COMEDIAN Catherine Deveny has taken another swipe at management of her former employer The Age, saying they sacked her because they were jealous of her high profile.
“I was never sacked for what I said on Twitter,” Deveny told a Melbourne Writers Festival audience.
She added senior management were “furious” at the attention she was attracting on radio, in comments on The Age's website and in appearances on programs such as ABC1's Q&A, which “they see as yardsticks of their success”.
That't right, I have been made a Skeptics Trumps card along with Dawkins, Hitchens, AC Grayling, PZ Myers....So proud! I wish I could thank God. Instead I'll thank The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
CATHERINE Deveny is a stand-up comedian and writer and the mother of three young boys.
What was your first job in media?
Full-time gag writer for Tonight Live With Steve Vizard when I was 23, after only a few months of doing stand-up. I would love to say I was headhunted but I was vagina hunted. They wanted a female. I was the closest thing. And the cheapest.
From ABC's The Drum
By Jonathan Green
May 5 2010
Even as I write this The Age website is spruiking its story on the sacking of columnist Catherine Deveny and the attendant controversy. Her face is just above the fold (as, endearingly, we still say of websites) on theage.com.au homepage, with the headline "Deveny dropped: editor acts after Logies storm". The comment counter is sitting at 567