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WorldStarHipHop Founder Was On Weight Loss Kick Before Death

1/24/2017 2:53 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0124-Lee-ODenat-tmzWorldStarHipHop founder Lee O'Denat -- better known as "Q" -- had been on a fierce path to slim down in the weeks leading up to his death.

We're told Q, the face of WorldStar, had been going HAM in the gym and on the treadmill -- sometimes at 5 AM. People close to him say he was over 300 lbs. at his heaviest, but had been shedding weight to look his best for his new MTV reality show ... slated to premiere in the Spring.

The show revolved around 43-year-old Q, his website's crazy videos and celebrity guest appearances. We're told Q had been telling friends how insanely busy he'd been juggling the show and his new gym life.

TMZ broke the story, Q died in his sleep Monday night. An autopsy is set for Tuesday.

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President Trump Grateful for 'Loyal Tom Brady' ... Ignore the Haters, Bro

1/24/2017 9:04 AM PST
Breaking News

President Donald Trump has a message to his friends, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods, who have been getting crap for their friendship with the Commander in Chief -- HATERS GONNA HATE!!!

Trump's mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, went on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday and directly addressed the "blowback" that came after the QB defended his friendship with Donald on a radio interview. 

"President Trump is just so grateful that friends like Tom Brady are loyal and can ignore the shrapnel, the verbal shrapnel," Conway said.

She also said Trump appreciates Patriots owner Robert Kraft -- calling him a "good friend ... a fabulous man and leader in this country."

So, guessing he's rooting for New England? 

'SNL' Writer Suspended, Apologizes for Barron Trump Tweet

1/23/2017 12:47 PM PST
Breaking News

0123_Katie-Rich_snl_twitter'SNL' acted swiftly to punish one of its writers after she tweeted a tasteless joke about 10-year-old Barron Trump.

A source familiar with the situation says 'SNL' has suspended Katie Rich indefinitely, and the suspension came down immediately after her infamous social media post on inauguration Friday. 

Rich tweeted, "Barron will be this country's first homeschool shooter."

Rich has since deleted all her tweets, with the exception of an apology she posted Monday.

Deadline first reported her suspension.


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'The West Wing' Star Richard Schiff The Press Should Press Trump

1/23/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Schiff's character on "The West Wing" believed the press should always stay close to the president ... and he stands by that today in the real world.

We got Richard, aka Toby Ziegler, enjoying a sucker in Beverly Hills ... and he says Donald Trump's trying to make a sucker of the media by holding them at bay. It's a page right out of 'West Wing.'

Schiff has an idea how the press can turn it around and keep a watchful eye on our new leader ... but it might not work -- Trump claims he keeps a lookout for that.

'Bachelor' Star's Mom Corinne's Faking But I'm Really Calling Cops

1/22/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

'Bachelor' star Corinne Olympios is getting some help in the villain department ... from the show's producers, according to Corinne's mom.

Corinne's mom, Peri, told us the show went all-out to push Corinne into the bad girl role -- and she gave up some specific examples ... including Nick Viall's now infamous run-in with the whipped cream

Peri also called out all the 'Bachelor' fans taking shots at her daughter. Apparently, they've dug up Peri's phone number ... something she's not going to let slide.

Mama Olympios doesn't play either.


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'Lethal Weapon' Cop Crashes Set ... Gets Her Depp Bubble Burst

1/21/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0120-lethal-weapon-fox-01"Lethal Weapon" star Clayne Crawford was shooting a scene when an LAPD officer busted it up ... purely by accident, but that's not the most embarrassing part for the cop.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... one of their own made the blunder last week while the FOX show was filming near city hall. We're told the director had to cut the action until the cop got out of the way.

To make matters worse, she told everyone afterward her Hollywood faux pas was totally worth it because at least Johnny Depp waved and smiled at her.

Her joy turned to disappointment when she was later told Johnny was nowhere near the set. Turns out her "Depp" was really Crawford ... who does bear a striking resemblance to Donnie Brasco.

Better luck next time, officer.

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'Flip or Flop' Dominates NBA as King of Ratings

1/20/2017 4:07 PM PST

0120-flip-or-flop-happy-HGTV-01We don't do ratings stories but this is interesting ... "Flip or Flop" -- despite the off-screen drama from its hosts -- annihilated Thursday's cable TV lineup to win the ratings game.

The show snagged more than 2 million viewers. #2 was an NBA game that scored 1.4 million viewers. The other NBA game was #3 at 1.2 mil.

It's definitely good news for Tarek and Christina El Moussa. Lots of people thought their TV gooses were cooked now that they're getting unhitched.  

We're told the network's mulling over whether to bring back the show for another season but clearly conflict and angst are good for business.

Marshawn Lynch Ghostrides Monster Truck ... Smashes Puny Jeep

1/19/2017 1:59 PM PST

Marshawn Lynch went BEAST MODE on a monster truck -- ghostriding the massive vehicle and then using it to CRUSH a Jeep.

The ex-NFL star got all smashy-smashy with the guys from Discovery Channel's "Diesel Brothers" ... and he LOVED IT.

They even busted out some donuts ... with the crushed Jeep still under the truck.

Gotta hand it to Marshawn (unlike Pete Carroll) ... he's really enjoying retirement.

Miguel Ferrer 'NCIS' and 'Crossing Jordan' Star Dies of Cancer

1/19/2017 1:45 PM PST
Breaking News

0119_miguel_ferrer_launchMiguel Ferrer, who co-starred in dozens of huge TV shows, died Thursday of cancer.

Miguel was best known for co-starring on "Crossing Jordan" for six years with Jill Hennessy and playing FBI agent Albert Rosenfield on "Twin Peaks."

More recently he's starred in "NCIS: Los Angeles" ... but Miguel's been THAT guy -- the character actor you always recognize -- since the '80s when he had roles on "Magnum, P.I.," "Cagney & Lacey" and "Miami Vice."

Miguel's cousin, George Clooney said ... "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day, (monumental events), pale in comparison. We love you Miguel. We always will."

Deadline first reported his death.

Miguel was 61.

Lisa Vanderpump Torn About Promoting 'A Dog's Purpose' ... But Has a Solution

1/19/2017 8:46 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Vanderpump's excitement about promoting "A Dog's Purpose" was crushed when she saw the disturbing video of a terrified German Shepherd on the movie's set.

We caught Lisa in Bev Hills, hours after TMZ first posted the footage of Hercules ... one of the dogs starring in the upcoming movie. She was clearly heartsick over what she saw -- particularly because of her commercial for the flick, and her extensive work with the Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

Sources close to the network tell TMZ ... Bravo honchos are mulling over whether to pull the ad Lisa shot, but regardless of what they do -- she's made a decision about the payday she got for doing it.

The Rock Lets a Finger Slip ... 'Saluting' Kevin Hart

1/18/2017 6:46 PM PST

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got busted giving Kevin Hart the bird on live TV, but to be fair ... Kevin kind of had it coming.

Hart had just finished thanking all of his co-stars for winning favorite comedy performance in "Central Intelligence" on the People's Choice Awards ... but gave the reverse of a shout-out to The Rock. 

The Rock laughed it off, but then decided to pay Kevin back right before the camera cut away ... a split second too late.

The Rock won an award for Favorite Premium Series Actor a few minutes later for his role on "Ballers."

Blake Griffin To Appear In 'White Men Can't Jump' Reboot ... Producer Hints

1/18/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blake Griffin isn't just producing the "White Men Can't Jump" reboot, there's also a "high" chance he'll appear in it ... so says the guy writing the flick, Kenya Barris.

Kenya is a BIG DEAL in Hollywood -- he didn't just create "Black-ish" but also co-created "America's Next Top Model."

Kenya tells TMZ Sports he's got a great working relationship with Blake -- who's been dabbling in Hollywood when he's not killing it on the court. In fact, he credits Griffin for getting the project off the ground in the first place.

Kenya says he'd love to have the ORIGINAL guys -- Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson -- appear in the flick, but wants to make sure the movie feels different from the 1992 classic.

And the biggest difference? Kenya says white guys CAN jump now ... and are crushing dunk contests ... and that'll be a factor in the movie.

Donald Trump Sued By Accuser For Defamation 'Apprentice' Contestant Holds Presser

1/17/2017 12:39 PM PST
Breaking News

0118-donald-trump-summer-zervos-tmz-getty-01One of the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual assault has finally pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against the President-elect.

Former 'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit in NYC Tuesday, claiming Trump defamed her when he publicly called her a liar, claimed the assault never happened and referred to her allegation as "totally made up nonsense."

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, she also calls him out as a "sexual predator."

The suit goes on to claim Trump used his platform as a presidential candidate to denigrate and verbally attack Zervos and other accusers.

She's asking for a retraction and/or an apology, plus damages.

Zervos and her attorney, Gloria Allred, announced the lawsuit with a news conference ... where she reiterated her claim Trump sexually assaulted her during a 2007 business meeting.

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