Jay Fielden is leaving Hearst Magazines after more than three years as editor of Esquire. In a post on Instagram, Fielden said he “felt the lure of new possibilities” and that he decided to “to press on in a new direction,” though he didn’t specify what that meant for him.
A spokesperson for Hearst Magazines said in a statement that Fielden would continue to contribute to Esquire and Town & Country, the latter of which he also serves as editorial director: “We thank him for his leadership and contributions to Hearst Magazines over the years and wish him the best with his future plans.”
Fielden’s replacement has not been named.
Hearst made headlines earlier this year after Esquire reporters who worked on an exposé about director Bryan Singer brought it to The Atlantic instead, saying the story had been killed by Hearst executives.
Hearst Magazines President Troy Young refused to comment on the editorial process to Adweek earlier this year, but in a wide-ranging Q&A on the state of the publishing powerhouse, he said he regrets “any time that a huge amount of energy is put into something and the investment’s not realized. It is in no way reflective of our commitment to ambitious journalism.”
The Singer situation had “weighed” on Fielden, one of the story’s authors told The New York Times.