A spokesperson for AOL, which owns TechCrunch, declined to comment on the status of individual employees, but he confirmed another aspect of the Politico report, that the 770 Live From AOL program (not the broader live video platform, which Richardson was presumably leading) has been put on hold: “We have decided to pause on launching 770 Live From AOL to ensure we are building a platform that will deliver across the board for consumers, partners and for AOL.”
Richardson was previously co-founder and CEO at Waywire, the social video initiative co-founded by then-Newark Mayor (now Senator) Cory Booker and Sarah Ross. He stepped down from that role in August and the company was acquired by Magnify shortly after.
I emailed Richardson but he did not immediately respond. Even though it seems like he has left, his LinkedIn profile still lists him as president of Live from AOL.