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TMZ Jettisons Longtime Staffer Johnny Lopez

This is definitely not what we expected so soon after TMZ made the 12-and-a-half-mile move from West Hollywood to Playa del Rey. But sources tells FishbowlLA a number of staffers were let go Friday.

It’s not unusual for TMZ to cycle through employees. However, what makes this latest bit of turnover notable is that among those getting the axe is a loyal soldier who has been with Harvey Levin since the very beginning.

As we once highlighted, Johnny Lopez (pictured) was the only person besides Harvey who could point to a byline on the TMZ.com website. From the get-go, very cleverly, AOL-Telepictures-Warner Bros. decided that the best way to brand TMZ was to make sure “By TMZ Staff” sat underneath each headline. That strategy seems a little antiquated now that TMZ is fully brand-established.

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Meet the Only TMZ.com Staffer with a Byline

Who is Johnny Lopez? He’s a writer-producer at TMZ who has been on board with Harvey Levin since the website’s earliest days.

He’s also basically the only guy, besides Harvey, who gets to byline items at TMZ.com rather than be herded under the generic moniker of “TMZ staff.” This morning, his latest blurb is about how last night’s American Idol telecast dealt with Lady Gaga‘s clear-plastic penis heels:

When Gaga appeared on the show, producers smacked an Idol logo over her sexually explicit stilettos because they each had a Lucite penis for a heel. The porno pumps by London fashion brand Void of Course may be racy but they ain’t cheap… They retail for over $4500.

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Johnny Lopez on the Lesbian Oscars? Chris Ayres on Everything Else

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Joining us late in the Oscar blogging category are two writers too good to pass up–Johnny Lopez and the London Times’ Chris Ayres. Lopez has the single best line about the event:

The 2007 Academy Awards shall go down as the Lesbian Oscars. From Ellen & Melissa to Jodie & Latifah, the ladies who love ladies were out, well sorta, in full force. Let the red carpet munching begin!

He really should write for the show, as he zings everyone:

James McAvoy It’s not hard to look cute when your most famous role is playing a man-goat in Narnia.

Tracey Edmunds is the biggest beard since ZZ Top.

Sherry Lansing Ladies and Gentlemen, the lost Gilmore Girl.

Tobey Maguire Is he trying to look like Ed Grimley from SNL?

Philip Seymour Hoffman The lesbian Oscars keep on truckin’. Hey everyone, it’s Cynthia Nixon’s ‘husbian’ life-partner.

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Ain’t No Little Miss Sunshine for Johnny Lopez

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Vanity Fair might want to rethink having the office boy write the Oscar blog. Julian Sancton tries to sell us the old canard that comedies can’t win Best Picture, and then tosses most of those that have won aside, so he can make his point that Little Miss Sunshine is doomed. You Can’t Take it With You is DQ’ed as being adapted from a play, Annie Hall is too bittersweet, Going My Way is a musical, which it’s not, and his film history class must have skipped The Sting. Whatever.

Fortunately, Johnny Lopez explains exactly what’s wrong with Little Miss Sunshine and why it’s not winning anything close to Best Picture:

That Steve Carell’s character would dash his nephew’s Air Force Academy dreams on the spot by telling him they don’t let in guys who are color blind. REALLY?! You mean you wouldn’t google the Academy rules first to be sure or at least wait until you get home.REALLY?! And since when are rebellious goth teens clamoring to get into the Armed Forces? Do they not make Dungeons & Dragons anymore?

He’s got whole list.