The CEO of NBCUniversal Was Accused of Sexual Harassment by a CNBC Anchor

According to various sources, Comcast removed NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell after a CNBC anchor complained of sexual harassment and discrimination.

A lawyer for CNBC anchor and senior international correspondent Hadley Gamble admitted that Comcast investigated Shell in response to her client’s complaint.

“The investigation into Mr. Shell arose from a complaint by my client of sexual harassment and sex discrimination,” Suzanne McKie, managing partner of Farore Law and Gamble’s attorney, told CNN. “Given these circumstances it is very disappointing that my client’s name has been released and her privacy violated.”

According to multiple sources, Gamble provided emails supporting her complaint, and NBC swiftly engaged outside legal counsel to investigate. After investigating the allegations, Comcast reportedly moved swiftly to remove Shell.

Two people who knew about the situation said that the network had told Gamble that her contract would not be extended. It was not clear why the contract was not renewed. The official website for CNBC still lists Gamble as a news reporter as of Monday afternoon.

Sunday’s statement from Shell revealed his abrupt and unexpected resignation.

“I had an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the company, which I deeply regret,” Shell said in his statement. The opportunity to work with my Comcast and NBCUniversal counterparts over the past 19 years has been a privilege, as they are the most talented individuals in the industry.

According to the source, Shell continued working as usual while the business brought in an independent law firm to conduct an inquiry.

The person added that no search for a Shell successor is ongoing. Mike Cavanagh, president of Comcast, will undertake Shell’s duties in the interim. Shell was named CEO of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment in January 2020. Before that, she was in charge of making, programming and distributing material.