Liz Smith

Another New York icon is leaving the scene. The New York Post has canned Liz Smith's column this week to save money, leaving the famous gossip columnist without a newspaper in the Big Apple for the first time in 33 years. "I'm very sorry that that has come to an end, and that I wasn't valuable enough for them to keep me on," the 86-year-old Smith said Tuesday to media outlets. Smith said the daily newspaper declined to renew her $125,000 annual contract in a letter that said, "due to economic circumstances, they were the bearer of bad news and so forth." Col Allan, the paper's editor-in-chief, said: "The Post is grateful to have been able to publish Liz Smith's legendary column for so many years. We wish her the very best for the future." Smith writes the famous syndicated newspaper gossip column that she said is carried by 70 papers around the country. She is also published in the Daily Variety and in Parade magazine, and is part owner of a Web site. Smith says she's also writing a novel and will never retire."I'm busy," she said. "I'm OK. I'm OK for a person who's been let go." Her last column in the Post will appear tomorrow. She's has already written it. "I just wrote the usual stuff," she said, "and then I said goodbye."
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Anonymous said…
Liz, wont be that missed shes going on to bigger and brighter things, i am always watching for an interview or article you write, if you do write on the side walk i want to know what block so i can go there also. Many more years of success!!!