Lyons Township alum Annie Barrett is out at Entertainment Weekly after 8 years as a staff writer. The 1999 LTHS grad was part of a group of EW employees laid off in the most recent round of restructuring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Owen Gleiberman, the longtime film critic for Entertainment Weekly, has been let go as part of ongoing layoffs at the magazine as Time Inc restructures ahead of a spinoff from Time Warner.
EW also let go music critic Nick Catucci and staff writer Annie Barrett.
Additionally, deputy editor Jeff Giles left to complete a novel and executive editor Jason Adams exited the publication this week after making the decision months ago, EW publicity director Beth Jacobson confirmed to THR.
Reaction on Twitter to her dismissal, after Barrett made it official with a tweet of her own (@AnnieBarrett), was swift and very supportive. Here’s a sampling:
@EricIGN — @AnnieBarrett Very sorry to hear the news. Wishing you the best of luck going forward!
@Mrs_ATA — @AnnieBarrett Ugh. Your DWTS recaps are always epic entertainment. I’ll miss that!
@MichaelSlezakTV — @AnnieBarrett Where’s the dislike button? And fret not, we will all continue to read you going forward. xo
@mikeavila — @AnnieBarrett horrible news. LOVED reading your stuff as did lots of others. Someone’s going to be smart enough to hire you.