Here’s some schadenfreude for you. The New Yorker is finalizing a big exposé about the controversial gossip site TMZ -- the place that made events like Britney Spears dropping the F-bomb into news by chasing down and harassing celebrities.
The magazine’s investigative piece was a year in the making, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Harvey Levin, the mastermind behind TMZ, is apparently nervous about what the piece holds -- or at least nervous enough to tell staffers not to talk to reporter Nicholas Schmidle. Schmidle was previously nominated for a National Magazine Award for "Getting Bin Laden," a 2011 chronicle of events leading up to the raid on the terrorist leader's compound in Abbottabad.
A spokeswoman for the New Yorker said it does not comment on pieces that have yet to be published. TMZ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.