Exec receives rock-star sendoff from MTV staff

On the same day Vanity Fair dubbed him the 17th most influential person in showbiz — ranked above CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves — Tom Freston exited his MTV Networks post.

And what a goodbye it was.

Freston received a rock-star sendoff from about 2,500 MTV Networks staffers Thursday afternoon. Crowd gathered at 4 p.m. in the lobby of MTVN’s New York headquarters to surprise their longtime leader.

“Everyone was incredibly emotional. There was a mob of people screaming and chanting, ‘Tom! Tom!” said one MTV staffer. “It was like the end of the best concert you’ve ever been to.”

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