An anchor at one of the company’s news networks reportedly filed a sexual harassment complaint against Jeff Shell, the anchor’s attorney said on Monday, leading to Shell’s termination as CEO of NBCUniversal.
Hadley Gamble, a senior foreign journalist for CNBC, allegedly sent communications to NBCUniversal investigators that detailed instances of Mr. Shell’s harassment, according to the attorney Suzanne McKie.
Another individual with knowledge of the probe verified the information, and they added that Mr. Shell was dismissed on Sunday for good cause and would not be receiving severance money.
To discuss a personnel issue, the person made a request for anonymity.
The NBCUniversal owner, Comcast, claimed in a securities filing on Monday afternoon that it had found evidence supporting the sexual harassment claims.
The media boss experienced a sudden turnaround after methodically moving up the corporate ladder for over two decades following Mr. Shell’s dismissal.
He took over running NBCUniversal’s studio division immediately after Comcast purchased the media behemoth from General Electric, and in 2020 he succeeded Stephen B. Burke as CEO.
The New York Post reported the departure was due to Shell engaging an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with gamble, an affair, which stretched on and off over the course of 11 years.
Without going into specifics, Comcast announced on Sunday that Mr. Shell was departing the organization following an inquiry into a complaint regarding an unprofessional working relationship.
The decision to not extend Ms. Gamble’s contract, which expires in 2023, was made by CNBC this year.