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Today it became official. Mark Lisanti, the Editor of Defamer since mid-2004, is done as of this Friday:

Of the 9 or 10,000 posts I've done since we started this site, this one is the hardest to write. After almost four years here at Defamer, I've decided it's finally time to move on. In an effort to keep this short and sweet, I'll be climbing out of the blogging hamster-wheel this Friday, and though I wish I had exciting news about where my next paycheck will be coming from (or some great story about why I'm leaving other than "it's time"), I'll probably just be taking a little hiatus to figure out what's next and work on some projects I haven't had the time or energy for...

Defamer has become one of the best, if not the best, Hollywood gossip blogs out there. Combining local Los Angeles news and events mixed with Britarazzi and Posh, Lisanti has caught the eyes of both the media and Hollywood (most noted in our pop culture minds, the blog was scripted as breaking gossip news on HBO's Entourage in an episode). Los Angeles magazine profiled Lisanti and Defamer back in 2005 as "the most influential and intimidating gossip" blog (all coming from " a two-bedroom unit of a nondescript apartment complex in Los Feliz"). Lisanti says he might be spending some of his newly found free time on "lazy afternoons standing in front of the Chinese Theater in a loose-fitting Power Ranger costume." Now that's hot. Rawk it baby. Rawk it.