These include: Mel Gibson's arrest for DUI in 2006 and his subsequent anti-Semitic tirade; the deaths in 2009 of Michael Jackson and actress Brittany Murphy; and, in the same year, the fact that Tiger Woods's supposed car crash had taken place after an arugment with his wife. I have a lot of sources and a lot of people on my staff have a lot of sources.
We’re one operation.”It’s been a long, unexpected trip from The People’s Court to TMZ for Harvey Levin.
TMZ, says Levin, has a mission to give viewers the unvarnished truth about Hollywood — and “have fun” doing it. They love being on the show because it makes them relevant.
“If somebody makes it clear to us that they really don’t want to be any part of it, I’ve told our guys to back off. That’s the biggest thing for celebrities.” Name: Harvey Levin Position: Host and executive producer, TMZ, and managing editor for TMZ.com; executive producer, Beyond Twisted.
RR: I've seen you interviewed on staid, serious news programmes in the US and was rather shocked to see you there. And that we were very successfully able to show that and we did a real public service. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
What does your appearance on these programmes say about America's celebrity journalists becoming a required news source? I remember there was a time when Britney Spears was in her meltdown stage and The New York Times said they would never do a story on Britney Spears. And I think the problem with media has always been that they shouldn't be telling us what they want, they should be listening to what we want. Do you sympathize with celebrities who use the media to promote their careers but then complain when journalists publish negative stories or pry into their private lives? But if the celebrities are out in public and they see cameras and they say something and then regret it. How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?
Charles Latibeaudiere is co-executive producer of TMZ and a co-host of TMZ’s television show. I actually was a biology major—it was the first thing I tried in school. The speed of the cheetah fascinates me—big cats in general fascinate me.