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The deal to bring Sam Altman back to OpenAI has fallen apart

Illustration: The Verge

After a weekend of negotiations following the firing of Sam Altman from his position as OpenAI’s CEO, the company’s nonprofit board has named a new CEO: former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will take over as interim OpenAI CEO from Mira Murati, who was publicly aligned with Altman. The news was first reported by The Information.

This appears to close the door on Altman’s exit after he was fired Friday when the board said he had not been “consistently candid in his communications.” As we reported Saturday, the board quickly began discussing the CEO’s return under pressure from investors and the threat of a mass employee walkout.

On Saturday night, sources told The Verge the remaining board members had missed a 5PM PT deadline to resign and…

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