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‘OBJECTIFIED’: Fox News Gives TMZ Chief His Own Show

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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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TMZ’s Harvey Levin is really kicking off his new show on Fox News with a bang.

In his premier episode on Sept. 17, the entertainment media mogul is interviewing Judge Judy Sheindlin, the spunky, rude 74-year-old woman who is known as America’s judge. She will be showing off the prized possessions in her Greenwich, Connecticut home.

Levin’s new show will be a behavioral sea change for him. On his TMZ Live program, everything is fast-paced and full of loose, unplanned-seeming conversation.

The program’s name has nothing to do with women being objectified, which would presumably be a negative for a network that has seen a lot of monumental departures in the last few years due to sexual harassment that have included the late Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, who shelled out thousands to make his troubles go away.

Instead, it’s a more literal interpretation.

“Each week, Levin will showcase an intimate interview with a high-profile newsmaker or celebrity, who will tell their life story through certain objects they have chosen to keep close over the years,” states a description of the program. “The objects become jumping points in understanding how certain experiences shaped them into who they are today.”

Levin’s time slot is Sunday at 8 p.m.

“The 10 episode series will continue in primetime on Sundays, airing at 8PM/ET,” the description continues. “Upcoming shows will feature: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger; businesswoman and television personality Martha Stewart; entertainment entrepreneur and actor Tyler Perry; and Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban, in addition to other notable guests.”

Levin is a great get for Fox News. He joins at least a few of his new colleagues in being an unabashed friend to President Trump. Back in March, he became embroiled in a flap when he met with Trump in the Oval Office. In November, 2016, Levin interviewed Trump in the White House for a pre-taped ‘Objectified’ special that aired on Fox News.

Levin is maintaining tight control over his program.

“OBJECTified is produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Harvey Levin and Ryan Regan serve as the program’s executive producers, alongside John Finley, FNC’s Senior Vice President of Development and Production.”

Like a man after Trump’s heart, Levin butchered the media when he spoke to the National Association of Broadcasters.

“It is hilarious to me and kind of sad, that I was in the waiting room in the West Wing for a half hour before I walked in there,” he said. “And probably saw a hundred people, including reporters. So, nothing happened until a week later, and then people were furious that I got in there and actually I was in Washington for something different and went in there. “I guess the solution is that nobody should see him; it should be a boycott. That is so stupid.”