The embattled interim CEO of Reddit, who became all the more embattled after the sacking of a popular admin left unpaid mods outraged, is leaving the company.
Recode reported the news of Ellen Pao's departure first. They spoke to Pao, and report that Steve Huffman, Reddit co-founder and its original CEO, is taking over immediately.
In an interview this afternoon, Pao said the departure was a "mutual decision" with the board, due in part to different views on growth potential. "They had a more aggressive view than I did," she said.
When I asked her directly if she was fired, Pao laughed and said, "Thanks for getting right to the point," but again underscored that she resigned. Reddit board member and Y Combinator head Sam Altman answered more definitively about whether she was ousted: "No."
Perhaps it is a matter of semantics, as it seemed that Pao — who has been interim CEO at the company — was inevitably headed for the exit after the ire over the firing of a support staffer for the site's many moderators morphed and mutated into loud and sometimes vile calls for her ouster.
That came after the community erupted over the firing of a single employee.
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) July 10, 2015
People frustrated at Ellen Pao resigning should remind themselves her job was to run a website full of boys calling her a cunt
— Rob Beschizza (@Beschizza) July 10, 2015
The top non-admin comment on Reddit's Ellen Pao resignation is from a user named "DylannStormRoof." https://t.co/QiJ3boFo68
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) July 10, 2015
Actually, Redditors ruined this too. pic.twitter.com/2Y8rMKgKVj
— Zach Schonfeld (@zzzzaaaacccchhh) July 10, 2015
@AdrianChen "We heard you, loud and clear. That's why today we're announcing a suite of tools to make harrassment easier for you."
— Scott Wessman (@scottew) July 10, 2015
The Ellen Pao saga, explained in three Reddit announcements: pic.twitter.com/K2JMaK8Qe3
— Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) July 10, 2015
I am thankful to @ekp for standing up for herself in our industry, and for fighting the worst of Reddit's toxic cultures. We all should be.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) July 10, 2015
will reddit digg its own grave
— Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) July 10, 2015