It’s been over five years since TMZ‘s most recognizable face disappeared from the newsroom, leaving many fans asking what happened.  These days Max Hodges seems to be living quite a different life.

Hodges stopped by the Hollywood Pipeline Podcast to talk about how life has been treating him since his retirement from the celebrity gossip biz.

After his initial departure, there blonde spent most of his time traveling the world and getting a taste of freedom.  Max told hosts, Dax Holt and Adam Glyn, Australia, Cuba, and Mexico were only a few of the stops.

As for giving up a once in a life time gig, Hodges didn’t bat an eye. He made it clear he was ready for a change. Since his days at TMZ, his life has been much different. He had a small stint on Millionaire Matchmaker. If you’re wondering about the girl he met on the show, he confessed their dating never really amounted to much more than a good publicity stunt.

Since his appearance the Bravo dating show, Max stays local bartending in Manhattan Beach and staying low key.


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I love this bar – come as you are

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Hooray club bed! Taxing weekend.

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Max did make a stunning revelation during the chat. According to the surfer, back before his celeb gossip days, he was asked to be the Bachelor on ABC’s hit show during it’s infancy.

Although he turned down the high-profile gig, he doesn’t regret saying no. He made it clear his life has been filled with many bachelor-type moments.  However, the former model kept mum about the celebs he’s hooked up with along the way.

Smart investments and knowledge of the stock market has provided the former entertainment personality with a very comfortable life post TMZ.

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