Saturday, May 25, 2024

Shell Shock: NBC Universal CEO Ousted Over “Inappropriate Relationship” With Female in the Company


Jeff Shell is out at NBC Universal as CEO. The reason? At least for now the reason given is an “inappropriate relationship” with a female in the company. In other words, he was having an affair with someone who worked for him.

It’s actually hard to believe in 2023 that no one has learned their lesson. After Shell himself had to fire Universal’s Ron Meyer, CBS booted Les Moonves, CNN got rid of Jeff Zucker, Warner Bros. had their problem with Kevin Tsujihara, and on air personalities like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose were shown the door — you’d think the message was clear. It’s not 1955, we are not living in a John Cheever novel. That party is over with a capital O.

“Today is my last day as CEO of NBCUniversal,” Shell — who’s been married a long time — wrote in a memo to staff. “I had an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which I deeply regret. I’m truly sorry I let my Comcast and NBCUniversal colleagues down, they are the most talented people in the business and the opportunity to work with them the last 19 years has been a privilege.”

Have none of these people ever seen the movie, “Network”? The whole thing has become a huge cliche at this point. And just wait for more to come out about what was really going on. For Comcast to let this out on a Sunday means they couldn’t wait another minute.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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