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We’ve been talking about Yahoo ever since CEO Mayer came along but this is getting silly.
NEW YORK, NY: Marissa Mayer has knocked off “Dilbert.”
The popular comic strip about the oddities of corporate life is the latest victim of cost-cutting at Mayer’s Yahoo!
The strip, along with scores of others including “Garfield” and “Cathy,” has disappeared — and fans are angry.
“Fricking Yahoo! just cut comic strips from their service to which I looked forward to each day,” Ernie Williams noted on Facebook on Dec. 30.
Another regular, Bill Howe, posted on Facebook: “There’s no reason to visit that site anymore.”
“It’s the hottest complaint on their public forums for news. Yet no one has explained why [it is gone],” one comic artist told The Post.
“The ‘make your product worse’ strategy is one I’ve not figured out yet,” he added.
The comics appeared as part of Yahoo! News, which attracts some 43 million unique users per month.
A Yahoo! spokeswoman said: “We never had a destination. We did offer comics on Yahoo! News via a content provider that we no longer have a relationship with.”
The rep denied that the end of comic links had anything to do with other cuts at the company. The comic syndicator was UClick.
Variety first reported that Yahoo! Screen was dead.
The video hub had played host to “Community” and to the live stream of an NFL game.
Yahoo! had to announce it took a $42 million charge against the former NBC comedy.
The company is expected to deliver a fresh strategy to convince shareholders it can get back on track. But some shareholders want the core Internet company on the block as soon as possible.
Yahoo! announced a plan last month to end a planned spinoff of its Alibaba stake and instead moved to spin off its core operations, which could take up to a year.
Among the unhappy shareholders are Starboard Value, Canyon and Mason Capital.
CEO Mayer is on maternity leave, but could be back for the earnings call this month.
Yahoo! shares closed Tuesday at $32.20, up 2.6 percent.