Gossip icon Liz Smith
has been dropped
New York Post
column, it was announced on Tuesday.
New York Post
editor Col Allen confirmed Tuesday that the newspaper will not
renew her contract due to budgetary reasons, according to
New York Times
' City Room blog. Allen told Smith in a letter on February
9 that "like so many other newspapers around the nation,
we are buffeted by unprecedented economic gales."
Tensions have allegedly
been flying high between Allen and Smith for months. In a
column last year on the women's site she helped to found,
, Smith called Allen an "absolute shit."
Reports have indicated
that Smith and Allen have not seen eye to eye for
Smith is a staple of
New York society and is often credited with creating what has
become the modern-day gossip column.
In her 2000 memoir
, Smith acknowledged that she'd had relationships with
She sat down with
a few weeks after the book was released for her first interview
with a gay publication.
"I just don't want
to label myself, because I have never gotten my act
together," she said in that interview. "It's
just not accurate for me to label myself. I don't care what
other people say; other people have said such terrible
Prior to working at the
Smith held down gigs at the New York
column will appear in the
on Thursday, after having run for 33 years. Smith, who turned
86 earlier this month, is co-owner of
. (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)