In an email our tipster, who worked out of Access Hollywood's LA office and was one of those unfortunately laid off, said this:
"It was a bloodbath and came out of nowhere! They laid off a ton of people."
UPDATE: A source close to the show contacted Gawker after this post went up to inform us that the "bloodbath" consisted of seven Los Angeles-based Access Hollywood staffers that were laid off today.
We also received this statement from an NBC Universal spokesperson:
"We continue to think strategically about how we can conduct our business in this changing economy."
Flackery at its finest ladies and gentleman.