A spokesperson from the supermarket informed The Independentthat Sitwell had stepped down from the position.
We have been informed by John Brown Media, who produce the Waitrose & Partners Food Magazine, that William Sitwell is stepping down as Editor of Waitrose & Partners Food magazine with immediate effect.
In the light of William's recent email remarks, we've told John Brown Media that we believe this is the right and proper move - we will be working with them to appoint a new editor for the magazine.
We have had a relationship with William for almost 20 years and are grateful for his contribution to our business over that time.
At the time Sitwell, who has appeared as a critic on Masterchef,did offer an apology for the email, saying:
I love and respect people of all appetites be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting.
I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this.
The story has become something of a major talking point on social media in the past few days and there is a range of opinions on the issue.
Firstly there are the people who aren't happy with Sitwell, especially as Waitrose had just launched a new vegan range.
ideally the takeaway from the waitrose thing would be more 'don't be an unprofessional arsehole bully' than 'u can'… https://t.co/7TSfzwTZJG
At the end of the day, we think that we can all agree that an editor of a magazine, that represents a major high street supermarket, shouldn't be making jokes about killing anyone to a perfect stranger.