This must have been a big surprise. Not.
ATLANTA Feb 9, 2007 (AP)— The head of the Cartoon Network resigned Friday following a marketing stunt that caused a security scare in Boston.
The announcement about Jim Samples resigning was made in an internal memo sent to Cartoon Network staffers.
In a statement to employees, Samples said he regrets the stir that the stunt caused.
"It's my hope that my decision allows us to put this chapter behind us and get back to our mission of delivering unrivaled original animated entertainment for consumers of all ages," Samples said.
Samples said he felt "compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch."
--Harry Weber, AP
I'm sure Mr. Samples felt compelled to resign. Honor, and all that. Also five or six high-level Turner/Time-Warner executives pushing him overboard.
Thirteen years with the Turner, all blown away like gold dust in a mountain windstorm. But it was bound to happen. The company coughed up two million dollars to assuage the anger of Boston's city fathers. Somebody was bound to take the fall.