AOL CEO Fires Staffer on Call

    Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of AOL Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg via Getty Images Television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. AOL Inc. aims to boost its mobile-advertising revenue into double digits as a percentage of the Internet company's total ad sales in the next 18 months, Armstrong said. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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    On Friday, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong took the phrase "you're fired" to a whole new level when he casually let go of a staffer during a conference call with 1,000 employees. “Abel, put that camera down, now," he told the soon-to-be fired creative director of Patch, the company's local news network. “Abel, you’re fired. Out," he continued. But the most shocking part of the audio clip—which was retrieved by media news blogger Jim Romensko and quickly became public—came next, when Armstrong continued the meeting, business as usual. The public termination was the first of its kind for AOL, but won't be the last: the company plans to lay off “hundreds” in the coming weeks.  

    While on call with 1,000 employees.

    Listen to the call.

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