If solely TMZ had been there to movie it!
Page Six is instructed that veteran TMZ character Van Lathan has been fired after getting right into a nasty confrontation with fellow star, Michael Babcock.
We’re instructed that the pair appeared on the positioning’s on-line present “TMZ Live” collectively a couple of week and a half in the past and had some sort of disagreement. The on-air face-off has been edited out, we’re instructed, however sources say they have been sparring over politics, which has more and more come between them. Lathan famously went head-to-head with Kanye West final yr over the rapper’s claims that slavery was “a choice.” Meanwhile, we’re instructed Babcock leans to the suitable.
Sources say that Lathan confronted Babcock within the newsroom after the phase and instructed him there could be hassle if he “ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again.” Insiders say Lathan met with the positioning’s attorneys and he was suspended. He was dismissed a number of days later, we’re instructed.
An insider defended Lathan — who additionally hosts the “Red Pill” podcast — saying that within the website’s high-pressure newsroom, staffers are sometimes pitted in opposition to one another for the sake of creating good TV. “Van’s not mean-spirited. Anything that happened is a product of that environment,” stated an insider.
Sources additionally stated that Lathan had been “a huge part” of the success of TMZ over the previous few years and so they have been shocked he had been fired over the incident.
When reached for remark, Lathan declined to remark with out talking to an lawyer, Babcock hung up on us, and TMZ didn’t get again to us.