Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, told the company’s employees in an e-mail Friday morning that he would step down from his position upon thecompletion of the takeover of NBC by Comcast.
“I’ve spent over half my life at NBC,” Zucker, 45, said. ”This is the only place I have ever worked. I’ve been here 24-and-a-half years. I met my wife here. My four kids were born while I was here… It’s going to be incredibly strange for me personally.”
According to the NY Times, Zucker’s decision to leave wasn’t his own, but that of Steve Burke, Comcast’s COO.
“We had both gotten to the same place. He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that,” Zucker revealed.
I’m sure him letting NBC fall to last place in ratings (not counting the CW) over the past several years and the very public Conan/Leno debacle didn’t help, especially since it was NBC that became the butt of all the jokes. Good riddance.