LOSING CACHET: Betsy Carter is the latest high-profile editor to leave Cachet, the troubled shelter title that tries to squeeze the soul of Real Simple into Parade’s body. Carter arrived at Cachet just three months ago with her art director and deputy from her last gig — the AARP’s My Generation, which folded last summer — and her art director, Jennifer Gilman, has now left with her while her deputy Melisa Coburn remains. Prior to Carter’s arrival, Cachet underwent several unsuccessful test issues and shed blue-chip editorial consultants Susan Wyland (Real Simple) and Suzanne Slesin (HomeStyle) before finally getting off the ground as an upscale newspaper supplement this spring. Cachet president Peter Hagen could not be reached for comment. —?Greg Lindsay
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END PAGE: Joel Stein was too snarky for Time, but it seems he wasn’t snarky enough for Entertainment Weekly. Stein’s back page column will be discontinued after the magazine’s It List issue in three weeks, despite his being named one of the best columnists in the business by the Chicago Tribune. “It was the shortest reign of a best columnist ever…negative-two days. But I went out on top. Or I went out before I was on top,” Stein said in an interview. He’ll be replaced on the back page by the magazine’s 10 Stupid Questions feature, in which writers ask celebrities, you guessed it, stupid questions. One source close to the magazine said Stein can be as difficult and self-aggrandizing as his column’s persona might suggest. “Everyone there was super-nice to me, at least to my face,” responded Stein. — G. L.
REMEMBERING ART: Condé Nast’s memorial service for late GQ editor Art Cooper will take place June 18 in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The service starts at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the company has asked that contributions be made to one of Cooper’s favorite charities, The Committee to Protect Journalists, at 330 7th Ave., 12th Fl., N.Y., N.Y. 10001. —?G. L.