CNBC anchor and Senior International Correspondent Hadley Gamble, known for her provocative style, was the individual who filed a complaint against NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell for inappropriate conduct. Gamble’s attire, tone, and approach during interviews have sparked controversy in the past. Earlier today, Comcast, the parent company of NBCU, announced Shell’s departure from the company after an investigation conducted by external legal counsel. Shell has admitted to engaging in an “inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which I deeply regret.” Hadley Gamble has not yet provided a comment on the matter.
Earlier today, Comcast, the parent company of NBCU, announced Shell’s departure from the company after an investigation conducted by external legal counsel. Shell has admitted to engaging in an “inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which I deeply regret.” Hadley Gamble has not yet provided a comment on the matter.
According to the sources, Shell and Gamble’s relationship started approximately 11 years ago and continued intermittently until it ended a few years ago. Shell held the position of Chairman of NBCUniversal International from 2011 to 2013 before becoming Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment and eventually NBCU CEO in 2020.
The complaint against Shell was filed within the past month, and the issue was expeditiously addressed by Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts through proper procedures. The external law firm hired to investigate the matter delivered their findings to senior Comcast executives within the past week.
During the investigation, it was discovered that communication between Shell and Gamble had occurred via company email. In a company memo discussing Shell’s departure, Roberts and Comcast President Mike Cavanagh stated that the former NBCU CEO had violated company policy.
The memo emphasized the importance of leaders creating a safe and respectful workplace and the company’s commitment to taking appropriate action when principles and policies are violated.
At present, Shell plans to leave quietly to spend time with his family. He is being represented by renowned Hollywood attorney Patricia Glaser, who has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Upon being contacted for comment regarding Gamble’s complaint against Shell, a representative from NBCUniversal informed us that there was nothing further to add beyond the brief announcement released earlier today, due to privacy concerns.
In his statement, Shell expressed remorse for disappointing his Comcast and NBCUniversal colleagues and acknowledged the privilege of working with them for the past decade.
No replacement for Shell has been announced. In the interim, Shell’s senior team will report directly to Mike Cavanagh, as per a memo to staff from Roberts and Cavanagh.
Hadley Gamble, CNBC’s Middle East anchor, focuses on energy, geopolitics, and financial markets, and hosts Capital Connection from CNBC’s Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi Global Markets. She has interviewed numerous world leaders including President Putin, Lebanon’s foreign minister Gebran Bassil, the Pope, international CEOs, and philanthropists.
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