Bad news hit the best friends hard today. Kinda Funny fans were devastated and in some cases outraged to hear that former IGN editor and Kinda Funny co-founder Colin Moriarty would be resigning from Kinda Funny, effective immediately. Moriarty shared the news on Twitter and Facebook today, while fellow co-founders Greg Miller, Tim Gettys and Nick Scarpino said farewell to their friend during a teary episode of the Kinda Funny morning show. The news originally seemed to be linked to what outlets were calling sexist comments made on Twitter.
The joke was met with serious criticism from Moriarty’s past and current co-workers.
However, despite many larger sites reporting that the tweets were the main reason for Colin Moriarty’s resignation, the Kinda Funny team clarified the news over various channels. Over Facebook Moriarty said a goodbye to his fellow co-founders and fans. Stating that it was his decision to leave the company and that he wanted to, “reconnect with what’s most important to me. Politics, history, philosophy. Reading Books.” It doesn’t look like the controversial writer and podcast host will be out of work for long. “Opportunities are already popping up for me, bringing me in a new, different, and exciting direction,” stated Moriarty. “Obviously, you haven’t seen or heard the last of me. Far from it.”
Many attacked the other co-founders today. Arguing that the three liberals pushed Moriarty out of the company for his strong right-wing views and at times, offensive comments. Greg Miller tackled the personal attacks amicably.
“We’re super sad,” he said. “We had a long conversation today. The long and short of it is, we’ve been moving in two directions for a long time. There are no hurt feelings; we’re not mad at him, he’s not mad at us. We’re just going in two completely opposite directions in terms of what we want to do and that’s OK.” Miller then continuing on, to halt the speculation that Moriarty’s resignation was solely the outcome of a sexist comment. “The tweet and the whole exchange last week, while upsetting, obviously, [Colin’s resignation] is not because of that,” he said. “That is a symptom, if not the most public expression, that there was something happening in terms of us growing apart.”
Miller also said the following to Polygon in an official statement. “Colin will forever be a part of Kinda Funny; he co-founded this, we love him, and we’ll forever be in his debt for what he built with us. Today’s bittersweet, but it’s for the best. We want him to succeed, and he wants us to succeed. This is the best way for that to happen. We can’t wait to have him on for one final GameOverGreggy Show and to see what he does next.”
It’s a sad day for both the founders of Kinda Funny and their loyal fans. And there is no news yet to how this will effect events such as Kinda Funny Live 3. For everything on gaming news and culture, stay tuned to Thenerdstash.com.