EXCLUSIVE: Richard Rushfield Out at BuzzFeed

If you look at the masthead for BuzzFeed Entertainment, there’s a rather conspicuous name missing. That’s because Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield is no longer part of the operation.

“Indeed, I have parted ways from BuzzFeed,” Rushfield told FishbowlLA via email Saturday night after a long day at Anaheim’s WonderCon. “Wasn’t the right fit in the end, but I wish them all the best.”

The exit comes exactly five months after Rushfield joined BuzzFeed last fall to launch a west coast bureau. He leaves behind chief correspondent Kate Aurthur, senior film reporter Adam B. Vary, reporter Tessa Stuart, correspondent-at-large Michael Hastings and associate editors Louis Peitzman and Erin La Rosa.

Last night, Rushfield helped close out Day Two of WonderCon by moderating the panel discussion portion of a special preview of CBS’s upcoming summer series Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Joining him were executive producers Neal Baer, Brian K. Vaughan and Jack Bender along with stars Dean Norris and Rachelle Lefevre.

Rushfield has enjoyed a long, varied career. Early on, he was a political field organizer for candidates including Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, as well as a producer on the reality TV show Blind Date. More recently, he has served as entertainment editor for latimes.com, west coast editor of Gawker and written a book about American Idol. His final pieces for BuzzFeed were about Jay Leno and some ridiculously successful Veronica Mars fundraising on Kickstarter.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Richard Rushfield to Head New BuzzFeed LA Bureau