Time Inc.’s CEO Laura Lang was supposed to speak at the Paley Center Thursday, but as WWD reports, she pulled out the day before the news broke that Meredith would be buying most of Time Inc.’s brands.

Now we know what you’re thinking: Time yanked Lang to save her the uncomfortableness of discussing 1) How it would feel having Steven Lacy lead “Teredith” instead of her and 2) Why Time Inc. staffers keep making fun of Iowa. But you’d be wrong! A Time spokesperson said Lang was “called out of town” tomorrow and would need to reschedule.

Is that the truth? Let’s see what happens after the deal is done.