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Mike Pence Notre Dame Grads Storm Out in Protest

5/21/2017 11:26 AM PDT
Breaking News

11:35 AM PT -- A Notre Dame school official tells TMZ the university was aware of the walk-out, and even helped them out a bit for minimal distractions. Students asked ND heads a few days before graduation which exit they should take to cause the least amount of attention. ND didn't fight the protest. We're also told about 99% of the class stayed and received Pence warmly, which they consider a success.Mike Pence learned the true meaning of the phrase "Fighting Irish" when a couple dozen grads removed themselves from the ceremony during the Veep's commencement speech.

Pence was asked by Notre Dame to deliver the speech Sunday at its graduation, but the moment he stepped up to the lectern ... at least 20 students got up headed toward the back.

It was a planned protest against the Trump administration ... point made.

It's kind of a big deal. ND is a Catholic school ... and Pence is famously Christian. Also, the university is in Indiana ... where he served as governor before being tapped as Trump's VP.

Pence carried on like nothing happened. He fired up the audience and even got some cheers.

'Bachelor' Ben Higgins Concert-Going with Ashley Iaconetti ... After Split from Lauren

5/21/2017 9:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ben Higgins is back on the market, and he's already going out with another "Bachelor" hottie ... but it's not what you think.

Ben went to a Bryan Adams concert Saturday night at the Greek Theater in L.A. with none other than "Bachelor" alum Ashley Iaconetti. She was on Chris Soules' season right before Ben's ... famous for her celibacy. 

Eyewitnesses tell us Ben and Ashley were definitely there together, and seemed pretty friendly ... sans PDA, though. We're told they were chatting it up, just not exclusively.

Sources close to Ben cleared up the confusion easily ... they're just friends. The 2 "Bachelor" stars are launching a radio podcast together this week, "Almost Famous," and went to the concert with other folks from iHeart Radio. They've also been promoting their new gig ... so it makes sense they'd be hanging out.

As we reported ... Ben and his ex-fiance, Lauren Bushnell, officially called it quits last week. 

As for Ben and Ashley ... it's strictly business.

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Michelle Obama Belleza Rosa

5/21/2017 8:32 AM PDT

While Barack was hitting the links in Tuscany, Michelle Obama was hitting the sights about 67 miles away ... and looking good in pink doing it.

The former First Lady was strolling around in Montalcino, Italy this weekend -- and she appeared to be the talk of the small town. You can't blame the locals ... she kinda stood out with the pink and white. Plus ... it's Michelle Freakin' Obama. She'll always turn heads.

Michelle snagged a second for herself during a food break, but then it was right back into the international spotlight. Togliti di mezzo!

What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

5/21/2017 8:04 AM PDT

Everything’s coming up roses in these two pics of Milla Jovovich ... put your skills to the test as you search for the differences hiding in these almost identical scenic shots. 

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!**

Beyonce 2nd Baby Shower Tatted in Her Mind ... And On Her Belly

5/21/2017 7:11 AM PDT

Beyonce is just about ready to pop -- and it REALLY showed at her 2nd baby shower this weekend ... mostly 'cause of her belly tattoos.

Bey hosted a "Carter Push Party" Saturday and invited her mom, Tina, and a few her famous gal pals -- including her Destiny's Child crew Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland ... plus Lala Anthony AND fellow expecting mom Serena Williams.

But the highlight was obviously Queen Bey, who was walking around in some kind of tribal outfit with her very preggo belly fully exposed ... and covered in henna tattoos. Reminds us of when she first announced the twins

It seems like any day now, but Bey's dad Mathew Knowles said on "TMZ Live" Friday she was more than 2 weeks away.

SNL Team Trump Sings 'Hallelujah' ... Hang in There, America!

5/21/2017 6:45 AM PDT

Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway and the rest of the White House team sang a song of hope to fire up the season finale of SNL ... just like Hillary Clinton did 6 months ago.

Alec Baldwin as Trump began playing the opening chords to "Hallelujah" during the cold open, and was soon joined by Conway, Mike Pence and a good chunk of his WH staff. Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer was noticeably absent.

Anyway, the sing-along might ring a bell -- Kate McKinnon did the song as Clinton the weekend after the presidential election ... telling America she wasn't giving up and they shouldn't either.  

Baldwin's Trump has a similar message, but a different (and hilarious) rationale. 

Barack Obama Fore Score!!!

5/21/2017 7:36 AM PDT

Barack Obama has made it clear ... he's worried about the state of our union, but it didn't get in the way of what looks like an awesome round of golf ... Italian style.

The former Prez hit the links at the Castiglion Del Bosco Resort during holiday in Tuscany.

The best part of the video ... he clearly relishes driving the golf cart.  Presidents aren't allowed to take the wheel ... it's a thing, and most of them miss driving themselves around.

Stephen Colbert Hey Donald, Don't Hurry Back

5/21/2017 7:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Stephen Colbert looked super relaxed Saturday in NYC, apparently relieved the Commander in Chief is otherwise occupied.

The talk show king clearly thinks Donald Trump shouldn't rush things along in the Middle East ... favoring an extended trip for the Prez.

Colbert was on his way in to Milk Studios for Vulture Fest, where he sat with Aziz Ansari, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon on a panel to discuss the TV biz.

The good news for Colbert ... wherever in the world Trump is, there's plenty of material.

Kanye West Sweats it Over New Album

5/21/2017 7:23 AM PDT

Kanye West is back in his hood, strolling through Calabasas after seeking musical inspiration on the highest mountaintop in Wyoming.

Kanye breezed into his studio Saturday with a few buds, presumably to work on new music. TMZ broke the story ... Kanye's working on a new album and has gone to a Wyoming resort several times over the last month for some peace and quiet.  

The resort is super luxurious and he's spent more than a week each time ... all by his lonesome.

Cher Billboard TV Execs Fear Trump Bashing During Awards Speech

5/21/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cher can't resist going after Donald Trump Meryl Streep-style, at least that's the worry of Billboard Award honchos who worry her acceptance speech could become super vulgar.

Sources tell TMZ ... they're dealing with what they believe is the inevitable -- Cher hates Donald Trump with a passion and will go on the attack Sunday night when she receives the Icon Award.

Here's the dilemma ... show execs don't want to cut Cher's mic, because it will look like censorship and possibly even a pro-Trump move. It could also piss off the anti-Trump audience.

The flip side ... if Cher unleashes her considerable vocabulary of forbidden words, ABC could be in hot water with the FCC.

Cher -- who is set to perform at her first award show in 15 years -- has been vocally against Trump, and has called him an obnoxious asshole and  a "f***ing" idiot. She also said, "He wants the adulation. He doesn't give a s**t about the work."

Nick Carter's Dad Family Wants Autopsy To Prevent More Deaths

5/21/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bob Carter's kids don't want their dad cremated just yet ... they want an autopsy, but not because they believe foul play was involved in his death.

Bob's widow, Ginger, has already signed off on cremation papers. She tells us Bob was in bad health, so she didn't feel an autopsy was necessary. Ginger says doctors already told her the cause of death was a heart attack.

Some of the Carter kids are worried that heart disease might run in their family, but they're in the dark. They're hoping an autopsy would give their own doctors a road map to determine if they also have heart disease ... and if they do they could take early measures to control or even eliminate it.

The medical examiner says a state-funded autopsy isn't in the cards because it only covers foul play. That means if the Carters one, they're on their own. We're told Aaron's agreed to front the $$$.

Ginger's agreeable, so it looks like an autopsy is in the cards.

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Ric Flair I Almost Ran For Governor ... Here's Why It Didn't Happen

5/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
TMZ Sports

Governor Nature Boy?

According to Mr. Stylin' and Profilin' himself it almost happened, and now Ric Flair is telling TMZ Sports what he saw that made him change his mind about getting into politics ... FOREVER.

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Riff Raff I'm Outta the Codeine Castle ... It's Yours for $1.4 Mil

5/21/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

End of an era ... Riff Raff's ridiculously purple Las Vegas home he affectionately dubbed the Codeine Castle is up for grabs.

Riff Raff moved out about a month ago, and stands to make a small profit -- he purchased it for $1.3 million 2 years ago ... and it's listing for $1.4 mil. 

It ain't your average suburban family -- every one of the 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms is grey and purple. The backyard doesn't stray from the theme either ... grey lagoon pool with a purple slide. There's also a swim-up bar and another tiki bar in the yard.

The home is listed with Zar Zanganeh of Luxe Estates & Lifestyles.

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