Michael Musto Let Go By Village Voice

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The columnist had written for the alt-weekly since 1984.

The Village Voice has laid off another longtime contributor, columnist Michael Musto

The alt-weekly, beset by staff turnover in recent years, said Friday that the gossip writer will depart the paper as of next week. Theater critic Michael Feingold was also let go. 

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"Voice Media Group recognizes their many achievements and honors over the years," read a perfunctory news release from Voice Media Group, "and thanks them for their loyalty, their professionalism, and the iconic role they have played in establishing the Voice as a cultural touchstone in New York City."

Musto, who has written for the Voice since 1984, contributes the weekly column La Dolce Musto and accompanying Daily Musto blog. 

"So many people have come out to offer their love (and opportunities). I'll update you on all my new beginnings. My brand will be feistier than ever," the columnist told Gawker on Friday. 

"I am so touched by the outpouring of love and support for me today. This has been very moving to me. Thank you, people!!!" Musto added on Twitter.

Gawker additionally reported that food critic Robert Sietsema was laid off from the paper. Only days ago, news broke that the paper's editor-in-chief, Will Bourne, and deputy editor, Jessica Lustig, had abruptly quit.