It turns out that Judith Regan might have gotten axed for more reasons than just because she gave the greenlight to a psychotic killer’s thinly disguised memoir of how he decapitated two people, one of whom was the mother of his children. Apparently, Judy won’t be getting anyone a Hanukkah present this year. The New York Times has the scoop.
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 to Jane Friedman, HarperCollins’s president and chief executive.
“And then Jane called Rupert and Rupert said he won’t tolerate that kind of behavior,” said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Her racism really screwed up her gig. Her biggest problem now is that she’s not protected by security at HarperCollins anymore for when O.J. comes around in his wetsuit, wielding his machete and needing to chat with her about his book not getting published. *shiver*