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Jeff Olde Steps Down as E! Head of Programming and Development

A replacement has not been named

E! programming exec Jeff Olde has stepped down, TheWrap has learned.

Olde, who has served as executive vice president, programming & development since 2013, announced his departure in an internal memo on Tuesday. No replacement has been named.

In his role, Olde oversaw all original programming and series development for the network. He reported directly to Adam Stotsky, who was named E! Entertainment president last year, in addition to his role at the now-defunct Esquire network.

As noted in his letter to staff, Olde helped to shepherd E! into scripted programming with “The Arrangement” and “The Royals.”

He also oversaw the network’s unscripted titles, including “Botched,” “Hollywood Medium,” “WAGS” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Olde joined the network in March 2013 after previously serving five years as a programming executive at VH1.

Read his full memo below:

After 4 1/2 fabulous years as head of programming and development, it is time for me to say goodbye to E! and chart my next adventure. E! is such a fun and special brand. It’s been an absolute blast not only developing and making the shows, but because of the wonderful and talented people across all departments. 

Together, we launched E! into the scripted world with hit shows “The Royals” and “The Arrangement.” We kept the Kardashian machine running through incredible twists, turns and spinoffs.  We set the gold standard around the world with our famous red carpet shows, and we launched numerous new hit series that fixed countless, crazy “Botched” plastic surgeries, made over one hundred celebrities cry on “Hollywood Medium” and, let’s face it, we helped the world one “Rich Kid” at a time. We got to live in “Mariah’s World” and in “The Life Of Kylie” and we found fascinating takes on the sports world with “Divas” and “WAGS.”  We took our stories to 160 counties, translated into 24 different languages as TV’s leading pop culture global brand. We also mourned the death of our beloved Joan, and drank tequila on the good days and the bad days, and, well Wednesdays.

It’s been an amazing ride and I’m so grateful to all the departments, show producers and mostly to my passionate team led by Damla Dogan and Leela Pon who take risks, deliver amazing work, and have made me laugh every single day. It has been a pleasure and honor to work alongside your talented group. You are all some of the very best in the biz and I can’t wait to see where you take E! next.

May our paths cross many times. 

Cheers and thank you,

Jeff

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.