Janice Min, longtime editor of celeb magazine Us Weekly said yesterday that she will be leaving her post when her $2.5 million contract expires at the beginning of next month.
Min told The New York Times she didn’t know what she would do next, “But I’m 39 and I’d like to have another career. I felt like I’d done every possible thing at Us Weekly to make it successful.”
In a letter to her staffers, obtained by Mediaite.com, Min said she had “decided it was time to try something else in my life, do a little Gosselin detox and occasionally go out on Monday nights.”
Executive editor Michael Steele will be taking over Min’s spot, the magazine’s owner Jann Wenner told the Times.
Former Us editor Bonnie Fuller hired Min as her number two in 2002, and Min took over the magazine’s top editor slot when Fuller left for Star a year later. Last week, Fuller was named editor-in-chief at celebrity Web site HollywoodLife, becoming the latest big name journalist snapped up by the site’s owner Jay Penske for his growing media empire. Might Min be eyeing a spot on Penske’s team? Or, conversely, does Penske have a place for the successful editor? It’s certainly possible, but no matter where she goes next, all eyes will be on her.