I was replaced by Paul F. Tompkins

Last summer I was let go from my job at Break Media, where I was a senior editor who wrote and edited for Made Man, did social media and was managing editor of a handful of other sites. I was told that the site was going to focus less on written words (my specialty) and more on video, which meant my skills were no longer needed, so scram.

Well nine months later the more video part is here, and it comes in the form of the original Paul F. Tompkins interview series called “Speakeasy.” In this Web show, Tompkins and a guest sit and chat. It’s similar to the Dave Koechner series that took place in Denny’s, only instead of talking over Moons Over My Hammy, the host and guest talk over cocktails, and instead of Dave Koechner, it’s Paul F. Tompkins.

So, I guess what I’m saying is, I was replaced by Paul F. Tompkins. As a journalist, this type of thing happens to me all the time. In the early 2000s I was replaced from my wire service reporting job by Tracy Morgan (this was before he was on 30 Rock and he was mainly focused on editing breaking news from the West Coast.) Then when I had that interactive TV writing gig, the company let me walk and replaced me with Jeff Dunham and Peanut. (Which was smart. Financially, it was a two-fer.) It was inevitable that I would be replaced by a  Mr. Show cast member, popular podcast host and stand-up comedian.

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Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.


  • So, I guess what I’m saying is, I was replaced by Paul F. Tompkins. As a journalist, this type of thing happens to me all the time.” – I thought you were about to explain how you are replaced by Paul F. Tompkins all of the time.

  • Come on, Chase. That would just be ridiculous.

  • Who’s next – @AlecBaldin:twitter and @SteveMartintoGo:twitter? Watch your back, man! 

  • All of those guys are now potential enemies.