In wake of allegations of abuse towards women by former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, Penguin Canada has decided to terminate its contract with him and will not publish his next book. It seems that each day, new details arise about Ghomeshi and the women he dated or had contact with while at work on his popular radio program, Q. The CBC chose to terminate his position with the company, and now there are lawsuits being filed and more women coming forward, so it makes sense that Penguin would want to distance themselves from the announcer.
However, in light of many scandals over the years, I wonder if this is premature. Canadians are a non-confrontational bunch and might not see that a tell-all book after the conclusion of this mess as something they’d want to be associated with, but let’s face it….scandal sells. And in light of how much the publishing business is changing, it might not be a bad thing for Penguin to keep him on their roster, at least for now. We need these money-making traditionally published books to build funds and presence for publishing houses so that smaller books can be bought and sold without the company facing losses.
If Penguin doesn’t reconsider, or can’t change the contract, I’m sure someone will snatch Ghomeshi up soon enough to write his own side of the story–whether he’s telling it from the comfort of his living room or from behind bars.
What do you think? Would you read a tell-all by Ghomeshi? Or are you tired of his story already? Leave us a comment……..