Dr. Oz’s magazine — Dr. Oz The Good Life — doesn’t debut until tomorrow, but there has been some early chaos behind the scenes. The New York Post reports that two key staffers from the glossy’s art and design team have already departed.
Cass Spencer, The Good Life’s design director and point person on the look of the magazine, is gone after an alleged disagreement with Hearst’s editorial director, Ellen Levine. Jenny Sargent, The Good Life’s photo director, is also out. Sargent’s situation is less dramatic; she left to take a job as Billboard’s deputy photo director.
A Hearst spokesperson told the Post that the company was “extremely happy” with The Good Life and brushed off Spencer and Sargent leaving, explaining, “When magazines are in startup mode, changes occur.”