Did Amy Pascal actually step down from her position as cochairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment?
After her remarks at the Women in the World Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, it sounds like she may not have.
“All the women here are doing incredible things in this world,” Pascal said to the audience at the event. “All I did was get fired.”
That’s a drastic departure from her earlier remarks about her supposed decision to leave the top spot at Sony to become a producer for the company, a significant step down.
“I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home,” she said in a statement. “I have always wanted to be a producer. [Sony Entertainment CEO] Michael [Lynton] and I have been talking about this transition for quite some time, and I am grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to pursue my long-held dream and for providing unparalleled support. As the slate for the next two years has come together, it felt like the right time to transition into this new role. I am so grateful to my team, some of whom I have worked with for the last 20 years and others who have joined more recently. I am leaving the studio in great hands. I am so proud of what we have all done together and I look forward to a whole lot more.”
Now that her remarks this week have made it clear she was pushed out of her job as boss at Sony, we can’t help but wonder: If Pascal was fired, why wasn’t her cochair, Michael Lynton?
During a series of vicious hacks that exposed sensitive personal information about Sony employees and leaked racist and embarrassing e-mails from the heads of the company, including Pascal, it was unclear who was responsible for the situation. But as the dust has settled, it’s been revealed that Pascal was solely responsible for green-lighting The Interview, the satirical comedy that security officials say prompted the hack, which has been tentatively traced to North Korea. Add to that the racist jokes Pascal made about President Obama in some of her leaked e-mails and maybe that’s enough to justify the firing.