing on video game design -- and hopes to land a job in the super competitive field.

Brendan also wants to do some traveling -- naturally, he's been in prison for 9 years. And get this -- he wants to settle down with a nice girl and have 3 kids.

Of course ... Brendan's friends and family plan to finally get him to WrestleMania.

John McLaughlin Political Commentator Dead at 89

8/16/2016 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0816-John-McLaughlin-facebookLegendary political commentator Dr. John McLaughlin -- whose long-running show inspired famous 'SNL' spoofs -- has died ... just days after missing his program for the first time ever.

"The McLaughlin Group" -- a round table political discussion -- has been on the air for more than 34 years, and John hosted every weekly episode. During the airing this past weekend ... the show began with a slate explaining McLaughlin was "under the weather" and would not appear on the panel. His voice was heard though saying the familiar ... "Issue one."

McLaughlin was an ordained priest with a PhD in philosophy, who had also been a speech writer for Richard Nixon ... before his TV show launched in 1982.

The show released a statement announcing his passing, but did not specify what caused it.

Dana Carvey famously played the irascible host in a recurring "Saturday Night Live" skit.

McLaughlin was 89.

Steve Sarkisian I've Reevaluated My Life ... Open to Coaching Again

8/16/2016 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-USC football coach Steve Sarkisian is a changed man -- sober, happy and excited about his new gig with FS1 ... but tells TMZ Sports he's still open to coaching college football again. 

We got a slim, trim Sark out at LAX moments ago -- who confirmed he'll be part of FS1's college football team this season -- and says he's fired up about being around the game again. 

But his transition into broadcasting doesn't mean he's closed the door on a return to the sidelines -- telling us he still loves coaching and would consider reigniting his career. 

The most important part of the video ... Sark says he's had a chance to reevaluate his life after coming to terms with his alcohol problem and seems to be moving in a very positive direction.

"Life's good," Sark said ... "I'm just taking some time to focus on myself and to do the things necessary in all aspects of my life ... I feel really good."

'Making a Murderer' Brendan Dassey's Family How About Tat?

8/16/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0815_brendan_dassey_tribute_tattoo_launchBrendan Dassey's family has a lot to celebrate ... but their timing is off, because his mom got a tattoo decrying his imprisonment 20 minutes before a judge ordered his release.

Brendan's mom, Barb, and a family friend got matching tattoos -- "Justice for Brendan" emblazoned on their thighs, minutes before the appeals court decision.

Funny enough ... Barb thinks the tattoo ended up a good luck charm of sorts and contributed to Brendan's sudden good fortune.

The kicker ... when Brendan gets out he says he'll get a matching tattoo.  

Maybe it should say, "Justice for myself."

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