That book project with O.J. Simpson may have led to the termination of the publisher who arranged the deal, reports the Houston Chronicle.
HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman said in a statement late Friday, “Judith Regan‘s employment with HarperCollins has been terminated effective immediately,” and offered no explanation of the firing. But it was just weeks ago that Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug on his company’s plans to publish Simpson’s “hypothetical confession,” If I Did It.
Regan has turned out hits for decades from some high-profile celebrities. But a colleague suggests that this particular project might have been the nail in the coffin: “She’s a tremendously inventive publisher, but I guess she just pushed the envelope too far,” said Jonathan Karp, publisher of the Warner Twelve imprint at the Hachette Book Group.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the publishing industry? If the Simpson deal was the reason for her termination, are we seeing signs of moral conscience at work, or was Murdoch crazy to give the boot to someone so successful at making headlines (and generating publicity) for her titles?
What do you think?