Bee Shaffer giveth, and Bee Shaffer taketh away.
Shaffer, Columbia ’09 and spawn of Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, is quitting as features editor of the new Spectator magazine just days before its Thursday launch, a Columbia tipster tells us. After the SoaP-level hype surrounding Shaffer’s involvement in The Eye, we’re kinda miffed. As are, no doubt, the Spec staffers who’d been drafting pickup lines for casual newsroom use (“I see angels wear Gucci. Get it? ‘Cause it’s like the devil wearing Prada, but only … What do you mean, ‘That’s all’?”).
Shaffer didn’t reply to our e-mail, but word has it she didn’t split because of any editorial friction. She just decided she’s not that into journalism. Which might be for the best.
UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: An Eye editor says Shaffer is still involved with the magazine as Special Projects Editor — in charge of a semester-long project to produce a special shopping/fashion/gift guide towards the end of the year.