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V.A. Musetto Gets an Apology from the New York Post

Deadline’s Jen Yamato caught up late Friday with axed New York Post freelance film reviewer V.A. Musetto. The journalist’s dismissal, two years after his retirement from full-time newspaper duties, was a major media story, mainly because of the way his exit was handled.

There was no phone call, no meeting. Just a curt email notification from chief film critic Lou Lumenick:

“Lumenick hates me and I don’t especially like him,” Musetto said. “We don’t get along. We never talked. After 40 years, to have some flunky just send me an email. But I did get a call from the woman in charge of entertainment who apologized for just sending an email.”

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V.A. Musetto, Man Behind Iconic ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ Headline, Fired by NY Post

V.A. Musetto, the man who penned perhaps the most iconic newspaper headline ever — “Headless Body in Topless Bar” — has been fired by The New York Post. Capital New York reports that Musetto learned that he was being cut via email.

Musetto had been with the Post since 1983 1973, most recently writing freelance film reviews. Lou Lumenick, the Post’s film editor, fired him via an email citing “budget cutbacks.” The note was two sentences long.

Obviously annoyed, Musetto forwarded the email to the Post newsroom, adding, “After 40 years at the Post, during which I wrote ‘Headless body in topless bar,’ it has come to this.”