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Comedian Ricky Smith Thanks, Olive Garden ... For $6,000 Apology!

12/2/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-ricky-smith-instagram-olive-garden-01Comedian Ricky Smith got a heartfelt and high-priced apology from Olive Garden after his bizarre and allegedly racist run-in with one of its servers. 

Ricky tells TMZ ... OG's VP of Operations was very apologetic about the incident when they spoke earlier this week. He says the chain hooked him up with a $1,000 gift card, but more importantly ... a $5,000 donation to his charity, Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.

BTW, Ricky's going back to the scene of the "casual racism" ... the Ohio Olive Garden where this all started. He says he'll use the $1,000 gift card to feed less fortunate folks. Breadsticks for everyone! 

One more act of kindness -- Ricky asked OG brass to spare the server and manager who were suspended. As he put it ... it is the holidays.

Little Mary in '3 Men and a Little Lady' 'Memba Her?!

12/2/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1201_3_men_and_a_little_lady_robin_weisman_now_photos_launchRobin Weisman is best known for playing the adorable Mary -- photographed here with Tom Selleck as Peter -- in the 1990 follow-up-flick '3 Men and a Little Lady.' Guess what she looks like now!

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12/1/2016 10:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe McKnight Shooter Is 54-Year-Old White Male ... Cops Say

12/1/2016 3:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201-joe-mcknight-getty-1bThe man who shot and killed Joe McKnight is a 54-year-old white male named Ronald Gasser ... the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office tells TMZ Sports

Law enforcement says Gasser is currently detained and being questioned about why he shot the 28-year-old football star. 

At this point, he has NOT been formally arrested.

Cops say Gasser stayed at the scene of the shooting until cops arrived. Once law enforcement got to the scene, he handed over his gun without further incident. 

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Cops say they're investigating the shooting as a road rage incident -- and are trying to find out what happened in the moments before the former NY Jets running back was killed

Story developing ... 

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'Andy Griffith Show' CBS Sues YouTuber for Stealing ... We're No Deputy Fife!

12/1/2016 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201_andy_griffith_show_cbs_compositeA YouTube channel featuring TV classics like "The Andy Griffith Show" is run by a lowdown crook making money off other people's work ... according to CBS.

In a lawsuit, the network says 8thManDVD.com -- run by Edward Heldman III -- has racked up over 2.5 million views, by posting 16 episodes of the beloved sitcom. CBS alerted YouTube to nip it in the bud and remove the vids, which it did. Temporarily.

Heldman fought back and, according to docs, got the episodes reposted by claiming they were in the public domain. CBS says public domain doesn't matter because the shows contain copyrighted characters like Deputy Barney Fife, Sheriff Andy and of course ... Opie.

Heldman insists he's in the clear because he "remastered" the episodes -- which he believes makes them new and available for his use. He also claims CBS is trying to abuse copyright law.

CBS is suing to get the vids taken down for good, and to grab Heldman's profits from them.

Joe McKnight Ex-NFL Star Killed In Road Rage Incident

12/1/2016 2:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1201_joe_mcknight_getty_Remembering_launch_2update_graphic_red_bar2:40 PM PT -- Cops say they have detained a man they believe to be the shooter -- 54-year-old Ronald Gasser. 

Cops say McKnight did NOT have a gun at the time of the shooting. 

Emergency responders tried to administer CPR but to no avail.

update-grey-gray-barEx-NFL running back Joe McKnight was murdered in a road rage shooting in the New Orleans area ... law enforcement tells TMZ Sports

The incident occurred at 2:43 PM. Family members identified the 28-year-old at the scene. 

A witness told NOLA.com ... she saw McKnight trying to apologize to another man after some sort of traffic incident.

The witness says the man then pulled out a gun and shot McKnight -- and while standing over him screamed, "I told you not to f*** with me" ... then fired another shot into his body. 

1201_joe_mcknight_crime_scene_photosMcKnight was a high school phenom -- considered the best running back in the country.

He played college ball at USC. He was drafted by the NY Jets in 2010.

In a statement to TMZ Sports, the Jets said, "Joe McKnight was a loving father and a genuine, kind-hearted person. It is sad when life is taken in what appears to be such a senseless act of violence. Joe you will be missed."

Joe was currently playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

Roughriders president and CEO Craig Reynolds issued a statement saying, "We are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Joe McKnight."

"Losing a member of our Rider family this way is an unthinkable occurrence. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family, teammates and coaches."

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'Basketball Wives' New Cast Revealed ... Dwyane Wade & Nick Young Won't Be Happy!

12/1/2016 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201_keonna-green_Evelyn-Lozada_Aja-Metoyer_tmz_instagramVH1's "Basketball Wives L.A." is cleaning house ... bringing in several new cast members including Evelyn Lozada, plus the infamous baby mamas to Nick Young and Dwyane Wade ... TMZ has learned.

Production sources tell us Keonna Green, who just had her 2nd kid with Nick, and Aja Metoyer ... who has a 3-year-old by Dwyane -- will join Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman and Jackie Christie for the next season.

Executive producer Shaunie definitely increased the drama with her new hires. Keonna made headlines when her pregnancy broke up Nick's engagement to Iggy Azalea. As for Aja, she hooked up with Dwyane when he was allegedly "on a break" from Gabrielle Union.

1201-nick-young-iron-man-keonna-green-INSTAGRAM-03Nick and Dwyane probably won't watch, but we suspect their lawyers will.

Evelyn was an original cast member when 'BWLA' started in 2010, but left after the 5th season. She's also guest hosting on "The Real" next week.

Ryan Lochte Rio Prosecutors Offer Deal in Olympics Case

12/1/2016 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Rio officials have offered Ryan Lochte a deal to make his criminal case go away ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the offer is 70,000 reals, which in American dollars totals around $20,149.

Lochte was charged with falsely reporting a crime at a gas station during the Rio Olympics. Our sources say so far Lochte has not accepted the deal.

Jimmy Feigen copped a plea months ago and paid half that amount -- 35,000 reals. The prosecutor wanted 70,000 reals from Feigen all along and has actually filed legal docs trying to enforce the higher amount.

We reached out to Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, but he was mum, telling TMZ Sports, "We don't comment on a pending case but are hopeful it will be resolved to the benefit of all parties, including the people of Brazil, the Brazilian government and Ryan."

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Diddy Reminisce Sometime ... Still Missing Biggie at Art Basel

12/1/2016 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-diddy-biggie-painting-dmitry-prut-zeem-rock-01Diddy's down in Miami for Art Basel this week, and already looking to expand his art collection with a Notorious B.I.G. painting worth around $20k ... TMZ has learned.

The mogul attended the hip-hop themed Avant Gallery exhibit at the Rockwell Wednesday night and took immediate interest in buying the 6 ft. painting of Biggie done by Miami street artist Zeem Rock.

Our gallery sources tell us although Diddy really liked the piece, and even posed with it ... he hasn't pulled the trigger yet.

The Biggie portrait was on display next to a Tupac mural, done by the same artist, but we're told Diddy didn't seem interested in that one.

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NASCAR We're Monster Now ... New Sponsor Revealed

12/1/2016 1:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1201-jimmie-johnson-monster-nascar-GETTY-01If NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson wins a record-setting 8th championship next year ... he'll be spraying Monster Energy drinks instead of champagne.

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Guns N' Roses Knock, Knock, Knockin' On Trump Pinata

12/1/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Guns N' Roses did some hardcore hatin' on Donald Trump during a concert -- but they had to figure the audience would love it ... since the show was in Mexico City.

The band paused the music Wednesday night to bring fans onstage to smash a Trump piñata, and they totally went off ... showing no mercy.

YG did the same thing earlier this this week, but with a skinnier piñata -- though we doubt that's gonna make the Prez-elect feel any better. 

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Kodak Black Outta Jail Like Dat 'I Look Forward to Clearing My Name'

12/1/2016 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1201_Kodak-Black_out_of_jail_tmz_wmKodak Black is back on the streets ... after 2 stints in jail in 2 different states.

The 19-year-old rapper was released from Florence County jail in South Carolina just days after he was transferred there from Florida. Black spent 3 months in Florida county lockup, reportedly for drug charges. He was sent up to SC to face a criminal sexual conduct charge.

Kodak was released on $100k bond and says, "I'm happy to finally be going home to my family and friends. I look forward to clearing my name in the very near future."

He also says he can't wait to go back to working on being the "illest rapper alive."

The only question ... will he be the illest in prison or out?

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Kate Upton & Justin Verlander Score Massive Bev Hills Mansion ... Tennis, Anyone?

12/1/2016 12:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-kate-upton-justin-verlander-hilton-hyland-01Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are getting the martial house ready to go ... because they just locked up a sweet Bev Hills mansion for $5.475 mil ... and it comes with its own private tennis court!

The Detroit Tigers pitcher proposed to his supermodel girlfriend back in May -- and we're told the house hunt began shortly after. 

Now, we've learned they pulled the trigger on a 5 bedroom, 6 bath East Coast country style home ... it's 5,000 square feet with an enormous pool and hot tub, koi ponds, park area to entertain guests ... and much, much more! 

We're told the couple closed the deal on the private gated estate back in October. Judy Feder and Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland represented the seller. 

Unclear if the couple is planning on moving in until after the wedding ... but would you let this place sit vacant?? Hell no! 

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