Trent Vanegas, Pink Is the New Blog Founder, Announces Departure

Trent Vanegas
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Trent Vanegas attends a party re-launching at S-Bar on June 11, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

In a Sept. 12 post titled “The End of an Era,” Trent Vanegas, the creator of Pink Is the New Blog, revealed that after Sept. 30, he will no longer be working for the celebrity news and gossip website.

“For the first time in over a decade, I find myself at the end of one chapter of my life and at the beginning of another,” Vanegas, who launched Pink Is the New Blog in 2004, wrote.

“The reality of this fact has been a weight on me for months now and I still haven’t come to terms with it,” he said. “Finally sharing the news with all of you today not only makes it ‘real,’ but it forces me to truly begin to process what is about to happen. I’ve been writing this blog professionally for 10 years, and I’ve been in the practice of daily blogging for over 12 years.”

“I am not truly at liberty to discuss many details about what is going on. I can say that the decision to leave PINTB was not mine,” Vanegas continued.

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He went on to explain that he sold the website (to SpinMedia, which was operating as Buzz Media at the time) in 2011: “The deal was a very good one … at the start. Then, matters beyond my control began to adversely affect the health of the blog, and well, those matters never really got better.”

“There was no real support and no real investment in the health and survival of the site,” he said, citing “dwindling resources” as an issue that he has faced since selling the website. Vanegas -- who tells Billboard he was notified in June 2015 that he would be replaced -- said that he’s been asked to contribute to Pink Is the New Blog “in a very limited capacity after my last day,” but that he doesn’t foresee that happening.

“The only thing I’ve ever wanted to come from this blog is pure, unadulterated fun. Let’s see if we can have a bit of fun while we still can,” he ended his post on the website, which can be read in full here.

"PITNB has been my life for more than a decade, and my partnership with SpinMedia was meant to provide an environment where the site would be able to grow and thrive," Vanegas said in a statement to Billboard. "Sadly, the opposite has been the case, and ultimately the decision was made by people I've never met to have someone who has never written for the site take complete control."