NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker Steps Down

Mark O. Estes September 24, 2010 0

The inevitable has finally happened, but not in the way many thought it would go down.

The New York Times announced this morning that Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, would be stepping down from his position once Comcast completes it’s takeover of the General Electric company.

‘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.

All together now: “OUCH!”

Speculation had been rampant that Zucker would be shown the door, especially after the media circus NBC had become after some heavy hitting failures befell the company in recent years. The most notably of those failures is the blatant elephant in the room being the whole Jay Leno debacle, which lead to the Leno v. Conan O’ Brian mess and NBC being the butt of many jokes.

But despite getting a three year contract deal a few months back that would’ve secured him past the takeover, Zucker saw the writing on the wall, stating that he “didn’t want to be a guest in his own house” when he noticed that Comcast wanted to put their own people in certain places.

To some, this might be a great day in entertainment television, but despite all of the mishaps under Zucker’s watch, this is pretty tragic in the scheme of things.

So what do you guys think of Zucker leaving NBC? Elated? Disappointed? Or ‘eh’?