Observer subscribers who were caught off-guard by the paper folding were likely equally surprised by an offer of Star magazine.
The New York Post reports that Observer subscribers were sent a letter that said it was either Star—recent cover “Brad and Kate’s Nights of Passion!”—or a refund. The reason for the offer? Apparently Observer owner Jared Kushner is good buds with Star publisher David Pecker.
“The New York Observer will be ceasing publishing with the [Nov. 9] issue,” read the letter. “For the remaining service of your subscription you can select to receive one copy of Star Magazine for each paid copy of The New York Observer or a pro-rated cash refund.”
The letter threateningly added that for those who don’t reply by December 16, “your remaining subscription will be filled by Star Magazine.”