An Us Weekly writer axed over a Twitter feud with Chrissy Teigen has found success in public service.
Getting fired got this former tabloid reporter fired up to do good.
Jon Warech was axed from Us Weekly in 2016 after he got into a Twitter feud with social media queen Chrissy Teigen. But the Miami-based writer told Page Six (which is owned by the same parent company as Moneyish) that this forced career reset has given him a new lease on life.
Teigen had slammed Warech, 38, for an item he wrote off of a red-carpet interview where the then mommy-to-be reportedly told him that she was hiring a night nurse to help care for her daughter on the way. (The little one, Luna, is now 2.) The headline said: “Chrissy Teigen: We’re hiring a night nurse for baby,” and she complained that Warech was making make her “look like a poor, uncaring mother and get people talking,” He countered that he didn’t write the headlines, and sent a screenshot of the quotes he had sent to his editor. But he was still canned.
(That’s pretty common, as 34% of companies — about one in three — saw something on the internet that made them “reprimand or fire an employee,” according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.)
Warech told Page Six’s Oli Coleman that, “the whole debacle with Chrissy Teigen just felt icky. Afterwards I started volunteering for the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach and the March of the Living, and I found my calling.”
This soul-searching has led him to working full-time in public service, recently being named as the director of the Florida International University Hillel students’ organization.
“Now I’m truly in a dream job — so thanks Chrissy,” he added.
A spokesperson for Teigen hasn’t responded to Page Six or to Moneyish for comment yet.
But Warech is just the latest poster child to turning career lemons into lemonade. Vogue editor Anna Wintour was fired nine months into her job as a junior fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in New York because editor Tony Mazalla thought her shoots were too edgy and that she “would never understand the American market,” she told James Corden on “The Late Late Show” last fall. But she became a fashion editor at Viva and worked her way up to helming the most influential magazine in fashion – in the American market and beyond. “I think everyone should be fired. I think it’s character-building,” she added.
Tech billionaire Mark Cuban was canned from the software sales job he landed out of college because rather than opening the store one day, as his manager instructed him, he delegated the job to a coworker while he pursued a $10,000 sale for the company. But he was fired on the spot when he returned to work with the huge check — which taught him how he didn’t want to lead in the future. Today, he’s a co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of AXS TV, a “Shark Tank” star and he owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA team.
And Apple founder Steve Jobs was infamously fired from the very company he created in 1985. “I was out — and very publicly out,” he said in a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. “What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.” But he co-founded the NeXT computer company (later bought by Apple) and launched Pixar Animation Studios. And when he returned to Apple almost a decade later, he brought the iPhone, iPhone and iPad. Largely thanks to the late visionary’s comeback, Apple just became the first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in market value.
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