Commiserations to Mirror Group editor-in-chief, Lloyd Embley, who had been hoping to impress Simon Cowell enough to be offered a job and quit the ailing tabloid.
Cowell was interested – but before anything was finalised word reached the man who was Embley’s predecessor at the Mirror, Richard Wallace. Wallace has been working for Cowell in the States as an executive producer on America’s Got Talent ever since he was fired from the Mirror (Cowell loves to hire tabloid hacks as he’s convinced they’re great at spotting stars and trends).
Wallace, it’s fair to say, loathes Embley – not least because Embley slid in and took both his and his wife’s jobs (Tina Weaver used to edit the Sunday Mirror). He made his feelings quite clear to Cowell. Next thing, all plans were shelved, leaving Embley stuck at MGN, where his rumoured 300k salary is attracting the attention of bean counters.
Still, as long as the Mirror doesn’t need to make any other big payouts, he’ll probably be fine…