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'Black Jesus' Star Slink Johnson Charlie Treasured Being a Dad ... Suffered Silently at Work

4/12/2017 3:17 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charlie Murphy had his down days on the set of "Black Jesus" but NEVER complained about his health issues ... according to his co-star and friend Gerald "Slink" Johnson.

Slink, who plays Jesus, says he's heartbroken Charlie mostly kept his leukemia battle to himself. As we reported ... he did the same while shooting "Power" with 50 Cent.

But Slink said the thing he'll remember most about Charlie is his relationship with his 3 children. 

TMZ broke the story ... Charlie died Wednesday in NYC at the age of 57.

Charlie Murphy Hid Cancer from 'Power' Castmates

4/12/2017 11:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charlie Murphy kept his battle with leukemia so private, most people who worked with him on "Power" had no idea he was sick.

Production sources on the show -- which stars 50 Cent -- tell us they had no idea Charlie was dealing with cancer. We're told he never told anybody on set and put in the work like everybody else.

Charlie played a prison guard named Marshal Williams on the show.

Family sources tell us Charlie only disclosed his cancer battle to very close friends and family members. We're told he said he didn't want his illness to define him.

And, we're told, even the family members who knew he was struggling were shocked when he died ... they didn't know the situation was that desperate.

A rep Starz, where the show airs tells us, "Starz sends our deepest condolences to Charlie's family and friends. He joined 'Power' for our upcoming season, and his talent shines in every scene. We were fortunate to have worked with him."

WWE Stars Dean Ambrose And Renee Young WE'RE MARRIED!

4/12/2017 8:18 AM PDT
Breaking News

IT'S TRUE ... apparently! 

WWE superstars Dean Ambrose and Renee Young tied the knot in real life ... so says Renee! 

Rumors had been swirling ever since fans noticed the wrestlers were each sporting rings on their wedding fingers ... even though they never referenced the jewelry on TV. 

But Wednesday morning, Young seemingly put the whole thing to bed saying, "Marriage is nice. Thanks for all the love."

The two have been dating in real life for roughly 3 years. 

So ... MAZEL!! 

David Letterman Mother Dead at 95

4/12/2017 7:18 AM PDT
Breaking News

David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering -- who endeared hearts among the masses that watched her son's late night show -- died in her home Tuesday.

The former church secretary became a staple on the 'Late Show' as a correspondent during the Olympics in Norway, Japan and Utah. She was also featured on her son's famous "Top 10" lists and "Cooking with Dave's Mom" segments.

Dorothy died 1 day before Dave's 70th birthday.

Dorothy's survived by her three children, five grandchildren and her sister.

She was 95.

#RIP

Kevin Sorbo Round 2 of Jesus-Trump Debate ... WWJD Now?

4/12/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Sorbo is still positive Jesus would be down with Donald Trump -- even on day 82 of his very eventful presidency.

We got Kevin leaving LAX, where we asked what Jesus would think now that Trump has tried to implement an immigration ban and fired missiles at Syria. The 'Hercules' actor explains why neither would sway JC's support for the prez.

Ya can't say Kevin doesn't stick to his guns -- especially when you see what his stance was on this topic about 10 months ago. Awfully familiar.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Background Cop Sues ... Your Food Truck Dished Out Racism!

4/11/2017 5:36 PM PDT
Breaking News

A "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" background actor was picked on and refused breakfast because he was the only Asian extra on set ... at least according to the lawsuit he just filed.

Kwon Kang claims he was working as extra in a cop uniform in January when he ordered an omelet from the catering truck, but an employee said he doesn't serve police officers because a cop killed his brother.

According to the docs ... Kang took it as a joke and re-ordered his breakfast, and that's when all the other chefs started laughing at him. Kang claims he felt humiliated because other extras, dressed as cops, got food with no problem. He thinks the truck employees were racist.

Kang says the crew eventually stopped laughing and told him he'd get his omelet -- but he never did. He claims the incident has caused him insomnia and severe emotional distress.

Kang claims he filed a harassment and discrimination complaint, but was dismissed ... so now he wants NBC Universal, which owns the show, to pay him more than $500k in damages.

'General Hospital' Actor Peter Hansen Dead at 95

4/11/2017 11:05 AM PDT
Breaking News

Peter Hansen -- who played Lee Baldwin for 5 decades on the iconic soap opera "General Hospital" -- died Sunday in Santa Clarita, California.

Peter's character started out as an addiction counselor at the hospital, and then the role morphed into Mayor of Port Charles.  

Hansen won an Emmy for his alcoholism story line in 1979.

Hansen was also known for his role in the movies "When Worlds Collide" and "Dragonfly" ... and has over 100 acting credits to his name over an almost 70-year career.

He is survived by his son and daughter and 3 grandkids.

He was 95.

Nick Viall to Vanessa About Exposing You on 'DWTS' ...

4/11/2017 7:59 AM PDT

'Bachelor' star Nick Viall's big rhumba finish on 'DWTS' with fiancée Vanessa Grimaldi was very revealing ... damn near TOO revealing.

Nick scored a new personal record for his dance to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You". It's possible Vanessa helped him score a few extra points with their steamy makeout sesh at the end ... not to mention lifting her too high for her dress.

No hard feelings though based on the looks they were giving each other on their way out of the after-party. Next dance -- the horizontal mambo?

Mel B Simon Cowell Convinced Me to Leave Belafonte

4/10/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B needed a push to leave Stephen Belafonte for good, and she got it from fellow 'AGT' judge Simon Cowell.

Sources connected to Mel tell TMZ about the time Mel moved out of the family home earlier this year. Simon has seen plenty of Belafonte over the years, from 'X Factor' to 'AGT.'

We're told Simon and others felt something was seriously wrong but Mel B would never own up ... she would make excuses for various injuries and no one was sure what was real.

Simon stepped up and told her Belafonte was "a bad guy" and "bad news" and gave her the confidence to leave him.

The big thing for Mel B ... she has left him before, but she came back ... until now, and we're told she gives some of the credit to Simon.

'Empire' Star Mug Shot Released

4/10/2017 8:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Morocco Omari's mug shot looks worlds away from his gig on "Empire" ... where he's usually the one taking in the suspects.

Morocco -- who plays FBI agent Tariq Cousins on the show -- was arrested and booked last Wednesday in Chicago for misdemeanor domestic battery after he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground several times.

The 24-year-old victim claims she suffered scratches to her neck and chest, which were enough for cops to take him in.

Morocco denies the allegations.

Mel B Makeup Artist Says Belafonte Brutalized Her And He Covered up Injuries

4/8/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B's longtime makeup artist says he's been in on Mel B's secret for years ... because she's confided in him that Stephen Belafonte caused many of her injuries he covered up with makeup.

We've learned the makeup artist has contacted Mel B's lawyers and offered to write a sworn declaration detailing what he's seen and heard over many years.

He says he frequently had to cover up Mel B's facial and body bruises. He says she would confide in him but lie to others on set about the injuries. And, he says, Belafonte knew Mel B talked to the makeup artist, and he says he was threatened numerous times.

The makeup artist says Belafonte would withhold money from him unless he followed orders ... don't say a word about the injuries.

The makeup artist also says he heard Belafonte being "aggressive and verbally abusive" to Mel B and the children, sometimes calling his wife "disgusting and ugly."

He also says Belafonte was extremely controlling, ordering security to keep tabs on Mel B "beyond a level of safety."

Belafonte has denied any physical abuse.

Adam Levine I'm Putting on a Golf Show!!!

4/8/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Adam Levine is taking his talents to the green -- the Maroon 5 singer just landed a golf show and we're told he's FIRED UP about it!

We're told Levine locked up a deal with Top Golf to host a project for their digital platforms (website, app, social media, etc.) and it'll feature Levine hitting balls with some of his famous pals. 

The show is being called "Teeing Off with Adam Levine" and production is expected to begin soon. 

One thing you can probably expect ... a cameo from his smokin' hot model wife, Behati Prinsloo, who's got a reputation for being one of the best female celebrity golfers in Hollywood.

When the cat's away the mice will play 😊 @adamlevine @jbeckmancabo ⛳️ #gulffffff

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Tomi Lahren Sues Glenn Beck He Fired and Smeared Me for Being Pro-Choice

4/7/2017 1:40 PM PDT
Breaking News

Tomi Lahren says her personal opinions became the trigger for a vendetta by the folks at TheBlaze where they literally put an X on her dressing room door and launched a public smear campaign against her, and that's why she just filed a lawsuit against her former employer.

The war started when Tomi appeared on "The View" and said she was pro-choice, which made members of the super-conservative website apoplectic.

She says Glenn Beck and company made her life hell, suspending her indefinitely and ultimately firing her.

Tomi has a contract with TheBlaze which lists grounds for termination, and the basis for her termination is not authorized by her deal.

The lawsuit says Beck and his company tried to ruin her career by "a clear attempt to embarrass, humiliate, and undermine [her] reach to her audience on social media and elsewhere."

As we reported, Tomi's been in a dogfight with TheBlaze over her Facebook account, which is 4.2 million strong. Tomi says she, not TheBlaze, owns it.

She goes on, "Beck is known for berating, belittling, and acting in a condescending and heavy-handed way and his treatment of [Tomi], in particular, is a case in point."

She's suing Beck and TheBlaze.

A rep for TheBlaze says, "It is puzzling than an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her."

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