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Could you just die?

Taylor Jacobson, the blond, sometimes-combative assistant to the eponymous celeb-stylist of Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project, has parted ways with her employer of four years. "Taylor Jacobson is no longer with Rachel Zoe, Inc," a rep for Zoe confirms to

Pourquoi? A source close to the situation asserts that she was fired.

Another source adds cheerfully: "It was time to move on. She's going to pursue independent styling."

Indeed, Jacobson announced the news this morning in an email to friends, saying she was "saddened and exhilarated," and had "decided" to "go off and style on my own."

Currently on hiatus, the reality show has not yet been picked up for a third season.

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Famous for her rift with former client and pal Nicole Richie, Zoe's celebrity clients have included Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes and Anne Hathaway.