Richard Lawson leaves Gawker to work for old Gawker boss, at Atlantic Wire

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The Atlantic Wire has hired veteran Gawker writer Richard Lawson, who is heading over to the news and commentary aggregation site to cover entertainment and culture.

As is the tradition for Gawker editors who leave the site, the news was slipped into a post Lawson himself wrote for Gawker this afternoon about "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

"As it would happen tomorrow is my last day writing for this site," Lawson wrote. "I am not departing this internet, of course. I'll be at the Atlantic Wire next week."

Lawson made a name for himself at Gawker with his irreverent and idiosyncratic TV recaps about shows like "Gossip Girl" and Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises; they're pretty widely regarded as the pinnacle of a form that in lesser hands is just S.E.O.-bait.

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"These recaps have been, if nothing else, a surprising and wonderful opportunity for me to stretch my legs a bit as a writer, to get real weird with it as Danny DeVito might say, and that you loyal folks have followed me down even my strangest rabbit holes is something I'm quite grateful for," he wrote.

In June of 2009, he left Nick Denton's Gawker empire for a gig at TV.com*, only to return to the mothership several months later.

This time around, though, he's been poached by his former Gawker editor Gabe Snyder, whom Denton canned in February of 2010 as part of his acquisition of the website CityFile.

After that, Snyder took a short detour at a pre-Beast incarnation of Newsweek Digital before landing as editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Wire this past January.

Since then, he's been building up a staff of young writers as the site expands it coverage areas.

"The ultimate mission is to be the one place where you can go and get a snapshot of what matters now in the world," Snyder told me in March.

*An earlier version of this article reported that Lawson previously left Gawker for The L.A. Times.