On Tuesday afternoon, Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz was notified that her services at the company were no longer necessary. The message was delivered over the phone and the fact that she wasn't given the respect of a face to face meeting wasn't the only thing that ticked Bartz off. "I was in New York to speak at Citigroup's technology conference the next day and was told to call chairman Roy Bostock called Bartz. I called him at 6:06," she told Fortune. "When he got on the line, he started reading a lawyer's prepared statement to dismiss me. I said, 'Roy, I think that's a script. Why don't you have the balls to tell me yourself? I thought you were classier.'" While it's unclear why Bostock lacked the pair or the grace to go extempore, Bartz is pretty sure she knows why she was canned.
“These people fucked me over.” She adds, “The board was so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country. Now they’re trying to show that they’re not the doofuses that they are.”
Well consider your plot foiled, boys! If anyone thought Bartz was going to go quietly, or go period, they thought wrong. Girlfriend's not going anywhere, this much she promises you.
When asked if she's on any other public company boards besides Cisco, where she is lead independent director, she says, "I'm on Yahoo's board." She says that she plans to remain a Yahoo director—which might be unlikely since she has now called her fellow directors "doofuses."
"I want to make sure that the employees don't believe that I've abandoned them. I would never abandon them," Bartz says. Besides, she adds, "I have way too many purple clothes." She's referring to the color of Yahoo's logo. "I wish the Yahoo people the best," she adds, "because it's a fantastic franchise."