Van Lathan Biography

Van Lathan is an American personality and a former host of TMZ Live. during the time of hosting the show, she got involved in an argument with the rapper Kanye West on the topic of American slavery back in 2018. Lathan, who is now 42 years old, has remained the host of the weekly podcast called The Red Pill, from 2018 through 2019. In April 2020, he hosted the podcast network called The Ringer and two other podcasts The Wire: Way Down in the Hole with Jemelle Hill and Higher Learning with Rachel Lindsay. Despite being the famous host, he is also an executive producer of the Oscar-winning short film called Two Distant Strangers (2020).

Early Life

Van Lathan was born on 16th April 1980 and brought up along with his older brother Ebony Rage Lathan by his loving and caring parents named Terry and Christal Ellis. He is currently thought to be residing in Los Angeles, though he has not revealed the insights into his life including his educational details, the current status of his parents, and the other family members. However, it is known that Lathan’s father died back in 2021 somewhere around July, regarding which he also posted an Instagram post and gave a tribute to his father. Also, Lathan graduated from a local school and college back in 2003.

Van Lathan Career

Van has developed himself into a host, and media personality. Earlier, he started his weekly podcast called The Red Pill which garnered around 50,000 listeners [per episode. Today, he is both a television personality and a film producer and is also the writer of his book where he has stated the hilarious way of his transformation from fat to thin. Despite this, he is often seen giving reviews and comments on his self-journey of a major transformation of becoming in shape.

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Van started his career as a tour guide and worked for The TMZ Tour- the segment of the adventurous television documentary series called Extreme, that was released in 2012. Later, he started hosting the live version of the TMZ news program called TMZ Live. During the time of his career with TMZ Live, he began another podcast called Van Lathan’s The Red Pill which he started on 20th February 2018, and ran until December 2019. In the podcast, he could be seen talking about the diverse guests appearing on television including actors, actresses, entrepreneurs, media personalities, and others. He used to cover different topics including news, politics, pop culture, and others.


Van Lathan became the host of the sports and pop-culture podcast network called The Ringer, which was released on 12th April 2020. At the time, he was committed to Ringer, he co-hosted another two podcasts- The Wire: Way Down in the Hole with Jemelle Hill and Higher Learning with Jemelle Hill. Lathan was also the host of The Wire: Way Down in the Hole which was launched on 15th April 2020. In this podcast, he along with Hill talked about every episode of the HBO drama and crime series called The Wire and provided critical reviews about the series. The podcast was aired back in December 2020 to 2021 telecasted every Monday and Wednesday or twice a week.

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Lathan has worked for another famous podcast called Higher Learning which was aired back in May 2020. In the podcast, Lathan and co-host Lindsay discussed the viral issues of the Black culture, sports, and politics, and invited various guests on their show to discuss the debate over the topics. The podcast also aired twice a week and is still telecasted on the television to date. Lathan had also developed himself into the position of executive producer of the Oscar-winning short film called Two Distant Strangers, which is based on the violence against a black man called Carter and the racial culture.

The short film was written by the Emmy-Award-winning personality, writer, and producer named Travon Free. It was a 32-minute short film that was released back on 20th November 2020 and streamed online on Netflix on 9th April 2021. The short film received an Oscar for the category of Best Live Action Short Film in 2021 and an African-American Film Critics Association Award in the category of Best Short Film the same year.

Van Lathan Biography

Real Name Van Lathan Jr.
Birth Date 16 April 1980
Age (as of 2022) 42 Years
Birth Place Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Nationality American
Profession Producer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Aries

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 4” – in Centimeters – 193 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 90 kg  –  in Pounds –  198 lbs
Shoe Size 14 (U.S.)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Type Athletic


Father Terry Lathan
Mother Christal Ellis
Sister Ebony Rage Lathan



Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relationship
Affair Yes
Who is his girlfriend/wife? None
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Personal Life

Van Lathan has not revealed much about the insights of his life, stating that he is engaged to someone named Khalika. He is living a happy and peaceful life in Los Angeles along with another member of the family, a dog named Boseman. Van has also stated the same in his book “Fat, Crazy and Tired…” Also, back in 2018, when he appeared on the podcast The Breakfast Club, he along with his one friend and host of the show Charlamagne shared a story of a vacation to Anguilla with their partners. Charlemagne revealed that he was there on the vacation with his wife while Lathan was present with his fiancee. But, Lathan himself never revealed his marital status.

Van Lathan Net Worth

He is surely earning a good amount of money because of his involvement with many shows and podcasts including The TMZ Tour, The Ringer, Higher Learning, The Red Pill, and the post of executive producer of the short film Two Distant Strangers. Lathan’s estimated net worth is somewhere around $3 million to $4 million, which is enough to provide him with a luxurious lifestyle.

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