NYT: Murdoch Fired Judith Regan Over Anti-Semitic Comments
I was surprised last week to learn uber-publisher Judith Regan had been fired from Harper Collins over the O.J. book fiasco. She brought a ton of money into the company with her (in my view trashy) books. Now it makes more sense:
Rupert Murdoch personally ordered the dismissal of Judith Regan, the publisher of a widely criticized O. J. Simpson book, after he heard reports of a heated conversation Ms. Regan had with a company lawyer on Friday that included comments that were deemed anti-Semitic, according to two people familiar with the News Corporation’s account of the firing.
Mark Jackson, a lawyer with HarperCollins, a division of the News Corporation that includes Ms. Regan’s imprint, reported the alleged comments from a phone conversation with Ms. Regan....
....Mr. Murdoch... authorized [Jane Friedman, HarperCollins’s president and chief executive] to dismiss her, saying her slurs were the final straw after other recent episodes of what were deemed improper behavior, according to one of the people familiar with the News Corporation’s account.
Exactly what Regan said has not been disclosed:
Ms. Regan’s alleged comments, which came in the midst of a tense conversation in which she berated Mr. Jackson, were directed at him and Ms. Friedman, who are Jewish, as well as toward other Jews, one of the sources said.
So what's in the future for Ms. Regan?
“She’ll certainly have another life in entertainment,” said Laurence J. Kirshbaum, a literary agent and the former head of the Time Warner Book Group. “I think she will rise from these ashes and find another place.”
Maybe Mel Gibson will let her publish his book.
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