The Sad Details of The Onion’s Exodus to Chicago

Jeez, the Onion’s editorial staff is really leaving New York. Well, uh, five out of the sixteen of them are. This story has the details of who’s staying (Joe Randazzo, Joe Garden, Baratunde Thurston) and who’s going (Seth Riess, Will Tracy), as well as the story of the holdouts’ failed efforts to find a buyer for the paper who would let them stay in New York. The move may eventually end up being a return to the paper’s Midwestern roots, and a boost for the Chicago comedy scene, but right now tearing this staff apart seems like it’s gotta result in a big loss of quality. Maybe the whole thing is an elaborate setup for a satirical news story about the way corporations treat their employees? Sigh.

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