TMZ’s Van Lathan

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  1. TMZ’s Van Lathan fired after newsroom spat with Michael Babcock

    If only TMZ had been there to film it!

    Page Six is told that veteran TMZ personality Van Lathan has been fired after getting into a nasty confrontation with fellow star, Michael Babcock.

    We’re told that the pair appeared on the site’s online show “TMZ Live” together about a week and a half ago and had some kind of disagreement. The on-air face-off has been edited out, we’re told, but sources say they were sparring over politics, which has increasingly come between them. Lathan famously went head-to-head with Kanye West last year over the rapper’s claims that slavery was “a choice.” Meanwhile, we’re told Babcock leans to the right.

    Sources say that Lathan confronted Babcock in the newsroom after the segment and told him there would be trouble if he “ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again.” Insiders say Lathan met with the site’s attorneys and he was suspended. He was dismissed a few days later, we’re told.

    An insider defended Lathan — who also hosts the “Red Pill” podcast — saying that in the site’s high-pressure newsroom, staffers are often pitted against each other for the sake of making good TV. “Van’s not mean-spirited. Anything that happened is a product of that environment,” said an insider.

    When reached for comment, Lathan declined to comment without speaking to an attorney, Babcock hung up on us, and TMZ didn’t get back to us.


    Sources also said that Lathan had been “a huge part” of the success of TMZ over the past few years and they were stunned he had been fired over the incident.
  2. Oh crap! I love Van, I've never been a fan of Babcock... I would've never expected something like this. I wonder if any of this will blow over?
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  4. Oh wow. I always liked him. It must have been a bad situation. I can’t see them firing one of their most popular personalities otherwise.
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  5. Well... I searched around the internet and it seems Van put his hands on Babcock, his neck? So disappointed ☹️ if it's true, I would've thought Van had more sense and control. Still a Van fan, and Babcock will always suck.
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  7. That is the sort of story TMZ would be showing over and over if it happened to another show. But of course not a peep from them.
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  9. I messed the choke part? I guess hands on someone's neck is bad, but I didn't see a choke.
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  10. I don't think that Van choke that guy. You guess right that putting his hands on that guys neck was bad.
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  11. I don’t think anyone said he choked him. You can disagree with your coworker. You can argue with your coworker. You cannot lay hands on him.
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  12. that's true.
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  13. I didn't watch, but I'd have a major issue if a co-worker put their hands on me during conflict.
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  14. :sad: I will miss Van... I don't watch TMZ now. I didn't realize what a Van fan I am. I never liked Babcock. Van shouldn't have touched Babcock, who knows what Babcock stated what was being whispered in his ... Let's just say, if the two already had friction, Van gifted Babcock by touching him. Never gift a fool.
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  15. Van kept Harvey from firing Nina Parker from TMZ.
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