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First Lad of Publishing Gets Laid Off

Jimmy Jellinek

Maxim’s Jimmy Jellinek.Photo: Patrick McMullan

It looks like Jimmy Jellinek, the former editor-in-chief of Maxim and wunderkind of Dennis Publishing, has just been kicked out of his job. Right before a company cocktail party, no less! Gawker reports that Jellinek was fired by Kent Brownridge, who bought Dennis Publishing earlier this month and has been making massive overhauls of the struggling lad-mag empire. The site says he’ll be replaced by former Men’s Journal editor Jim Kaminsky, who was the executive editor of Maxim. We called a rep for the mag, but so far, no confirmation on the news. There’s a party going on right now at Cellar Bar to celebrate the new ownership (the company is now called Alpha Media Group), but we’re betting Jellinek supporters are playing hooky – probably drowning their sorrows in plastic cups at Siberia. It’s a sad, sad day out there for reality stars in wet underwear…

Housecleaning [Gawker]

Update: A Maxim rep speedily returned our emails confirming that Jim Kaminsky will be the mag’s first ever Editorial Director, and yes, Jellinek is “no longer with the magazine.” But he won’t be drinking at Siberia, as we forgot, it closed months ago. As Maxim would say, “double d’oh!”

First Lad of Publishing Gets Laid Off