Wow, This is really shocking news to wake up too.
I just bought Robin #174 a couple of weeks ago, just to see how wonderful that issue was too.
I wasn't interested in trying Batman and the Outsiders frankly due to the 5 minis that lead to the series. I thought it was a bad way to introduce the series. Heck I just read The Brave and Bold #200 last night with The Golden Age Batman and Earth-1 Batman fighting Nicholas Lucien and the back-up in it was how they introduced the first Batman and the Outsiders(something I had forgotten about.) That's all it took was for 1 back-up story, not 5 mini's to change the status quo.
Chuck brought back a good reason for Stephanie, and Leslie. Chuck had returned Ralph and Sue Dibny in the BATO.
I guess you really can't have a happy story in the Dc universe.
I don't know if Chuck was fired or if he quit, but I can think of a few editors and writers that needed to be let go for a long time now.