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In 2010, New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller told New York Magazine, “If I got hit by a falling safe, I have no doubt Jill [Abramson] could step in tomorrow and run this place excellently. But I’m not planning to be hit by a safe.”
Though there's as yet no indication that the move was anything other than voluntary, that safe appears to have fallen—Keller announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his post to become a full-time writer for the paper.