According to AOL’s Spokesperson Mario Ruiz, Michael Arrington, the founder of Techcrunch, is “not employed by AOL” anymore. Business Insider reports that this is just the latest news in an odd relationship between AOL and Arrington, which began last year when AOL bought the tech site:
Initially, reports suggested Arrington would remain at TechCrunch and AOL with only a title change – from ‘editor’ to ‘founding editor and writer.’
Then, last night AOL told us it was actively looking for Arrington’s replacement.
Then this morning, Arianna Huffington told us Arrington no longer worked for TechCrunch at all – that Arrington will merely be welcome to contribute unpaid blogs to the company, as long as he stays within AOL’s blogging guidelines.
Now AOL’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Maureen Sullivan, says Arrington is not out. “Michael Arrington is still employed by AOL,” she told BI. She says that he is working for AOL Ventures. Tight ship they’re running over at AOL.