Carol Bartz may have burned her bridges with Yahoo's board of directors.
These people f---ed me over, Bartz told Fortune magazine Thursday about her removal from the CEO position at Yahoo.
According to Bartz, Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock asked her to call him at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. When she did call, Bostock began reading from a prepared statement drafted by an attorney.
I said, 'Roy, I think that's a script, she told the magazine, adding, Why don't you have the balls to tell me yourself.
Then, after the Bostock was finished speaking, Bartz said, I thought you were classier.
Bartz then tells Fortune she was given two hours to decide whether she would resign or have the board fire hire. After consulting her family and her assistant, she pulled out her iPad to send employees her email:
I am very sad to tell you that I've been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with you all and I wish you only the best going forward.
A former CEO of Autodesk, Bartz was asked to lead the company in 2009 to turn around the company's fortunes. Despite slashing costs and laying off workers, the site continued to lag behind rivals such as Google in advertising revenue.
Technically, Bartz is still on Yahoo's board and says she would like to continue serving. However, during the interview, she lashed out at the directors.
The board was so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country, Bartz tells Fortune. Now they're trying to show that they're not the doofuses that they are.
Bartz has been known to use harsh language before. Last year, she got into a verbal confrontation with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington during an interview. In a video that went viral, Bartz tells Arrington to f--- off after Arrington criticizes Yahoo's business model.
Of course, Bartz didn't speak ill of everyone. She called her interim successor, Tim Morse a great guy.