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OpenAI wants Altman back after firing him last week

Only a weekend after he was fired by the AI giant, OpenAI wants its co-founder and former chief executive Sam Altman back behind the helm.

user icon Daniel Croft
Mon, 20 Nov 2023
OpenAI wants Altman back after firing him last week
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Altman was dismissed by the OpenAI board, saying that he failed to communicate fully with the board.

“The board of directors of OpenAI, Inc., the 501(c)(3) that acts as the overall governing body for all OpenAI activities, today announced that Sam Altman will depart as CEO and leave the board of directors,” it said in an announcement on 17 November.

“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.


“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”

Following his dismissal, Altman took to X (formerly Twitter), expressing the way the company changed the world, as well as him.

The OpenAI board also said that OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman would no longer be in the position of chairman of the board but would remain an employee of OpenAI. Following this news, Brockman announced his resignation.

Altman and Brockman have reportedly been speaking to colleagues about starting another company.

However, in a rapid turn of events, reports are suggesting that the board is currently in talks with Altman to return to his position as CEO, suggesting that the announcement has caused chaos within the company.

Just a day after the company announced the firing, a source close to Altman, as cited by The Verge, said the board agreed to allow both Altman and Brockman to return to their previous roles and that the board themselves would resign. However, the set deadline for their resignation passed without them leaving the company.

It is believed that those staff set to resign would follow Altman and Brockman if they decided to launch another company.

Following this, OpenAI’s chief strategy officer Jason Kwon told staff that the company was “optimistic” that it could get Altman and Brockman, alongside other key employees, back.

Further hinting at Altman’s return is a cheeky post to X. Altman posted a photo of him wearing an OpenAI guest pass, with the caption “first and last time i ever wear one of these”, alluding to the fact that it’s the first and last time he will be a guest for OpenAI.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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