Chris Rovzar of New York‘s Daily Intel column is reporting that after making the move to People in June, cultural reporter Ramin Setoodeh is heading back to his old gig at Newsweek. Setoodeh caused a stir in May when he published an essay in Newsweek titled “Straight Jacket” that discussed how society finds it hard for to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character.
Setoodeh received criticism from celebrities and even caught some flak at the Tony Awards for his views, but now he’s back to take another swing with Newsweek and is eager for another opportunity with the magazine:
“There’s a lot of opportunity here, especially on the Web. I’m excited for the future and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” Setoodeh told New York an e-mail this morning from the Newsweek offices. “Look, People is the most-read magazine in the country, but it wasn’t the right fit. I’m grateful to [editor] Larry Hackett for being supportive and letting me try something new. But Newsweek still has some of the best reporters, and young reporters, in the business. Don’t count us out.”
Setoodeh joined many other reporters and editors when he originally left Newsweek, a decision prompted by the Washington Post Company’s May announcement that they were exploring options to sell the publication.