'Arthur' PBS Show Ending After 25 Seasons

"Arthur" -- the longest-running children's animated series in U.S. TV history -- is coming to an end. And it begs a question ... Hey, what gives?!

Carol Greenwald, executive producer of the PBS kids show, confirmed in an email to IGN that "the winter of 2022, the 25th and final season of Arthur will debut." For what it's worth ... she also said the production company and PBS KIDS will "work together on additional Arthur content, sharing the lessons of Arthur and his friends in new ways." Streaming, anyone?

Anyway ... sad to see "Arthur" go away on the small screen. The kids show debuted on PBS back in 1996 and produced over 240 episodes. The show's based on Marc Brown's "Arthur Adventure" book series.

The series -- which in its long run hauled in 4 Emmys and a Peabody Award -- tackled tons of social issues between family and friends in the fictional town of Elwood City.

Most recently, Arthur's longtime classroom teacher, Mr. Ratburn, married a guy in the season 22 debut. No question about it ... the theme was a monumental moment in TV history.

The children's TV show also forever etched its name in pop culture lore thanks to the memorable memes that bridge generations.

Nobody will ever forget Arthur's hilarious "clenched fist" meme. And, of course, D.W. Read's fence meme. Classics.

Meghan and Harry Daughter Lilibet Nowhere to Be Seen ... On Official Royal Line of Succession

Nearly 2 months after the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter ... she's still MIA from the official Royal line of succession.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born June 4 and would seem to make her 8th in line for the throne ... but the Palace has not listed her as such on its official website.

Prince Andrew is still listed as #8. Lilibet's name is nowhere to be found.

Interesting contrast ... when Lilibet's big brother, Archie, was born, his name appeared on the website 15 days after his birth. But, that was 2019 and this is now ... post Oprah.

For more context ... William and Kate's second child, Prince Louis, appeared on the Royal website 12 days after his birth.

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Harry and Meghan want Lilibet to get the Royal treatment, as in a royal christening ... this according to The Daily Mail. Archie was christened in St. George's Chapel in Windsor and the Queen was present. They reportedly want the same for Lilibet.

Stay tuned.

Mikey Williams H.S. Hoops Phenom Signs NIL Deal Poised To Make Millions!!!

17-year-old basketball sensation Mikey Williams is close to becoming one VERY rich high schooler -- the 2024 prospect just inked a historic management deal that could help him rake in MILLIONS!!!

Williams is one of the top-ranked players in his class ... and has earned a massive following on social media with 3.2 million followers on Instagram alone.

Now that the NCAA and most states allow college athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness, Mikey has followed up by becoming the very first high school athlete to sign a NIL deal -- teaming up with Excel Sports, an agency that works with superstar athletes like Tiger Woods, Nikola Jokic and Clayton Kershaw.

The deal will help the Vertical Academy junior guard secure endorsements and sponsorships WAY before he makes it to the college level ... and Excel VP Matt Davis tells ESPN the partnership "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

Williams spoke about the monumental moment ... saying, "The NIL rules provide a new opportunity for someone like me who that has put in so much energy and effort into building a community."

"I am excited to be the first high school athlete to make this move. I love to hoop and I love engaging with my fans and look forward to continuing to share my journey with everyone."

FYI -- there are no laws in North Carolina that prevent high school athletes from making NIL deals, so it seems like Williams will not hit any roadblocks on the way to makin' serious coin.

It's a sign of what's to come for young athletes all over the country ... and ya gotta wonder if Williams' fellow Class of 2023 prospect Bronny James is next.

Get PAAAAAAAAAAID, Mikey!! Get paid.

Andy Milonakis 'Memba Him?!

New York native Andy Milonakis blasted onto the scene in 2005 with wacky antics, a bizarre hip hop career and viral video moments -- all while confusing audiences with his prepubescent appearance even though he was nearly 30 years old -- that culminated with his MTV sketch comedy program "The Andy Milonakis Show."

Andy went on to find big parts in movies like "Waiting..." and "Mac & Devin Go to High School" ... but he's found much more success doing voice-over work in animated programs like "Adventure Time" and "Future-Worm!"

Guess what he looks like now at 45 years old!

Gwen Stefani Kids Were Signed Witnesses for 'I Do' to Blake ...

Gwen Stefani had some trusty witnesses sign off on her marriage to Blake Shelton ... her own kids were the ones to make the ceremony official and sign off on the couple's certificate.

Gwen and Blake's marriage certificate, obtained by TMZ, shows some of what we already knew, the nuptials went down Saturday, July 3, at a little place called "Gwen's Chapel" on Blake's ranch in in Mill Creek, OK ... which is the special sanctuary he built for the big day, and where they said "I do."

The witnesses who signed the doc ... Gwen's two oldest, 15-year-old Kingston Rossdale and 12-year-old Zuma. Her youngest, 7-year-old Apollo, also took part in the ceremony ... but doesn't show up on the paperwork.

There's also this ... fellow 'Voice' star Carson Daly's name is on the cert, because he officiated the whole thing. The document says he's an ordained minister for Universal Life Church in Johnston County, OK

TMZ got the first photos of Gwen in her dress that day -- with a furry photobomb to boot -- as well as video of what appeared to be the couple's first dance as man and wife. Gwen confirmed they'd gotten hitched a couple days after the fact ... with a sweet photo dump.

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Once again ... congrats, you two!

Khloe & Tristan Attend True's Dance class together ... Co-Parenting Smoothly

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson seem to be keeping their word to co-parent without issue, taking their daughter to dance class as a family unit.

The two exes were spotted walking 3-year-old daughter, True, into her class in Calabasas Tuesday. Tristan did the heavy lifting, while Khloe trailed closely behind.

We're told they were in separate cars. Still, the outing proves what we've already reported ... that they're dedicated to co-parenting True, despite not being romantically involved anymore.

You'll recall ... Khloe pulled the plug on their relationship not too long ago -- this after even more rumors of cheating had been swirling in recent months ... not to mention allegations of paternity against Tristan. For now, they're just playing mom and dad to True -- and are clearly civil with one another.

It's interesting to see them in this type of setting ... because it almost gives a bit more context to the hostility Tristan showed toward Lamar Odom when he commented on a photo of Khloe.

They might not be involved in that way anymore ... but Tristan sure does seem to feel he has first dibs, and with outings like this -- you can almost see why. She's still very much around in his life -- whereas it doesn't appear Lamar is anywhere near Khloe's inner circle.

Megan Fox & MGK Family Outing Take Her Kids Paintin'

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly aren't just about PDA and hitting big celeb events together ... they've got that modern family look down too.

Megan and MGK took her 3 kids -- Noah, Bodhi and Journey -- on a trip to the Color Me Mine paint studio Saturday in L.A., and the youngest looked like he took some paint home with him.

The whole crew was wearing masks -- per the renewed COVID mandate in Los Angeles -- and even though MGK looked distracted on his phone ... the fact he's hanging with Megan's kids is a telling sign that things are cool(er) with her ex.

As you know ... she filed for divorce from Brian Austin Green in November, several months after they split and she began hooking up with MGK. Megan and the rocker met on the set of "Midnight in the Switchgrass."

BAG seemed pretty hurt by the chain of events at first, but he moved on pretty quickly himself. In fact, he had a public L.A. outing with his kids along with his new GF, Sharna Burgess, back in late May.

All's well that ends well.

Renee Zellweger & Ant Anstead PDA in the Sand!!!

Renee Zellweger and Ant Anstead are looking like they're all in for their relationship -- all in each other's arms, and all in each other's mouths ... based on their beach PDA session.

The duo some have deemed the rando hookup of the year were chilling Saturday in the sand of Laguna Beach, and they were all over each other -- hugging and making out like a couple of teenagers.

From the way they were going at it, you'd never guess they had a baby in tow. Yeah, imagine how Ant's son, Hudson, was feeling during all that kissing!! Ehh, he's one ... he won't remember it.

The hot and heavy beach date seals it -- Renee and Ant are the real deal. TMZ broke the story ... they first met last month when she was a guest on his Discovery+ show, "Celebrity IOU Joyride." Since then, we've seen 'em out doing some shopping together, but Saturday marked their first romantic outing ... in public, anyway.

As we reported, Ant and Christina Haack recently finalized their divorce, and will share custody of Hudson.

Ant's beach date with Renee went down near his oceanfront home, and as cozy and comfortable as she's looking ... ponder this: Renee Zellweger, OC housewife???

Just sayin' ...

Jenn Harley Checks Into Rehab Following Latest Arrest

Jenn Harley's looking to turn her life around following her recent domestic violence arrest ...  and it all starts with getting sober.

Jenn's rep, Gina Rodriguez, tells TMZ, "Jenn Harley has decided to check into a Las Vegas rehab facility to seek treatment for her alcohol dependency. She made the decision to get help because she wants to be the best parent she can be for her children."

We're told it was Jenn's idea to go, because she wants to get her life together and be a better mom for Ariana, her 3-year-old daughter she shares with ex, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. Rodriguez says she's entered a 28-day program which started Saturday morning.

As for Jenn's arrest -- she allegedly pointed a gun last month at a new boyfriend and threatened to shoot him. Not shockingly, we're told they've broken up.

Jenn's facing charges of domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon, but her rep says she's still looking forward to a fresh start once she finishes the rehab program.

J Lo & Ben Affleck Changing Lanes in Hollywoodland??? SM House Huntin', W/ Kids!!!

Ben Affleck is a man about town with Jennifer Lopez playing co-pilot as they continue to look for the perfect home for her -- and their latest stop featured a much-needed 3rd (and 4th) opinion ... from none other than her kiddos.

Bennifer was house hunting again Friday (on J Lo's behalf) ... this time cruising through what we're told was an upscale neighborhood in Santa Monica -- not too far from where Ben currently stays in the Pacific Palisades. Just like a couple days ago, Ben was in the driver's seat ... and Jen was mapping things out on her phone -- navigating him through SM's busy streets, we're sure.

The big difference this time, though, was the fact that her two children were tagging along for the stop-in. 13-year-old Emme and Max were in tow with their mom and what looked to be bodyguards/handlers ... who were also present for the tour of a place they ended up peepin'.

Check out the picks of the two tykes running into the crib -- a house that we're told was nice and all ... but not nearly as gargantuan or ritzy as the $65 million palace, among others, they were scoping Thursday in Holmby Hills. The price tag is that high for a reason.

No word yet on how much this new potential pad they saw Friday might cost -- but we've been told it appeared "modest" compared to the cribs the couple had just seen a day prior. Hey ... just 'cause she's filthy stinkin' rich doesn't mean she can't be smart with her dough.

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At any rate ... something tells us Emme and Max offered some great insight that'll probably weigh in heavily on where J Lo ends up settling down. Like we told you -- this place would be just for Jen and the kids (for now) ... and it looks like her move West is all but guaranteed at this point, based on all the circumstantial evidence we've seen lately.

Good luck, you two four!!!

UFC's Miesha Tate UFC Return Not About Money ... I'm Comin' For The Belt!!

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Miesha Tate says her UFC return isn't about money or fame ... it's about regaining her championship belt, and showing her kids women can be good moms and kick ass!!

TMZ Sports talked to 34-year-old Tate -- who hasn't been in the Octagon under the bright lights of the UFC since November 2016 ... when she lost to Raquel Pennington.

FYI, that happened to be UFC 205 -- the Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez card -- one of the fights that made The Notorious a global superstar.

1,708 days later, Tate is taking on 44-year-old Marion Reneau as the co-main event at UFC Fight Night ... and we asked the UFC star what she wanted to accomplish this 2nd time around.

"This is not just a cash grab, it’s not just a fight. I want to be a champion again."

In fact, Tate -- who beat Holly Holm for the bantamweight title in 2016 -- tells us the layoff actually made her a BETTER fighter.

"Much better. I’m not gonna lie, much better. But, I have to prove that, so just let me glow up and then I can prove it to you guys."

And, Miesha says the comeback isn't only about her ... it's also about showing her kids that women can be great moms AND also have a badass and super-successful career.

"I love my kids more than anything, but at the same time, I want to show them that just because you become a mother, you know mothers get lost a lot of times in our world. It’s ok for the dad to do and be, but the mom just kinda just be the mom," Tate says.

"I want to show my children that women and mothers can have dreams, and goals, and ambition, and still be great mothers."

6-Year-Old Girl Dragged by School Bus in Scary Video ... Fired Driver Facing Civil Trial

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A terrifying video has surfaced showing the moment a 6-year-old girl in Kentucky was dragged by her school bus for 1,000 feet ... while the driver remained oblivious to what was going on.

The video of the incident -- which went down in 2015 -- is expected to be shown in Jefferson County Court as part of a civil suit against the driver, Melinda Sanders, and the school district. The video -- first obtained by WAVE-TV Louisville -- starts with the little girl exiting the bus ... but then things go horribly wrong when her backpack gets caught by the doors.

You can see the girl desperately trying to get the bus driver's attention ... but the driver takes off and doesn’t seem to check if the girl had properly exited the bus first.

In the video ... a student's seen standing next to the bus driver but the student doesn't notice the girl's little body being dragged. The bus even makes a left turn and you can hear cars honking at the bus.

The driver tells a student to sit down and THEN seems to finally notice the little girl's caught in every parent's worst nightmare. The bus driver was promptly fired after the incident.

As for the child ... she reportedly suffered severe nerve damage and PTSD and has needed multiple surgeries. The family's suing for unspecified damages.

Colin Kaepernick Publishing New Children's Books ... 'I Color Myself Different'

Colin Kaepernick is officially a children's book author --- after signing a multi-book deal with Scholastic!

The former star NFL quarterback made the announcement Thursday ... saying he's partnering up with a publishing company and will release several new children's books starting next year.

"I’m excited for Kaepernick Publishing to be collaborating with Scholastic on books with Black and Brown voices at the forefront," Kap said.

"I hope that our books will inspire readers to walk through the world with confidence, strength, and truth in all they do."

The first picture book to be published will be called 'I Color Myself Different' and is based on a moment Kap had in kindergarten -- when he realized he was different from his adopted white family.

"This story is deeply personal to me, and inspired by real events in my life. I hope that it honors the courage and bravery of young people everywhere by encouraging them to live with authenticity and purpose."

Scholastic's VP Debra Dorfman says it was a no-brainer to get the deal done with Kap ... saying, "we knew instantly that we wanted to share his stories, which will be impactful messages of identity and belonging for Black and Brown children.”

"Colin’s reputation as a thought leader precedes him, but it was also clear when we met that his mission and purpose were very much aligned with Scholastic’s."

The book will be printed and in eBook style in all languages ... and is set to drop on April 5, 2022.

Kyle Massey Wanted by Cops in Washington State After Missing Court

3:38 PM PT -- A rep for the King's Co. D.A.'s Office is calling BS on Massey's attorney -- telling us they never received any type of communication from Massey or his team, "Further, Mr. Massey, nor any representatives of him, have filed anything in the Court docket."

They continue, "It is possible that Mr. Massey’s attorney is calling the wrong office. It's also worth noting that Mr. Massey previously acknowledged the filing of the case in past media articles since the first arraignment date, which also included today’s new arraignment date. There’s no misrepresentation here. Quite simply, Mr. Massey did not appear in court."

Former Disney star Kyle Massey is now a wanted man -- TMZ has learned a Washington State judge just signed a warrant for his arrest after he missed his arraignment in his immoral communication with a minor case.

Massey had been scheduled to appear for his arraignment Monday morning in King County, but prosecutors say the kid star never showed up ... so the judge ended up signing a $100k warrant for the actor's arrest.

Massey missed his arraignment in late June, so it was re-scheduled to today ... but with Massey not showing up again, it seems the judge was fed up and now the actor's a wanted man.

As we reported ... Massey -- best known for playing Cory Baxter on Disney shows "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House" -- was charged with 1 count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes after prosecutors allege Kyle sent pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl he knew.

Prosecutors say Massey allegedly sent sexually explicit content to the girl from December 2018 to January 2019. As we told you, the case involves the same accuser as the civil suit we covered in March 2019.

You'll recall Massey was sued for $1.5 million for allegedly sending "numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos" via Snapchat. He claimed he was being extorted.

Massey’s lawyer, Lee Hutton, tells TMZ ... Massey’s legal team has made several phone calls to the King County DA’s office but claims they've not yet gotten a courtesy response.

Hutton also says Massey has not been served and says they're "concerned with the misrepresentations made in court. Indeed, we will move forward to defend these allegations but also determine why due process has not been followed."

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ben affleck mixed outing w/his & jen's kids ... Next Step, Modern Family!!!

Ben Affleck was on dad (and possibly stepdad) duty this weekend -- with not just his kids in tow, but with one of the children of his beloved, Jennifer Lopez, too ... the first time we've actually seen that happen.

The actor was out Sunday with his son, Samuel, his daughter, Seraphina ... plus, J Lo's 13-year-old daughter, Emme -- who was out there rockin' the blue-green hair. Seraphina is right around Emme's age ... and Sam's a bit younger at 9. Still though, they all seemed chummy.

Ben, meanwhile, had his hands full ... with a ton of Wetzel Pretzel snacks and some drinks for good measure. They were out at the Universal City Walk, with some adult companions (possibly nannies/security guards) tagging along as well. No sign of Jen or her boy, Max, here.

No matter ... because this itself is a HUGE step toward blending their family units -- much like Jennifer was doing with A-Rod when they were engaged not too long ago. Their kids were constantly hanging out with one another -- and now, it seems Bennifer's doing the same.

There's even more evidence that Jen and Ben are seriously intertwining their personal lives -- just a couple days ago, J Lo was spotted out with Max ... touring a school in L.A. We'd already seen her doing some of that on her own a little while ago -- but this time, she brought the kid to check things out too.

The writing's on the wall in our minds ... the Lopezes seem to be migrating West. And, the Afflecks are taking it all in stride.

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