A week ago today, on Feb. 5, 2015, Amy Pascal the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, released a statement that began, “I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home. I have always wanted to be a producer. Michael [Lynton, Sony’s CEO] and I have been talking about this transition for quite some time and I am grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to pursue my long-held dream and for providing unparalleled support. As the slate for the next 2 years has come together, it felt like the right time to transition into this new role.”
Yesterday, Pascal admitted that, in actual fact, plain and simply, she was “fired.” It’s an admission few executives, let alone anyone in Hollywood, ever makes.
Pascal, at the Women in the World conference at San Francisco’s St. Regis Hotel, in an interview with Tina Brown, said, “All the women here are doing incredible things in this world. All I did was get fired,” reports re/code.
One of the reasons Pascal was fired was the content of her hacked emails that were made public.
She told Brown, ““I ran this company and I had to worry about everybody who was really scared. … People were really scared. … But nagging in the back of my mind, I kept calling [IT] and being like, ‘They don’t have our emails, tell me they don’t have our emails. But then they did. That was a bad moment. And you know what you write in emails,” re/code reports.
In emails she and producer Scott Rudin speculated about President Obama’s taste in movies.
According to re/code, there was then this exchange between Brown and Pascal:
Brown brought up the Obama emails right away: “They accused you of being a racist,” she said.
“It was horrible. That was horrible,” Pascal said, tossing her hair and then brushing it out of her face, looking almost teary-eyed for a moment.
“As a woman, what I did was control how everybody felt about themselves and about me … and there was this horrible moment when I realized there was absolutely nothing I could do about whether I’d hurt people, whether I’d betrayed people,” she said. “I couldn’t protect anyone. … It was horrible because that’s how I did my job.”
Pascal had more to say that we found very interesting, and urge you to click on the link above and read the entire re/code article.