AIG CEO Edward Liddy Demands Apology from Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer decides to raise the ante on his theatrics by insulting all AIG employees. Outrages, the new AIG CEO Ed Liddy demands an apology. Tune in for more as the world turns...

The market was up 400 points today and with that came word of a brewing soap opera in the financial world.  Last week Jim Cramer, the combustible, saliva spewing host of CNBC's Mad Money insulted AIG employees and suggested that the general public should harrass them at grocery stores and other public places because of the collapse of the company. 

Now, I can see insulting the executives, but slamming an entire company with tens of thousands of employees for the mistakes of a few highly compensated executives few seems pretty immature.  Mosst of AIG's businesses were profitable and well run and the company was brought down by one small group.  AIG's new CEO shot right back and below is the letter he sent to Cramer demanding an apology.  The Wall Street Journal's Deal Journal got a copy of the letter, undoubtedly leaked by someone at AIG.

Edward M. Liddy
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

October 20, 2008

Mr. Jim Cramer
Mad Money
[Address redacted]

Dear Mr. Cramer,

I was deeply disappointed last Thursday when you urged your viewers to harass AIG employees, saying:

“We should hound them in the supermarket, we should hound them in the ball park, we should hound them everywhere they are. We should make fun of them and we should point fingers at them and we should tell them that you have no shame.”

Those comments are outrageous. I demand they be retracted and that you apologize to AIG’s employees. It is one thing to criticize the executive leadership of AIG - that’s fair commentary. But it is way out of bounds to incite people to confront and harass other AIG employees - hard-working, dedicated people who are running good businesses and are committed to our success. The employees of AIG did not cause this mess, but they are paying for it - in diminished 401K savings and in some job losses as we sell companies to repay the Federal loan. The irony is that AIG employees did not cause the problem, but they will solve it. For that they deserve our praise and our gratitude.

I await your prompt response.


Edward M. Liddy


Sam Cass
Sam Cass: Sam Cass, MBA, JD, University of Texas at Austin. Always a fan of Leonardo Da Vinci.

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  • Wes

    October 21, 2008

    Cramer is a turd. If his advice was so good he would have told people to get out of the market before it crashed, not after. These analysts are all the same. He shouldn't be scolding anyone.

  • Xtrapolis

    October 21, 2008

    AIG has tens of thousands of employees. It's ludicrous that Cramer would blame all of them. Most had no say in the decisions that brought the insurer down. He should apologize.

  • Anonymous

    October 21, 2008

    It is shocking that Cramer, a person with influence, would be so irresponsible with his comments. He should be ashamed of himself.

  • kamos

    October 22, 2008

    A person with such influence should not be making such irresponsible comments. He should be ashamed of himself.

  • fitzgirl

    October 22, 2008

    I am an AIG employee and just an average hard working person trying to make ends meet. How embarassing for Jim Cramer to have made such ridiculous comments in regards to average people. I get up and go to work everyday to earn a living for my family. That is my responsibility in all of this.

  • Nailin Paylin

    October 22, 2008

    AIG continues to milk the taxpayers cow, just let it die and let the vultures pick the bones!

  • tightwad

    October 22, 2008

    Cramer is the Jerry Springer of investment, except Springer probably is more investor savy. Only fools take anything serious Cramer says.

  • thedorightman

    October 22, 2008

    This is almost good enough to make me buy back my T.V....almost.

  • lw

    March 30, 2011

    Mr Liddy did not think of the people when he drove the car that threw six thousand plus career Agents under the bus in 1999.

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