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Ronda Rousey Crushes 'Battle' Obstacle Course ... Friends, Not So Much

6/7/2017 6:05 AM PDT

Ronda Rousey has already mastered the "Battle of the Network Stars" obstacle course -- but her friends ... well, they BOTH ended up in the water pit during a test run on the L.A. set. 

TMZ Sports has footage of the UFC legend coaching her mom and sister as they tried to navigate everything from the rope swing to the monkey bars. 

Ronda easily conquered the obstacles at Pepperdine University -- her fam had a much tougher go. Fortunately, Ronda was there to pull 'em BOTH out of the water.

Ronda is a permanent "team captain" on the show -- and every week, she'll lead a squad against DeMarcus Ware's team.

No word on how the contestants will be. Hopefully, they're practicing their rope swings.  

Jerry Seinfeld Who's Kesha?? No Hug for You!

6/6/2017 11:08 AM PDT

Jerry Seinfeld made it clear he's not down with hugs from random strangers who approach him out of nowhere ... even if they turn out to be Kesha.

Jerry was being interviewed Monday during the Night of Laughter & Song at the Kennedy Center, when Kesha strolled up acting like your average "Seinfeld" superfan.

Jerry wasn't having it ... like, at all. It definitely seems like he didn't recognize her as a famous singer.

It's a Soup Nazi worthy diss, for sure. And Kramer, for that matter.

Al Sharpton Bill Maher Was 'Disgraceful' Punishment in Order

6/6/2017 6:47 AM PDT

Al Sharpton is outraged at Bill Maher, saying he's disgraceful and clearly believes the comedian should be punished for joking that he's a "house n*****."

Al laid into Bill, saying he seemed "comfortable" using the word which is only meant to denigrate blacks. Watch as he gets more and more fired up the longer he speaks.

Sharpton does not say Bill should be fired, but he clearly believes punishment is in order and certainly doesn't think Maher's comment was less offensive than Kathy Griffin's Trump fiasco

Ice Cube to Bill Maher Let's Talk N-Word! Going Mano a Mano

6/6/2017 1:00 AM PDT

Ice Cube isn't about to let Bill Maher's "house n****r" crack stop him from appearing on 'Real Time' ... in fact, Cube's ready to mix it up with Bill over the n-word. Bill's n-word comment won't go ignored either.

Sources close to Cube tell us he will NOT cancel the appearance, which was scheduled before Maher's controversial joke. Sen. Al Franken was also scheduled, but chose to bail.

Cube's not pussy footing around the issue. He's been using the n-word liberally in his music, ever since NWA -- but we're told he wants to discuss Bill's use of it.

Cube was originally booked to talk about the 25th anniversary edition of his album, "Death Certificate." His rep calls it perfect timing because the record was made in the wake of the Rodney King beating, "[W]hich sadly, speaks to many of the same race issues we as a society are still dealing with today."

We're betting Maher gets a different reaction from Cube than he did Sen. Sasse.

Maybe more like Killer Mike?

Killer Mike I'd Punch Maher If He Used N-Word ... But I'm Not Pissed

6/5/2017 4:25 PM PDT

Bill Maher would have taken one to the body had he dropped the n-word while Killer Mike was the guest on his show.

Mike told us Monday ... he agrees Bill shouldn't lose his job over his controversial joke on 'Real Time.' He's a firm believer in Maher's First Amendment rights. Still, the rapper says things would've played out MUCH differently if he had been sitting across from Bill, instead of Sen. Ben Sasse.

He says it's all about teaching Bill a lesson: white folks dropping the n-word sound stupid. Don't worry though, Mike's all about making peace ... as in peace pipe.

Bill Maher Sen. Al Franken Cancels After N-Word Remark

6/5/2017 1:33 PM PDT
Breaking News

Bill Maher is out one big guest for his next live show on HBO this Friday -- Senator Al Franken just canceled his appearance.

Franken announced Monday he won't be appearing alongside Maher for Friday's episode. A spokesperson for Franken said Maher's use of the n-word last week was the reason.

A spokesperson for Franken tells us, "Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive ... He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment."

This would seemingly be the first real professional consequence Bill has faced since using the racial slur. As we reported, HBO isn't going to can him ... and his tour dates are fine for now.

Ice Cube is also scheduled to appear on Maher's show this week. Unclear if he'll go through with it.

Bill Maher No Tour Dates Canceled After N-Word Remark

6/5/2017 12:30 PM PDT

Bill Maher has dodged the bullet that annihilated Kathy Griffin -- NONE of his upcoming tour dates have been canceled ... despite his use of the n-word on HBO.

Bill's smack in the middle of a comedy tour, with a ton of Summer tour dates looming. We made calls to every venue on the list ... none have pulled the plug, at least not yet.

Tickets are on sale at all venues that haven't sold out already ... and a lot have. Interestingly ... staff at a majority of the venues we reached told us they didn't even hear of Friday night's incident. And if they did, they were either "looking into it" ... or "going on as planned."

You'll recall ... Maher cracked a joke in response to Republican Sen. Ben Sasse about adults wearing Halloween costumes in Nebraska ... casually invoking the racial slur. He apologized the next day ... and HBO condemned the remark but has no plans to take him off he air.

As you know, Kathy Griffin felt the wrath that escaped Bill ... all of her upcoming concerts were axed. Her screw-up was arguably more visceral and controversial.

Maher might have lucked out when his story got pushed to the recesses of headlines after this weekend's terror attack and a benefit concert.

Bill Cosby Day 1 Sexual Assault Trial Keshia Knight Pulliam Shows Up for Support

6/5/2017 6:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

Bill Cosby just showed up for his sexual assault trial, and he walked in arm-in-arm with his former 'Cosby' co-star, Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Cosby faces 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home.

The judge has allowed one other alleged victim to testify because prosecutors want to show Cosby had an M.O.

The jury of 12 has 2 African-Americans.

If convicted he faces 30 years in prison.

Bill Maher Regrets N-Word Joke ... I Lost Sleep Over It

6/3/2017 12:35 PM PDT
Breaking News

Bill Maher has apologized for using the n-word on his show Friday night ... claiming he's lost a lot of sleep over it.

Maher just released a statement saying ... "Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I'm up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn't have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment."

He added that using the word on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" was offensive, regretful, and he's very sorry.

As we reported ... Maher was joking with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse about adults wearing Halloween costumes before he dropped the racial slur.

'Carmichael Show' Star I Want Revenge for Nooses at Museums ... Crackers, Anyone?

6/2/2017 12:30 AM PDT

'Carmichael Show' star Tiffany Haddish is putting hate mongers on notice ... keep leaving nooses at museums, and there will be consequences. 

We got Tiffany at LAX Thursday and asked about the 2 noose incidents -- one was inside the segregation exhibit at the National Museum of African American History, the other on a tree near an art museum.

Tiffany says the hate-filled vandalism doesn't scare the black community.

In fact, she thinks it's time for a little retaliation ... although we're pretty sure her plan is a joke. Mostly.

'Workaholics' Blake Anderson Wife Calls it Quits ... Files for Divorce

6/1/2017 11:16 AM PDT

"Workaholics" star Blake Anderson has more time to get weird, because his wife has filed for divorce.

Rachael Finley filed legal docs last week in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.  

The couple married in 2012 and have a little girl. It's Blake's first marriage.

We're told the couple has been separated for at least 6 months so the divorce petition is not a shock. Our sources say the 2 are getting along, to the extent that they're able to work out the whole co-parenting thing.

Larry King Ted Turner Wouldn't Have Fired Kathy ... Let It Go, CNN!!

6/1/2017 11:17 AM PDT

Larry King's not down with everyone piling on Kathy Griffin for her Trump beheading photo fiasco ... especially his old bosses at CNN.

Larry, formerly Mr. CNN, took the network to task Thursday at LAX. He admits his friend Kathy's photo was in "terrible taste" ... but believes it didn't rise to the level of a fireable offense.

He believes her apology should've been enough for CNN to let it go. It's also very clear Larry's pining for the old days at CNN when someone else had the reins.

Sorry, Jeff Zucker.

James Corden Practically Perfect In Every Way ... As Mary Poppins!!!

6/1/2017 8:21 AM PDT

James Corden did the most British thing ever -- besides high tea with the Queen -- when he dressed up as Mary Poppins and paraded across a London street singing her greatest hits.

Corden's late night show is shooting a few episodes across the pond to air next week. He has a recurring sketch called Crosswalk the Musical where he dresses up and sings in the middle of crosswalks. He's done it before with "Beauty and the Beast."

No detail was left out for James' Mary Poppins bit ... Julie Andrews would be proud.

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