Nikki Finke took time this morning to respond—in a roundabout way—to a report last night from Sharon Waxman at The Wrap that she was fired from Deadline Hollywood, the site she created. But in Finke's post she didn't really settle the question of whether or not she is actually on her way out, instead her colorful prose just proves why we love to talk about Finke.
Finke, in fact, began her post by saying that she would not deal with questions relating to her employment: "Right now I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske. Why? Because I don’t have to. If that changes, I’ll tell you."
Finke explained that she's out of town, about to begin a summer vacation, and was in fact "napping in a different time zone when The Wrap crapped on me yet again Sunday night." Though she called Waxman out in a variety of ways, including mentioning that Waxman only waited two minutes for Finke and Penske to respond to an email before posting her story, Finke only saw it fit to respond to one element of Waxman's story. Finke wanted to strike down the part of the piece which claimed that Finke and Penske were in "conflict" over an email Finke sent saying she'd "f--k" the talent agency UTA. She wrote:
That email doesn’t exist. I repeat, it doesn’t exist. True, I’ve occasionally lost my temper and sent nasty emails to Hollywood. And not once has Jay Penske ever complained to me about them. (He knows I’m a bitch. That’s why he bought me.)
She then proceeded to post an entire email exchange between herself, Deadline reporter Mike Fleming, and various UTA employees including their CEO. But, ultimately, since Finke's post says a lot without saying a lot, it's that snappy, excellent line about being a "bitch" that characterizes the response surrounding this very inside baseball story. We all knew if Finke actually responded it would be one entertaining read.
Vintage Nikki Finke: "(He knows I’m a bitch. That’s why he bought me.)" You knew she wouldn't disappoint:deadline.com/2013/06/nikki-…— Logan Hill (@loganhill33) June 3, 2013
"I’m a Bitch, That’s Why He Hought Me: Capital, Gender, LA & Billboards in Finke's Wrap Denial" bit.ly/11R15gK— Max Abelson (@maxabelson) June 3, 2013
Members of the media have treated the hours since Waxman posted her report as a Finke story telling time. At BuzzFeed, Kate Aurthur wrote about how she stopped answering calls from private numbers after one time the voice on the other line was Finke's. On Twitter, Foster Kamer told his Finke tales:
If nothing else is clear, we know one thing: people love to talk about Nikki Finke.