Although the byline on the Feb. 19 Us Weekly story is that of New York-based parenting editor Rachel Paula Abrahamson, the grunt work was done by Miami freelancer Jon Warech on the red carpet of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition event. Now, according to New York Daily News’ Confidenti@l, Warech has been relieved of future contributor duties because of a Twitter exchange with the supermodel.
Teigen was displeased with the way Us Weekly gave prominence, in the article and headline, to her final comment to Warech. The freelancer, via Twitter, explained that he had nothing to do with the all-important headline, and included a picture of the article as it was submitted from his end. Warech’s editors apparently did not appreciate being called out, because now, he’s been dropped:
Confidenti@l is told that the freelance writer — who had been Us Weekly’s main Miami correspondent — got a call from the New York headquarters Monday morning saying his services would no longer be required.
“I felt the need to defend the story and my reporting style,” Warech told us of his social media spat. “We didn’t use the last of ‘many questions’ and none of the three questions were ‘extremely personal’ (as Teigen had claimed in their conversation). I guess it wasn’t my place to do so.”
“Now that I have some free time on my hands, maybe she wants to hire me as her night nurse,” he added.
Ha ha. Kudos to Warech for maintain a proper sense of humor – and perspective – about all this.