Liz Smith Recalls Her New York Post Exit

by Eddie Roche
Liz Smith

One of our favorite women in the world, Liz Smith, is featured in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter and talks about the day that her former boss, Rupert Murdoch, let her go from her beloved column in The New York Post. (We still miss it!!!) Maer Roshan asked Smith if she was surprised about being let go at 86 years old. “I was more shocked than anyone,” Smith tells THR. “I thought I was indispensable. Looking back, I just wasn’t what the powers that be wanted. And I don’t think it had anything to do with Murdoch himself. He liked me well enough and I had been nice to his family when they were virtually unknown here. I went to see him after they fired me and I asked for my job back. He was very sweet and complimentary and finally he said, “Well, you know, it’s an editorial thing, Liz. I can’t interfere with the Post‘s editors.” I burst out laughing. I said, “Of course you can!” And then he started laughing, too. But then he said he was sorry and kissed me on the cheek, and that was that. But the whole thing hurt my feelings and my stature as a columnist. I’ve had to struggle to make an adequate living since then.” Long live Liz! Read the full interview HERE.

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