After months of speculation, Nikki Finke, the founder and editor in chief of Deadline.com, has tweeted that she will soon be leaving the site, reports LA Observed.
The article notes: "On her Twitter feed, Nikki Finke has been posting [late Thursday afternoon, Oct. 24, 2013] what sounds like the beginning of a final break from Jay Penske, the investor who bought her Deadline.com site in 2009. Finke first posted this afternoon: ‘With no advance warning, he pulled the Deadline news feed from my Twitter account.’ Next she said that she was developing her own NikkiFinke.com and would be free soon from Penske’s ownership."
Here are the three tweets Finke posted, according to the story:
1) Penske makes it official: With no advance warning, he pulled the Deadline news feed from my Twitter account. I have "too many followers."
2) I am building out http://NikkiFinke.com and will unveil it right after the new year. Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood.
3) All that’s left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me. I’ll be free soon.
On June 2, 2013, Sharon Waxman of TheWrap, a competitor to Deadline.com, published a report saying that according to some anonymous sources, Finke had been fired from Deadline and would be leaving the site as soon as that week. TheWrap never ran a correction to that report, despite denials from Penske and the fact that Finke continues to write for Deadline four months later.
As of the publishing of this item at 6:40 am on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Finke has not sent any more tweets on the matter, and there is nothing on Deadline.com about her negotiating to leave the site.