A Fond and Loving Farewell to Joanna Robinson On Her Last Day at Pajiba
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A Fond and Loving Farewell to Joanna Robinson On Her Last Day at Pajiba

By The Pajiba Staff | Celebrities Are Better than You | January 31, 2014 | Comments ()


We first knew Joanna Robinson seven or eight years ago as a charming, witty commenter who briefly went by the name of redbeaniegirl in our old comments section. In the summer of 2010, Seth and I finally met her at bar in Los Angeles, and by that December, she’d come aboard to write the occasional trade news piece . There was something so immediately fun, engaging, and colorful about the way that she wrote trade news that within two weeks, she’d taken over Pajiba Love, and within a very short period, she had become a huge part of the site’s voice.

Joanna (and Courtney, who came along around the same period) demonstrated how much fun it could be to cover pop culture, and during Joanna’s tenure, the entire tone of the site shifted, from the kind of aggressive, hostile bitchery that characterized much of our early run to the spirit of “mock and droll” that pervades the site now (the tagline, in fact, was adapted from one of Joanna’s many, many clever puns over the years, “We Built this City on Mock and Droll.”)

Today is Joanna’s last day with Pajiba. She has taken a job with Vanity Fair, which she will begin on Monday, and no one is happier, and prouder, and more excited about this than we are. Vanity f**king Fair, people! That’s why we’re categorizing this post under the “Celebrity” category. But the truth is, I’ve been anticipating (and dreading) this inevitability since the day she was hired, and while we are heartbroken to lose her, we also feel a kind of proud euphoria. Our clever girl has been called to the majors.

She’s been such a huge part of this site for the last three years, not just in terms of her writing, but the way Joanna has become such a huge, happy part of this community, both on the site, on Facebook, and in real life. She lives 3,000 miles away, but on most days, it feels like she’s sitting across from me while we put the site together. Personally, that’s what I’m going to miss most: Joanna’s everyday presence, the kind of camaraderie and rapport we’ve built over the years as we walked every day into a kind of frivolous battle we loved.

In a lot of ways, it feels like Jo is leaving home, and we can’t wait to see her go out and kick the Internet’s doors down. There will always be a home for her here, though. On this little corner of the Internet, a place she made better, a site with a silly little name she helped to build.

We’re going to miss the hell out of her. But, before she goes, we’re going to pass the old going-away card around the office, and let everyone sign it. — DR


Ugh. You guys, Joanna Robinson? The worst. The absolute worst. Yeah, so she loves the things I love, and she’s given me some of the best book recommendations ever. Yeah, yeah, we share an undying love for the greatest movie in the history of mankind. And OK, fine, she pretty much introduced me to “Orphan Black,” one of my favorite new TV shows. And yes, yes, she once helped me cover ‘Game Of Thrones’ when my son was born, and did a better job of it than I ever could. And WHATEVER, so WHAT if she made the site roughly 76% more awesome when she got here. WHO CARES. See what I mean? She’s the worst. And now she’s leaving. I know all of you poor, stupid, misguided lackwits will miss her, because sure, she’s funny and intelligent and clever and all of that, if that’s your thing. NOT ME. (sniff) Never me. (sniff). Goddamnit, Jo.

Never forget, Robinson. Never forget our commitment to diaper power. You hear me?

Sarah Carlson

Dearest Joanna,

You beautiful tropical fish. Your new gig is so well-deserved, but I will miss you terribly around these parts. I mean, who else can so eloquently help me describe the once-hot James Spader as now resembling everyone’s lesbian aunt? Or risk being called a “kookaburra Cat Lady” by admitting we love ourselves some cravat-wearing Brits? You helped me get the word out to the gals about Game of Thrones being totes watchable, and — ugh — we really told it to that b*tch, Skyler White. We’ve had some great moments throughout the years, and now it’s time to watch you move on to even better things. (And can you get me a discount on my Vanity Fair subscription? Thanks!) We love you. We are so proud of and inspired by you. And I’ll let the Band Aids take it from here:


See you at SXSW.

Courtney Enlow

To my sweet Joanna, my sister in blog, my other ovary who stole Christmas, I love you and wish you nothing but success, happiness and hair that is your preferred level of shininess. Thank you for being my Paji-BFF. And my face will forever scrunch in your honor. Because IT’S ALL HAPPENING.


Daniel Carlson

I didn’t meet Joanna in person until last year. Up until then, I wasn’t totally sure she was real. How could one person do all this? Keep up with all these shows, books, songs, and people? How could someone know so much? But she is, indeed, real, and she’s absolutely that good. Her new job isn’t a surprise to anybody who’s ever read her. Jo, congrats on the gig. I wish you every awesome thing in the world, and couldn’t be happier.


Agent Bedhead


Seth Freilich
At first when I heard you were leaving I was all:

And then when I was all:


But then I decided to be positive about it and write a poem:

And so now I imagine you’re all:


But lookit:


So congrats! Journey onwards to your fancy-schmancy new digs and know that I’m happy as all get-out for ya:


Jodi Clager

Joanna was instrumental in getting me this Pajiba gig. I want to thank her for her encouragement and for her belief that I could do this job. I’ve already told Joanna this, but I want to publicly embarrass her by saying again how proud I am of the person that she is and the much-deserved success she has worked so hard to achieve. Congrats on the new gig, you clevah girl!”

Genevieve Burgess

Tragically, Pajiba has never had an office where we could flirt and bring each other coffee while engaging in awkward pickup lines. Some may say this is for the best. However, this means that I now can’t present Joanna with a cup of coffee while smarming that I like my women like I like my coffee, COVERED IN GLORY! Knock ‘em dead.

Cindy Davis

fassgif.gifCongratulations, Joanna!

I’m so happy for you and all your successes — you deserve everything wonderful that’s come your way. As soon as you told me about the job, I had no doubt it would be yours! Guess it’s not enough being gorgeous, witty and funny — now you’re off to write for the best magazine out there. I hope you love everything about the new gig, and have so much fun writing for the big league. P-town will never be the same without you.

May your days fly by, may your lunch hours be filled with strange kale concoctions and answering odd messages from your former co-workers, and most importantly, may thought of Fassbender’s golf club keep the flush in your cheek.

You’ll be so very missed!



Steven Wilson

These things are so weird. The temptation is to crack a joke, because it’s way easier to go for the laugh than go for the heart. Write too sadly and the whole affair reads like an obituary. Write too nicely, and it comes across as a very strange Pajiba 10 entry. And for all I know, Joanna does look like Idris Elba, but still, awkward. We live in this weird world where one of my close friends is someone I have never met, and now I’m mourning her leaving a place that doesn’t physically exist. That matters, because my connection with her is entirely through our mutual words. In a very real sense, I only know her as a writer. And she is an exceptional one.

When I open Pajiba, I tend to buzz through the front page and open all the links in new tabs. And every time I’m reading one of hers, I know without even looking at the byline that those words are Joanna talking. She has a voice, which is something terribly rare in writers. There are a lot of perfectly brilliant writers out there, smart ones, funny ones, but their articles are almost interchangeable with each others’. Joanna’s aren’t swappable with anyone else’s. She writes in color where they write in beige. Jo, you should know before you go, you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic.


Farewell, Joanna Robinson.



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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • gdobbs

    I'm days late to the goodbye party, but as a long time reader and only short time commenter, best of luck and I'll miss your voice.

  • denesteak

    Ah! Congratulations on the new gig and I'm sad you're leaving but I'm happy you were here. Thank you!

  • Jezzer

    I'll miss you, JoRo. :(

    "Joanna (and Courtney, who came along around the same period) demonstrated how much funit could be to cover pop culture, and during Joanna’s tenure, the entire tone of the site shifted, from the kind of aggressive, hostile bitchery that characterized much of our early run to the spirit of “mock and droll” that pervades the site now..."

    Does this mean we can go back to aggressive, hostile bitchery?

  • Kip Hackman

    Well, it would appear that I'm a day late to this wonderful, heartbreaking news. Congratulations on the new job and know that no one deserves it more. You're the Troy Barnes of this site and by God we'll miss you just as much.

  • Abby Cadabby

    We Built This City on Mock and Droll is way better than the current tag line. How about a direct adapt in remembrance?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Not to focus on totally the wrong things, but I only just now discovered how freaking adorable Courtney is and immediately wanted to pop down here to mention that. Totes adorbs.

    I already knew that about Joanna, it turns out. It shall be missed. Also the writing, which also? Adorbs. Which is a good thing, because I don't talk like a fourteen year-old Valley girl for just anybody.

    Really. I don't. Like, ever, okay? Gosh.

  • Miss Jane

    Once I followed a random link to Pajiba to read about Tom Hiddleston and because of you and others I (mostly) stayed. The future looks so bright for you and I'm so proud for you. Since I know you'll be back to hang out occasionally, I'll just say good luck and bye...for now.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, crap. This was starting out as a good week. Congrats, Joanna!

  • Uriah_Creep

    This is all I could think of:

  • Uriah_Creep

    But it didn't work.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Good for you! It was a lot of fun reading your work here and I have no doubt you'll remain great.

  • e jerry powell

    Mmmm, Marc Singer's thighs...

    I shall eat dinner at Threadgill's tonight in Joanna's honor.

    (Significant because I hate going to downtown Austin, that's why.)

  • Kris

    Count me among those who will now start Vanity Fair stalking you. Best of luck.

  • Guest

    Au revoir, Joanna et félicitations! Enjoy the new gig.


  • Yocean

    Such lovely mind and voice. I will miss hearing your insights and laughter on your articles and Station Agents. Much love and Good Hunting at Vanity Fair!!

  • emmelemm


  • Jamie

    you spoke the truth yo

  • This post is why this is just about my favorite site on the web. You guys seem like a family. A beautiful, sarcastic, hilarious, clever, surprisingly reasonable (or at least self aware), hilarious (again?), real-life family.

    Joanna, good luck! I went back and retrospectively realized how many of your posts I thoroughly enjoyed over the last year+. I hope VF treats you as well.

    You guys are the best. Keep it up.

  • Snath

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.

    But imagine that as the Carrie Underwood version of The Sound of Music. Because your going away is bittersweet, just like that crappy movie.

    Good luck in your new success! See you 'round Facebook way.

  • What, she can't just cross-post and carry on? Well, Dustin, have you identified who you're going to poach from VF then?

  • kildarepaul

    Well deserved Joanna!

  • bastich

    It's been a blast, Joanna! Good luck at the new gig!

  • loo shag brolley

    Vanity Fair you say? Well, I'm sad you're leaving, but really this is fabulous. COMMENCE KITTAY PARTAY


  • JenVegas

    WHAT THE F'ING F???? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    I'm sad, but happy. I'm sad but also very excited for you to have this opportunity but sad and why you gonna make me read VANITY FAIR to get my JoRo dose??? They better not have a damn pay wall. Sigh. Good luck, you're FANTASTIC! Don't let no one tell ya different.

  • dizzylucy

    Congrats and best wishes at VF! I've always enjoyed your writing, especially about Justified.

  • CptCrckpot

    So long, and thanks for all the fish

  • stardust

    JO! I am so so so happy for you! But I'm sad to see one of my favorite writers leave my favorite site. I guess Vanity Fair will be gaining a new reader.

  • stardust

    Also, Courtney? Your eyebrows are divine in close-up.

  • mswas

    I can't possibly write something as eloquent as those above or below have so I'll simply wish you all the best and many bookish things in your future.

  • vic

    Aw, do you have to? Lame. But seriously, congratulations Joanna. That sounds like an awesome gig, and you'll be badass at it. I'm gonna miss your sparky, hilarious posts here. Does this also mean no more Station Agents?

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Say goodbye to Joanna? JE REFUSE. I live in Vancouver, I have to get my sunshine from somewhere.

  • Sean

    Cue Badfinger's "Baby Blue" -best song for saying goodbye

  • LaineyBobainey

    Because of Pajiba I got to know you and I got to love you and like you. Now that you're as famous as Bey, everyone in the ENTIRE world will get to know you and love you and like you, too. They don't even know how lucky they are.

    3/4 4EVA!

    Good luck, have fun, and your voice will be missed here. (But TK is still here and you guys do have extremely similar writing styles, so that's good)

  • Sean

    Joanna is one of my favorite writers on the internet and damn does she make some great TV podcasts. She will be missed--on Pajiba, that is! Vanity Fair is quite an achievement. I wish her the best, she is just terrific!

  • So long, Joanna. Can't wait to tear you apart at Vanity Fair.


  • Jiji

    Once upon a time there was this delightful woman named Joanna who provided guest commentary on /Filmcast. Over but a few episodes, she quickly became my favourite entertainment voice due to her colourful insights. Regardless of my personal interest in a movie, I always checked out Joanna's episodes. Next I had the pleasure of listening to her on A Cast of Kings which was amazing as a fellow fan and book lover. While on both podcasts, Joanna kept mentioning this website I had never heard of, Pajiba, and eventually my need for more of her awesome lead me here. I have been a daily Pajiba addict for over a year and while I have never posted before, I have fallen in love with this little corner of the internet and all of you wonderful people who populate it. I am grateful for Joanna leading me here, and excited for all the marvelous things for her that have yet to come. Cheers Joanna!

  • Dammit! Joanna, you're leaving!? Pajiba will live on, just a little diminished by your absence. You've definitely been one of the reasons I read the site every day.

    Congrats on the amazing new gig. VF are lucky to have you. And now, I can read VF *and* Pajiba.

  • Fabius_Maximus


    Vanity Fair, eh? Not bad. Not bad at all.

    Good luck, Joanna, and drop by once in a while.

  • Ian Fay

    You will be missed.

  • PDamian

    Oh, YAY! I actually read Vanity Fair from time to time! I won't have to miss you at all!

    (Just kidding. I'll miss you something fierce. Guess I'll have to step up my VF skimming when I'm in the supermarket.)

  • rio

    Just go!

  • Tatertot

    Congratulations and good luck! "Vanity Fair" is lucky to get you

  • sweetfrancaise

    It's SO dusty in here. As happy as I am for you to move to Vanity Fair (I MEAN HOLY SHIT THAT IS SO AMAZING), I'm disappointed to lose your cheery wit every week. Good luck! Send postcards!

  • So Proud of You Jo Ro. You Go kick some Vanity Fair ass

  • Congratulations, but are you going to continue with A Cast of Kings? I hope so. I would be sad if that didn't happen.

  • golda_criddle

    Congrats Joanna! UC Davis pride :)

  • Pat

    I'll be lurking in your posts in Vanity Fair also. Congrats, Joanna!

  • Target_Blonde

    Best, more best and yet more best of luck to you Joanna! Show Vanity Fair how we get things done 'round here!!

  • Jelinas

    SO MUCH T______________T


  • blacksred

    good luck! Guess I will start reading vanity fair

  • Well, hell, woman. I will miss your voice and your presence and your humor, but those will all serve you well at VF. They were lucky to get you. We were lucky to have you for a while. Come back and mock with us from time to time.

  • Setting: A stormy afternoon. Joanna Robinson arrives at Vanity Fair headquarters in a luxurious motor coach carrying all the kale she can possibly consume. Hundreds of angry Pajiba commenters stand outside, furious that their longtime writer defected to another outlet. One person holds a cardboard cutout of Raylan Givens, his Setson pulled low over the eyes to indicate shame. To the right, a group of Canadian commenters' futile attempts to be impolite fail miserably.

    Signs are everywhere. "I THOUGHT VANITY FAIR WAS A FASHION MAGAZINE?" says one. "WHO WILL NOT POST FUNNY CAT PICS NOW??!" reads another.

    Robinson surveys the scene with a wry grin before grabbing headphones from her free-range hemp knapsack and placing them gently over her ears.

    Audio: "Chapter one: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish..."

    Tagline: Hear What You Want

    Beats by J

    /you can tell everybody
    /you can tell everybody
    /you can tell everybody
    /she's the wo, she's the wo, she's the woman


  • Marc

    Congratulations on the new gig, Joanna. The site won't quite be the same.

  • Ted Zancha

    Goodbye Joanna,

    Thank you for your wonderful, thoughtful, and hilarious bits on pop culture.

    Steven nailed it. This is so sad. I have never met you but this is all very sad. I open this site everyday and enjoying reading your words. You will be missed.

    Good luck out there.

  • BobbFrapples

    I wish you all the best! :D

  • Gigi Agius

    Congrats J-Rob!! Very happy for you, but I'm really really going to miss your PAJIBA LOVEs.

  • Siege

    You're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool...

  • Siege

    Someday, I will learn to add gifs properly...

  • ljridley

    We will all miss you here. May your lions be ever moistand Godtopus speed to you!

  • jennp421

    I've always enjoyed reading your articles, and love your enthusiasm. Basically, every time I read something you write, I wish I could write like that on a daily basis, and stay on top of all the books and shows and everything like you seem to do. Basically, you're the online personality I most would want to be or trade places with in a non SWF, non stalkery way. Or maybe it's less creepy to just say, you were the contributor I would most want to meet but would be afraid to meet because I'd turn into Troy with LeVar Burton.

  • Modernlove

    Good luck Joanna! Vanity Fair is luck to have you.

  • DarthCorleone

    Going to miss you, Joanna! You've made Pajiba absolutely fantastic over the last three years. Best of luck, and I'll be looking out for much continued success that I know you'll achieve!

  • Mentalcase

    Eons ago, when I was still a Pajiba newbie, I decided to email Joanna to ask about a book she'd recently written about. A day or two later she wrote me a thoughtful, witty (of course) response and I just thought..."that is so cool".

    That's when this became MY site. I tell everyone about it and always include that story. Anyway, ditto to all of this...best of luck JoRo!

  • blasterion

    Congratulations and good luck, Joanna! You were my favorite writer here. You'll be missed!

  • emilya

    so now that i've stopped crying from reading these beautiful tributes to JoRo and the majorly tear inducing gifs of ann and leslie, i can finally say congrats joanna. i have loved your work on this site and always look forward to your justified recaps among your many other amazing posts. you are a fan-fucking-tasic writer and pun-tastic to boot, and your posts have helped remedy many a shitty work day.

    best of luck at VF, they are gaining a reader by hiring you- although judging from these posts they are gaining a ton of new readers. come back and visit us in online pawnee anytime!

  • Addy

    Aww...Congrats and good luck on the new job. You truly will be missed.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Farewell, Joanna!
    Thank you for everything you have done here, and I wish you nothing but success and happiness in the next chapter of your life!

  • Nimue

    Aw, yaY JoRo! At least we'll always have the interwebs! I'll be sure to send you a nice bouquet of kale. I will very much miss your amazing words here on this site!

  • Sammers

    I am at a loss for words... You will be missed around here.

    Congratulations, Joanna! I wish you all the best.

  • FrayedMachine

    I never know what to say to these things, I always feel like I sound terribly cliche but uh
    congrats! And keep kicking ass!

  • Jason Lane

    why do i think this is the female version of how to lose friend and alienate people... jo might be a cuter version of simon pegg ( a real compliment in every way) vanity fair has just gotten that much better.. can't wait to read you monthly but will miss the friendly funny voice day to day. Our small world just got a little darker, but the world just got the light is so dearly needs.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    JoRo, please come back and visit often!

  • Skyler Durden

    Aw. Best of luck to my fellow UCD alum!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I am half agony, ALL hope for the best for you.


  • HasenKlub

    This basic sentiment has been said a few times already, but I have only recently begun to peek my head out from gathering the anonymous lurkers after at least a couple of years.

    Joanna, I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed not only your writing, but also your banter in the comments. It saddens me to know that my stubborn refusal to come out and play has cost me that interaction.

    Congrats on the new adventure! Knock 'em dead!

  • ShinyHappyPeopleLaughing

    Agreed. I just recently stepped out into the light as well. I held my comments as long as I could, but Joanna's always excellent Justified recaps pushed me over the edge. Well done, Joanna.

  • Scully

    Love you, girl. ♥

  • You guys are the sweetest. Even you, TK.

    It feels weird to say I'm sad, because I'll definitely be following you at VFair, JoRo, but I'm going to miss seeing your byline here. Knock 'em dead!!

  • linnyloo

    Awww. This was awesome. Sometimes I describe Pajiba to people as this special little corner of the internet where people write in complete sentences and it's sort of like a really good local bar where you know a lot of people in the room and the bartenders actually talk to you and there are funny people cracking jokes in the corner. Anyways. You're awesome, and congrats on the Vanity Fair gig, which is amazing, and I hope you stop by the Pajibar every now and then for a cold one.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    This is stated simply perfectly. So I'll just say "ditto".

  • Ofir Fishkin

    Good luck Joanna, have a puppy and a kitty:

  • From the moment you started writing for Pajiba, I was like, 'this girl, gets it!' You'll be sorely missed, but at least we can find your musings elsewhere. And on such a swanky site!

    I'll be at SXSW, maybe we can partake in some free beer together. I hope to be livin' it up like this guy all over town.


  • The Kitastrophe


  • lowercase_ryan

    listen to her WONDERFUL HollER Back podcast available on iTunes.

    Seriously, it's fantastic.

  • Bodhi

    Its GREAT!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Our little baby is all growns up. you're all growns up, Joanna.

    Is this a big enough production for ya?

    Oh, I'm the asshole. I don't even like this place. I'm not even coming around here again.


  • Benderman

    I got chills reading some of your colleagues responses Joanna. You will be heavily missed.

  • I am simultaneously so happy and so sad.

    No, mostly happy and a little sad.

    Congratulations, truly.

  • el_mediocre

    Congratulations and good luck on your journeys, Joanna!

  • ZizoAH

    Oh no! I mean, good luck, but, Boohoo! Vanity Fucking Fair! Wow!

    I specially love how fun she is in the Station Agents. We're gonna miss you.

  • JJ

    You'll be missed, Courtney!

  • JoannaRobinson


  • lowercase_ryan

    Joanna, thanks for everything. You're a truly special person and you deserve everything good that comes your way.

    Welcome to the bigs, you can now let that fungus grow back on your shower shoes.

  • Sara Habein

    You'll be missed around these parts! But at least we know VF will realize even extra more so that they made an excellent choice because you bring with you a bunch of new readers who will always want to read what you have to write. Go forth and conquer!

  • asherlev1

    So. As much as I love to immerse myself in pop culture, to become one with the stream of consciousness that is the interwebs....there aren't many writers I religiously follow. There is you and there is Alan Sepinwall from Hitfix. I am inspired by the way you advocate for female representation and I fell in love with you after hearing you tirelessly wage war against the gratuitous nudity on Game of Thrones. And yes, you were the reason I discovered Pajiba, which I now check AT LEAST once a day. It won't be the same without you....and on a deeply personal level, I can honestly say you continue to be a fantastic role model. / AHH I JUST BLATHERED AND WORD VOMITED, BUT I HAVE WRITTEN IT DOWN AND SO IT SHALL BE.

  • asherlev1

    OH, AND GOOD LUCK! I forgot to wish you well! D'oh.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Here's to Joanna, she's got class! She's a real h...ell of a writer!

    You'll be sincerely missed 'round these parts, my dear. Come visit us plebian Pajibans sometime, won't you?

  • foolsage

    You're a wonderful writer, and you deserve to prosper. Well done, Joanna. Well done indeed. You'll be missed here.

  • Green Lantern

    I hate "end of an era" things, but I too wanna climb on the "proud of Jo Ro" train with everyone else. Being consistently well written and witty isn't easy, and lord knows the wilds of Facespace are no picnic either.

    See you on the interwebz, Jo! Come back and comment from time to time, willya?

  • Yih L

    This makes me so awfully sad that I had to post my first comment ever on Pajiba. She was my only Internet non-celebrity crush. Now, who am I left with? Sigh.

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