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'Roseanne' Reboot There's One Big Hang-Up ... Roseanne!!!

6/9/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

ABC is still all-in on moving forward with a second "Roseanne" reboot -- this one revolving around Sara Gilbert's character -- but there's a major issue to resolve ... ownership.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... because Roseanne Barr created the show with the original executive producers, she has a financial stake in it and its characters. It's unclear which specific ones she created, but we're told the network is doing its due diligence to avoid a lawsuit.

It's very possible, we're told, that Roseanne could put her foot down and say there will be no revamped reboot unless she gets a piece of the pie. However, if she's making dough off the new version, it defeats the purpose of canceling the show after her racist comment.

We broke the story ... ABC execs kicked negotiations into high gear earlier this week in hopes of announcing the new show ASAP, but now we know -- there's more work to do.

Anthony Bourdain Out for Tandem Bike Ride ... One of His Last Photos

6/8/2018 2:21 PM PDT
Breaking News

One of the last images taken of Anthony Bourdain shows him riding a tandem bike through eastern France with the chef who would find him, days later, dead in his hotel room.

The photo was taken 2 days ago in the town of Colmar. We know Bourdain had been out there filming an episode of 'Parts Unknown' with pal and fellow chef Eric Ripert. Ripert is at the helm of the bike with Bourdain, who looks deep in thought.

Anthony's crew had their own tandem ride to capture the footage as they rode alongside Bourdain and Ripert.

As we previously reported, Ripert found Bourdain dead in his hotel Friday morning in Strasbourg -- a city renowned for incredible restaurants ... and about an hour from where this bike ride went down.

Anthony Bourdain Everything Seemed Good with GF ... Until This Week

6/8/2018 10:22 AM PDT

9:00 AM PT -- Asia just released a statement addressing Bourdain's passing, saying ... "Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector." 

She continues, "I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine."Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento seemed as tight as ever just last week ... but it appears something changed within the last few days. 

Asia, an Italian actress and director, also worked on Bourdain's show, 'Parts Unknown.' Bourdain posted a photo last week of the two from their trip to Hong Kong ... that episode just aired this week. The pic featured the crew, including Asia, who was sitting right next to him.

Just a few weeks ago, they were together in Florence, Italy ... and still looked very happy and romantic.

Here's where things get murky. We know Anthony was shooting his show in France this week -- he'd been there for at least 4 days. However, Asia was back in Rome, strolling around with a French reporter named Hugo Clément. There were photos of them holding hands and hugging, but the Italian photographer who shot the pics pulled them off the market on the heels of Anthony's death.

It's unclear if Anthony and Asia had broken up. If they did, there was no public announcement. Their last public appearance together was at an event was back in April in NYC.

Anthony and Asia started dating in early 2017, and he supported her when she went public with rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein -- saying, "I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world."

Hilary Duff Kiddo #2's Coming ... Having 'A Little Princess' with BF

6/8/2018 10:31 AM PDT
Breaking News

Hilary Duff is adding to her family -- she's pregnant with her second child ... and this time it's a girl.

Hilary just announced her pregnancy, saying she and her bf -- musician and songwriter Matthew Koma -- "made a little princess of our own and we couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!" It will be the couple's first kid together.

Hilary has a 6 year old son named Luca Cruz Comrie with her ex-husband, retired pro hockey player Mike Comrie.

As we reported ... Hilary and Matthew got back together in late 2017 after splitting in March, and it was actually their third try at dating. Duff said, "Timing is such a big deal ... third time's a charm!"

Looks like she was right. Congrats!!! 

Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61 ... Apparent Suicide

6/8/2018 4:45 AM PDT
Breaking News

Beloved chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain is dead of an apparent suicide.

Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France ... according to CNN. The network says Bourdain's friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert discovered the body Friday morning. He had hanged himself.

They were on location in France shooting an episode of his award-winning show, 'Parts Unknown.'

Ripert tells us, "Anthony was a dear friend. He was an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous. One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. I wish him peace. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones."

Bourdain made his name first as a chef ... and then an author. His famous book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," was published in 2000, and its enormous success helped him jump into TV.

His first show was "A Cook's Tour" on the Food Network -- but the series 'No Reservations' on the Travel Channel was his breakout hit. 

In 2013, 'Parts Unknown' premiered on CNN, and it immediately won a Peabody Award. During a 2016 episode, shot in Argentina, Bourdain admitted he sometimes struggled with depression. 

His last Instagram post was a meal he had 4 days ago in France. In typical Bourdain fashion ... lots of meats and potatoes.

His suicide comes just 3 days after Kate Spade took her own life by hanging herself in her NYC home

Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter. He was 61.

RIP

Anthony Bourdain Talked Depression in 'Parts Unknown' ... 'I Feel Very Isolated'

6/8/2018 9:00 AM PDT
Breaking News

Anthony Bourdain revealed he suffered from depression during a 2016 episode of 'Parts Unknown' -- in which he said something as simple as a bad burger could send him into a downward spiral. 

Bourdain addressed the issue while visiting Argentina -- a country that fascinated him because it embraced psychoanalysis and mental health treatment.

The episode featured several scenes of Bourdain speaking with his therapist and addressing real issues in his life. And, even though it seems like a joke at first, it becomes clear he's not kidding around. 

When asked what brought him into the office, Bourdain says ... "I will find myself in an airport, for instance, and I'll order an airport hamburger. It's an insignificant thing, it's a small thing, it's a hamburger, but it's not a good one. Suddenly I look at the hamburger and I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days."

He goes on to explain how he often feels alone. 

"I feel kind of like a freak and I feel very isolated. I communicate for a living but I'm terrible at communicating with people I care about."

The episode ended with Bourdain saying he has positive moments too. 

"There's the evil cheeseburger that sets me off. Suddenly I'm super depressed for days. It's like that with the good stuff too. I have a couple of happy minutes there where I'm thinking, life is pretty good."

Maury Hey, Drake, Come On My Show To Find Out If ... You Are The Father

6/7/2018 4:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Maury Povich just extended a red carpet invite to Drake to come on his show, take a paternity test and prove once and for all if he's got a kid. 

We got Maury at LAX Thursday, and to say he's eager to have Drake come on his show and take a DNA test that proves his paternity would be an understatement.

Maury says he's offered his expertise to other rappers in the past, most recently a lie detector test to Cardi B and Offset who went through a rough patch shortly before she announced she's pregnant.

It's actually not a bad call for Drake. Many feel Drizzy took the L by staying silent after Pusha T allegedly beat him to the punch and hinted he had a son with porn star Sophie Brussaux on his diss track, "The Story of Adidon."

It'd make an excellent music video too.

'Sons of Anarchy' Actor Alan O'Neill Dead at 47

6/7/2018 1:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alan O'Neill -- one of the actors on "Sons of Anarchy" has died ... TMZ has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us O'Neill's body was discovered by his girlfriend in the hallway of her Los Angeles apartment Wednesday night. We're told the actor has a history of heart problems and was a heavy smoker. He's also got a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

We're told no foul play is suspected ... and an autopsy will be completed soon to determine the cause of death.

O'Neill's acting career dates back to the 1990s. He's perhaps most famous for his role as Hugh on seasons 6 and 7 of 'SoA,' as well as Keith McGrath in "Fair City." His other roles included a popular UK show called "Inspector George Gently" and he was announced as a cast member in an upcoming horror film.

The Irish-born actor was 47.

Alan O'Neill Reel from Alan O'Neill on Vimeo.

Eric Balfour Neighbors Shut Down by Judge In Nasty Feud Case

6/7/2018 12:49 PM PDT
Breaking News

Eric Balfour scored a huge win in court when a judge denied his neighbors' request for a restraining order.

Eric -- who starred in "24" and "Six Feet Under" -- got the word Wednesday after the the request was denied in court. As we previously reported ... Eric's neighbors wanted a temporary restraining order last month because the actor allegedly put threatening letters in mailboxes for years and harassed their whole family ... peeping at the wife and daughter through the bathroom and bedroom windows.

The judge wasn't buying it and shot down the request until a hearing this month ... which sided again with Eric ... so it's done for good.

Roseanne Barr Everything's Coming Up Roses ... Not Really, Though

6/7/2018 10:40 AM PDT

Pretty sure Roseanne Barr would rather be in a writers' room working on season 2 of her show, but instead she's got tons of time to smell roses ... and scowl.

Roseanne's retreated to her Salt Lake City home, and Thursday morning she was looking pretty down and out while clipping rosebuds. Gardening is probably a wiser pastime for her than tweeting ... considering that's what led to her hit ABC sitcom being canceled.

TMZ broke the story ... there's potential good news for her former coworkers. ABC wants to revive "Roseanne," but center it around Sara Gilbert's character.

The show revival could be announced this week. Of course, the new version wouldn't bear Roseanne's name.

What's that line about a rose by any other name?

Lil Pump Charlie Sheen's My New Homie ... Bust Down Watch Included!

6/7/2018 7:57 AM PDT

Lil Pump is handing out bust down watches like the Cavaliers are handing over games to the Warriors ... and the latest guy to get one is Charlie Sheen.

Pump recruited Sheen for his latest music video shoot and while the pairing might seem random, it's actually not once you consider it's for a song called "Drug Addict." 

Sheen's struggle with drugs has not exactly flown under the radar, but from the looks of the footage on the set, Sheen is looking great. Here's a scary thought though ... he's playing a doctor.

Pump courted Sheen for the video with a ton of cash a couple weeks ago. Unclear if Pump actually forked over the dough for the cameo along with the flashy timepiece.

As for the watch ... it's covered in diamonds, just like the ones Pump gifted to his crew last month.

Sheryl Underwood on Kate Spade I've Been Through This ... Her Daughter's Pain Won't Go Away

6/6/2018 3:57 PM PDT

Kate Spade's suicide note will make her death infinitely harder for Kate's daughter and family ... according to Sheryl Underwood, who sadly knows exactly what they're going through.

Sheryl had an extraordinarily emotional moment on Wednesday's episode of "The Talk." Her husband killed himself in 1990 after they'd been married for 3 years, and she bravely discussed how it's still affecting her.

As Sheryl put it, "I'm sad for her daughter, for that to be in the note because my husband left a note. And what the note does to the person who is still alive is, it shows that the person who is no longer alive has now had the final word." 

John Goodman Hello, ABC? Yes, I'm 'Interested' in Reboot #2

6/6/2018 9:48 AM PDT

John Goodman's looking like he means business ... as in the "Roseanne" reboot business. 

John was out in New Orleans Tuesday, and was spotted on a call that seemed more serious than lighthearted -- and ya gotta wonder if that's ABC or "Roseanne" producers on the line.

As we previously reported, Goodman is "very interested" in being a part of a second "Roseanne" reboot ... which we're told will be centered around Sara Gilbert's character, Darlene, instead of Roseanne Barr. All of this is the fallout from the show being immediately canceled after Barr took a racially-charged shot on Twitter at a former Obama aid. 

Now that producer Tom Werner's gotten involved in negotiations to relaunch the show ... we're told an announcement could come as soon as this week.

Stay by the phone, John! 

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