Today we received a tip updating us on the shitshow that is OK! Magazine, and now tonight another tipster has shared more information, including details of a team-building margarita fest at Dos Caminos tomorrow night!
You may recall that last week publisher Lori Burgess emerged victorious in a long-running feud with editor Katie Caperton by firing her and a number of the magazine's staffers who'd aligned themselves with Caperton, a move that angered many current and former OK! employees. The earlier tipster confirmed the rumors that Jason Oliver Nixon was now running the show at OK!, and now our latest tipster says the whole place is swarming with turmoil and chaos.
Lori's and Jason's second issue is not going smoothly at all. Staff has already worked the weekend and at 4 pm today were said to have shipped only a very small number of the pages due at printer by close of business. Seems like it's going to be another late night. Even worse for Lori and Jason, the issue they closed last Monday (the day of Caperton & co's send-off), sold nowhere near the preceding issue (which was helmed by Katie Capteron). Katie's final issue (the Twilight cover) is tracking to sell around 650k, while Lori/Jason's first issue (Biggest Loser) is tracking to sell less than 400K.
But you have to hand it to Lori Burgess, just like Michael Scott, the lady does know exactly how to boost morale in the workplace...Margaritas!
Lori Burgess is throwing a party tomorrow for OK! staff (though Lori says she won't attend so as not to "ruin" it for everyone. Like she hasn't ruined things for them already!). Some staffers say they are going to boycott. Others are thinking "screw Lori, but at least I'll get some free booze and chips."
It's time for a fiesta……..Come celebrate your first issue as a new editorial team!
Date: Tuesday, May 19th
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Place: Dos Caminos – 373 Park Avenue South (between 26th & 27th Streets)
Enjoy Margaritas, White & Red Sangria, Sopes, Empanadas & Quesadillas
Free booze and chips?! Hell, we might even show up! Though not getting to meet Lori Burgess would be below average, surely boozy running enthusiast Jennifer Birn will be there, and she sure seems like a hell of a lot of fun. Yeehaw!