This isn't exactly a scoop (I'm gourmet guy, he who found out about Ruth Reichl's departure before ANYone, and told it here first; I guess I'm the bearer of food critic tidings), but the TIMES this morning announced that Gael Greene is not going to review restaurants any longer, but will write longer features about food and restaurants (like the current back-and-forth piece about Alain Ducasse that left a bad taste in most mouths).
Adam Platt (food and travel writer for ELLE and Condé Nast Traveler magazines) will step in and continue the alternating policy with Hal Rubenstein.
Personally, I thought Greene was getting a little loopy. I could seldom follow her palate. It's wildly inconsistent--I would never know what to cook for her. Crab cakes (her alleged obsession that she's gotten tired of, but if the right one came along, etc.) or tuna tartare ("such a cliché, but wonderful if it's done right," etc.).
For what it's worth, she's leaving because she'd tired of eating out eight nights a week (poor thing), and she wants to cook at home and go to her friends' dinner parties and "find a loft."