It’s not how she planned to win reader votes. The controversial interim CEO stepped down after an uproar from readers over how she allegedly handled the firing of former employee Victoria Taylor, who was popular with readers. She will be replaced by co-founder Steve Huffman. Readers circulated a petition demanding Pao leave the company that received more than 200,000 signatures and today’s resignation vaulted to the top of the user-generated home page. Pao has said she will stay on Reddit’s board of advisors until the end of the year.