September 8, 2011 / 6:45 PM / 8 years ago

Ousted CEO Carol Bartz: Yahoo 'F---ed Me Over'

No need to wonder what Carol Bartz thinks about her former bosses at Yahoo.

Bartz, who was canned from her CEO position with the internet company Tuesday, rang up Fortune Wednesday to vent about her overlords, letting the company's board have it with both barrels.

Also read: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: "I've Been Fired Over the Phone"

"These people f—-ed me over," Bartz seethed.

The former exec held particular rancor for Yahoo's chairman of the board, Ray Bostock, who indecorously fired her over the phone.

Also read: After CEO Carol Bartz' Ouster, What's Next for Yahoo?

Recalling the moment the ax fell, Bartz told Fortune that she was in New York to address Citigroup's technology conference, and put in a scheduled to call to Bostock shortly after 6 in the evening. According to Bartz, Bostock began rattling off a prepared statement informing her of her termination.

"I said, 'Roy, I think that's a script. Why don't you have the balls to tell me yourself?'" Bartz recalls telling Bostock.

After Bostock finished rattling off his rote canning, Bartz says she told him, "I thought you were classier."

The rest of Yahoo's board doesn't get off easy in the interview, either. According to Bartz, the board grew frustrated with the limited growth from Yahoo's Bartz-brokered search partnership with Microsoft — but their real frustration stemmed from the flak they caught when they passed on a big-bucks offer from Microsoft to buy Yahoo in 2007.

"The board was so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country," Bartz opined. "Now they're trying to show that they're not the doofuses that they are."

Guess she won't be listing Yahoo as a reference on her resume.

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