Ironically, the most information on the move was not found in the Sun-Times, but the Chicago Tribune, with whom Jay gladly squawked without so much as an au revoir in the paper that was set to pay him millions of dollars in the next three years. You can also find a tribute to Jay’s departure at the blog Jay The Joke, although I can’t imagine this can be very good for business on a the site built on deconstructing Mariotti.
Ostensibly, Jay is leaving his millions at the Sun-Times behind to join the ever burgeoning world of the internets. Or so he told the Trib.
“I’m a competitor and I get the sense this marketplace doesn’t compete,” he said. “Everyone is hanging on for dear life at both papers. I think probably the days of high-stakes competition in Chicago are over.
“To see what has happened in this business. … I don’t want to go down with it.”
Let me tell ya, we’re raking in the dough here at Rumors and Rants, so don’t let anyone second-guess your decision making, Jay. In fact, I am officially inviting Mr. Mariotti to join our staff, which includes full benefits and up to three figures a year in salary.
And we will not make you work 20 straight days, nor will we have any editors say that working with you is like working with a child who has Down Syndrome, which may have been factors in the argument that led to your resignation. But that’s all hearsay, anyway. We know you’d never deal in that.
Furthermore, we thought it would be nice to leave you with this tribute video prepared by some of your friends on the South Side:
And if anyone else wants to send a batch of brownies or best wishes to Jay as he carries on his job search, apparently you can send them here. Talk about something you couldn’t find just using a newspaper.
Thanks to Deadspin for always having the classic Jay circa ’95 photo on file.