Ludwig Ågren backs ‘crazy’ Emmett Shear after OpenAI board hires him as CEO

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Ludwig Ahgren, a controversial internet personality, recently reacted to OpenAI hiring former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear to run the company just days after the board ousted Sam Altman.

OpenAI is an American artificial intelligence research organization consisting of a for-profit subsidiary, OpenAI Global, LLC, and a non-profit organization, OpenAI, Inc, registered in Delaware.

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Why was Emmett Shear appointed CEO of OpenAI?

On November 17, 2023, Sam Altman was abruptly removed from his position as CEO of OpenAI. In a blog post, the company said it was “no longer confident” in his ability to lead the company.

In the following days, attempts were made to bring back the co-founder, but both were unsuccessful.

As a result, Microsoft hired Altman to head its new artificial intelligence division. In response, OpenAI brought in Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Twitch, with the platform’s most famous figure not hesitant to voice his opinion.

Shear clarified his decision to take the OpenAI CEO position in a post on Twitter/X, saying he felt an “obligation to help.”

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Today I received a call asking me to consider a once in a lifetime opportunity to become Interim CEO of @OpenAI. After consulting with my family and thinking about it for just a few hours, I agreed. I recently stepped down as CEO of Twitch due to the birth of my…

— Emmett Shear (@eshear) November 20, 2023

“I took this job because I believe that OpenAI is one of the most important companies existing today. When the board shared the situation and asked me to take on the role, I did not take the decision lightly. Ultimately, I felt it was my responsibility to help if I could,” Shear said in his post.

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Ludwig reacts to OpenAI hiring Emmett Shear

On November 20, in a post on his X account (formerly known as Twitter), Ludwig made his thoughts and feelings about Emmett Shear joining OpenAI abundantly clear.

He said: “Emmett Shear is arguably the greatest interviewer of all time. How he went from losing millions on Twitch and turning users/creators against him to being the CEO of the most important AI company in the world is insane.”

Emmett Shear may be the greatest interviewer of all time

how he went from losing millions on Twitch and turning users/creators against him to being the CEO of the most important AI company in the world is insane

— Ludwig (@LudwigAhgren) November 20, 2023

Last year, with the rise in popularity of streaming services like Kick and YouTube, more loyal Twitch streamers were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the platform as they now had alternative options to consider.

Ludwig left Twitch for YouTube Gaming before Shire’s departure from the Amazon-owned company in March 2023. The move was prompted by his desire to spend time with his then newborn son.

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