The New York Post reports Scott Sassa, president of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication, has resigned:
Top Hearst executive Scott Sassa has left the company over a sensational extortion plot involving a Los Angeles-based stripper he was sexting, multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six.
Sassa — the high-flying president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication group who manages the company’s interests in ESPN, Lifetime and recent successes including executive producing the hit miniseries “The Bible” for the History Channel — is quitting after the stripper forwarded sexy texts between her and Sassa to Hearst Corp.’s very conservative top brass.
Sources tell us Sassa, 53, who has held top jobs at Fox, NBC, Friendster and Marvel Entertainment, met the stripper in LA in December. They engaged in several steamy, illicit exchanges while arranging to hook up, and she sent explicit photos to him.
And that is Hollywood in a nutshell: a hit television series on the Bible and an inappropriate relationship with a stripper at the same time.