Nikki Finke Leaving Deadline, Promises ‘The Real Truth About Hollywood’

Sharon Waxman, eat your heart out! Feared, powerful and nigh-mythical Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke is leaving Deadline, the breaking entertainment news site that she herself founded.

Though it has been rumored for months, Finke announced Thursday night that she is absolutely leaving Deadline after months of apparent quibbling with Jay Penske, whose company has owned the site since 2009.

Though Penske’s contract with Finke keeps her under his thumb until 2016, she argues that he violated the agreement and that she should be allowed to leave. She also admitted to BuzzFeed that she has been trying to break off their partnership for some time.

There are a few reasons why we’ll never know what went down. For one, Finke is incredibly private, and two, her relationship with Penske has always been rumored to be combative (if not mutually beneficial). Ironically, the most in-depth reporting on the fallout comes from Finke’s rival, Sharon Waxman (of Deadline competitor TheWrap).

But even Waxman’s revelations need to be taken with the requisite grain of salt. More than a rival, Waxman is essentially Finke’s nemesis and “arch-enemy,” so, you know… conflicts of interest and what-not.

Still, it seems obvious that Finke’s split from Deadline must have been extremely bitter. Look what was posted (and removed) this afternoon:

Is that Finke’s final Deadline post? Gauging from her Twitter feed, probably. There, she has been taunting Penske non-stop since yesterday in between breaking news tweets and announcements about her next endeavors.

Like everyone else, we’re waiting with bated breath to see what Nikki Finke does next… and, perhaps more importantly, what will become of Deadline without her.

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