Times are tough for Alison Roman.
The food columnist is moving on from her post at the New York Times following her controversial comments about Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo.
“This was a huge shake-up for me both personally and professionally, and I’m still processing so much, but know that I’m working on it and thinking about it 24/7,” she wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “The issues brought to light by this whole thing won’t be fixed overnight, and the healing process for many will be long, but I’m committed to doing the work to make it better.”
She added that her new venture will be a newsletter for those who want to keep up with her recipes and food blogging.
“For the foreseeable future, you can find me in that newsletter I started 3 years ago and never sent out lol. There will be recipes, reader emails, recommendations, and discussions about things that I hope you will like or find helpful,” she announced, adding, “In lieu of the comments section or DMs, I encourage you to submit questions/comments/concerns to [email protected], the idea being to share some of them in the newsletter (I am learning “the comments section” is not the best place for public discourse).”
Last week Roman’s column was put on temporary hold after she slammed Teigen’s career trajectory as well as Kondo’s business ventures.
“What Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me,” Roman had told The New Consumer. “She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her. That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that.”
And of Kondo, she said, “The idea that when Marie Kondo decided to capitalize on her fame and make stuff that you can buy, that is completely antithetical to everything she’s ever taught you,” Roman said, referring to Kondo’s online store.
Teigen responded by sharing how hurt she was and Twitter users slammed Roman for shading two successful Asian women.
Roman, 34, later said she was sorry for her insensitive comments and acknowledged how her words came from a place of insecurity and white privilege, subsequently ending her beef with Teigen. Kondo has remained silent throughout the public spat.
The model called on the Times to reinstate Roman last week after they made up but apparently to no avail.
The New York Times did not immediately respond to our request for comment.