On 9 August, AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong (pictured above) fired one of his managers in front of about 1,000 employees on a company-wide conference call — ironically the call was about impending layoffs at local news network Patch.com.
“Abel, put the camera down. You’re fired. Out,” said Armstrong in the leaked audio of the chat, dismissing Patch creative director Abel Lenz for pulling out a camera during the meeting. After an awkward five-second silence, Armstrong continued his meeting; he reportedly referenced the firing again five minutes later, when he explained that he saw the company as a “sports team’s locker room”, and that he didn’t want anyone “giving the game plan away”.