Ron Meyer leaving NBCUniversal after admitting to settlement over affair
NBCUniversal ousted Vice Chairman Ron Meyer Tuesday after he admitted to settling a lawsuit with a woman with whom he’d had a brief “consensual affair.”
In a statement, Meyer said he disclosed the deal — which he made “under threat” — to his family and the company because it had led “other parties” to try and extort him.
“Based on Ron’s disclosure of these actions, we have mutually concluded that Ron should leave the company, effective immediately,” NBCU CEO Jeff Shell said in a statement that described Meyer’s behavior as “not consistent with our company policies or values.”
Meyer’s hasty exit brought an end to his 25-year career at NBCUniversal. His statement offered scant details about his settlement with the unnamed woman, other than that their brief and consensual affair took place “many years ago” and that she had made “false accusations” against him.
People who learned about the settlement have “continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money” by threatening to publish false claims about Meyer or falsely implicate NBCUniversal in the ordeal, he said.
“I regret what has happened and I am sorry for all the people in my life I may have let down, especially and most importantly, my family,” Meyer said.