Jeff Sneider is leaving the paper but said he is unsure of his next career move
Jeff Sneider, one of Variety's film reporters, was fired from the paper Tuesday, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
"Sad to say, today is my last day at Variety," Sneider tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. "Thx to all my wonderful colleagues & the best group of film reporters on the planet. Farewell."
He also tweeted that he would consider other journalism offers, but is "also open to a career change."
The individual said Sneider was fired for "unprofessional" behavior, but did not specify what led to his termination.
But another individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that Sneider was let go after he tweeted that "my blood will be on Hollywood's hands" after he lost a scoop to Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters. She reported that Christopher Nolan was in talks to direct "Interstellar" for Paramount and Warner Bros., the individual told TheWrap.
"Gonna go drive my car into a tree," he tweeted. "My blood will be on Hollywood's hands. Make sure a cool celebrity gives my eulogy. Farewell cruel world."
Editors at Variety asked Sneider to write a letter of apology to a publicist who had promised to update Sneider if the deal developed, the individual told TheWrap. The publicist did not confirm the news for Sneider.
In the meantime, Masters broke the story.
Variety did not immediately respond to calls from TheWrap for comment.
A round of editorial layoffs is reportedly looming at Variety. Sneider had previously worked at the trade newspaper but was cut in a round of layoffs in 2009. He returned to the trade two years ago after working at TheWrap.
Sharon Waxman contributed to this report.
For the record: An earlier version of this post erroneously said that Jeff Sneider wanted to break a story about "Robopocalypse" being postponed.
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