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Fiona the Hippo It's My 1st Bday!!! Pass the 600-Pound Cake

1/24/2018 2:02 PM PST

She was a long shot to make it this far, but Fiona the hippo turned 1 year old Wednesday ... and the Cincinnati Zoo is having a phat fat celebration! 

You'll recall, Fiona was born 6 weeks premature and weighed a mere 29 pounds -- a record for any hippo born in captivity. The good news is she's a very healthy 600 pounds one year later.

Naturally, Fi got a cake for her bday. No ice cream cake though ... strictly fruits and veggies, but she's a herbivore so it's cool. She's so damn cute, we'd almost forget the whole thing about hippos being seriously deadly animals. Almost. 

Happy bday, Fiona! Don't eat us.

Drew Carey Closest to Falling Off Stage Without Going Over

1/24/2018 2:11 PM PST

Drew Carey ... COME ON DOWN!!! To the ground.

"The Price is Right" host might be nursing sore ribs after falling victim to a massive fail during Wednesday's show. A woman named Sona won the prelim round, and went HAM on Drew.

Luckily for the host, a light fixture kept him from toppling completely off the stage after the wild bear hug -- or this vid would be a lot less funny. Carey popped up like a true pro.

Sona was okay, too, and went on to win a treadmill and $2,000. Drew won bumps and bruises.

Questlove, NBC Sued You Fired Us 'Cause We're White All Over a 'Racist' Text

1/24/2018 1:00 PM PST
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6:00 PM PT -- A rep for Questlove tells us he denies the "ridiculous allegations" in this suit, adding ... "Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis."

3:36 PM PT -- A rep for NBC tells us, "NBC is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We have strong policies in place that protect against discrimination in any form. The decision about these plaintiffs was the company's alone."

Questlove demanded NBC fire two white camera guys on the 'Tonight Show' over a racist group text they never asked to be a part of ... this according to a new lawsuit.

Camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino just filed suit against the TV network and the leader of The Roots after what they claim was misappropriated blame and racial retaliation from Questlove after each of them received a racist text he caught wind of.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, a stagehand sent Decker, Cimino and Roots member Mark Kelley -- who's black -- a text during a taping of the 'Tonight Show' last year, which they say they never asked for or responded to. They say they tried explaining this to NBC execs in an attempt to distance themselves from the vile text, which they feared would be associated with them.

Questlove got wind of this and demanded that NBC fire the camera operators, which NBC did.

The Roots band member who also received the texts did not get punished.

'RHONY' Star Luann de Lesseps Officially Charged for Drunken Rampage ... Still Facing Felony

1/24/2018 11:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Countess Luann de Lesseps has officially been hit with 3 charges for her alleged drunken holiday attack on a cop ... TMZ has learned.

The 'Real Housewives of NYC' star has been charged with a felony count of resisting an officer with violence, along with a trespassing and disorderly intoxication charge -- both misdemeanors ... according to new docs. She faces up to 5 years in prison for the felony charge.

The good news for Luann -- 2 additional felony counts of corruption by threat were not filed against her.

As we reported ... Lesseps was originally looking at 4 felony counts after being busted in Palm Beach, Florida around Christmas Eve. She checked into rehab a few days after the drunken arrest.

Dennis Rodman Leaves Rehab Begins 'Long-Term Treatment'

1/24/2018 11:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

After completing a week at an inpatient rehab center in Jersey, Dennis Rodman is out ... but swears to continue working on his sobriety. 

Rodman had checked in to the Turning Point treatment center following his DUI arrest earlier this month. Now, his rep Darren Prince says he's moving to a nearby outpatient center operated by Turning Point before continuing his long-term treatment in California. 

"He’s been working with psychotherapists as well as in group recovery classes," Prince says ... adding, "[Rodman] has finally been accountable for his behavior from alcohol over the years."

Rodman also commented ... saying, "The doctors and nurses at Turning Point were really cool and made me feel comfortable and understand how I got myself into this position and what I need to do to stay on this path."

Flavor Flav Attacked in Vegas Casino

1/24/2018 10:45 AM PST
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Flavor Flav was on the receiving end of a brutal beatdown in Vegas ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the attack happened Tuesday at the South Point Casino. Flav told cops the suspect, Ugandi Howard, accused him of somehow disrespecting his mother, and then started swinging. Flav says Howard punched him in the face, and kicked him while he was on the ground.

Flav told cops he only went down because he pulled a groin muscle. 

Cops say casino security took Howard into custody. When officers arrived, he was cited for battery and released. Flav went to a hospital to get checked out, but only suffered minor injuries. 

Of course, the whole thing was captured on casino surveillance video, and law enforcement tells us it shows Howard throwing the first punch.

'Storm Chasers' Star Joel Taylor Dead From Suspected OD

1/24/2018 10:22 AM PST
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10:50 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, "It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances."

A passenger who interacted with Joel tells TMZ, Joel had consumed enough GHB on the dance floor Tuesday that he was rendered unconscious and taken off the dance floor by 2 people and back to his room.

"Storm Chaser" star Joel Taylor died from a suspected overdose on a cruise ship ... this according to passengers on the boat.

Passengers on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Harmony of the Seas tell TMZ ... drugs on the party boat were plentiful, and they say 38-year-old Taylor was partaking.

A rep for the boat tells us Taylor was found unresponsive in his cabin Tuesday and law enforcement was alerted when the boat arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

We're told among the drugs ... Ecstasy and cocaine. Passengers even posted on social media when they were boarding that several people were arrested at the Ft. Lauderdale port -- where the boat departed -- for possession of drugs.

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Olivia Newton-John and famous DJ duo Galantis both performed on the boat Tuesday night.

An autopsy is currently underway.

Jesse Williams' Ex He Introduced Kids to His New GF ... Started Cupcake War, Too!!

1/24/2018 9:09 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jesse Williams' estranged wife has several new beefs with him -- the biggest being introducing the kids to his new girlfriend, and showing a complete lack of cupcake etiquette ... according to new legal docs.

First, the gf issues. Aryn Drake-Lee says the "Grey's Anatomy" star has been taking their 2 kids to his new chick's house since October -- and the kids even call her "Mama C." She also claims he took them on a mini-vacay to Big Bear Mtn. with the unnamed gf.

Aryn says this is a clear violation of the custody agreement which requires both of them to wait 6 months into a new relationship before introducing the children. 

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse also broke a golden rule at their daughter's school last month. Aryn says Jesse brought cupcakes to celebrate 4-year-old Sadie's birthday -- a big no-no because the school picks one day each month to celebrate all students' bdays together. 

She claims Jesse also screwed her with Sadie. In the docs, Aryn says Sadie tearfully said "she was mad at me for not attending her birthday party" at school.

She says there are other issues ... mostly caused by Jesse's erratic schedule, and lack of notice before he picks up the kids. Aryn's asking the judge to set a more rigid and consistent schedule for his visits.

A source close to the former couple claims Aryn is making up lies because she's obsessed with being seen as a victim, and she can't do that if people see Jesse as the fun, caring, good person he is.

Christopher McDonald Charged with DUI

1/24/2018 10:28 AM PST
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"Happy Gilmore" star Christopher McDonald has been charged with DUI ... TMZ has learned.

The San Bernardino County D.A.'s Office tells TMZ it charged the actor with 2 misdemeanors -- driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

We broke the story ... Christopher was busted back in October and allegedly tried playing the celebrity card after driving his Porsche off the highway.

Hours before his arrest ... the "Thelma & Louise" star was seen chugging beer during Oktoberfest in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Christopher's arraignment is scheduled for April.

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Comedian Steve Brown Onstage Attacker Arrested

1/24/2018 9:53 AM PST

The man who viciously attacked comedian Steve Brown onstage has been arrested ... TMZ has learned.

Marvin Toatley was arrested Wednesday in Columbia, South Carolina and booked on 3 counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, as well as one count of third degree assault and battery ... and one count of malicious injury to property.

Cops say their fugitive task force found Toatley at an apartment complex. He's still in custody.

As we reported ... Toatley hopped onstage in the middle of Steve's set Sunday and started swinging a mic stand like a sword. Cops say 4 people in total were injured from his outburst. 

Steve told us the guy was laughing it up before coming after him, seemingly out of nowhere.

Elton John The Sun's Goin' Down On Me ... Announces Farewell Tour

1/24/2018 7:27 AM PST
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Elton John is giving touring one last shot, and then he's saying farewell to life on the road.

Elton just sat down with Anderson Cooper to announce a world tour, saying it'll span over the course of the next 3 years. The singer says he wants to spend more time with his husband, two kids and family so he's calling it quits. 

The 70-year-old legend has been on the road for almost 50 years. His first big hit, "Your Song" was released in 1970.

What's unclear ... will he continue his Vegas residency after his farewell tour?

One thing we know ... he won't stop performing. Our Elton sources say the announcement is ONLY about touring.   

Larry Nassar Gets Up To 175 Yrs. In Prison ... 'I've Just Signed Your Death Warrant'

1/24/2018 6:21 AM PST
Breaking News

9:40 AM PT -- Larry Nassar is going to spend the rest of his life rotting in a prison cell.

The judge in Nassar's sexual assault case says she just signed his "death warrant" ... sentencing him up to 175 years behind bars.

Before the judge sentenced the disgraced ex-Team USA doc, Nassar gave a statement to his victims. 

Disgraced ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar will be sentenced Wednesday in his sexual assault case after his final victims give their impact statements ... and we're live streaming the proceedings.

Through 7 days, we've heard from over 150 women and girls who Nassar assaulted -- including former Team USA gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.

Of course, the 54-year-old was already essentially going to be behind bars for life ... after getting 60 years in a separate child porn case. This time, he's facing a minimum of 25 to 40 years.

Sayonara, scumbag. 

Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk We Got a Beach Baby And Fly, Eagles Fly!!!

1/24/2018 9:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk hit the beach with their 10-month-old daughter, and while they were laser-focused on her ... Bradley's clearly got his eyes on another prize, too.

The couple hit up L.A.'s Sunset Beach Tuesday to play in the sand with Lea de Seine. Of course, she was adorable in all-white and floppy hat. She also had some fun with dad's man bun. Ya can't knock her for that.

Bradley was wearing the same thing he'll probably be wearing for the next 11 days -- a Philadelphia Eagles shirt. The diehard Philly fan's clearly loving fatherhood as much as his team's run to the Super Bowl. 

#FlyLeaFly

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