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'MASH' Star Death Certificate

1/9/2017 1:50 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0109-william-christopher-death-cert-launch-getty"MASH" star William Christopher -- who played Father John Mulcahy -- died from cardiorespiratory arrest ... this according to his death certificate obtained by TMZ.

The document also lists small cell carcinoma as a contributing factor, something we're told was non-lung related. Christopher died on New Year's Eve in his Pasadena home at 7:12 AM.

The death certificate also notes he was in the entertainment industry for 60 years.

Christopher was 84, and the final celebrity death in an awful year full of them.

UFC's Dana White Fires Back at 'Uppity, 80-Year-Old' Meryl Streep

1/9/2017 9:38 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dana White says Meryl Streep is an "uppity 80-year-old lady" who was completely WRONG when she took a shot at MMA during the Golden Globes.

We spoke with the UFC honcho about Meryl's comments Sunday night -- when she was ripping Donald Trump's immigration plans and said if we kick out foreigners, "you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

White objects in a BIG WAY -- calling the dig at his sport "stupid" and "uneducated."

We also asked if he thought Meryl targeted MMA because Dana gave a speech for Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Vivica A. Fox 'Black Magic' Partner Bails After 'No Gays' Comment

1/9/2017 8:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0109-vivica-a-fox-Jean-Claude-LaMarre-TMZ-Facebook-01Vivica A. Fox pissed off the director and producer who made her male stripper reality show possible -- Jean-Claude LaMarre is cutting ties with her after she said gay men aren't welcome at the strip shows.

Jean-Claude put Vivica in his movie, "Chocolate City" ... which led to her spinning off 'Black Magic' into a TV show. You'll recall, she was promoting the show last week on "The Breakfast Club" when she strongly objected to the suggestion gays were coming out to see her strippers.

As she put it ... "Hell no!"

Now LaMarre tells TMZ ... "The comments were out of order, and it does not represent our attitudes toward the LGBT community. All are welcomed." He added, "Vivica speaks for herself not the business or the show."

LaMarre will remain an Executive Producer on the reality show, and made it clear he wants 'Black Magic' to succeed -- he just doesn't want to work with Vivica anymore. 

Jimmy Fallon The Prompter Really Went Down! No Hard Feelings, Mariah ...

1/9/2017 6:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jimmy Fallon was truly improvising at the start of the Golden Globes Sunday night ... but had to play off a technical issue at the expense of Mariah Carey as a result.

We got Jimmy arriving at Madeo in L.A. after the show, and he confirms it -- that prompter bit was the real McCoy ... even if the Mariah sabotage joke afterward was planned. 

It doesn't sound like he meant any harm ... since he plans to "talk" to her soon. 

Mariah Carey Here's What Happened On NYE ... Straight From Me

1/8/2017 11:08 AM PST

Mariah Carey's bungled NYE performance cannot be better explained by anyone better ... than Mariah Carey.

Mimi posted an audio clip Sunday describing what went down -- and it matches up exactly with TMZ's reporting. She makes it clear... "they foiled me."

Hear her take for yourself ... straight from the horse's mouth. 

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Dr. Drew I Feel Sorry for Facebook Live Torturers We Failed Them

1/8/2017 6:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Dr. Drew admittedly has a strange reaction to the 4 people who tortured and terrorized a mentally disabled man ... he feels sorry for them.

We got the Doc leaving Catch Saturday night, and his reaction is way different than just about everyone ... he thinks we've failed them.

 

Debbie Reynolds Huge Face Bruise ... On HBO Documentary

1/8/2017 7:28 AM PST

Debbie Reynolds bared a massive bruise on her face during HBO's posthumous documentary starring Carrie Fisher ... after falling flat on her face at home.

In the film "Bright Lights" that aired this weekend, Debbie is seen sporting what looks to be a painful bruise around her mouth, after it's revealed she became dizzy and fell at home.

She got injured in the process of getting an auction together to sell some of her Hollywood memorabilia ... to neutralize debt she'd incurred.

Her son, Todd Fisher, says the fall didn't stop her from going on about her business. 

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'Stranger Things' Star Stephen King's Writing For Us? Maybe In the Upside Down

1/8/2017 9:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stephen King might be a master writer of horror, but he's not getting his grubby pen on the "Stranger Things" script ... so says the guy playing Chief Jim Hopper. 

We got actor David Harbour out Saturday at the the Four Seasons Hotel in Bev Hills, where he addressed a rumor about King penning Season 2's script head on.

Sounds like Steve might have missed the boat. 

SeaWorld Whale Tilikum Dead at 36

1/6/2017 7:46 AM PST
Breaking News

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Tilikum -- the orca that killed someone at SeaWorld in Orlando 7 years ago -- has died.

The giant mammal died Friday. It's unclear what killed him, but he had been treated for a nagging bacterial infection.

The killer whale -- which was around 36 years old -- killed a trainer back in 2010. He was a central figure in the documentary, "Blackfish," the show which created a backlash against keeping killer whales in captivity.

Tilikum was also involved in 2 other deaths back in the '90s.

RIP 

Arnold Schwarzenegger Fires Back at Trump Give a S*** about Your New Job

1/6/2017 7:21 AM PST

0106-arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-TMZ-05Arnold Schwarzenegger just fired back at Donald Trump, calling out his priorities and commitment to making America great again.

Arnold is clearly reacting to Trump's blustery tweet, in which he says Schwarzenegger got creamed in 'Celebrity Apprentice' ratings when you compare them to what the Prez-elect got in his debut.  

Schwarzenegger just responded, by tweeting, "I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings."

As we reported, the reality is Trump got huge ratings for his debut, but by his last season his rating for 'Celeb Apprentice' was roughly the same as Arnold's debut.

Arnold followed up with, "There's nothing more important than the people's work." Translation -- you shouldn't be involved in a ratings war.

After the election, Arnold posted a video quoting Abraham Lincoln calling for unity. Apparently, message not received well. 

Donald Trump Trashes Arnold Over 'Celebrity Apprentice'

1/6/2017 6:20 AM PST

0106-arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-TMZ-03Donald Trump trashed Arnold Schwarzenegger over the debut of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' ... and it appears to have more to do with the presidential election than the show.

Trump just tweeted Arnold got "swamped (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT." He goes on, "So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary." 

But here's the thing. True enough, Trump scored a rating of around 18 in season 1 of the show, and Arnold's show came in at a 4.9. But what Trump didn't say ... the ratings on his show took a nosedive and in his last season, 2 years ago, he scored right around a 6 rating.  

Trump clearly has bad blood ... according to his deal, he actually profits if Arnold's show does well.

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Vivica A. Fox My Male Strippers Don't Dance for Gays

1/6/2017 7:44 AM PST

Vivica A. Fox is drawing a line in the strip club when it comes to gays and her 'Black Magic' male revue.

Vivica and a couple of the dancers from her new reality show hit up "The Breakfast Club," and things got kinda homophobic when Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy asked if gay guys go to their shows.

Check out Vivica's quick response. Sometimes a simple "HELL no" speaks volumes.

As she put it ... her show is all about the girls. 

'Celeb Apprentice' Crew Broke Up Boy George, Vince Neil Fight ... Says Chael Sonnen

1/6/2017 6:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Boy George vs. Vince Neil war on 'Celebrity Apprentice' was VERY REAL and almost came to blows on set ... so says Chael Sonnen.

The MMA legend (and 'Celeb Apprentice' co-star) joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 and told us it all went down when George (a recovering alcoholic) confronted Vince for drinking wine in the studio during a challenge and Vince didn't take kindly to it. 

"Those guys had real-life heat," Sonnen said ... "They had a real life confrontation. It was a fight. It was verbal but it was escalating very quickly."

Sonnen told us it appeared the two were about to get in a fist fight ... and that's when  production rushed in and shut everything down to break it up. 

"Production thought it was too hot for TV. They came in, turned their microphones off and shut the cameras down."

Sonnen says he was PISSED the scene didn't make the show -- saying producers missed a HUGE opportunity. 

He's a fighter. He likes fights. 

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