NEW YORK, NY – “You’re fired.” It’s the phrase no one ever wants to hear from their boss, but it does happen.
Usually it happens behind closed doors, but AOL’s CEO decided to make it loud and clear when he fired an employee during a conference call with around 1,000 employees listening in.
Abel Lenz, the now former Creative Director for AOL’s local news network called Patch, was reportedly trying to take a picture during the conference call.
Apparently Lenz does this during all the meetings to post pictures on Patch’s internal site, but this time CEO Tim Armstrong wasn’t having it.
In an audio recording from the meeting Armstrong can be heard saying, “Abel, put that camera down, right now. Abel, you’re fired. Out.”
After a few moments of awkward silence Armstrong continues on with the meeting, which oddly enough was about potential layoffs.
Lenz later tweeted “No comment” along with a picture from a bar.