The media executive who kicked off a staff revolt at news web site Deadspin has resigned.

Paul Maidment, editorial director of Deadspin’s parent company G/O Media, announced his departure roughly a week after triggering a staff uproar that has resulted in some two dozen writers and editors walking off their jobs.

Maidment kicked off the revolt on Oct. 28, when he directed staff of Deadspin — who primarily cover sports, but who also write about culture and politics — to stick to covering sports.

He and G/O CEO Jim Spanfeller further flamed the fire by canning deputy editor Barry Petchesky for bucking their edict and re-posting stories from Deadspin’s past. That led to angry staffers throwing in the towel in protest.

Things got so heated that Deadspin’s only new hire last week quit less than an hour after he posted his first story because he was getting smacked around on Twitter by Deadspin fans for taking the job.

“I wanted to let you all know that effective immediately, I have resigned from my position as editorial director of G/O Media,” Maidment said in a memo to staffers on Tuesday. “It is the right moment for me to leave to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity,” he wrote.

No replacement was named.

“We thank Paul for his hard work and wish him nothing but the very best,” said a G/O Media spokesman. “We will be working with our EICs to expedite the search for a new editorial director.”

The clash between management and the writers at Deadspin also hurt the troubled sports site’s owner in the pocketbook as a big advertiser said they would be pulling $1 million in ads.

In addition to Deadspin, G/O Media includes The Onion, Jezebal Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other sites that were purchased by private equity firm Great Hill Partners from Univsion in April.

Maidment had worked with Spanfeller previously at Forbes. Spanfeller has drawn criticism for leaning toward hires from his past jobs, including Forbes and Playboy.

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