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cuddy-ausielloYou may need a hug after you read this. Or I may need one. Sources confirm to me exclusively that… I just made pretty much the most difficult decision of my life.

After nearly two and a half years, 108 Ask Ausiellos, 176 asterisk quizzes, 37 blind items, and 98 Save Chuck campaigns, I have decided to leave Entertainment Weekly to fulfill my life-long dream of opening a Smurf museum in Belgium.

Okay, the museum part is hogwash, but I am moving on from EW. The reason: I’m starting my own television site with Jay Penske’s MMC Corporation, the company behind Deadline.com, Movieline.com, HollywoodLife.com, etc.

Although I know there will probably be a lot of rumors about why I’m really making the change—mainly involving Annie Barrett pushing me out—don’t believe them. (She only tried to push me out.) The truth is, as I’m approaching my, uh, late *cough* 20s, it’s simply time for me to do something that scares the you-know-what outta me. And there’s nothing more terrifying than walking away from the best job in the world at one of the best, most iconic, pop-culture brands in the world.

Except maybe the words “Twenty-four hour ‘Til Death marathon.”

At any rate, you’re not getting rid of me just yet. I’ll be hanging around EW for a little bit longer, doling out hopefully enough scoop to see you through this transition period. So don’t think of this as a good-bye, think of it more as a spoiler alert. Actually, that being the case, maybe I should have put SPOILER ALERT at the beginning of this story instead of the end.

My bad.

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