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'Riverdale' Star Charles Melton 'I'm Truly Sorry' For Fat-Shaming Rant

6/19/2018 2:03 PM PDT
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"Riverdale" star Charles Melton is apologizing and blaming immaturity for some really heinous fat-shaming comments he made that have come back to haunt him.

Melton is addressing the now 6-year-old tweets that have gone viral after someone mined them out of his timeline. Low lights include, "Word of wisdom for the day...if your [sic] fat...don't look in the mirror" ... and "Don't tease fat kids, they already have enough on their plates."

Melton now says, "I'm truly sorry for making inconsiderate comments several years ago and apologize to anyone I hurt. What I posted and said was immature, offensive and inappropriate. I am ashamed of how I acted and there is no excuse for that behavior."

The actor was a total unknown back in 2012, which explains the tweets going unnoticed. His first acting gig didn't come until a "Glee" role in 2014.

He added, "I’m striving to do better and will use this experience to grow, helping others to understand how these types of statements are completely unacceptable.”

Connor from 'Bachelorette' Fires Warning Shot at Lincoln ... 'Tell All' Show Will Be Your Worst Nightmare

6/19/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Connor Obrochta from "The Bachelorette" wants his fellow contestant Lincoln Adim's attention ... so he can tell him to stay the hell away from Becca Kufrin and the rest of her suitors when they reunite for the 'Tell All' episode.

We spoke to Connor and it's crystal clear the fitness coach from Florida was never a fan of Lincoln (they had a spat early in the season) and especially now that Lincoln's dark past has surfaced.

As we reported ... Lincoln was charged with indecent assault and battery a week before the premiere, after allegedly groping a woman's breasts and grinding up on her aboard a ship.

Connor says hearing about Lincoln's dirty laundry rubbed him the wrong way. Check it out ... Connor says Lincoln's gonna get his ass handed to him if he decides to show up to the 'Tell All' episode, which hasn't filmed yet.

#ShotsFired 

Talent Agent Tyler Grasham Skates Charges in Last Sexual Assault Case

6/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Talent agent Tyler Grasham will not face any charges in his sexual assault case being reviewed by the L.A. City Attorney's Office ... TMZ has learned. 

We broke the story ... the L.A. County District Attorney's Office had already rejected 4 cases against Grasham citing insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations running out. But one of them -- by a man alleging Grasham stuck his hand down his pants in 2014 after meeting on Tinder -- was kicked to the City Attorney's Office for possible misdemeanor prosecution.

We've now learned the City Attorney's Office also rejected the case ... again citing that the statute of limitations had run out. Case closed.

Antonio Sabato Jr. Divorce Final ... He Gets the House and Car

6/18/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Antonio Sabato Jr. is officially a single man, just in time to hit the Congressional campaign trail.

According to the docs, the former soap star and his ex, Cheryl Marie, reached an agreement on their divorce back on December 31, 2017. Happy new year, indeed. However, it took several months for the judge to sign off.

The exes have joint legal and physical custody of their 7-year-old son, Antonio III. As for property, he gets the house and a 2015 Fiat. They both agreed to return the Maserati they were leasing.

Antonio has to pay child and spousal support, though it's light for a Hollywood divorce. He'll fork over $533 a month for his kid. Cheryl gets $350 monthly in alimony, but only until April 2019. They were only married for 5 years.

He also has to pay her $10k for attorney fees, and agree not to take any drugs without a valid prescription. As we reported, Cheryl claimed Antonio abused prescription drugs, and was worried about their son's safety. Sabato admitted issues with sleeping pills, but told us he's an outspoken advocate on fighting addiction.

He'll be the Republican candidate for California's 26th District, come November.

'House of Cards' Star Reg E. Cathey Left Behind Nearly $500,000

6/18/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"House of Cards" star Reg E. Cathey had a small fortune to his name when he died earlier this year from lung cancer ... TMZ has learned.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Reg -- also known for his huge role on "The Wire" -- had about $495k in several accounts. The docs include a list of his relatives who could be eligible to claim the assets.

TMZ broke the story ... the beloved actor died in February surrounded by friends and family. His funeral costs were just over $2k, according to the docs ... and included $180 for cremation. A family member tells us his ashes were spread in NYC, where he lived most of his adult life.

Reg was 59.

Wendi McLendon-Covey Shame On Sessions! Concentration Camps Not Different From Border Kids

6/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"The Goldbergs" star Wendi McLendon-Covey says there's not much difference between children held at the border and those in concentration camps ... and she's scolding politicians for thinking otherwise. 

We got Wendi at LAX Friday morning, where she shamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible as an excuse for separating kids from their parents who were just gunning for a better life in the U.S.

There have been photos circulating of children allegedly locked up behind fences and in cages, and Wendi says it's like God has indeed left the building.

As for that difference ... Wendi really paints a scary picture. 

Rick Hilton I Got An Italian Palazzetto For You If You Have Cryptocurrency

6/17/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Got millions in cryptocurrency laying around? Then we've got the Roman mansion for you!

Rick Hilton's Hilton & Hyland company is offering up a 17k square foot, $42-million mansion to the auction block. This is the first home in U.S. history to offer bidding in cryptocurrency.

The 5-story home, dubbed The Palazzetto, was built by famed architect and sculptor Giacomo Della Porta back in the 16th century ... Porta also collaborated a ton with Michelangelo.

The crib features 11 bedrooms, 15.5 baths and 3 kitchens. It also has some modern features including a gym, spa, movie theater and entertainment room.

We're told bids are also being accepted in cash too, but what's the fun in that these days.

Ed O'Neill Good Genes or Good Docs?

6/17/2018 12:10 AM PDT

Ed O'Neill's good looks are far better than any other modern man. 

Here's a 47-year-old version of the blue-eyed "Married with Children" father back in 1993 (left) and 25 years later ... the now 72-year-old "Modern Family" actor (and real-life father of 2) rockin' glasses at a party in Los Angeles earlier this year (right).

Happy Father's Day!

The question is ...

Classic TV Dads 'Memba Them?

6/17/2018 12:00 AM PDT

We're celebrating all the dads this Father's Day!

From Tony on "Who's The Boss?" and Ray on "Everybody Loves Raymond," to Hal on "Malcolm in the Middle" and Carl Winslow on "Family Matters" ... scroll through our gallery to see the paternal pics of then and now to celebrate some of the most iconic father figures TV has to offer.

Chris Hardwick Nerdist Site Cuts All Ties Following Sexual Abuse Allegations by Ex-GF

6/15/2018 11:51 AM PDT

Chris Hardwick's been scrubbed from the Nerdist website he founded after accusations of emotional and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, seem to clearly implicate him.

Legendary Entertainment removed all references to Hardwick on the site Friday and says he no longer has any affiliation with the company since his contract expired in 2017.

This comes on the heels of an explosive essay by Dykstra -- who dated Hardwick from 2012 to 2014 -- in which she reveals she was forced to have sex with and follow strict rules made by a man 20 years older than her with whom she was in a relationship.

She does not name Hardwick, but says this man went from being a "podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company." Hardwick is almost 20 years older than Dykstra and is the founder of Nerdist Industries ... and the timeline laid out in her essay also matched up with her relationship with him.

Dykstra alleges the man she dated didn't allow her to go out at night without him, didn't allow her to have male friends and told her she couldn't drink because he was sober. She says, "I would try to sleep in as late as possible so my days were shorter. I stopped listening to music entirely. I ceased to be. I was an ex-person."

In her essay, Dykstra also claims she was regularly pressured into sex against her will for fear of upsetting or losing the man, and after she finally left him ... her career was railroaded by him and she was blacklisted at age 25.

Hardwick has yet to respond, but when we talked to him in October about the Harvey Weinstein scandal ... he told us women should go to the internet and speak up, saying "social media's really empowered people to not be victims anymore."

Drake 'Degrassi' Vid Wasn't Smoke Screen From Pusha T Beef

6/15/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake's new music video for "I'm Upset" -- with his 'Degrassi' castmates -- wasn't a clever distraction from his beef with Pusha T ... but it was a bad, and unavoidable, coincidence.

Drizzy took a ton of heat for releasing the video while fans were dying for him to respond to Push. It came off like he was using the whole 'Degrassi' reunion thing as a smoke screen for the drama.

However, sources close to production tell us they started planning for the single's release and video weeks before it was even shot.

As we reported, Pusha T released "The Story of Adidon" -- a diss track that revealed Drake has a secret son -- on Tuesday, May 29. We're told the "I'm Upset" shoot schedule was set for last weekend, before Push's track came out, and neither Drake nor his team felt it needed to change.

Drizzy revealed Wednesday night he'll release his new album, "Scorpion," on June 29 -- so, it's still possible he'll fire back then.

However, as we've told you, powerful people around him are advising against it.

Drake's 'Degrassi' Music Vid Reunion Planned in Like One Week! Costars Give Drizzy Props

6/14/2018 5:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake got his old 'Degrassi' costars to reunite for his new music video on just about a week's notice ... so say two of his former cast/classmates.   

Shane Kippel and Ephraim Ellis -- who played Drake's best friend and fateful shooter on the show, respectively -- tell us Drizzy's new treatment for "I'm Upset" was literally shot this past weekend, and that they'd only gotten a heads-up mere days before that.

That's pretty crazy, considering Drake dropped the video Wednesday night ... less than a week after filming. In fact, Ephraim says he got an email about the production last Tuesday.

Sounds like it's been a while since everyone from Degrassi Community School has had a chance to fully get together too ... especially when it comes to seeing their beloved Jimmy. Shane says he hasn't seen the dude in 5 years ... and it's been WAY longer for Ephraim.

Yeah, we're not upset about this at all. 

'Degrassi' Actor Daniel Clark I'm Really Upset!!! I Was Left Out of Drake's Reunion Music Vid

6/14/2018 2:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Clark -- best known for playing Sean Cameron on "Degrassi: The Next Generation" -- isn't feeling the love after missing out on a cameo in Drake's new music vid ... and is clueless why he didn't get the invite.

Daniel tells TMZ ... he found out about the surprise 'Degrassi' cast reunion with Drake, aka Jimmy Brooks, in his "I'm Upset" video just like the rest of us did Wednesday night when it was released. He says nobody ever reached out to him.

He says he's shocked because about 20 of his former costars made the cut. For the record, Daniel would definitely have accepted an invitation, and tells us the cast is "like family." Or so he thought.

His positive spin on it is ... everyone looks great in the vid, and he's happy for his former costars and 'Degrassi' fans who get to see their favorite characters again.

It just stings he wasn't one of them ... and now he's still wondering why. 

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