Sam Altman Fired And Reinstated As the C.E.O of OpenAI ChatGPT: Here is why? A Timeline of Conflict and Chaos

Sam Altman [ C•E•O ChatGPT] has reclaimed the role of OpenAI’s CEO after a week of uncertainty and chaos. The shifts include his removal as CEO, subsequent involvement with Microsoft, and the establishment of a new AI division.

This article provides a detailed account of events, encompassing key individuals and their insights from the past week to the present. Now, let’s dive into the timeline of these developments.

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The Fall and Rise of Sam Altman

NOTE: This timelines are indicate in East Uk Time Zone. Which is 3 hrs behind E.A.T and 10 hours behind Indian times.
  • 1:58 AM · Nov 18, 2023

The unfolding events commenced with OpenAI’s official blog announcement, revealing Sam Altman’s dismissal and the appointment of Mira Murati, OpenAI CTO, as the interim CEO. The decision to remove Altman was supported by board members Adam D’Angelo (Quora CEO), Helen Toner (CSET AI Policy Research), Tasha McCauley (GeoSim CEO), and Ilya Sutskever (OpenAI Chief Scientist).

The board collectively said, “[Sam] was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities. The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.“

OPENAI’S BOAD

Additionally, the OpenAI board retained OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman within the company but removed him from the position of chairman of the board.

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  • 3:16 AM · Nov 18, 2023

Approximately an hour later, Sam Altman posted on X (formerly Twitter), bidding farewell to OpenAI, triggering a significant uproar. Altman provided limited details on the circumstances leading to his dismissal.

I LOVED MY TIME AT OPENAI. IT WAS TRANSFORMATIVE FOR ME PERSONALLY, AND HOPEFULLY THE WORLD A LITTLE BIT. MOST OF ALL I LOVED WORKING WITH SUCH TALENTED PEOPLE.

WILL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT LATER.

🫡— SAM ALTMAN (@SAMA) 
NOVEMBER 17, 2023

Sam almatan via X.

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  • 5:39 AM · Nov 18, 2023

Several hours later, Greg Brockman expressed his thoughts on the OpenAI board’s decision regarding X and declared, “I resign,” in solidarity with Altman.

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  • 10:12 AM · Nov 18, 2023

While everyone sought to comprehend the situation, Greg Brockman interjected and shared the specifics of the development through a tweet. Evidently, Ilya Sutskever, along with other board members, informed Sam of his termination from OpenAI over a Google Meet call, excluding Greg.

Immediately afterward, Sutskever informed Greg that he was being ousted from the board but would remain with the company.

SAM AND I ARE SHOCKED AND SADDENED BY WHAT THE BOARD DID TODAY.

LET US FIRST SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE WHO WE HAVE WORKED WITH AT OPENAI, OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR INVESTORS, AND ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REACHING OUT.

WE TOO ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY…— GREG BROCKMAN (@GDB) 
NOVEMBER 18, 2023

Greg Brockman Via X.

Mira Murati, the interim CEO, discovered her new role just one night before the tumultuous day. The management was apprised of Sam’s removal around the same time. As per the Bloomberg report, Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO with a 49% stake in OpenAI, and having invested billions in the start-up, was caught off guard by the board’s decision.

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  • 4:55 AM · Nov 18, 2023

Satya Nadella swiftly addressed the concerns of investors and customers by promptly turning to X (formerly Twitter) and making a post.

“We have a long-term agreement with OpenAI with full access to everything we need to deliver on our innovation agenda and an exciting product roadmap; and remain committed to our partnership, and to Mira and the team.”

AS YOU SAW AT MICROSOFT IGNITE THIS WEEK, WE’RE CONTINUING TO RAPIDLY INNOVATE FOR THIS ERA OF AI, WITH OVER 100 ANNOUNCEMENTS ACROSS THE FULL TECH STACK – FROM AI SYSTEMS, MODELS, AND TOOLS IN AZURE, TO COPILOT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE’RE COMMITTED TO DELIVERING ALL OF THIS TO OUR…— SATYA NADELLA (@SATYANADELLA) NOVEMBER 17, 2023

Satya nadella via x.

Sam Altman and Greg Brockman were not referenced in the tweet.

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  • 10:28 AM · Nov 20, 2023

During the tumultuous period, The Information disclosed that Emmet Shear, co-founder and former CEO of Twitch, has assumed the role of interim CEO at OpenAI, replacing Mira Murati. Shear announced this development on his X account, expressing acceptance of the offer and outlining intentions to overhaul the organization’s management and leadership.

TODAY I GOT A CALL INVITING ME TO CONSIDER A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY: TO BECOME THE INTERIM CEO OF @OPENAI. AFTER CONSULTING WITH MY FAMILY AND REFLECTING ON IT FOR JUST A FEW HOURS, I ACCEPTED. I HAD RECENTLY RESIGNED FROM MY ROLE AS CEO OF TWITCH DUE TO THE BIRTH OF MY…— EMMETT SHEAR (@ESHEAR) NOVEMBER 20, 2023

Emmet shear via x.

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  • 1:23 PM · Nov 20, 2023

Several hours later, Satya Nadella unexpectedly revealed on X that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with their colleagues, would be joining Microsoft to spearhead a new advanced AI research team, expressing great enthusiasm.

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH OPENAI AND HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR PRODUCT ROADMAP, OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO INNOVATE WITH EVERYTHING WE ANNOUNCED AT MICROSOFT IGNITE, AND IN CONTINUING TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW EMMETT…— SATYA NADELLA (@SATYANADELLA) NOVEMBER 20, 2023

satya nadella via x.

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Satya received praise from everyone, including industry veterans, for appointing Sam and Greg to lead a new AI division at Microsoft.

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