Sara Hammel had worked with People Magazine for more than 14 years.
“Dear People Magazine,” Hammel wrote to editorial director, Jess Cagle and other editorial bosses. “I quit. It’s not me, it’s you. It’s been a wildly dysfunctional 14 years, and you’re an entirely different magazine than when we first got together.”
The now freelance writer took direct aim at the culture of People, who have over the years, rejected Hammel and her work for the publication.
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“I swear half the current staff doesn’t know my name, despite my contribution to something like fifteen hundred stories in your celebrity annals, so here’s a refresher: I worked inside your London, Los Angeles and New York bureaus, covered breaking news in nine countries, and dealt with too many celebrities to remember.”
Being a celeb reporter may sound like the dream, but Hammel was treated like dirt by many, including being spat on by J-Lo.
“In between, there were memorable encounters galore, including making the gorgeous and empathic Mariska Hargitay ugly-cry (turns out she cries at like every charity-related event, phew), enduring an Oscar winner’s public bullying over an intimate dinner, facing a personal crisis at Tom Cruise’s wedding in Rome, getting basically, kind of spat on by a snotty J. Lo.”
Among other things, she had to witness how “stiff and awkard” George Clooney is around children, but was also sexually harrassed by a very prominent man.
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