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Editor's Letter: An EW Homecoming

We bid farewell to managing editor Rick Tetzeli and welcome EW vet Jess Cagle to the helm

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One thing we’ve learned about Entertainment Weekly subscribers over the years: You take your entertainment, and your magazine, very seriously — even when we’re talking about comedy. We know that you are devoted fans (as in fanatics) of your favorite actors, directors, bands, authors, and even EW writers.

So, I know you’ll want to know that, beginning with next week’s issue, you’ll be in the hands of a new managing editor, Jess Cagle. One of the finest entertainment journalists in the business, Jess has genuine EW DNA in his soul. He was one of its founding staffers in 1990 and worked here for 10 years. After that, he excelled at two other Time Inc. magazines, Time and People, where he was most recently executive editor.

Jess has a true passion for entertainment and knows the subject firsthand, having personally interviewed scores of screen stars, including Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Taylor.

The issue you hold in your hands will be the last one produced by Rick Tetzeli, who has ably steered the magazine through six years of dizzying change in the entertainment world. When he began here, reality TV seemed like a fad, people still bought CDs, and Paris Hilton was just a destination.

Among Rick’s more memorable inspirations: hiring Stephen King as a columnist, producing the infamous Dixie Chicks uncovered cover, being the first to recognize Tina Fey as a glamorous cover woman, and, most recently, persuading Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to cavort as the Obamas in a hilarious parody of a New Yorker cover.

Rick will bequeath to Jess a talented staff that is obsessed with its subject, as well as a rapidly growing, dynamic website under the superb editorship of Cyndi Stivers. If you like EW, you’ll love EW.com.

Rick believes the futures of both are brighter than ever. Why? ”Because there’s more great entertainment out there than ever now,” he says. ”It’s just that it’s harder to sort the great stuff from the crud.”

And for Jess, well, this is the perfect opportunity to bring everything he’s learned in 20 years of covering entertainment and put it to work for EW’s readers. As he says: ”I’m so glad to be back here. The pop culture universe has never been more exciting, and you won’t find a more passionate staff — or readership — than EW’s. This is going to be fun.”

John Huey, Editor In Chief, Time Inc.