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Frank Rich To Leave Times For Magazine

Buried in the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of the New York Times:

Frank Rich to Leave The Times for New York Magazine

By JEREMY W. PETERS
March 1, 2011

Frank Rich, who over the course of a three-decade career at The New York Times was a theater critic, magazine essayist and Sunday Op-Ed columnist, is leaving the paper to join New York magazine.

Mr. Rich will write a column once a month and become editor at large of a new section built around his column. The magazine said he would also be a commentator on its Web site, NYMag.com, “engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week.”

Mr. Rich will continue in his role as a consultant for HBO while he writes for New York. Mr. Rich is executive producer of “Veep,” a pilot that is being produced for an HBO comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and directed by Armando Iannucci.

We can’t wait to see how comedy should really be done, coming from such an ‘expert.’

The Times announced Mr. Rich’s departure in a staff memorandum that was sent to employees on Tuesday morning. The editor of the Opinion pages, Andrew Rosenthal, said Mr. Rich would be missed deeply.

“I know I speak for everyone at The Times when I say that we are very sorry to see him leave,” Mr. Rosenthal wrote. “We offer him our gratitude and wish him all good things as he begins this next exciting chapter of an already highly distinguished career.”

Yes, this was such a momentous occasion, that The Times relegated its announcement to the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of their paper.

Saying “there is no greater newspaper than The Times,” Mr. Rich described his decision to leave as a difficult one. “I’ve spent much of the past year talking to friends inside and outside The Times about what might be most exciting for me next,” he said

Who talks like this? Here is a handy translation: ‘they told me a year ago they were going to get rid of me.’

But who even knew that Mr. Rich still wrote a column? And, apparently, it wasn’t just reviews of the current offerings on the ‘Great White Way.’

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Frank Rich To Leave Times For Magazine”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I think he’s lying, he’s really going to work for Keebler.

  2. JohnMG says:

    …..”We can’t wait to see how comedy should really be done, coming from such an ‘expert.’……”

    Well Steve, you’ve got to admit some of the stuff he wrote was about as far removed from reality as possible. That it took on comedic overtones seems only appropriate. Sort of like a not-so-funny knock-off of what one might find in ‘National Lampoon’……only more pathetic.

    Another rat leaves the s(t)inking ship hilariously known as the “paper of record”. Poor Pinch!

  3. proreason says:

    “I’ve spent much of the past year talking to friends inside and outside The Times about what might be most exciting for me next,”

    someone should arrange a blind date with drooling Barney.

    Remember the old SNL sketch with baloon sized people bouncing off each other.

    There must be an entire TV show there somewhere.

    • JohnMG says:

      Frank Rich has more than one friend? Who knew?

      I think Right of the People is correct. But he’ll have to apprentice first.

  4. Flession says:

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, Frankie.

  5. Chuckk says:

    Rich is stepping off the Titantic and boarding the Andrea Doria.

  6. P. Aaron says:

    Watch, Krugman will leave to write for Woman’s Day magazine.


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