We've all been wondering, and we've shared the same fears, but WWD brings something like confirmation today:

For those wondering about the status of The New York Times' Thursday Styles column "The Critical Shopper," which has traditionally been the provenance of plastic surgery aficionado Alex Kuczynski, Style editor Trip Gabriel said the fate of the column is still undecided. One thing is for sure: "Alex is all shopped out for the moment." Kuczynski is still contributing occasionally to the column and to the Thursday and Sunday Styles sections, Gabriel said, but remains a freelancer rather than a staffer.

Noooooooooooo! This cannot be happening! That was a guaranteed post! We'll be pouring out a little ros on this Thursday's print edition.

Shopped and Dropped? [WWD]