Us Weekly laid off several employees on Thursday, according to various reports. The layoffs come on the heels of American Media, Inc. agreeing to purchase the magazine from Wenner Media.
The New York Post reports that 38 people, including Editor-in-Chief Michael Steele, were let go, while WWD reports that number to be “around 40.” Others reportedly cut include editorial director Jaimee Zanzinger, design director Victor Thompson, deputy editor April P. Bernard and online executive editor Justin Ravitz.
An AMI spokesman did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The sale resulted in the magazine going from openly gay, liberal Jann Wenner into the hands of AMI CEO and Chairman David J. Pecker, who is a Trump-friendly conservative. The latest issue of the magazine features an explosive, anti-Trump cover story about the president and First Lady sleeping in separate rooms and essentially living separate lives.
A staffer told the Post that the layoffs aren’t the new owner having different politics, noting, “We were all gone anyway.”
The Post had previously reported that staffers were angry about an email sent by Gus Wenner, who reportedly never personally addressed the staff regarding the sale. Employees will stick around for “the next few weeks” until the deal officially closes, according to the Post.
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