BREAKING: Gideon Yago Leaving MTV

Jan 26th, 2007 // 28 Comments

gideon.jpgWe’ve just learned that MTV News emo-journo Gideon Yago is leaving the network, presumably to work on his movie career (Yago sold a screenplay last fall to Focus Features about the Iraq war). Yago just sent us his farewell email, which you can read after the click-through.

Hello -

As some of you may have heard, today marks my last day as a full-time member of MTV News. I hope to work with you all again in the future but for now my days as a permanent daily fixture on 29, in the studio, or the edit come to an end. I feel incredibly lucky to have spent these last seven years at MTV. I have done so much, seen so many things, worked with such outstanding people that I can say without an ounce of hestitaion that it has been the single coolest experience of my entire life. I wanted to thank you all for all of it.

In the short term, I am headed to Los Angeles to try my hand at other creative ventures. I’m am easily reachable, not just through the homing chip Erica Laden planted in my neck, but at [redacted] My cell phone is also … thankfully … still active.

I did want to offer one final valediction, though. I have learned a great many things during my tenure here: how to write for television, how to do a stand up, how to interview, when to pick your battles. There is one lesson, however, that I consider far more valuable than all the others combined: our audience deserves integrity and respect. Growing up in America is a difficult, sometimes traumatic, often alienating, very strange proposition. In between trying to figure out who they are and what matters in life, there is a chorus of parents, teachers, people and pitchmen telling them what to think and what to do. We are lucky to have an audience that treats us as peers. Though it might be seductive to play the short game with their trust in return for stacked favors and immediate gains, please keep fighting for them and thinking of them in the fine work that you all do. They deserve as much.

Thank you for letting me be part of your lives and your work.

Very Best,

Gideon

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  1. jmattingly33

    It’s always noble to take the high road and all but don’t tell me he doesn’t want to trash that network. “our audience deserves integrity and respect.” Grow some balls

  2. GiantPanda

    next up, mothers trying to pimp their daughters out.

  3. beta.rogan

    Hahah, really.

  4. kiteless

    Gideon better watch his mouth or Krishtine De Leon might put him on a diet and start eating off his plate. Hasn’t he read her XXL pieces?

  5. theHL

    The saddest part of this breaking news bit is that it’s the most impressive bit of breaking news to come out of an MTV journo in 17 years.

    See ya, dork.

  6. dollywould

    And yet, John Norris? Still there. Honestly, I didn’t even realize Gideon still worked there. The only “news” person I ever see is Suchin Pak. I do hear Gideon’s voiceover on True Life sometimes.

    I mean, not that I watch MTV or anything…

  7. brainchild

    just because he reported the news doesn’t make him newsworthy.

  8. brainchild

    oh and i use the word “news” lightly….

  9. MC

    “Growing up in America is a difficult, sometimes traumatic, often alienating, very strange proposition. In between trying to figure out who they are and what matters in life, there is a chorus of parents, teachers, people and pitchmen telling them what to think and what to do.”

    At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney here, that statement is a load of horseshit. 99.99% of what MTV is about is selling youth to advertisers, and you make it sound like you’ve been fighting the good fight??? Lord. I’m sure you’ll fit right in out in Hollywood you sub-Zach-Braff hack.

  10. Bob Loblaw

    I’m surprised everyone’s shitting on him. I thought he was great. He was bright, earnest, never watered it down or MTVified his reports, went to Iraq when a lot of other “news”men wouldn’t…Where’s all this backlash coming from?

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  12. Cam/ron

    And to think that his road to MTV began after being inspired by reading The Baffler collection, “Commodify Your Dissent.” Didn’t he read Tom Frank’s damn essay, “Why Johnny Can’t Dissent”?

  13. Anonymous

    Come on, we’re missing the point here: Gideon Yago is HOT! (well, maybe not in the above picture, but circa 1999. Yeaaaah.)

  14. Miss Tanya

    Love ya Gid. Tear.

  15. Dave

    “What up world, it’s your boy Sway”

  16. The HZA. [member of the zombie nation]

    I always loved Gideon.

    He came to my university last fall to do a lecture which was great. Though all the fuckers from the greek system must have been there for extra credit or something.

  17. Maura Johnston

    ‘true life’ is one of my favorite documentary series on tv, period. who’s going to narrate the opening of it now??

  18. newsdumper

    Seriously, kill yourselves.
    They don’t write any of their own shit. They’re just talking heads.
    The reason Gideon stayed with MTV so long is that it was either stay there or fall off into obscurity.
    No one in real news respects what they do.
    Not one of them has transitioned successfully to other networks.
    Gideon was pushed out.
    And, don’t tell me about Tabith Soren.

  19. jorel845

    Caught a lecture by Yago in college once. In between quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jack Kerouac ad nauseam, he stated:

    “We [MTV] know what you think.”


    Really, Gideon? How did you know we think you kept on justifying your stay at MTV during your speech because fame and money were more valuable than integrity?

    It’s sad that for the MTV generation, he might be an anchor on a major news network in 10-20 years.

    Waste of space.

  20. Silverfuture

    Well, Alison Stewart does have her own show on MSNBC right now. That might not be my definition of sucess, but she’s making it in the news game.

    And I’m fairly certain that Gideon did write a lot of his own material, he always had a way of delivering it with a sneer as well, which is always fun…

  21. Rufus On Fire - David

    Yet another person here whose media class Mr. Yago visited a few years back. It’s interesting that the final valedictory, as he put it, in the email is basically the same spiel he gave us about why he stayed with MTV. Say what you will about mothers pimping their daughters or parents’ oblivion to their excess as they throw a truly insane sixteenth birthday party, but the folks who work on MTV News wield a lot of influence, and it’s important to step back and appreciate that influence. All that said, it’s not like I’m pretending MTV News has the gravitas of CBS News circa 1962, but the True Life series and, to a lesser extent, Made, is consistently very good.

  22. newsdumper

    Every time you guys post a story as BREAKING, I’m just assuming that it’s in a sarcastic tone, because you’re you guys and it’s what you do… But, this time, I’m not so sure you did it to be sarcastastic…

    And, that scares me.

  23. Adam Bernard

    He was no Kurt Loder, but Gideon was much better than the majority of MTV News people. Thankfully, most of us have grown up and now get our news from Comedy Central.

  24. Raizza

    I believe some of the news produced were soley created by gideon yago himself (sometimes credited as: writer/producer)…he wanted to deliver news that will change people’s lives and have significant validility and importance. Because of his empowering beliefs, he traveled and brought us news from his cover story on the victims of Katrina and interviewed insurgents/soldiers/and the Iraqi people who have been tremendously devastated over in Iraq.

    And because of his specialty on delivering us True Life and other serious news
    Likewise, Colbert and I adore him to the TEE!


    J’adore Gideon!

  25. Rufus On Fire - David

    Newsdumper, as a young journalist/media figure, wouldn’t you take the opportunity to speak to millions of kids, even if the job came with baggage like getting ragged on as “not real news”, and even if you knew that 95% of what you’d be doing would be fluff? I’d take that job. See: Yago’s “Diary” show when he took a camcorder to Kuwait.

  26. Raizza

    I believe some of the news produced were soley created by gideon yago himself (sometimes credited as: writer/producer)…he wanted to deliver news that will change people’s lives and have significant validility and importance. Because of his empowering beliefs, he traveled and brought us news from his cover story on the victims of Katrina and interviewed insurgents/soldiers/and the Iraqi people who have been tremendously devastated over in Iraq.

    And because of his specialty on delivering us True Life and other news
    Likewise, Colbert and I adore him to the TEE!


    J’adore Gideon!

  27. geekchic

    All I know is that I still want to fuck him.

  28. CockeyedOptimist

    “growing up in america is hard”? yeah we have it really tough over here. It’s those bastards in Africa living all high on the hog that have it easy.

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