Now former chairman of NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy was fired on Thursday over allegations of behavior misconduct. He had previously denied the accusations against him during his stay for the company for two years. This decision also comes while the Hollywood giant is in the process of overhauling its leadership lineup.
NBCUniversal announced the exit of its entertainment unit head over claims of workplace violations including racism, sexism, and homophobia. Just several days before, the cable/media company set to open an internal probe over professional misbehavior allegations against Telegdy. He was said to make statements that are making some employees uncomfortable.
Claims against Telegdy’s unprofessional acts have been going around for months now. There were public complaints from NBCU’s former and current staff against the exec and his peers over their offensive comments. Telegdy joined NBC on 2008, and climbed to chairman of the entertainment unit’s head two years ago.
“The nature of these allegations flies in the face of everything I stand for,” Telegdy said according to an article published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Moreover, NBCU has also widened their investigation beyond probe on its former TV arm chairman. Per a memo addressed to employees by NBCU Television and Streaming boss Mark Lazarus, he mentioned intentions of deeper look into the workplace culture and urged the staff to speak up. Writing, he said: “We are going to conduct both an investigation into the specific allegations, which will be led by an experienced outside investigator, and a broader culture assessment.
“The culture assessment will be facilitated by NBCU’s corporate Fair Employment team and will give me the chance to learn more about your experiences. I want to hear from you, and I encourage you all to participate. Once it’s complete, you have my commitment to develop and communicate an action plan based on your feedback.”
NBCU is just undergoing leadership reorganization as an attempt to streamline operations among content and programming, according to Variety. As an aftermath of decline in revenue due to the pandemic, the company also initiated layoffs among employees. Revenue for NBCU slid by 25 percent in the quarter two from its preceding quarter. The drop can be blamed to the virus shutting down theme parks owned by the company, and puling of releases of latest movies.