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Larry Platt, Philadelphia Magazine Editor, Ousted After Testicular Cyst Prank

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Larry Platt, the editor of Philadelphia magazine, was ousted last week after eight years running the magazine.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Platt's contract was up in August, but that the magazine's owners told him to leave early, mostly due to Platt's wildly inappropriate remarks and actions, which it compares to those of Michael Scott on the NBC television show "The Office."

Among the more egregious moves was one the Daily News reported on in May, where Platt actually gave a framed photo of a cyst removed from his testicle to a departing editor:

Platt swears [editor Ashley] Primis was "touched" by his gesture. Primis says that "while appreciated, it hasn't quite made it to my new office just yet"...as for Platt, he's grateful to William Schwab, the Penn Presbyterian surgeon who removed the two-inch-long cyst. "Yes, it was painful, but I'm glad to be back to a regular ball again," he told us yesterday.

The Daily News now says that the gift was one of the primary reasons for Platt's dismissal. The magazine's owners announced that executive editor Tom McGrath will replace Platt temporarily.