Update 2/9 Paul Newell pointed me to the updated version of the CBR report. Andy Khouri, who wrote the original report, wrote this:
"Actually, DiDio did not say "shove." That was a misquote on my part, and was been corrected in the article. The accurate quote is as follows (emphasis mine)
We finished and cancelled and put the book out the door.
I don't know if that change makes all that much difference to you, but there it is for accuracy's sake. This is a consequence of the live-reporting process, whereby we transcribe and publish as fast as we can every few minutes during the panel discussion. 99% of the time, the information is accurately conveyed -- if not exactly word for word -- but in this case it seems the substance of DiDio's remark may have been improperly conveyed, so for that I apologize to all.
Thanks for reading."
Dan DiDio, November 2008, via Newsarama:
Legion of Super-Heroes has been a key franchise to the DC Universe since the ‘60s.
Dan at the NYCC, Feb. 2009, via CBR:
Q: What happened to the end of Shooter's Legion of Super-Heroes?
DiDio: We don't cover that. It was a pseudonym at the author's request. We cancelled the book, finished it and shoved it out the door. Thanks for asking that.
Q: I was really looking forward to the end of Jim Shooter's run on "Legion of Super-Heroes." Can you tell us what happened there and why fans weren't informed of the creative change?
DiDio: Well, first of all, that is a pseudonym, it's done by request of the author and we really don't talk about it. We finished and cancelled and put the book out the door. I'm not really sure what the question is, but thanks for asking it.
Way to respect one of your franchises there, Dan...
However, playing devil's advocate here, what else could he have done? He's the executive editor of DC Comics, and his primary responsibility is getting books out on time. The book was cancelled and the writer apparently chose not to do the final issue. So you find someone who could do it; why delay it a month and get a new writer just for the final issue of a cancelled series, especially when the reason it was cancelled is to make room for a new series?
That said, it was very tactless and insulting how he said it.