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The Atlantic Poaches Gawker Editor

Gawker Editor Richard Lawson is going to work for The Atlantic Wire. He will be a senior writer covering entertainment and culture for the pub’s news- and opinion-tracking site. He starts on Nov. 2. This is the second time he has left Gawker — in 2009 he departed for CBS.com.

Lawson broke the news on the site today, reports Capital, inserting it into a post he wrote on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” He writes, “As it would happen tomorrow is my last day writing for this site,” Lawson wrote. “I am not departing this internet, of course. I’ll be at the Atlantic Wire next week.”

He also wrote something slightly self-revealing on Twitter early Tuesday morning: “I think I’m way less of the typical ‘Gawker writer’ than what comes to mind. This was a totally accidental job, after all.”

Lawson’s new editor had glowing things to say. “Richard is one of the finest writers I have worked with, and I am thrilled he is bringing his unique voice to The Atlantic Wire,” said Gabriel Snyder, the site’s editor.

Shocking so did Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital: “The Atlantic Wire is establishing itself as a great way for busy people to cut through the clutter to find the stories and ideas that matter most right now. Under Gabriel’s leadership, the site has more than doubled its traffic in the last year, and with the addition of Richard to the team, we’re ready to expand our reach and impact. Look for more great hires in the coming months.”

Lawson started at Gawker Media in 2007 as a sales coordinator in the ad department. He soon migrated over to editorial after establishing himself as one of the site’s “most popular” commenters, writing under the name LolCait, according to a release. Lawson has written for The Awl, The Guardian, and Out magazine.

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Joynt Apologizes To Real Housewife Who Threatens Real Lawsuit

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Apparently Linda Erkiletian can dish it out, but she certainly can’t take it. Among all the housewives, she’s got the most acid tongue of them all and repeatedly “worries” about Michaela Salahi’s dangerously low weight.

Carol Joynt, a blogger who writes New York Social Diary, CarolJoynt.com and who hosts the popular Q & A Cafe, has issued an especially bizarre apology to Erkiletian, one of the beasts (er, “Real Housewives of D.C.”).

There are 13 apologies in all.

Erkiletian threatened a lawsuit against Joynt because she made jokes in reference to her modeling agency. Another offense was reposting Richard Lawson‘s Gawker recap of the show. Also check out this recap.

FishbowlDC sought comment from Joynt, who met all the demands of Erkiletian’s attorney. She even phoned Erkiletian to apologize verbally, but the housewife didn’t take the call. “I am not in the market for lawsuits because I am half a house rich (the bank owning the other half) and entirely cash poor,” Joynt said. “She has power and I don’t. I don’t mock housewives to make enemies. I mock housewives because I want to believe they are mocking themselves, and in on the joke. I was wrong and I apologize.” (That’s 14 apologies!)

Joynt cops to shame. After going to great lengths to apologize, apologize, apologize and apologize more, Joynt writes, “I feel shame and I am ashamed for the impact my joking words have had on Lynda Erkiletian, who is a leader in her industry and in this country for seeking to abolish human trafficking and has called upon the industry to alert models to the perils of street casting.”

Next up: Joynt offers Lynda her right arm. Lynda scoffs and replies, “I want both arms!”

(We’re joking! Joynt would never do such a thing and we’re sorry to Lynda to suggest she could possibly be so demanding. We’re so ashamed of ourselves. We can write this 12 more times if she wants.)