Deadline’s Jen Yamato caught up late Friday with axed New York Post freelance film reviewer V.A. Musetto. The journalist’s dismissal, two years after his retirement from full-time newspaper duties, was a major media story, mainly because of the way his exit was handled.
There was no phone call, no meeting. Just a curt email notification from chief film critic Lou Lumenick:
“Lumenick hates me and I don’t especially like him,” Musetto said. “We don’t get along. We never talked. After 40 years, to have some flunky just send me an email. But I did get a call from the woman in charge of entertainment who apologized for just sending an email.”
As one Deadline reader has already suggested, it’s a little harsh for Musetto to refer to Lumenick as a “flunky.” But understandably, the veteran journalist is still reeling from the particulars.
Musetto also shared some interesting thoughts with Yamato about his famous headline (“Headless Body in Topless Bar”) and the art of drawing readers to a news article. Read her full piece here.[Image courtesy Rotten Tomatoes]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
V.A. Musetto, Man Behind Iconic ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ Headline, Fired by NY Post