About The Blast

Launched in September 2017 by renowned celebrity reporter Mike Walters (was a co-founder of TMZ.com, producer of the Emmy-nominated TMZ syndicated TV show and an executive producer of the TMZ Live syndicated series), The Blast provides 24/7, up-to-the-minute news about the world’s biggest celebrities, all optimized for mobile consumption and social media engagement.

The site is comprised of a staff that has been instrumental in breaking the biggest stories about some of the most talked about celebrities in the world.

New York Times (9/6/17)
Before dawn on Wednesday, a celebrity news site here published an anonymously sourced article about a kerfuffle involving Scott Disick of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fame.

It was a classic TMZ scoop. Except that it was not. The article was from The Blast, a new, well-financed entrant on the sharp-elbowed celebrity news scene that is run by Mike Walters, who left TMZ about eight months ago after clashing with that site’s founder, Harvey Levin.

“I’m going to do what I’ve done for the last 15 years, which is break news with credibility and backbone and authority,” said Mr. Walters, who previously ran TMZ’s news desk. “There hasn’t been a new face in this space for a long time. It’s time.”

Consider the gauntlet thrown.
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Mike Walters, founder of The Blast
David Walter Banks for The New York Times

New York Post (9/6/17)
Three of TMZ boss Harvey Levin’s top lieutenants are now working for a rival site.

As Page Six first reported, Levin’s longtime No. 2, Mike Walters, quit to start his own operation.

On Monday, Walters announced he’s launched TheBlast.com, and we hear a raft of TMZ alums, including former top-tier staff Gary Trock and Daniel Goldblatt, are manning Walters’ new site.
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