Gawker – After nearly fourteen years of operation, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company.
Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision’s bid for Gawker Media’s other assets. The near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized.
Late yesterday reports started trickling out that Univision might kill off Gawker.com after buying all the Gawker Media sites (Deadspin, Jezebel, Kotaku, et al) and just like that, a day later, it actually happened. It’s kind of crazy given how Gawker.com really has been a mainstay in media for over a decade but like I said in the initial blog about the reports, eventually if you make enough enemies through shitty choices (the Hogan sex tape, encouraging people to stalk celebrities for attention, and outing private citizens being a few of the more noteworthy ones) it will catch up to you even if you do it all under the umbrella of journalism.
And killing off Gawker.com really was a win for everyone involved besides Nick Denton and the people who were so sanctimonious about uncovering Hulk Hogan’s dick for pageviews somehow representing a journalist’s role in society. Univision now gets a brand with way less tarnish on it (and presumably even less potential legal liability) and can even make a news site doing the best parts of Gawker without all the shit attached. Gawker’s employees can find new roles and do work without this stigma of being a den of evil like they came off to most people during the Hogan trial. Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel can cut WWE promos and suck each other off for how they conquered this evil menace in media doing scumbag journalism. AND we all got to see Hulk Hogan’s dick and watch him pat his belly after sex while discussing how he ate too much sushi. The system works!
Love how they can’t even close down without blaming Peter Theil. Pretty sure no one knew who he was until they wouldn’t stop talking about how he was out to get them
but theyre keeping Jezebel up and running? thats too bad
another self-obsessed cesspool will just pop up in its place unfortunately.
however their brash insistence that showing hulk hogans dick was too journalistically significant to ignore a cease and desist shows how up their own asses they were
Good fucking riddance
It’s funny to me that Barstool seems to think they are impervious to competition. Keep fucking up as you have been and some other website is gonna swoop in and steal the entire readership from under you.
I honestly feel like I just come here because I cant think of any other websites to look at.
Univision? Like the Spanish channel?
@allmurkandnoplay you don’t know who Peter thiel is? Display name
“people who were so sanctimonious about uncovering ______’s dick for pageviews somehow representing a journalist’s role in society”….forget who you work for Spags?
barstool sucks and is bad
@allmurkandnoplay you’re either an idiot or a child if you don’t know who Peter Thiel is.
The ironing of a blogger celebrating that a maniacal, pillow-biting billionaire with a legitimately evil agenda shut down another blog is mind bottling.
I hope Chernin doesn’t give Thiel a reach around or something to piss him off and aims at this place next, just due to the sheer cluelessness you’re exhibiting here.
It’s all ogre for Gawker now.
So you show off Hulk Hogan’s old shriveled up dick you go belly up, but if you show off Brady’s little kid’s hog you get paid millions. Makes perfect sense! SMH
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