Carole Baskin Responds to Prank Interview ... She's Actually a Good Sport

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8:41 AM PT -- 5/4 -- Carole Baskin has responded to the fake interview she was duped into giving by a couple of YouTubers -- and she's actually taking the whole thing in stride with a good attitude.

She tells TMZ ... "I was suspicious as we were doing it because the questions appeared taped. But had no idea it would turn out to be such a fun prank." Carole goes on to say, "It gave us a very welcome good laugh. I appreciate their cleverness and that they created their video in a way that I don't feel was in any way mean spirited."

If anything, this sounds like she's totally cool with chatting ... just so long as ya don't bring up her disappeared husband, Don. That's the apparent rule. Duly noted, CB.

Carole Baskin has been impossible to get a hold of for an interview in the wake of 'Tiger King' -- but two clever Brits got her to open her yap ... under incredibly false pretenses.

The two dudes are Archie Manners and Josh Pieters, who are two YouTube pranksters who go around tricking celebs into giving phony interviews with what the duped believe to be late-night talk show hosts. They've had a lot of success ... now, they wanted Carole.

Check out their in-depth video of how they pulled it off -- it's pretty freakin' elaborate (and hilarious). Long story very short ... they posed as producers for "The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon" and reached out to Carole via email for a possible Skype/Zoom interview.

At first, she shot them down ... citing the blanket policy Carole and her current hubby, Howard, have been giving just about everyone these days -- no interview, no dice. They also regurgitated the line that they believe Netflix falsely suggested and/or implied she had something to do with her first husband, Don's disappearance and presumed death.

The dudes kept at it though, insisting they would NOT talk about anything 'Tiger King'-related with Jimmy, and promised to keep the topic strictly on cats and her sanctuary.

You gotta watch the rest, 'cause the lady bought it and agreed to do it under those terms. As for how they got JF's voice on there, that's a thing of beauty too -- they pulled old audio clips of him interviewing other celebs and tossed 'em to her live during the interview.

It's literally the oldest trick in the book -- and kinda reminiscent of that famous "True Lies" scene -- but the greatest part ... CAROLE BASKIN FELL FOR IT!!! Hook, line and sinker.

Check out what she had to say about how she and Howard are dealing in quarantine, and how they're handling all her big cats. Oh yeah, they also got her to put on her flower crown.

Bow down to these viral geniuses ... we are not worthy!!!

Originally Published -- 5/3 2:41 PM PT

DJ Khaled Shuts Down Twerker on IG Live All Love, But I Got a Fam!!!

DJ Khaled is NOT a single man -- which he had to remind one lovely lady who tried ambushing him with a live twerking session on Instagram ... which he quickly shut down.

The guy went live on Instagram over the weekend, and like several of his contemporaries have been doing lately -- especially Tory Lanez -- DJK invited some folks in the comments to hop on and join his sesh for a one-on-one chat. Things quickly turned risque, though.

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After accepting one woman's request to chat, he almost immediately regretted it ... 'cause the chick was half-naked and VERY prepared to twerk for Khaled on camera. You gotta feel for the guy, 'cause he was desperately trying to tell her to chill, that he's got a family, that he loves his fans ... but to please STOP 'cause she was clearly embarrassing him.

That didn't deter the determined dancer -- she kept at it, and even started pouring water on herself. Khaled had had enough ... he ended the chat. He wrote of the interaction, "I have love for everyone please take it easy when I’m on fan luv ig luv. Again I have love for everyone please lets be respectful nothing but love BLESS UP!"

He must've thought it was pretty funny to post individually, 'cause that's exactly what he did. Hopefully, the wife finds it just as amusing -- good luck, big dog!

NJ Wedding Safe and Socially Distant, But ... Dude, Where's My Ring?!?


File this under no good deed goes unpunished -- a bride and groom held a responsible, safe and socially distant wedding, only to end up losing one very important thing ... the ring!!!

Full disclosure ... the groom here is one of our NYC camera guys, Jeremy. He and his fiancee, Laura, tied the knot Saturday in Milburn, NJ. Small affair ... about 20 guests outside in Taylor Park, with everyone -- except the bride and groom -- standing 6-feet apart with face masks.


But, watch what happened next -- Jeremy read his vows, but wanted to wrap them up with a little pizzazz ... so he crumpled up the paper and tossed it over his head. Awesome! Except for the part where his wedding band also got tossed. By accident, he says.

The wedding party quickly turned into a search party ... with guests and a few passersby crawling around in the grass looking for Jeremy's wedding band.

Spoiler alert! They never found it. The rabbi told Jeremy this kinda marital disaster was a first for him after performing more than 800 weddings. Oy vey!

The show did go on though ... Laura said her vows and the rabbi pronounced them married -- so the deal was sealed in the end. Mind you, this whole affair was their plan B. Originally, they were going to have 250 guests at a wedding hall, indoors (where it's easier to find lost rings).

For the record, Laura's ring is intact and on her hand. Jeremy's got some shopping to do.

Mazel tov!!!

50 Cent Looking Pence-ive in New Pic

If you ever wondered what 50 Cent would look like as Veep Mike Pence ... well, here you go.

An Australian artist created a Pence-ish looking painting using Fitty as his inspiration and it's, well, interesting.

50 seemed to approve, saying ... "This f***ing guy won’t stop, SMH. I guess i’m not wearing a mask because i’m tested frequently."

He was referring to Pence's ridiculous defiance when he went to the Mayo Clinic this week, ignoring protocol as he was the only one in the room not wearing a mask. He says he was tested, but that really doesn't make a difference. They told him to wear one and he didn't.

The artist who painted the Pence pic -- Lushsux -- has a history with 50. He's turned him into Donald Trump ... something that clearly doesn't sit well with the rapper/mogul.

And, what really set 50 off ... when Lushsux turned him into Taylor Swift. He said at the time ... "Man look at this s***, TF is wrong with this guy he won't stop ... Swifty cent, I'd like to hit this MF right in the back of his head while he doing this s***.'

Will Ferrell Crashes Seahawks' Zoom Meeting ... Pretending to Be Greg Olsen

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Will Ferrell dropped in on a Seattle Seahawks Zoom meeting this week ... making fun of new tight end Greg Olsen and showing off his "yoga bod" -- and it was all absolutely hilarious!!

Ferrell and 'Hawks coach Pete Carroll have a friendship that dates back more than a decade (it's a USC connection) ... and to liven up a mundane football talk Thursday -- PC had the comedian call in.

The results?? They were laugh out loud funny ... with Ferrell pretending to be Olsen and firing off jokes left and right.

"Coach [Brian] Schneider, I just want to let you know -- I want to be real clear -- I do not do special teams," Ferrell said. "Not ever. Not if all 52 guys are hurt."

Ferrell also joked about a bromance with Russell Wilson -- "let's make a baby" -- and even took shots at Olsen's aspiring broadcast career.

But, the best part ... Ferrell poked fun at his bod -- and when the comedy legend pulled up his shirt, everyone on the call busted out in laughter.

"Does this look like the body of a 36-year-old!?" Ferrell said, still pretending to be Olsen. "I don't think so! I don't think so!"

The call eventually ended with the real Olsen joining ... and even he couldn't help but laugh at all the jokes, saying, "That was awesome!"

If we can't have football yet ... at least we've got this. Thanks, Seahawks!

'Jeopardy!' Contestant He's a Nasty Boy ... Mistakes Janet Jackson for Ariana Grande


Janet Jackson got mistaken on "Jeopardy!" for another singer you'd never expect her to be confused with -- Ariana Grande ... but we think this is really a famous ponytail mix-up.

Here's what happened -- contestant Alwin Hui chose the $800 clue from the Billboard Music Awards category, and it was ... "As the recipient of the 2018 Icon Award, she took 'Control' and took to the stage in her first live TV performance in nearly a decade."

The answer was followed by a clip of Janet performing "Nasty" at the awards show, so ... pretty simple, right?

Not for Hui, who buzzed in first and guessed, "Who is Ariana Grande?"

Alex Trebek gave him a quick "no" before returning champ Sarah came correct, but naturally, people only care about Hui's gaffe ... and have been roasting him online.

To be fair, Jackson was rocking a hairstyle and getup similar to what Grande's known for ... but the Icon Award doesn't go to artists in their 20s, and Ariana hasn't had a chance to take a decade off from TV performances. Plus, the song clue was a dead giveaway.

Just not for poor Alwin.

It could have been worse, though -- he could have said Babe Ruth broke baseball's color barrier.

NASCAR's Denny Hamlin Loses Virtual Race ... Daughter Turns Off Screen

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"I'm mad, I'm pissed off. But, they're just kids."

That's Denny Hamlin trying to keep his composure after his adorable 7-year-old daughter accidentally SHUT OFF HIS SCREEN DURING A VIRTUAL RACE!!!

The video is HILARIOUS (unless you're Denny) -- showing the 39-year-old driving competition in an iRacing Pro Invitational Series event on Sunday ... when all of the sudden, his daughter, Taylor, enters the room mid-race!

Taylor clearly doesn't understand that daddy is in the middle of a very important race -- and starts asking him if she can play with the go-karts.

She also happens to be holding the remote control to the screen Denny is using to race ... and accidentally HIT THE POWER BUTTON!

Once the screen goes black, Denny is eliminated -- which made him finish LAST in a 39 car race at the virtual track at Talladega Superspeedway.

You can hear Denny say, "My screen just went black" ... as Taylor sheepishly says, "Uh-oh."

"That was unfortunate," Hamlin said after the incident ... "That's just something you don't hear every day, folks."


It's not the first time we've seen an athlete disqualified after a technology blunder -- an Ironman champ lost a virtual race earlier this month when her husband accidentally unplugged the power cord that tied her to the event!

Bronx Liquor Store Keeps It Real Over COVID-19 STFU, Cover Up, Cough You Die!!!

A Bronx storefront is a perfect example of when keeping it real goes RIGHT -- the owner is giving his customers some straight talk, in very explicit terms, over coronavirus protocol.

Check out this sign posted in the window of what appears to be a liquor store or bodega of some sort in the NYC borough, which tells its patrons exactly what's expected of them as they come in and shop ... without any room for misunderstanding, or coddling at all.

The sign reads, "COVID-19 IS SOME REAL S***! Cover your f***ing mouth! Shut the f*** up! Buy your s*** and leave immediately." Oh, it gets better ... the owner lets it rip!!!

They continue, "Absolutely NO titty or sock money! Stand back at least 6 feet, playa. Store capacity limited to 5 motherf***ers at once. You cough, you die. Drink responsibly."

It's interesting ... the scientists and doctors aren't getting through to a large number of Americans with rock-solid data, so this seems like a viable Plan B.

We gotta say, the dude (or dudette) who put this up deserves an award of some kind, because instead of tip-toeing around what NEEDS to be said, they just came right out and told it how it is. No pussy-footing or sugar-coating ... just to-the-point, NYC instructions.


It's funny too -- this very much reminds of us of Michael Rapaport (a New York-native himself) coming out with an expletive-filled PSA telling youngsters and their parents to stop screwing around and stay indoors, while other celebs came out with PC/watered-down takes of their own. Those Big Apple dwellers sure do have a way with words, huh?

Anyway, here's hoping the message finally gets through -- maybe the powers that be can take a cue from this and start talking about the issue with the seriousness it deserves.

'SNL' Brad Pitt Hilariously Plays Dr. Fauci ... Older Women Send Me Graphic emails!!!

It was brilliant ... Dr. Anthony Fauci said if someone ended up playing him on 'SNL' he'd be happy if it was Brad Pitt -- last night the good doc got his wish!!!

Brad was in top form ... nailing the gravely voice of the infectious disease honcho as he sat behind a desk, trying to reconcile the views of Dr. Fauci and Donald Trump.

But, first things first ... 'SNL' Fauci mused about the emails he's received from some of his older, female fans.

Then -- down to business. When Trump said a vaccine was coming "relatively soon," Tony explained the word "relatively" is, well, relative.

Then, the words, "Everyone can get a test," actually means virtually nobody can get tested.

As for ingesting disinfectant ... well, ya gotta watch Brad's facial expressions.


What makes Brad's appearance especially hilarious ... Dr. Fauci was on CNN and actually chose Brad Pitt to play him. Actually, he chose very reluctantly, and his choices were Ben Stiller or Pitt.

The end of the skit is great because Brad takes off his Fauci-esque headgear and delivers a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Fauci.

Jeff Ross Roasts Random Fans on IG Live ... Gotta Be Thick Skinned!!!


Jeff Ross couldn't stay away from what he does best -- roasting people on a big platform -- so he got right back to it with some newbie volunteers ... quarantine-style, of course.

The comedian held an Insta-Roast Saturday on IG Live, which didn't feature any big celebs like his usual roasts do -- instead, he picked out random users who were joining the chat to hop on up and have him take some light-hearted shots at them, impromptu and off the cuff.

Safe to say, the roasting did NOT disappoint -- Jeff didn't skip a beat in pinpointing the goofiest thing about anyone who was brave enough to let Jeff have at 'em. He made fun of a guy who apparently resembled the garbage man version of Boy George. Nice!

He also asked why one gal was bent forward on her elbows while talking to him, with Jeff asking if she was getting banged from behind. She laughed, and then showed off her BF, who was NOT doing that. He went on to tell one couple that they looked like they'd eaten all their toilet paper, while telling another woman she looked like she just got out of jail.

Everybody got a laugh out of it, and Jeff himself even noted he needed this ... sounds like he's going a little stir crazy too and wanted to get back to normal as safely as possible.

Looks like people were down with the digital roast -- if it becomes a regular thing, more power to him.

Travis Scott Song Debut Sets Fortnite Record ... Stormi Steals the Show!!!


Travis Scott went live to join in with the fans enjoying his virtual concert on Fortnite, but had to cut it short ... because his adorable daughter, Stormi, demanded more of his attention.

The rapper debuted his new track, "The Scotts," Thursday night within the insanely popular video game, and although it attracted an all-time record audience of 12.3 MILLION concurrent players ... one little 2-year-old was the star of the evening.

Travis, Stormi and mama Kylie Jenner were all online to watch the historic musical/gaming performance ... but the toddler seemed to have other interests.

Check it out -- once Travis finds the remote, thanks to whoever Josh is, Stormi briefly greets her dad's large audience ... then wants to watch a movie. Of course, 2-year-olds usually get what they want.


As for Travis' new hit song ... there will be encore presentations on Fortnite until Sunday. All players who are signed up can enjoy the virtual performance ... which is all there is until artists can start doing real concerts again.

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