Journalist and author Sara Hammel quit her longtime freelance gig at People magazine with an epic letter published by the New York Post.
The paper says Hammel sent a resignation letter to editorial director Jess Cagle and other top editors that begins, “I quit. It’s not me, it’s you,” and goes on to trash several high-profile celebrities she wrote about for the magazine since 2002.
“It’s been a wildly dysfunctional 14 years, and you’re an entirely different magazine than when we first got together. I swear half the current staff doesn’t know my name, despite my contribution to something like fifteen hundred stories in your celebrity annals,” Hammel wrote, according to the Post.
Then she goes on to name names. “My first celebrity assignment for you was Spice Girl Geri Halliwell in 2002. My last was Robert De Niro in April 2016.”
Hammel explained that things got a little crazy in between those two assignments.
“There were memorable encounters galore, including making the gorgeous and empathic Mariska Hargitay ugly-cry (turns out she cries at like every charity-related event, phew), enduring an Oscar winner’s public bullying over an intimate dinner, facing a personal crisis at Tom Cruise‘s wedding in Rome, getting basically, kind of spat on by a snotty J. Lo (okay, it was like a very wet pffttt in my general direction, really obnoxious), having fun with endless lower-key celebs like Rosario Dawson and Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Douglas, observing just how stiff and awkward George Clooney is around kids, insulting Sheryl Crow‘s baby, and getting groped/harrassed by an A-list [omitted] performer in New York and Paris (that’s not to be flip–it was violating as hell. I’m still pissed I didn’t jab him in the balls with my pen),” she wrote.
People declined to comment to the Post.
Hammel’s letter also worked in a plug: “Read the rest in my mini-memoir,” she wrote.
She was referring to her new e-book “Red Carpet Regret: Confessions of a Cynical Celebrity Journalist,” and her creative letter could wind up being a clever marketing tool.
In her letter, Hammel went on to tell People: “Despite your nicey nice, glossy and chirpy veneer, some of us think of you more as the Leo DiCaprio of magazines, using up every beautiful model that crosses your path” and “I’ve survived something like eight rounds of layoffs where talented colleagues were bitch-slapped into oblivion.”