Gawker Media overlord Nick Denton is engaged, reports Confidenti@al, the Daily News gossip page. Mr. Denton proposed to his actor boyfriend, Derrence Washington, over the weekend, and they are planning on a wedding next May in upstate New York.
The Gawker owner also updated his Facebook page this morning to reflect his new relationship status.
“This is the one event even I wouldn’t gossip about,” Mr. Denton told Confidenti@l. “Nobody else compares. You know how guys wrestle with marriage, with all the possibilities they’re giving up. I’m not giving up anything.”
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Gawker media’s sci-fi blog, i09, calls the new off-off-Broadway play The Future “a smart domestic drama about the perils of living forever.” And we are sure the glowing 1,114 word review has nothing to do with the fact that Gawker Media mogul Nick Denton’s boyfriend plays one of the lead roles. This coincidence is not Read More
Nick Denton’s boyfriend, the actor Derrence Washington, had a new off-off Broadway play open last Friday. But apparently, the theatre didn’t provide enough drama for Mr. Washington’s ex, who has been harassing the couple. The love triangle has escalated to the point where the cops have been called, reports the Post.
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Last night, Gawker’s Nick Denton was forced to entertain a group of about 30 reporters and editors who are in town for a Wall Street Journal organized digital training program all by himself because his expected co-star, Buzzfeed co-founder Jonah Peretti, was a no-show. On Twitter, Mr. Peretti had a rather interesting explanation for standing up Mr. Denton.
“I didn’t feel like talking to @nicknotned tonight, you really got to be in the mood for that guy,” Mr. Peretti wrote last night.
When we emailed Mr. Peretti to inquire about the event this afternoon, he attributed his absence to a scheduling glitch rather than any distaste for Mr. Denton.
“When someone comes into your house and throws shit around, you get pissed,” Anna Holmes told The Observer. She was speaking in metaphor: The house was the Gawker Media women’s interest blog Jezebel, of which she was the founding editor; the someone was the blog’s commenters, a famously undisciplined crowd.
“If you open your front door to people they just act like jerks,” agreed former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson. Now the managing editor of Animal NY, he favors abolishing comments sections altogether.
Blog proprietor Nick Denton has a different plan—he’s giving them the run of the place. The commenters are creating content, after all, just like the writers. What’s the difference?
“I want to erase this toxic Internet class system,” he told The Observer in a gmail chat.
“Nick has always loved to subtly and not so subtly insult his employees,” said Gawker writer John Cook. “He thinks of us as glorified commenters.”
Gawker Media is eyeing an international expansion to harvest licensing revenue from its shiny, new commenting system, according to an internal memo sent out by proprietor Nick Denton Wednesday afternoon.
“Our international efforts warrant greater attention,” Mr. Denton wrote in the email, which delineated a handful of related job shuffles.
Well, it wasn’t long, but Gawker’s Fox News Mole, Joe Muto, was nabbed. Meanwhile, sometime after Fox News chief Roger Ailes joked to the New York Times‘ David Carr about the incident (“‘I am the Fox Mole,’ he told me, then quickly added. ‘Who cares? We have nothing to hide.’”) Roger Ailes and Fox News demonstrated just how much they care. By sending to Gawker a vague legal threat with the clear aim of scaring the blog posts back into Muto’s id, where they will never emerge from again.
Naturally, Gawker published that legal threat (alongside an old picture of Bill O’Reilly with topless women, of course). Entertaining as it is, we’ve taken the liberty of annotating the best parts of Fox’s legal letter to Gawker, right here:
Late last night Gawker editor in chief A.J. Daulerio announced on Twitter that Rich Juzwiak will join the blogging team on Monday.
“More additions…soon,” he added.
Mr. Juzwiak currently writes for the arts section of The Daily, but even iPad have-nots are well-acquainted with the one-time Toddlers in Tiaras Read More
In a private email between Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor always eager to prove quite how with-it he is, and Nick Denton, Gawker honcho, Mr. Williams asked just why Lana Del Rey’s outing on Saturday Night Live hadn’t gotten coverage on the site. As reported by Gawker editor AJ Daulerio himself, Mr. Read More
Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton occasionally sends out missives for his company that usually contain a little bit of insight into the way his company is trending, which media watchers tend to obsess over like it’s The Bible Code, looking for prophecies about the future of their industry from the blog network’s fearless leader.
This one, released two hours ago, is already no different.
The Observer was just forwarded the memo, in full. It reads (favorite-parts-emphasis ours):