LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - Welcome to Hollywood, California. As you stand on Hollywood Blvd. you see a literal parade of tour busses.
They're all marked up with logos and advertising. One of them is painted in red and emblazoned with the words "TMZ Celebrity Tours". We jump on. Our guide is Ashley Counts. We speak with her and, then, have an in depth conversation with TMZ’s Harvey Levin at the show's studios.
The idea of having TMZ Celebrity Tour buses was Harvey’s. He says, “I was driving around LA, and I’m looking around and thinking ‘oh we broke a story there’ and ‘we broke a story there’ and I was thinking that there’s a connection to all these places.”
So, he created a synergy between the show and the tour -- taking people around town and bringing it to life with the videos and stories over the years along with an entertaining guide.
Harvey says the tour has spotted many celebrities over the years, including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Paris Jackson, CeeLo Green, Samuel Jackson, Diddy, Ben Affleck, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, even the former president of France!
When it comes to getting scoop for TMZ, Harvey says, “Look, we are a news operation…we cover celebrity news. I was a reporter in LA for many years. I use the same skill sets that I used when I was at CBS in Los Angeles.”
The biggest story for Harvey personally was OJ, saying it consumed his life for a long, long time. For TMZ, the deaths of Michael Jackson and Prince were huge successes.
Harvey is also hosting a series on FOX News called, “Objectified” where he talks to people he’s admired for so long, and this gives him an opportunity to meet and talk candidly.