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Woman who quit job in YouTube video offered new position

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Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:41 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A University of Missouri graduate whose dance video announcing she was quitting her job was offered another employment opportunity during a taped appearance on a daytime TV talk show.

On her talk show Thursday, Queen Latifah offered a digital content producer position to Marina Shifrin, a suburban Chicago native who worked for the Taiwanese company Next Media Animation before quitting in a dance video that went viral after being posted to YouTube.

At first Shifrin thought Latifah was joking, but the host responded that she's the boss, and bosses can hire people.

Latifah said the two would do a quick job interview backstage, but the show ended without disclosing whether Shifrin had accepted the position.

In her video — which she recorded on company time before walking out — Shifrin danced to Kanye West's "Gone" in a 1 minute, 45 second production. She explained in captions on the video that she had spent two years sacrificing "my relationships, time and energy for this job."

Next Media Animation responded this week with a video of its own using the same song.

Titled "An Interpretative Dance From NextMedia set to Kanye West's Gone," employees are shown dancing. Text along the bottom says, "We work for an awesome company that hires based on dance skills."

The video also wishes Shifrin well and announces that the company is hiring.