The free weekly paper serving Orange County and Long Beach shuttered on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving

O.C. Weekly

OC Weekly, a free weekly paper serving communities in Orange County and Long Beach, has shuttered after 24 years in print.

In an announcement on Twitter, the paper confirmed that its owner, Duncan McIntosh Company, made the decision to pull the plug. The paper’s full 19-person staff, as listed on its masthead, has effectively been laid off. (Representatives for Duncan McIntosh Company did not immediately respond TheWrap’s request for comment.)

“Adios Motherf—-ers!” OC Weekly’s tweet said. “For the last quarter century, we’ve tried to bring good stories to Orange County. It’s been fun, but now we’re done.”

The Weekly was founded in 1995 by Will Swaim. It had a circulation of 45,000 and reached more than 503,000 active readers. In 2016, it was purchased by Duncan McIntosh Company, a publisher that also owns Sea Magazine, Editor and Publisher, and Boating World.

The paper closed out its 24-year run with a final cover story on Wednesday about Dwight Manley, the sports agent and real-estate developer.

“Aaaand it’s a wrap,” Gabriel San Román, a staff writer for O.C. Weekly, tweeted on Wednesday. “I’m grateful for my time as a Weekling and appreciative of all the opportunities to tell stories other outlets wouldn’t.”

Nate Jackson contributed to this report.

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