Johnny Mathis Stumps TMZ’s Younger Staffers

We can just imagine Harvey Levin's horror.

It happened in the very center of the “thirty-mile zone.” However, per the end of TMZ’s item about a fire that destroyed singer Johnny Mathis’ Hollywood Hills home, the incident also split the Playa Vista news gathering operation right down the (generational) middle:

Besides the personal loss for Johnny, the fire is creating a huge rift in our office. People in the know (a.k.a. intelligent and possibly older) are feuding with the younger set who claim to have no idea who he is. Kids. Family Ties theme, damn it!

Mathis was on his way back from a tour date in Cleveland when the fire broke out Monday night. His next scheduled performances are Nov. 13-14 in Branson.

TMZ caught up with Mathis at LAX prior to Monday’s fire, which was complicated by difficult and narrow road-access. The 80-year-old singer confirmed to the site’s videographer that he has indeed hit nine holes-in-one on the golf course over the years.

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