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Wendy Williams Nobody's Replacing Me on My Show!!!

2/21/2018 2:56 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

There's only one person capable of hosting "The Wendy Williams Show," even if she's sidelined due to illness ... and God help you, if you suggest otherwise!

We got Wendy Williams Tuesday afternoon outside her NYC studio right after she announced she's been diagnosed with Graves' diseases and needs to take time off. She had a nice farewell message for her fans, but her tone changed dramatically when we raised the possibility of a ... guest host?

Remember, doctors recommended Wendy take 3 weeks of vacation, stat -- so it seemed like a reasonable question.

Let's just say Wendy did NOT see things the way our photog did!

She handed him a very clear lesson, which is ... NO. ONE. REPLACES. WENDY. WILLIAMS. Ya got that?

Derek Jeter On School Shooting ... Marlins Will Help Florida Heal

2/21/2018 1:45 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Derek Jeter is vowing to use his experience playing after the 9/11 attacks to help Florida fans cope with the massacre that left 17 people dead in the Parkland school shooting. 

Jeter was in Ft. Lauderdale at a Chamber of Commerce meeting when Evan Golden -- a TV producer who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in '99 -- asked for advice on handling the tragedy.

Jeter and the Yankees -- and the sport of baseball -- are credited with playing a big part in returning a sense of normalcy to life following the 2001 attack.

"Sports has that great ability to bring people together. The fan base in New York really rallied around us on September 11th," Jeter says.

"Those horrific events that happened last week, nothing will change that. We can learn from it. Hopefully over time we find something to cheer for."

When an audience member yelled out, "Hopefully the Marlins will do it here" ... Jeter's response?

"We will do our part."

Justin Bieber I'm Getting a New Baby Sister! ... Dad's Wife is Preggo!

2/21/2018 12:21 PM PST
Exclusive Details

There's a new Bieber coming into the world -- and it's a she ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to Justin Bieber's dad, Jeremy, tell us his new bride, Chelsey Rebelo, is pregnant with a baby girl -- which means Justin has a new sister on the way.

We're told Chelsey is about 16-20 weeks along (4-5 months) and that her and Jeremy's pink-themed wedding in Jamaica this week was in honor of their forthcoming daughter. It's her first kid with Jeremy -- who already has 3 of his own ... Justin, Jaxon and Jazmyn.

As we reported ... Justin didn't make a toast at his dad's wedding, but was pretty preoccupied with Selena Gomez during the trip. They were seen all day hugging and kissing. He also seemed to be in very good spirits, and now we fully know why.

Congrats to the Biebers!

Florida Shooting Survivor David Hogg Yearbook Proves Conspiracy Theory is Bunk

2/21/2018 12:49 PM PST

David Hogg, the Florida high school shooting survivor, is at the center of a spreading conspiracy theory ... that he and other survivors are not really students, but now that's being squarely debunked.

The theory goes Hogg already graduated from a California high school, and just went to Parkland, FL to act as a shooting survivor, and push for gun control. Someone figured out one simple way to address the issue -- the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High yearbook!

Take a look, the video of the school's 2017 yearbook shows David's photo among the school's underclassmen. Since it's not a senior portrait, he clearly didn't graduate last year, and clearly was enrolled at the school.

We've learned Hogg did attend a Southern Cali school years ago, but moved to Florida with his family sometime before the 2015 school year. Hogg's Twitter history also shows tweets as far back as 2015 marking himself at the Florida school.

Case closed.

Tekashi69 Rapper in Massive LAX Brawl!!! Fists Flying, Cops Called

2/21/2018 10:43 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rapper Tekashi69 -- aka 6ix9ine -- and his crew got into a HUGE brawl at LAX that spilled out into the street ... as about 7 or 8 guys threw haymaker after haymaker.

The footage is insane ... Tekashi was about to walk into the terminal when someone started shouting and pointing at him. The 21-year-old rapper was urged to walk away by one of his guys, and when he did, the fists started flying.

Looks like one of 6ix9ine's friends threw the first punch, and then more people from both sides jumped into the melee. The NY rapper eventually joined his friends and the fight moved into the middle of the busy street.

Police raced to the scene and interviewed people on both sides. We're told no one wanted to press charges ... so everyone went on their merry way. 

Interestingly enough, 6ix9ine posted a video last week calling out haters who warned him not to come to Los Angeles. He came anyway, and it looks like the haters delivered.

After the fight, he told us he claimed the attackers were just trying to make a name for themselves, but as he puts it, "I'm still smiling."

Farrah Abraham Sues MTV Exec 'Sex Shamed' Me Over My Porn Career

2/21/2018 8:44 AM PST
Breaking News

Farrah Abraham says a 'Teen Mom' honcho ridiculed her for her adult film work, and she's not gonna take it laying down ... she's taking the whole company to court.

Farrah says she met with Morgan J. Freeman (no relation), an executive producer on "Teen Mom OG," at her home in Texas last October. In a lawsuit, she says Freeman harassed, humiliated and degraded her doing porn.

The 'Backdoor Teen Mom' star says Freeman went on to threaten her future career at MTV, and she "feared for her life" because he was hostile toward her. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, shortly after the meeting MTV fired Farrah from the remainder of the 'OG' season, and also pulled the plug on negotiations for a long-term deal.

MTV aired portions of Farrah and Freeman meeting in a preview for the current season -- it was clearly tense, but there was no mention of her porn career in the clip that aired.

Farrah's suing Freeman, Viacom -- MTV's parent company -- and a few smaller production companies for at least $5 million.

Harvey Weinstein J Law & Gwyneth Prove It ... Lawsuit Should Be Tossed

2/21/2018 9:48 AM PST
Breaking News

Harvey Weinstein wants one of the class action lawsuits against him dismissed, and says Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence prove the case has some major holes.

Weinstein filed docs responding to the suit ... which claims he -- along with the board of TWC -- used his power to intimidate women and cover up his pattern of sexual misconduct. In his new docs Weinstein says his experience with Gwyneth shows he did NOT intimidate women.

He says even though Gwyneth has accused him of harassing her in 1994, while filming "Emma," he points out she went on to star in other Weinstein movies, including "Shakespeare in Love" ... which earned her an Oscar. His point ... her career clearly didn't "suffer as a result of her rebuffing his alleged advances."

In the docs, Weinstein also says J Law and Meryl Streep show the plaintiffs are trying to drag too many people into the class action suit. It seeks to include "all women who met with Harvey" about Weinstein projects. But Weinstein says Jennifer has spoken glowingly about him, and he quotes, "he had only ever been nice to me." He adds Meryl also echoed her praise, calling him respectful in their working relationship.

Weinstein wants the suit tossed for those reasons, and also because he says the sexual misconduct allegations fall outside the statute of limitations.

Mark Cuban Defended By 'Shark Tank' Partner ... 'No Problems Here'

2/21/2018 9:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of Mark Cuban's "Shark Tank" business partners says the billionaire always acted like a consummate pro with her ... and she'd be SHOCKED if he really did know about the horrible things happening with the Dallas Mavs. 

We spoke with Raven Thomas who got Mark to invest in her gourmet food business -- The Painted Pretzel -- during a 2012 episode of "Shark Tank."

Thomas had nothing but positive things to say about her 6-year work relationship with Cuban -- and says he's always been a respectful partner and honorable business owner. 

In fact, Thomas says she was "shocked" by the allegations that the Mavs' front office was a nightmare for women ... saying, "I would be surprised, shocked if he had any knowledge of this and didn't do anything about it."

Thomas says she's also spoken with other people who work with Mark and has not heard anything negative about their experiences. 

"I have not heard one other entrepreneur say they've had a problem with [Mark] at all."

Blac Chyna I Didn't Leak My Oral Sex Tape

2/21/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna says her sex tape may be dirty, but she's clean. 

The video -- which shows Chyna performing oral sex on a man -- was leaked Monday on Twitter. Her ex-bf, Mechie, claims to be the man in the video.

Sources close to Chyna tell TMZ the scene was shot on her cellphone last July, but insists she showed it to absolutely no one. We're told the phone was not stolen and there's no obvious evidence it was hacked. No photos or videos from her phone have been leaked, other than the sex tape.

Mechie says after he shot the vid on Chyna's phone, he gave it back to her, and never got a copy of the video.

We're told Chyna will file a police report with the LAPD by week's end and will fully cooperate.

Wendy Williams Suffering from Graves' Disease ... Taking Extended Vacay

2/21/2018 7:49 AM PST
Breaking News

8:26 AM PT -- A rep for "The Wendy Williams Show" says they'll be running reruns of her show during her hiatus after Wednesday's episode ... while going on to call her a "true champion" whose health comes before all else.

Wendy Williams is taking several weeks off from her TV show -- on doctor's orders -- to deal with a medical crisis related to hyperthyroidism.

Wendy announced at the top of Wednesday's show that she's suffering from Graves' disease ... an immune system disorder. She says one of the symptoms effects the muscles behind her eyeballs ... which she tried to turn into a joke.

Sounds like she'll be okay, but her doctor says she immediately needs to take 3 weeks of vacation. Wendy says she's only taking 2 weeks ... starting tomorrow.

Drake How Do I Top Giving Away 7 Figures? Just Stick to the Plan, G ...

2/21/2018 6:34 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake says giving away nearly $1 million during his recent music video shoot was one of the best things he's ever done ... and now he's contemplating how to beat that.

We pulled up on Drizzy Tuesday night leaving The Nice Guy -- not to cuddle, but to ask him how he felt donating $996,631.90 to various families and orgs in his video for "God's Plan."

He tells us it's by far the greatest thing he's done for others -- probably in his whole life, in fact. Now the million-dollar question ... how the hell do you top something like that?

Drake's got an idea on how to keep the good deeds going. And by the looks of his new $2.5 million LaFerrari that he rolled away in ... we'll go out on a limb and say he can afford it.

Got to love the Drake ... but only partly.

Rihanna Makes 30th Bday an Intimate Affair

2/21/2018 7:05 AM PST

Rihanna celebrated hitting the BIG 3-0 Tuesday night in NYC, but it was less of a bad girl RiRi party and more of a super formal Miss Fenty affair. Hey, she's maturing.

The fete for her closest friends and family was held at The Pool and Rihanna arrived in a fuchsia gown. Also in attendance were her mom, adorable goddaughter, best friend Melissa Forde ... as well as Paris Hilton and fiance Chris Zylka, and Toni Braxton.

Her Saudi billionaire heir boyfriendHassan Jameel, was noticeably absent from photos. 

The low-key event isn't what we've come to expect from Rihanna, but don't be surprised if she uncorks a classic RiRi party in coming days.

Billy Graham Dead at 99

2/21/2018 6:00 AM PST
Breaking News

Billy Graham, perhaps the most famous evangelist in U.S. history, is dead.

Graham died at his home early Wednesday morning in North Carolina. He had been ill for more than a decade. His death was attributed to natural causes.

Graham got involved in evangelism at 16 and rose to fame in his 30s when he held "sin-smashing" revival meetings under a circus tent in an L.A. parking lot. He then created his own ministry -- the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Graham was at one time a segregationist but, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Brown vs. Board of Education -- which ended segregation in public schools -- he flipped the switch and became a civil rights leader. He integrated seating at his revival meetings, and became a close ally of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They preached together to millions who listened to their message.

He also refused to visit South Africa during the Apartheid era until the government allowed blacks and whites to sit together at his revival meetings.

Graham rubbed elbows with world dignitaries for decades, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. He was counsel to a number of presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

And this is interesting ... Graham was a Democrat, but fiercely opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy because he thought no good would come from a Roman Catholic leading the country.

Graham was married for 64 years to Ruth McCue Bell, who died in 2007. They had 5 children.

Graham was 99.

RIP

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