Jay Penske Has Something to Say to TheWrap About Claudia Eller


He writes: ”You wanted to kick someone hard when they were down“

PMC CEO Jay Penske rarely goes on the record. So I thought I would share his note to me on Friday in the wake of our story about the exit of Variety Editor Claudia Eller, which followed a town hall where staffers criticized her management.

Penske wrote me – and cc’ed Eller and much of Variety’s business staff – accusing me of various terrible things, journalistic and other. He wrote: “Sharon, you knew the facts….you had the facts–both Lauren (Utecht, head of communications) and I both gave you the truth, but you wanted to kick someone hard when they were down.”

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman