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Amanda Completely Unboomed!

Thursday, July 06, 2006
Amanda Congdon, the well-known host of one of the world's most entertaining vlogs, Rocketboom, has been completely unBoomed! In a vlog entry on her occassional blog "Amanda UnBoomed", she tells the world that since Andrew Baron (her partner is Rocketboom, and its main researcher/writer) own 51% of Rocketboom (to her 49%), he can effectively kick her off the Rocket run Rocketboom without her. Of course, Amanda is already planning her own alternative vlog. It all seems a little sad since Rocketboom has been a something of a citizen media icon the past year, but it'll be interesting to see what Amanda does next (and how the Rocketboom brand survives without the personality that made it famous).

Update: Dave Winer adds a little depth to the story here while the main Rocketboom site has this note:

Amanda Congdon has decided to move to L.A. to pursue opportunities that have arisen for her in Hollywood.

We wanted to meet her demands to move production out to L.A., however, we are a small company and have not been able to figure out a way to make it work, financially and in many other ways at this time. While we continue to remain with open arms, Amanda has in fact quit and left Rocketboom. So sadly, we bid Amanda adieu and wish her all the best.

Rocketboom goes on.

Andrew Baron, the founder and creator of Rocketboom, will stay with the company in New York and will continue to produce and direct the show. We are in the daunting process of recruiting a replacement for Amanda.

While Amanda will be sorely missed, we have big plans for Rocketboom and are determined to make the show better than ever.

After Field Week and a week on hiatus, we know that you are hungry for the news! Rocketboom will be back with a news episode and an interim host this MONDAY, JULY 10.

It seems things may be a little more two-sided than it first appeared. I guess from Baron's point of view, it's extremely important for the Rocketboom name to ensure that viewers don't see him as "he who fired Amanda" but rather "he who was left in New York when Amanda went Hollywood."

Update 2: Amanda has a long post "For the Record" at UnBoomed, more clearly stating her side and perspective on the vlogging divorce!

[See Amanda's Announcement Here] [Via Ye Olde Scripting News]

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