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Richard Rushfield to leave latimes.com

July 27, 2009 |  2:16 pm

Here's the memo from Meredith Artley, managing editor, online:

 

I come bearing sad news. Richard Rushfield, entertainment editor for latimes.com, has been wooed away by Gawker.

 

Richard is perhaps best known for covering a little TV show called "American Idol" like no one else, bringing unique coverage and discussion of a popular culture juggernaut to latimes.com. But that’s just one part of his legacy – his leadership and contributions to our online entertainment effort are countless and something that our talented team of producers and editors will continue to build upon.

 

Richard’s last day is Aug. 4. Please join me in thanking/kicking him in the meantime. We will miss him, and even though we thought we’d never say it, we’ll miss that green plaid jacket.

 

Meredith Artley

Managing Editor, Online

 

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