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Sam Sethi fired by TechCrunch

Sam Sethi, publisher of TechCrunchUK, has just Twittered to say that he’s been fired by Michael Arrington:

“I have been fired by Arrington for not removing the post comments from Loic. I will be looking for work and writing on

Sam is referring to a stunning ‘Deja Vucomment left by Six Apart’s Loic Le Meur on the TechCrunchUK blog in which he calls out Sethi as ‘an asshole’. It all seems rather reminiscent of LesBlogs 2005…

Sam went on to follow up Loic’s critical comment by making another post on the TechCrunchUK blog entitled “Putting my money where my mouth is” (UPDATE: this has since been pulled from TechCrunch UK).

In it he announced that TechCrunchUK, which was a sponsor of the LeWeb3 event, would be hosting it’s own round of industry events and workshops during the forthcoming year.

I’m not entirely clear the exact reason for Sethi’s departure. I don’t believe this is simply a moderation issue – especially as Loic’s comment hardly used the most ‘profane’ choice of language at his disposal. One can only speculate that Arrington simply didn’t agree with Sethi’s take on the event, and for that Sethi has had the chop.

No doubt Sam will post more about what has happened over on his personal blog.

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  1. nomail nomail

    This was posted on Techcrunch UK (which appears on my Bloglines), but the post has been subsequently removed on the blog:

    Sam Sethi leaves TechCrunch UK

    By Sam Sethi on TCUK

    Following yesterday’s post about Le Web and Loic’s retort. It seems Mike Arrington has disagreed with my post and opinion believing my actions to be vindictive towards Loic. What was said between Mike and I will remain confidential but suffice to say I can no longer remain with TechCrunch UK & Ireland. It is a very sad after all the work that has gone into TechCrunch UK and Ireland. I wish all of the UK and Irish entrepreneurs well. I will be personally blogging back at and looking for something new to keep me busy. Bye

  2. You couldn’t make this stuff up

    Previously, on The Blogosphere: at Les Blogs 2 last year, Ben called Mena’s speech ‘bullshit,’ so she called him…

  3. The douchebaggery continues. From Arrington:

    “I have put TechCrunch UK on hold, and Sam Sethi is no longer associated with the blog. We will provide additional information shortly.”

    Pass the popcorn.

  4. Ben,

    I was on Skype with Sam during this ordeal and am in possesion of the true facts. I actually attended the conference with Sam and spent quite some time with other respected bloggers, such as Tom Raftery –

    I blogged my post in sync with the post Sam wrote about being fired – which was subsequently removed by Mike Arrington – my comments were also removed as they were a close cut to the bone…

    Mike has left a response on my blog post:

  5. … one more thing, why take the conversation over to – why not keep it on TechCrunch UK & Ireland where readers can reference the original material (excluding all the deleted comments of course).

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