Longtime NBCUniversal executive Ron Meyer is stepping down following an alleged extortion attempt linked to an affair.
NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell announced the news in a company memo, obtained by Deadline on Tuesday, insisting Meyer and the company agreed it was time for him to exit his position after 25 years.
“Late last week Ron Meyer informed NBCUniversal that he had acted in a manner which we believe is not consistent with our company policies or values,” Shell wrote. “Based on Ron’s disclosure of these actions, we have mutually concluded that Ron should leave the company, effective immediately. We thank Ron for his 25 years of service, and for his significant contributions to NBCUniversal.”
Meyer has issued his own statement, elaborating on the reasons behind his exit, explaining he made a settlement, under threat, with “a woman outside the company who had made false accusations against me.”
He adds: “Admittedly, this is a woman I had a very brief and consensual affair with many years ago. I made this disclosure because other parties learned of the settlement and have continuously attempted to extort me into paying them money or else they intended to falsely implicate NBCUniversal, which had nothing to do with this matter, and to publish false allegations about me.
“After I disclosed this matter to the company, we mutually decided that I should step down from my role as Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal… 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.”