Inside Ozy Media’s Meltdown: Carlos Watson’s ‘Fake Crying’ and 5 Days to Sudden Collapse (Exclusive)

“We were all pretty blindsided,” one staffer at the digital media company said of its rapid fall

Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson appeared to be in tears as he addressed staffers in a company-wide meeting on Monday, one day after a devastating New York Times exposé that led to the abrupt shuttering of his 9-year-old digital media company just four days later. 

He vowed, one attendee said, that he was going “to fix this.” But people on the call said Watson’s crying appeared “fake” and “theatrical,” an individual with knowledge of the meeting told TheWrap.

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Antoinette Siu

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