NBC Universal president Jeff Schell quits over inappropriate relationship | NBC Universal

NBC Universal’s chief executive, Jeff Schell, left the media company on Sunday following a complaint that sparked an investigation after he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with a woman at the company, parent company Comcast said.

“I had an inappropriate relationship with a woman at the company and I deeply regret it,” Shell said in a statement.

His resignation was effective immediately.

NBC Universal is one of the world’s largest media companies, including film and television studios, theme parks, NBC News and cable TV networks.

Schell was president of NBC Universal Film and Entertainment before succeeding Steve Burke as NBC Universal’s chief executive in 2020.

Comcast said the investigation into the complaint against Shell was conducted by outside counsel. It did not provide other details.

In 2020, NBC Universal Vice President Ron Mayer left the company after revealing a settlement with a woman with whom he had a consensual relationship.

Other top executives have lost their jobs in recent years over allegations of misconduct or sexual harassment.

In 2019, Kevin Tsujihara resigned as chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros., one of Hollywood’s most powerful studios, after investigating allegations that Kevin Tsujihara improperly helped an actor land roles.

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