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Claude Brodesser-Akner Out as Vulture’s West Coast Editor (Exclusive)

Claude Brodesser-Akner created "The Business" and worked at Variety and TMZ

Claude Brodesser-Akner, a writer and West Coast editor for Vulture, has been laid off, he told TheWrap.

He joined Vulture, which serves as New York Magazine's pop culture portal, three years ago after a stint at Ad Age, where he was the Los Angeles bureau chief.

"It was the best gig I ever had," said Brodesser-Akner, who parted ways with Vulture 10 days ago. ["Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss] is just the uniquely gifted editor of his generation, and the Vulture crew is one of the smartest you'll find. It's rare to find a group of people who are so ego-less in their desire to make copy better."

The site currently has no set plans to replace him. Brodesser-Akner declined to say what explanation Vulture gave for his lay-off. He said he is weighing his options about what to do next, but is freelancing at places like Vanity Fair in the meantime.

Brodesser-Akner has had experience in print, digital and broadcasting. In addition to Ad Age, he also had stints at TMZ, FishbowlLA and Variety. He also created the public radio show show "The Business," a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood that currently airs on KCRW.  Brodesser-Akner hosted the program from 2004 to 2009, before being replaced by the Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters.

Josh Wolk, Vulture's editorial director, declined to comment, citing the company's policy not to discuss employee departures.

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