Entertainment Weekly Publisher Abruptly Resigns

After more than a decade with the magazine, Entertainment Weekly publisher Ray Chelstowski abruptly gave his notice this morning.

The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of a memo to staff from president Paul Caine:

“I am writing with news of a publisher change. Ray Chelstowski has informed me of his decision to leave EW. Over the last two years, Ray and his team have turned EW’s business around, ensuring that today, it is stronger than ever. During this transition, I am counting on all of you and your management team to continue your great success. I will be communicating a plan shortly, and my door is open should you have any thoughts or suggestions. My thanks to Ray for his contributions, and I wish him well in the future.”

Sounds like the move came as quite a surprise to everyone. Chelstowski was publisher of Rolling Stone prior to his tenure at EW.