Van Lathan, one of TMZ's most popular personalities has been fired - after a politically charged confrontation with a White co-worker.

According to reports, Van and his colleague Michael Babcock went at it on a recent episode of “TMZ Live” about a week and a half ago. The on-air face-off was so explosive, that the producers decided that it was better to just edit it out.

It is being reported - that after the show - Van threatened to put hands on Michael.

Van is a liberal, and Michael is a conservative.

Here's how Page Six is reporting it:

Sources say that Lathan confronted Babcock in the newsroom after the segment and told him there would be trouble if he “ever embarrassed [Lathan] like that again.” Insiders say Lathan met with the site’s attorneys and he was suspended. He was dismissed a few days later, we’re told.

An insider defended Lathan — who also hosts the “Red Pill” podcast — saying that in the site’s high-pressure newsroom, staffers are often pitted against each other for the sake of making good TV. “Van’s not mean-spirited. Anything that happened is a product of that environment,” said an insider.

Lathan famously went head-to-head with Kanye West last year over the rapper’s claims that slavery was “a choice.” Meanwhile, we’re told Babcock leans to the right.

Sources also said that Lathan had been “a huge part” of the success of TMZ over the past few years and they were stunned he had been fired over the incident.