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TMZ Live: Suns Star Spills the Beans on LeBron

7/7/2010 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We talked to Phoenix Suns star Jared Dudley today -- and according to him, LeBron James is going to join the New York Knicks!!! Plus: Lindsay Lohan's jail sentence ... and Rob Lowe buying Miramax.


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Rosendo Pena Jr    

Question:why would Lebron want to go to the Knicks if Nets already have players?...Nets needs 2 player which is Lebron James and Carlos Boozer or David Lee...Nets is the best fit for Lebron and why cause the Russian Billionaire

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justin    

You guys are the biggest ****ing tools on the planet. vultures!

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Stefanie    

I think it will suck if he leaves Cleveland. I am from Cleveland and there have been so many fans outside the buildings where he was at negotiating encouraging him to stay. He has so many kids that look up to him from his home town in Cleveland and Akron. So many things will suffer in Cleveland like businesses downtown that need cavs games to keep their businesses running. It will be sad if he goes.

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Mike Desanto    

What do you think about the black man being shot and killed by the Bart Police officer on Oakland Ca.?? What will happen to the Officer? I know the court is in LA because they are going to riot in Oakland. Let me know your thoughts. If you need your medicinal marijuana card ask me and I'll get you hooked up.

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M. Smoke    

Love to see her get a smack for the F*** you on her nail. Tell me why a woman would have this on her nail. Grow up!!

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Bill    

This tells you everything on Harvey Levin.

Rumor Rat has learned that, as colleagues looked on in shock, one of the top dogs at website/TV show TMZ was quite literally shown the door after she revealed she would not be renewing her contract and was taking a job elsewhere.

What TMZ chief Harvey Levin doesn’t yet know – and Rumor Rat has learned exclusively — is that Angela Laughlin-Bailey is going to work for his biggest competitor, RadarOnline, a website with an adept reporting staff and the deep pockets necessary to finance its celebrity news coverage.

Laughlin-Bailey had been working with Levin since the pre-TMZ era… during his days at syndicated show “Celebrity Justice.”

But, according to The Rat’s sources inside TMZ’s newsroom… she hadn’t risen through the ranks as quickly as her peers, despite being instrumental in some of TMZ’s biggest gets.

Laughlin-Bailey, whose contract would have been up next month, had been negotiating with Harvey and the Telepictures bosses, but they wouldn’t give in to her reasonable demands, say our sources.

“It’s no surprise that she wanted to move on,” our insider says. “In the past five years, she’s watched a man she trained in the business get promoted past her. The atmosphere here is like a frat house, with no girls allowed beyond a certain point.”

TMZ is a behemoth when it comes to readership, scoring millions of hits a month. It’s also notoriously thrifty, with low-level A.P.’s hired in at $500 a week.

And wait till you hear where Levin goes scouting for cheap labor.

“Harvey will run into a kid who works at a car-wash he frequents, or at a gas station. If they make an impression on him, the next thing you know, he signs them to a five hundred dollar a week contract,” the insider reveals.

“And those guys don’t work eight hour days. They’re here first thing in the morning, and they’re the last to leave at night.”

The Rat has to wonder if Harvey won’t start hitting up the street hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard to come work for him. But they probably make more money at their current job.

Then there’s Levin’s management style – or lack of it.

“He has like a throne in the middle of the newsroom. His desk actually sits on an elevated platform so he can see his whole kingdom and make sure the peasants are all working,” says our newsroom spy.

And from his perch, the height-challenged boss barks orders and questions the competence of his underlings, using salty language and an intimidating tone: “Why the hell don’t we have that story? he’ll ask. “Do I have to do everything around here?!”

Shocking that they put up with it, right?

Not so much, actually.

“It’s like everybody there has battered wife syndrome. They’re afraid to leave because Harvey has them all convinced they can’t survive in the outside world,” says a staffer.

Since Laughlin-Bailey’s departure last week, none of the TMZ brass has bothered explaining her absence.

“We saw them collecting things from Angela, like her ID and other stuff,” an eyewitness confides in Rumor Rat. “Then she was just gone.”

To paraphrase Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest: “When Harvey doesn’t like you, he can make you disappear.”

The Rat tried unsuccessfully to reach Laughlin-Bailey, but she didn’t respond to our e-mails. We didn’t try to reach Harvey. If he’s not saying anything to his own staff about the situation, he certainly wouldn’t say anything to The Big Cheese.

http://rumorrat.com/2010/06/30/exclusive-“czar-vey”-levin-loses-tmz-lieutenant-to-radar-online/

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