David Perel Out at American Media

Florida gossip king Jose Lambiet has the exclusive on the end of an era at American Media Inc. Longtime employee David Perel is out.

The only question, since AMI wouldn’t comment to Lambiet for the item, is whether Perel was forced out or has left of his own volition:*

Perel’s contract is believed to run until April, but two sources at AMI tell Gossip Extra Perel was told not to bother showing up for work. The way Perel tells it, he’s pursuing other opportunities.

Regardless, the news should delight a few celebs, and their loved ones!

As editor of the National Enquirer, Perel presided over a number of scoops picked up by the MSM before moving over to Radar Online. He was most recently listed as the site’s executive vice president and managing editor, as well as an executive vp of content for AMI.

Perel told Lambiet the parting was amicable and that he is going to be launching a “multi-platform content activation company.” Read the full Gossip Extra report here.

*Update – 08/06/13: Via email late last night, AMI informed Lambiet that Perel had resigned from the company. The Gossip Extra item has since been updated to reflect that information.