Goodbye, Charlie

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Goodbye, Charlie. Photo: AP

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Chuck Prince has been on our — and everyone's — about-to-get-axed list for about three years. Look, there he is right there, in this week's magazine, with a little axe hovering over him! It's been especially bad the past month or so, after Citigroup announced a $6.5 billion write-down, and everyone started openly talking about how Prince sucked and should leave, even though Rick Rubin and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal defended him. It sort of reminded us of when Lacey was on Rock of Love: Even when everyone in the house was hating Prince, when it seemed like there was just no way he was going to win, the board still had the hots for that crazy bitch and refused to kick him off the show. Of course, as with Lacey and Rock of Love, all things come to pass, and this past Saturday, the Citigroup tour ended for Prince. But we have to ask, why now, as opposed to back then? Did Stan O'Neal inspire Prince? Are the fourth-quarter numbers just too heinous for him to stick around? Was he fed up, as the Wall Street Journal this morning suggests, with rassling with the mammoth bureaucracy that is Citigroup? Or: Was Prince merely afraid that if he stayed on a moment longer someone at the Journal would uncover his stash? In any case: Now that the floodgates have been opened, we're looking at you, Cayne.

Citigroup Statement on CEO Prince [WSJ]
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