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Go weep, emo eagle.Good morning from your Wonkette editor since, oh, 2006. It has been an exciting (terrible?) six years, hasn’t it? There was old what’s his name, and Iraq, and the Great Recession, and then the sexy president with his singing and dancing all the time. And now your longtime editor will finally stop disappearing for months at a time and officially hand over this Important American Publication to a deserving and talented political writer/editor, Ms. Rebecca Schoenkopf. She is a feared and respected Liberal Woman, so the wingnuts will just love her (as they plot to send her to Gitmo). Also, Rebecca is a fancy book-writin’ author and is famous for being “Commie Girl,” the newspaper columnist who drove California Republicans insane for the OC Weekly. is obviously going to become just like National Review’s “The Corner,” which was always the plan?

Rebecca will be running Wonkette from her Los Angeles headquarters, until she moves to D.C. (?!) or whatever. We don’t know; it’s not our business. (Ha ha, literally!) But your editor will be around for a while “to consult,” like Rick Santorum does for the coal and vibrator corporations. And this year might be kind of interesting, with the politics?

Thank you for being part of the Wonkette family of lunatics all these years, for the emails and comments and links and Twitters and MySpaces and all the things, over all the years. It was a weird day in the summer of 2006 when Alex Pareene brought me here “as a guest editor,” and I basically never left, despite constant threats and many sabbaticals. It has been fun, it has been grueling, it has been educational, and now it’s time for me to follow Jesus down the Road of Mystery. Here is my Twitter, which I don’t really use. Goodbye For Now; see you in the comments!


About the author

A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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  • el_donaldo

    So Newell is back, and Ken's departure is also back! It's just like old times at the old Wonkette.

    • actor212

      All these backs and no one's front.

      Doesn't ANYone do missionary anymore???

      • el_donaldo

        You see that exposed front up top in that photo there? Yeah.

        • bikerlaureate

          That's the front ?!?

    • OneYieldRegular

      Can Ann Marie Cox be far behind?

      Speaking of which: God, that photo.

  • nounverb911

    The King editor is dead, long live the King editor.

    • ManchuCandidate

      Long live the queen…

  • ManchuCandidate

    Welcome new female overlord. An 'ette for the Wonkette.

    Audios Ken.

    • Chet Kincaid

      Videos as well, Ken.

  • DoktorThompson

    So long, and thanks for all the front butt.

    • Oblios_Cap

      That picture of Ken never gets old.

  • ChernobylSoup

    What fresh hell is this?

    • starfanglednut

      Yeah! Stop slouching!

  • freakishlywrong

    Welcome Rebecca! Ken, the fucking weeping Eagle. It STAYS.

  • Beetagger

    I feel raped but I know I must lie back and make the best of it.

    • BearNoLike


  • StarsUponThars

    In other words, she's a slut.

  • nounverb911

    Rebecca, has Ken warned you about us yet? Welcome to the family.

  • MrFizzy

    Is that German for shithead? I certainly HOPE SO!

    • BerkeleyBear

      Schoen seems to be a variant of schon (umlaut o) so either "pretty head" or "very much head" – either way, much more fun than scheisskopf.

      • horsedreamer_1

        Look at this guy. A regular Rammstein.

    • poncho_pilot

      sadly for you i think it means pretty. Scheisskopf is the word you're looking for and yes, he's going to make us march in formation.

      • James Michael Curley

        with wires through our wrists tied to stainless steel pins inserted in our hips.

  • iburl

    You will be missed, Ken.

  • Baconzgood

    But who will write stuff on Wonkette that makes me want to drink broken glass?

    • nounverb911

      All of them, Katie.

  • Mumbletypeg

    Oh well, Ken. I figured after enough second-guessing about this status-shapeshifting ambivalence that a nearly departed editor is at least better than a dearly departed one.

    Vaya con whatever-it-is you're following on the Mystery Tour (it rhymed with Breezus!)~

  • UnholyMoses

    Well, so long, Ken!

    And welcome, Rebecca!

    So … when the fuck y'all hiring me? I've been published (though as a ghostwriter)! I've won awards! I like to screw around on the Internet all day when I'm supposed to be working! I take massive amounts of pills and would mainline coffee if I could.

    I'm the perfect Wonkette employee.

    Though I would like to see the dental plan first …

    • HistoriCat

      Can you get something posted before 10 am Eastern time? Because that's where the real need is.

      • UnholyMoses

        If I were full-time?

        It'd be ready by the time you got in at 8 am (EST/ECT).

        And I live in teh Show-Me-Your-Stupid State.

        Part time? Probably doable.

  • OneDollarJuana

    Rebecca! Why isn't my pee-score higher? Goddammit, get on this now!

    • orygoon

      Wonkette is, somewhat surprisingly, a fiercely competitive marketplace of ideas.

    • NellCote71

      At least you broke 100. I hover in the mid-80s. Stop complaining.

    • deanbooth

      I've given up on peeing. My pee-score has gone down a point in the past six months. They must be scored like the SAT — wrong answers (late-to-the-party unpeed comments?) count against you.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Congratulations I'm sorry. To both.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    What does Ken's leaving have to do with Breitbart?

    • starfanglednut

      And the disappearance of Mittborg/Frothy? I'm sensing a vast conspiracy, the tentacles of which reach the upper echelons of power.

      • Blueb4sunrise

        We need to form a special Volunteer Posse to investigate.

        • bikerlaureate

          It would be durned irresponsible not to posse-tulate.

    • boobookitteh

      We'll find out when the video is released.

    • sezme

      Ken drank Breitbart to death which is commendable and a lot smarter than drinking oneself to death.

  • Callyson

    Rebecca, welcome. Anyone who annoyed Orange County Republicans is a friend of mine.
    Ken, best wishes–hope you'll keep visiting.

    • NellCote71

      "Anyone who annoyed Orange County Republicans is a friend of mine. " Amen to that. Lord knows they annoy me enough.

  • coolhandnuke

    That exotic dancer has a butt for a belly.


      Exotic dancer? I thought he was Breitbart. Oh well.

      • coolhandnuke

        Breitbart was an exotic duncer that had a butt for a brain.

  • Maman

    Welcome Rebecca! Can't wait to see you rock the alt text.

    Via con Dios, Ken. See you around the tubez…

  • johnnyzhivago

    Layne/Pareene 2016!!! (Commissar/Vice Commissar that is…)

  • ChernobylSoup

    Ms Rebecca just tweeted "I AM YOUR NEW WONKETTE."

    I like how she's already taking control.

    Nobody's saying "Green Balloons" here.

  • EatsBabyDingos

    Yes, but can Rebecca fart the National Anthem? Ken, you will be missed like wet toilet paper on the roll in the stall.

  • qwerty42

    Best wishes, Ken. And will you attend the conventions?

  • Barb

    Is Rebecca the gal that Murdoch had to fire? You know, the one with the wiry red pubic hair on her head?

    Welcome Rebecca! I'm a Virgo, I like long walks through expensive shopping malls and yes, they are real and they are fabulous!

    • Not_So_Much

      All I know about her is that there's a whole bunch of news stories about her doing something inappropriate with a horse. In England. Which is self-explanatory.

      • Barb

        Don't they have capitol punishment for people who do that? I hear they also make the animal face the same fate and has to go first and they make the sinner watch. If this scandal is true then I hope she be hung like a horse! Wait, is THAT what this means? I am confused.

    • MrFizzy

      I've seen them and I agree. The tattoo of Allen West on the left gland is particularly excellent.

      • Barb

        It makes me so randy when you call them "glands"

    • Veritas78

      Dang! So I guess Rebecca's not you, which I wuz kinda hopin'.

  • weej_bain

    Welcome to the asylum Rebecca. Ken best wishes, you've been a true old friend.

    • DCBloom

      Warren is the man!

  • Schmannnity

    Leaving the day after the untimely demise of Breitbart. Verrrry suspicious.

    • Biff

      His work is done, obvs.

    • orygoon

      It's still early on the Left Coast, and I am groggy yet. Is that guy still dead?

  • SnarkoMarx

    Ken, I will miss your scathing venomous assessments of American cultural decline. Really miss them.

    • freakishlywrong

      Couldn't agree more. ♪ Nobody does it better♫

    • HuddledMass

      Yeah. I really liked Ken's postings-of-doom, they consorted closely with my general outlook on life.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Did you let her know about The Buttsechs Codicil Protocol here?

  • littlebigdaddy

    Hasta la vista Ken. Six years of war, insanity and buttsechs. Good times!

  • FlipOffResearch

    First Brietbart now this!

    Thanks for all the great posts, insights, and guffaws.

  • Not_So_Much

    The only thing that was holding my participation back was not enough fear of the editor. I'm going to be, in the words of Larry Craig, 'a very very naughty bad naughty boy' now!

    S'long Ken — don't become a fat coke fiend and do a Breitbart.

  • Baconzgood

    Welcome Rebecca I look forward to seeing your work. I'm sure you are a talented and smart person. But never mind that

    SHOW US YOUR TITS!!!!!!!!

    • BigDumbRedDog

      Thanks Baconz. I'm kind of upset that I had to scroll this far down to find a request for tits.

    • horsedreamer_1

      I assume this comment is

      100% SNARKFREE.

  • el_donaldo

    I checked out her website. I didn't see any buttseckhs jokes, but I think she'll do.

  • Schmannnity

    Better Schoenkopf than Schwartzkopf.

    • Baconzgood



      Or Schoen.

  • SorosBot

    Does Rebecca know what she's getting into here? Good luck!

  • BarackMyWorld

    Bad News/Good News 2012 #brokeredconvention

  • poncho_pilot

    a liberal woman? but is she heavier than a…duck???!!!

    • Advn2rgirl

      Who are you who are so wise in the ways of Science?

      • poncho_pilot

        Sen. James Inhofe.

  • orygoon

    Oh yay, a lady overlady!

  • Biff

    Or Scheiss.

    • Schmannnity

      Or Schwanz

      • tessiee

        Or Secesh.

  • OzoneTom

    Today, we are all emo eagles.

  • CrunchyKnee

    My hangover just got worse. Godspeed, young Layne. Hi, Ms. Rebecca Schoenkopf.

  • Biff

    I'd hit that.
    Oh, come ON–you were all thinking it!

    • poncho_pilot

      Ken who?

      • Biff

        Ed Zachary.

    • actor212

      Which, the furries?

    • MissTaken

      The front-butt?

      • Biff

        EW! Don't be gross, I'm tawkin' about our new Wonkette Overlord!

  • Steverino247

    Pissing off Orange County Republicans is pretty easy to do, but doing it well and over time is an accomplishment. Welcome to show.

  • IncenseDebate

    Who is paying for her birth control?


      Did you see her tweeterings? Someone should pay for her bird control.

    • Biff

      I would, if I could watch the tapes. Or co-star in them.

  • Biff

    Bring back Arrested Development Ana Marie Cox!

    • Chet Kincaid

      We want Sweet Cheeks!!

    • sarah_connor

      and butter sechs! I mean, stick!

    • horsedreamer_1

      Down fist!

  • orygoon

    And Ken, I hope you find your naval! If your seekings bring you through Orygun, drop right in.

  • actor212

    Schoenkopf? Sounds ethnic. Where the white women at?

    • Oblios_Cap

      It translates as "beautiful head". Daddy likes!

  • Goonemeritus

    Ken how can you leave us, I promise we’ll keep our room clean and not talk back any more if you stay.

    • emmelemm

      Ha! (I know the feeling.)

  • FNMA

    Eh, he'll be back.

    • Biff

      Like the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, he has always been the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel.

    • bagofmice

      Well, he is still sans-sploid.

  • OneDollarJuana

    New editor! Can we now type the forbidden words ———– and ————–?

    • Baconzgood

      I know it's strange. You can call some one cunt-fuck-shit-balls but not a ——–. What a site.

      • Chet Kincaid

        Retard retard retard?

        • dijetlo


        • GhostBuggy

          Oh. I thought the verboten words were "Wasilla" and "Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes."

        • chascates

          That word is not permitted but assfucking and the like are just fine.

        • Bonzos_Bed_Time

          Today we are all developmentally delayed.

    • tessiee

      Yes, but you still can't type

    • horsedreamer_1

      Now is the time on SPROCKETS when we dance?

  • memzilla

    Ken and Rebecca, I am filled with joy and sadness, but can't decide with which for whom.

    Ken you old desert rat, good luck.

    Rebecca, welcome to the libtard answer to, but with less dead people running it.

  • Data Exactly

    Out with the old in with the psychiatrist-sounding lady. Here's a gift for coming on to Wonkette, but being a fancy doctor lady, you probably already knew it was the Airstream Song.

    Your just so smart and psychiatristy-sounding!

  • Naked_Bunny

    Sorry, I was distracted by the hawt does in the background. Is something going on?

  • flamingpdog

    I for one welcome the arrival of our new overLaynelord.

    Btw, has any considered that Ken Layne is leaving on his magical mystery tour the same day!!!! as Frothy, also leaving on a magical mystery tour, from which both may or may not be back???

    • poncho_pilot

      Ken : Santorum :: Riley : Breitbart?

      • flamingpdog

        I'm thinking two words: "Sy" and "bil".

        • poncho_pilot

          but. but. WEREZ TEH BIRF CERTIFICUT?!!!?/?

  • BigDumbRedDog

    I want to know where the hell Wonkette got a picture of my last Halloween party tragedy.

  • BerkeleyBear

    Go find your Dignity Ken – 2.99 on Kindle, 7.99 paperback. In almost seriousness, thank you for keeping the good ship Wonkette afloat these many years.

    Oh, and Rebecca – don't think of our constant sexual innuendos as harassment. More like that overlong hug your creepy uncle gives you at Thanksgiving.

    • poncho_pilot

      "i can't believe what a pretty young lady/man you've become since i last saw you. how old are you now? oh? 18, huh?"

  • MissTaken

    Bye Ken! Good luck walking up and down California's deserts, again. Just don't shoot any mountain lions or we'll have to make you the head of Fish and Game.

    Welcome Rebecca! Good luck wading up and down through the buttsechs. This place is thick with Santorum.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Good-bye, Ken, though not adieu. I hope to keep seeing updates on the land tortoises and the Inland Empire.

    • poncho_pilot

      i wish the land tortoises were the aristocracy of the Inland Empire. they'd do a better job, and you know…turtle overlords. much better than plasticized rich people shot full of botox.

  • ttommyunger

    I've got a bad feeling about this: I suppose next Barb will be put on the payroll. Women! 52% of the population, 65% of the money and 100% of the pussy….We're doomed, guys.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Tell Jesus "Hi!" if you run into him on your Trail of Tears.

  • WhatTheHeck

    Ken, I remember when you came to us during the second term of America’s great, always-in-search-of-a-war president. Then there was that walk-about of the western heartland you embarked on, leaving us rudderless. In spite of your many “lost weekends,” I wish you all the biting sarcasm you couldn’t find in the desert.

  • chascates

    Does Rebecca have red hair? And a hearty farewell to Pope Cat (who will never really leave, it's in his blood/bank account) who I predict will be shortlisted for the Booker prize for his next work The Confessions of Andrew Breitbart: Rage, Rum, and Sodomy on the Right"!

  • frostbitefalls

    Oh Ken, first the rambles across the desert with only a bottle of water and some graham crackers, then the Utopian Novel, now this…

  • Redhead

    My reaction to this is the same reaction I get when Michele talks about having sexy times with Marcus – "Yeah, you say that all the time. Wait, what? For REAL this time???????"

  • GhostBuggy

    I'm going to miss you, Ken, and the way you kept us from ever getting too optimistic. For serious. I hope someone keeps that tone going.

  • DemmeFatale

    (*whiny voice*)
    Thanks for the (sometimes bitter), memories!

    Welcome Becca!
    Do your friends call you "Becca?"
    (Pay no attention to the louts on here begging for titty shots.)

  • sezme

    Hey Ken, thanks for everything you've done to make this one of the few decent places on the internets. Much appreciation for the long hours, and especially for the very angry rants about this country being in the crapper swirling the drain. I loved those. Hope Rebecca gave you lots of moneys (or at least paid off your gambling debts).

  • Crank_Tango

    First Breitbart, now Ken. If I wasn't too busy with work, I would probably say something like, "too soon," or perhaps "all of 'em, katie," but instead I will just say


    Fare thee well, desert bear!

  • Mojopo

    Good luck and please enjoy yourself, sir.

  • Biff

    Worst Friday news dump evar!
    Bye, Ken–perhaps now you'll have time to fix the Wonkbot and do some occasional guest video editorials.

  • 4TheTurnstiles

    Feels good to say I'll miss Ken Layne a lot, again, and to really mean it. Again.

  • not that Dewey

    All the stars will glow bright,
    and your friends will give up the fight
    they'll see your work in a different light
    yeah, when you go

  • crybabyboehner

    Vaya con Dios.

  • Bonzos_Bed_Time

    Ken is on a mission to document all religious paraphernalia on public lands in the Southwest.
    Indeed, via con dios o' bearded one.

    • bagofmice

      He must defeat Shen Long to stand a chance.

  • tessiee

    So, Ken Layne leaves us on the same day Frothy leaves us?
    Has anyone ever seen them together?

    • OzoneTom

      Try monitoring the Appalachian Trail.

  • An_Outhouse

    Wonkette is edited? There's a waste of money.

    • HistoriCat

      Maybe now Wonkette will start allowing comments.

  • tessiee

    That picture…
    Stripper with front butt, check.
    Easter bunnies, check.
    Oompa Loompas, check.
    It works on SO MANY LEVELS!!!

  • UW8316154

    Come back and see us for Thanksgiving now, ya hear? And don't forget to write!!

  • rocktonsam


    Another reason to get drunk before noon on a Friday!

  • ifthethunderdontgetya

    Well Jeez, Ken, it was David Lat that got me in here. On Monday, May 15, 2006 1:49 PM, as a matter of fact.

    Don't be a stranger, you!

  • OneYieldRegular

    Congratulations, Ken. See you on the golf course at La Quinta or something.

  • coron4

    "Publisher/editor"… and also, it would seem, proprietress.

    • HistoriCat

      But according to this piece she's "negotiating to acquire a very well-branded national blog" … I guess that fell through.

  • MozakiBlocks

    "You might have been a headache, but you never were a bore"

    Godspeed Ken.

  • togaparty

    So farewell then, Ken.
    I hope you can regain a little faith in humanity by reading not a goddamn thing about "politics" forever and ever.

  • rambone

    Farewell Ken.

    As you meander along the path of life, always remember: "Lord loves a workin' man; don't trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it."

  • vulpes82

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Don't leave us, Papa Bear! What about the scathing misanthropy and the desert-brained contempt?!!!! Where will we go after the Apocalypse now that we don't have the Layne Desert Compound to fall back on?

  • Chet Kincaid

    Viacom Dios.

  • superdave

    Well, congrats Ken. Ya finally got someone to take this load off your hands.

    I'm gonna miss you. No one else does bitter, angry, old man the way you do.

    On the other hand, the new editor is purdy.

  • widestanceromance

    Well, doesn't this just put the dead rat in the filthy toilet of our lives?

    Best to Ken, sincere condolences to Rebecca.

  • imissopus

    Ken, you know I've disagreed with you a lot and thought you were often an overblown hysteric about a few things…okay, a lot of things…but interacting with the folks here has been a great outlet for my political addiction for the last three years, for which I have you to thank. Also it has been a great distraction from me doing constructive things on many days, which I suppose is either a testament to the work you do or to my inherent laziness. But anyway, if you ever journey into the city and you're in the Koreatown vicinity I'll happily buy you a few shots of soju until we both vomit or pass out or both. Vaya con Dios.

  • C_R_Eature

    So Long, Ken and Thanks for All the Fish Snark. You will be missed.
    Oh, before you go…just what was The Frequency, Kenneth?

    And please take that goddamn bellybutt picture with you. Thanks.

    Fondly, CRE

  • Extemporanus

    Goodbye, little guy.

    The world needs more of you, not fewer…

  • emmelemm

    Ken, all the best and thanks for everything, sincerely.

    Rebecca, I read your little intro/bio, I mean, primer (short i), and I love you already.

  • CapnFatback

    With all apologies to Mr. Zimmerman:

    ♫ "Goodbye" is too good a word, Ken
    So I'll just say "snark thee well"
    I ain't saying you had an axe to grind
    You could've let me write the "r" word, but I don't mind
    Wonkette kinda wasted all my precious time
    But don't think twice, it's all right. ♫

  • Jerri

    Damn it. I started my day with a trip to the lady doctor, and now this? Boo!! I'll miss you and your outrage, Ken.

    (Nothing against you, Rebecca, I promise. Welcome.)

  • ShaveTheWhales

    So, Ken is become Destroyer of Worlds, emeritus?

    The only Wonkete Overlord I've ever known. /*sniff*/

    Good luck and stay iconoclassy.

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  • io9k9s

    I am really depressed and this bit of news is not helping. Big Sad.

  • slowhansolo

    Thanks for something or other, Ken. I'd invite you over for a celebratory drink, but then I'd have to light the stove and clear the airfield.

  • fuflans

    can't we all just meet somewhere in the middle and raise a toast?

    will miss you ken.

    don't forget to leave mean comments!

    • DustBowlBlues

      I have a B&B and if we all got together, we could, for one day, tilt this asshat state left. Oh, and we could invite Commie Mom.

  • EBGrey

    Tis' fitting that Ken signs off by re-posting the greatest wonkette photo ever.

  • horsedreamer_1

    All part of the plan. Ken has arrived, returned, & will return again. Just like Napoleon.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Peyote time?
    Good luck Ken it has been swell.

  • Veritas78

    Thanks, Ken — Wonkette is the wet spot in my day. I know, sad.

  • DustBowlBlues

    Ken–Will you be giving your cranberry relish recipe to the new wonket Boss Lady or should I buy an external hard drive and four or three pin drives to back up my recipe and print 500 hard copies of it?

    This is traumatic, but not quite as traumatic as thinking "our" wonkette had gone away just when we needed it to talk about the Apocalypse, on the off-chance we hadn't been raptured. That's was a nail-biting weekend, haha, but you answered me personally for the only time (except for that one night when I nearly got hammer-banned) and said no, you hadn't been raptured up so would be sticking around) I will always be grateful for that. (Not the threat) And for the cranberry relish.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    I'll never forget you Karl.

  • Harry_S_Truman

    Why leave now? I won't forget you either, Kevin.

  • Sharkey

    Kenneth Keith Layne! You go over there and apologize, young man!

  • amoosefloats

    Thanks for all the political smut you were my little liberal blogger version of J Edger Hoover.

  • thefrontpage

    Ken: You'e not going to work for The Huffington Post or Politico or The National Enquirer, are you?!

  • boobookitteh

    Double plus good.