5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
President Obama pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.
TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show. After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear. She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."
Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.
LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.
Hollywood Leg of L.A. Visit
7/22/2014 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The mystery grows over President Obama's visit to Hollywood Wednesday ... which we've learned has now been officially cancelled.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... LAPD brass notified its Hollywood division an hour ago ... they got a call from the Secret Service saying Obama would no longer be coming to Hollywood ... although he is coming to L.A.
TMZ broke the story ... the plan was for Obama to show up at the El Capitan Theatre at 3 PM Wednesday and he would be there for an hour. LAPD sources told us they had been notified about the plan and were ready, but just an hour ago they were told -- without explanation -- to stand down.
We also reported ABC sources told us the purpose of Obama's Hollywood visit was to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show, which tapes right next door to the El Capitan. Kimmel's people told us it was not true ... Obama would not be on the show.
We have contacted the White House multiple times about the Hollywood visit ... but we never got a response.
Gets Protection For Her Family
But NOT Her Husband
7/22/2014 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Angie Harmon just snagged a long-term protective order for her family ... well, everyone except her husband, ex-NFL star Jason Sehorn.
Harmon went to Santa Monica court Tuesday without a lawyer ... she represented herself.
Harmon convinced the judge ... Janice Lee Davis posed a significant threat to her and her family to warrant an order keeping her at a distance ... but "family" did not include Jason.
The order covers her, her 3 kids, a nanny and a family friend who lives at the home ... but no hubby.
People close to Angie tell us ... she didn't include Jason because he's never at the L.A. house ... he lives at their main residence on the East Coast. She's in L.A. with the kids while she shoots her show, "Rizzoli & Isles."
Pop Off Chick Tanisha Thomas
Lies Lies!! She's Not Joining OITNB Cast
7/22/2014 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tanisha Thomas -- star of "Bad Girls Club" -- is herself a very bad girl, because she's lying about being the newest cast member of "Orange is the New Black."
A Netflix spokesperson tells TMZ ... Tanisha has NOT been cast for OITNB, Season 3.
Tanisha Instagrammed a photo of the Season 3 cast, saying, "And guess who just got invited?!!! #blessed #oitnbseason3 look out for your girl."
Tanisha then Instagrammed a photo of herself superimposed in an OITNB promo.
Here's the thing ... she might not be a bad choice.
'Real Housewives' Daughter
Busted for DUI
7/22/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bella Hadid -- the 17-year-old daughter of Yolanda Foster -- who appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" -- was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Bella -- whose stepdad is legendary music producer David Foster and whose dad is Mohamed Hadid -- was driving on PCH at around 4 AM when she allegedly blew through a stop sign and almost collided with an L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. patrol car.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Bella was pulled over and the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol.
Bella blew a .14 -- which approaches double the legal limit -- but because she's a minor it's even worse. She can't drive with ANY alcohol in her system.
It gets worse. Bella was driving on a suspended license.
She was arrested and ultimately released into the care of her famous stepdad.
Thongs for the Vacation ...
Assets Out for BF
7/21/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lea Michele proudly displayed the 3 Bs during her Italian vacay -- boyfriend, boat, and a whole lot of her thong-framed butt.
The "Glee" star was spotted making out with her bf Matthew Paetz ... onboard a boat off Positano this weekend.
Apparently, Matthew's gigolo "research" is paying off -- cause the "coach" is scoring big time on the open sea.
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
7/21/2014 1:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
2:15 PM PDT -- A rep for the Kimmel show tells TMZ Obama will not be doing the show Wednesday. Our ABC sources, however, continue to say he was booked on the show and multiple LAPD sources continue to tell us Obama is scheduled to be at The El Capitan Wednesday at 3 PM for an hour.
President Obama is juggling at least two world crises, but it's not cramping his pop culture style -- we've learned he's coming to L.A. this week to appear on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
ABC Network sources tell TMZ ... the Prez will come to Kimmel's studio Wednesday to tape a special segment. We're also told a big chunk of the interview will be "serious."
The show is shot at the legendary El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
LAPD sources tell TMZ ... the President will only be at in Hollywood for an hour -- at the El Capitan -- beginning at around 3 PM.
We're told the Secret Service has been all over the El Capitan in the last few days.
BITES THE DUST
During Vegas Ho Down (VIDEO)
7/21/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kenya Moore ate some serious carpet Saturday during a Vegas high-rollers competition.
Kenya and other "Real Housewives" from all the franchises were each paired with 4 real high rollers in competitions that included ... well, a lot of lame games. The shindig was held in front of a big audience at Caesars Palace.
One game was teaching the high rollers how to walk a runway. A confident Kenya sauntered down the aisle but bit the dust.
The way she recovers is truly impressive ... one of the best recoveries we've seen.
Goodbye Job ... So Long House
7/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jillian Michaels is a quitter ... after announcing she's leaving "The Biggest Loser" ... she's high-tailing it out of the Hollywood Hills.
Real estate sources tell TMZ ... Michaels just sold her 3-bedroom modern for $2.15M ... her asking price. Her real estate agent was none other than Reza Farahan from "Shahs of Sunset."
Pretty cool pad ... gourmet kitchen and an outdoor pool. A little surprising ... no home gym.
We're told Michaels is headed for the 'Bu -- where gyms are unnecessary because everyone's already skinny and beautiful.
Dead at 86
7/19/2014 11:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary actor James Garner -- star of "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening ... and he was found dead when they arrived on scene.
James died of natural causes.
Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film ... and he starred in a long list of classic films -- as well as a co-starring role in the '94 big screen version of "Maverick" starring Mel Gibson. Garner was the original Bret Maverick from 1957-1960 ... as well as the same character in a short lived '80s remake.
Garner, who was 86 years old, also played the older version of Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook."
I'll Do Rehab If ...
It Gets Me Out of Prison Early
7/20/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
According to court documents obtained by TMZ ... the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member agreed to a 500-hour "intense" drug treatment program during his 8 year sentence -- even though he's not currently addicted to anything.
Law enforcement sources connected to the case tell us Apollo only got into the program because he has a prior DUI -- and we're told his real motivation is lowering his sentence.
Inmates who successfully complete the program typically get early releases.
Of course, there's no such loophole to help him skirt the $1.9 mil he has to pay back to his victims.
WWE Star Nikki Bella
Showing Off Her Doorknobs
To 'Total Divas' Co-Star
7/20/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE star Nikki Bella is putting her real estate license to work ...she's already hawking houses to "celebrity" clients -- including one of her "Total Divas" co-stars.
WWE diva Cameron -- aka Ariane Andrew -- is looking to buy a place in L.A. with her boyfriend ... so she tasked Nikki with the job of finding her new humble abode.
The duo checked out a bunch of places ... Cameron's leaning towards this pad in Tarzana -- featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a brand new salt water pool.
'Party Down South' Star
Jäger Stunt Pays Off
In Boobs and Dongs
7/20/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Who knew beer bonging an entire bottle of Jäger was a smart move? Apparently "Party Down South" star Ryan "Daddy" Richards, that's who.
After TMZ posted a video of Richards guzzling 25 ounces in his hotel room last weekend, a website called sexybeerbongs.com has reached out to Richards ... asking him to be their spokesman.
The company has two products in its line ... the Dong Bong and the Boob Tube.
The site is offering him a percentage of the business, which it claims could be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Sounds like a fair deal for sacrificing precious brain cells.