TJ Simers, the longtime LA Times columnist who hasn’t written anything for the paper in months, is headed to the Orange County register, according to one of his colleagues. Sherry Stern, an editor at the paper, tweeted late Friday that Simers has some “formalities” to wrap up before it’s a “done deal.”
Am hearing TJ Simers is going to the Orange County Register. Just some formalities to wrap up before it’s a done deal.
— Sherry Stern (@sherrystern) September 7, 2013
Simers met with the paper’s brass earlier this summer to try and figure out a settlement, although what exactly the paper was ticked off about remains a mystery. The guess here is that the Times, looking to avoid a messy public breakup, let Simers look for a job, and once he found one (apparently the Register), it allowed him to have a quiet departure.
The counter to that theory is that if the Times had something on him, why not just fire him? And if the paper had nothing, why didn’t Simers just fight to stay there?