July 28, 2015

Caity Weaver became the latest Gawker Media staffer to accept a buyout from the company Tuesday, announcing her departure on Twitter.

According to KnowYourMeme, “Bye Felicia” is a dismissive farewell that has its origins in the 1995 comedy “Friday.”

When reached by Poynter for comment, Weaver confirmed she was taking the buyout.

“Yes, I’m accepting the buyout and also GO EAGLES!” she said.

Weaver, who once spent 14 hours in a TGI Fridays on assignment for Gawker, joins colleagues Leah Finnegan, William Arkin, Max Read and Tommy Craggs in accepting the buyout. On Monday, Capital New York reported that Gawker staffer Dayna Evans and editorial researcher Sultana Khan have also accepted the buyout.

In emails to Poynter, Gawker’s JK Trotter and Rich Juzwiak both said they will not be taking the buyout offer.

The buyouts stem from an editorial reorientation captained by Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton to make the company less edgy in the wake of a controversial post that exposed a Condé Nast executive.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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