August 12th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

AOL CEO Cans Executive on Conference Call

People in the tech world are beyond stunned this morning after AOL CEO Tim Armstrong stopped mid-sentence on a conference call to axe an executive.

While AOL employees were expecting to hear about layoffs, they didn’t expect they’d hear someone actually getting fired, live, with a thousand people listening in.

Ironically, the call was set up to outline drastic cutbacks and layoffs.

"Abel Lenz, the Creative Director of AOL's local-news network, 'Patch', reportedly tried to take a picture of Armstrong, and it didn't end well," reports “Early Start” Anchor John Berman.

"Abel put that camera down right now," Armstrong told him. "Abel, you're fired. Out."

"Later on the conference call, Armstrong is quoted as telling employees: ‘We can't have people that are in the locker room giving the game plan away,’” Berman reports.

Lenz only tweeted, "No comment," on Friday night with a photo taken at a Manhattan bar.

CNN reached out to both AOL and to Abel Lenz and was unable to get a comment.

“If Lenz was indeed fired, he's not alone,” Berman says.

"Over the next seven days, 400 of the local news network Patch’s roughly 900 community sites will be closed or partnered with other sites, and hundreds of employees there will be laid off.”

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