Liz Smith published her final column in the New York Post Thursday, headlined "I'll Miss You, NYC!" The column began with an announcement that she would miss being in the paper and ended with the following farewell:
HAIL AND FAREWELL! This column marks my last for the New York Post, where I've been writing for 14 years. I am sorry to go. But I've lived long enough to know the closing of one door means the opening of another....
Tomorrow marks the first time in 33 years that the Liz Smith column will not appear in a New York City newspaper. But it's exhilarating to be fired at age 86. So, thanks for all your support and enthusiasm over the years and much love to each of you.
Smith was more free-wheeling in an interview with fellow fired gossip columnist Lloyd Grove, who was dismissed from the New York Daily News in 2006. In the interview, published in The Daily Beast, Smith tells Grove that she doesn't consider the New York Post a real New York City paper, that she's only laid eyes on editor Col Allan three times (he fired her by letter), and that she reads Page Six "mystified every day."
Smith also told Grove she longs for the days of Old Hollywood gossip:
A real gossip story is Lana Turner's daughter killing Johnny Stompanato. It had all kinds of tragic ramifications--celebrity, sex, a little girl involved and so forth. I mean, who cares if somebody you've never heard of is sniffing cocaine in a bathroom down in Soho? That's the level of gossip today