'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner
Dead at 78
After Battle With Cancer
3/15/2014 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legendary comedian David Brenner has died at the age of 78 ... and he went out with a joke.
Brenner's rep says David passed away peacefully Saturday evening at his NYC home surrounded by family.
As we previously reported ... Brenner slipped into a coma this week after his cancer got aggressive and started spreading rapidly.
D.B. holds the record for most "Tonight Show" appearances with 158 couch sessions. He also hosted the show a handful of times.
We're told David had one final request -- $100 in small bills be placed in his sock -- and said it was "just in case tipping is recommended where I'm going."
Tyler the Creator
For Inciting a Riot
3/15/2014 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tyler the Creator was arrested Saturday afternoon at an airport in Texas ... after cops say they had a warrant with his name on it -- for starting a riot at the SXSW festival.
Austin PD officials say Tyler was booked this afternoon for inciting a riot at his concert Thursday.
Cops released a video of the riot (below) -- and Tyler is clearly telling everyone to break down the barricade to get in. The scene is pretty scary.
As you may recall, Tyler's concert was cancelled the night before -- after a driver plowed into a crowd of people waiting to get in -- leaving 2 dead and 23 injured.
According to the warrant ... a bartender at the facility told police he tried protecting a woman from getting trampled on ... but a guy punched him in the face for it.
Tyler's still in custody on a $3,500 bond.
Girl Who Puked on Gaga
Chill Out Demi
We Didn't Glamorize Anything!
3/15/2014 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The girl who puked all over Lady Gaga's chest during SXSW this week says Demi Lovato needs to calm down ... because their performance wasn't meant to glamorize squat.
Performance artist Millie Brown tells TMZ ... she and Gaga did not intend to offend anyone struggling with bulimia -- they were attempting to challenge the concept of beauty.
Millie says, "there's a clear difference between using my body to create something beautiful, to express myself and feel powerful, rather than using it to punish myself and conform to society's standards."
As we previously reported ... Demi blasted the performance yesterday saying it glamorized bulimia.
Ass Cheek Golf Swing VIDEO
You Gotta See This Bruise
3/15/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
No wonder this chick's so teed off -- TMZ has obtained video of model Liz Dickson taking that golf club to her ass at a Playboy event ... and it's gnarly as hell.
TMZ broke the story ... Dickson is suing Playboy for more than $500,000, claiming she was badly injured at a Playboy golf tournament in L.A. back in 2012 -- after she was asked to lie on her stomach with a tee between her butt cheeks ... while comedian Kevin Klein took a golf swing.
The video is crazy -- but the photo tells the real story.
In addition to the massive welt, Liz Dickson's attorney tells us, the model damaged her hip ligaments and nerves as a result of the accident. He also says she's incurred more than $33,000 in medical bills so far ... and still feels numbness and tingling in her right leg.
Calls to Playboy were not returned.
Johnny Depp, Amber Heard
Slightly Medieval Engagement Party
3/15/2014 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard threw an engagement party Friday night at an awesome, out-of-the-way venue ... that had Medieval touches.
It was miles away from Beverly Hills or Hollywood. The party was thrown at the Carondelt House near downtown L.A.
Lots of stars showed up, including Johnny's director Jerry Bruckheimer, Marilyn Manson, Rick Ruben and Ryan Adams.
Steven Tyler says neither Johnny nor Amber stole the show -- that honor went to Johnny's mom.
There was a ton of food, including lots of vegan selections, to accommodate Amber.
'Tonight Show' Star David Brenner
On Death Bed
3/15/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Brenner -- who holds the record for number of appearances on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson -- is on his death bed and people close to him say it's just a matter of days.
Sources close to Brenner say the 78-year-old comedian has cancer that has been aggressive ... spreading rapidly.
We're told Brenner slipped into a coma this week ... and doctors don't expect him to pull through.
David sat on Carson's couch 158 times ... and even hosted the "Tonight Show" a few times.
He was also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show.
4:00 PM PST -- Brenner's rep says the comedian passed away Saturday evening.
In Jail for the Long Haul
3/15/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will probably spend the next month behind bars, and possibly a lot longer.
TMZ broke the story ... Chris was arrested and jailed Friday after getting thrown out of the Malibu rehab facility where he's been living for nearly 4 months, per judge's order. The judge in the Rihanna case ordered Chris to stay at the rehab joint until April 28, when his D.C. assault case goes to trial. But Chris broke the rules, was booted, and Sheriff's deputies hauled him to jail.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, will appear in court Monday, trying to convince the judge to cut Brown a break and let him either go to another rehab facility or go on house arrest pending the D.C. trial. That will be an uphill battle, given that this is the second rehab facility that booted Brown.
The D.C. trial is set for April 17. Geragos has a pretty strong defense -- there are problems with the prosecution's case. But if Chris is found guilty, he could end up in PRISON for breaking the law while on probation in the Rihanna case.
The stakes are high. Brown has a lot to think about behind bars.
My Skinny Ass is Done
With Weight Watchers
3/15/2014 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just like most plus size girls who lose a ton of weight ... Jennifer Hudson is dumping her main squeeze -- Weight Watchers.
Hudson says her time with the diet company has been life changing ... a total understatement ... she went from a size 16 to 6, losing 80 lbs, using the product -- and got pretty damn hot in the process.
J Hud linked up with W.W. in 2010 after giving birth the year before.
Company honchos say they assume she will continue using their products.
It sure seems to work better than pizza.
I'm Filing For
3/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
What does it say about Kate Major's condition that Michael Lohan thinks she is so bad off ... he needs to file for full custody of their baby?
That's right ... Papa Lohan tells TMZ he fears so much for his young son's safety ... he wants a judge to make him the primary parent ... this following Major's arrest Thursday night for DUI and battery.
According to our sources, Lohan will go to court first thing Monday morning to file legal docs. We're told he wants the court to give Major monitored supervision ... that is, once she gets out of jail.
Lohan tells TMZ he thinks Major's doctors are to blame. He says she's only gone off the deep end recently -- since they put her back on meds -- and he wants the docs investigated.
When it comes to the Lohan family, it's always someone else's fault.
Katy Perry's Fired Stripper
Back on the Grind
3/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The stripper who was fired for taking photos with Katy Perry -- inside a strip club -- is back in the good graces of the stripper gods ... TMZ has learned, after breaking the cardinal strip club rule she got her job back ... but with one G-string attached.
Sources tell us, Cassidy (her stripper name) received a call from Spearmint Rhino honchos, informing her she could have her job back -- but she's not allowed to work at the Santa Barbara location where she was fired.
Instead, we're told Cassidy is now back working at a nearby Spearmint Rhino location in the decidedly less tony Oxnard.
TMZ broke the story ... Cassidy lost her stripper Santa Barbara job last month after management found out she'd been taking pics with Katy inside the strip club ... A HUGE NO-NO. TMZ later posted the pics.
Ain't nuthin' but a g strang.
Separated From Bodyguard
Blocked By Canada
3/15/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has been separated from the bodyguard who has become his biggest confidante ... because Canada thinks the guy is just too violent.
Hugo Hesney faces felony charges for 2 separate assaults ... one against a photog and another against a cop.
Hesney tried to accompany Bieber when he flew to Toronto earlier in the week, but we're told authorities turned him away at customs because of the pending criminal cases. So Bieber bought him a one way commercial ticket back to the U.S.
Hesney has become Bieber's main man ... not just a bodyguard but someone Bieber relies on for advice. Bieber said in his now-infamous deposition ... he trust Hesney to give him straight answers.
The bodyguard has big problems now ... when he doesn't work, he doesn't get paid. Something to think about before jumping on people's asses.