According to a report from the New York Post, Lena Dunham’s website and newsletter Lenny Letter will shut down on Friday. The site’s contributors were reportedly told last week.
Dunham’s site, created with her frequent collaborator Jenni Konner, sent emails twice a week with articles on topics geared toward women and interviews with influential figures like Janet Mock and Hillary Clinton.
According to the Post, “rumblings of Lenny’s closure began to trickle out earlier this week when freelance writers were notified by editors that they would receive ‘kill fees,’ or compensation for written works that haven’t been published.”
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At one point, Lenny Letter had an almost 50 percent open rate for their newsletter and over 500,000 subscribers. The site started a podcast “Women of the Hour” and, briefly, a video channel. They also launched Lenny, a publishing house that has published several books since its launch.
The site also faced some controversy, particularly in the spring of 2017 when writer Zinzi Clemmons wrote an open letter about her decision to no longer work with Dunham, who she accused of racism, and called out her decision to publicly defend Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller.
According to Digiday, Lenny Letter’s Twitter following declined in the past year, and its Facebook page didn’t manage to make it above 100,000 likes. In October, the site inked a deal with Condé Nast.
Dunham hasn’t issued an official statement about the site’s shutdown, and it’s likely she’s still recovering from surgery to remove her left ovary.
Just had a nurse come into my hospital room and say “oh I remember you! I was here the night you came in wearing a ballgown after fainting at the Met!” Very clear patterns are emerging in this life of mine…
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 18, 2018
As of this afternoon, the site’s social media accounts are still posting.
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