So it looks like Jeff Zucker should have been polishing his résumé after all. What Ben Silverman, the Jay Leno–Conan battle, and the total disintegration of NBC’s prime-time lineup couldn’t do, it looks like a giant corporation interested in making some money finally will. The Post is reporting that Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal’s CEO and president, is going to have to leave his job when Comcast — in the midst of acquiring 51 percent of NBCU from current owner General Electric — takes over. The Post says the two companies have put together an exit package for Zucker that will go into effect “a couple of months” after Comcast takes over and will pay Zucker between $30 and $40 million. (Zucker already makes $6.3 million per year, with a bonus between $1.5 million and $4.5 million. He made that even during the year he said of Vulture hero and Knight Rider genius Ben Silverman, "I can't imagine doing this [job] with somebody else".) Zucker, the man who fired Conan, has been CEO since 2007 — between 2008 and 2009, profit at NBCU fell 28 percent — and he just had his contract extended, with both Comcast and GE saying that he would stay on through 2013. Though GE is denying the report, it seems likely Zucker will now be out much sooner, giving him a chance to get an early jump on that political career and giving someone else a chance to save NBC.
Most Viewed Stories
5 Secrets That Still Need to Be Revealed on Game of Thrones
Corey Feldman on Hollywood Child Abuse: ‘They Were Passing Us Back and Forth’
Report: Amber Heard Granted Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp After Alleged Assault
Watch Sad James Corden, David Schwimmer Get Owned After Late Late Show Mic-Drop Surprise
Why The Mindy Project’s ‘Coconut’ Episode Was a Smart Response to Criticism of the Show
T.J. Miller’s Silicon Valley Outtakes Can Double As a Master Class in Old-People Burns
Why It Makes Sense to End the True Detective Franchise
Anne Hathaway Calls James Corden the ‘Worst British Export Since Smallpox,’ Drops the Mic on The Late Late Show
What to Remember for the Second Half of Game of Thrones Season 6
The New Roots Is More Scathing and Pulls Fewer Punches
Latest News from VultureGlee’s Mark Salling Indicted on Two Counts in Child Pornography Case
Saling was arrested by the LAPD in December.How Old Is Everyone Supposed to Be in X-Men: Apocalypse?
Somehow, Jennifer Lawrence has been tricked into playing another character in her 40s.Penelope Cruz And Jimmy Fallon Dubsmash On The Tonight Show And You Know, Look, Live Television Is Not Easy
Those long pauses.Emilia Clarke, What Are You Doing? Don’t Watch Game of Thrones With Your Parents
Never watch Game of Thrones with your parents.Report: Amber Heard Granted Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp After Alleged Assault
TMZ reports Heard "showed up in court with a bruise on her face."What’s Leaving Showtime: June 2016
Goodbye, Drive.With Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande Shows That Being a Work in Progress Is Serving Her Well
She isn’t abandoning the tweenaged tattooed hearts of her first album; she’s just switched up their placement to somewhere more risqué.X-Men: Apocalypse’s Post-Credits Scene, Explained
It teases a longtime X-Men villain.What to Remember for the Second Half of Game of Thrones Season 6
Cersei likes to talk about burning things down ... a lot.9 Movies to See (or Not) This Memorial Day Weekend
You can't barbecue the entire weekend, after all.
Bonds. James Bonds.Boos, Trolls, and Feuds: Final Thoughts on the Craziest Cannes in Years
What made this the least-civil festival in ages? Consider the evidence.What’s Leaving HBO: June 2016
Good-bye, The Godfather Epic.Nick Stoller on The Carmichael Show Finale, ‘President Trump,’ and Getting Picked Up for Season 3
"We weren’t trying to prove which candidate is right or wrong. That heads towards propaganda, which is boring artistically."How Accurate Is The Girlfriend Experience, Episode 11?
Inside the world of erotic webcams.The Trailer for James Franco’s Lesbian Vampire Remake of Lifetime’s Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? Is Art
Lifetime can read its audience like a sexy lesbian vampire book authored by James Franco.The Daily Show Offers Hilarious Advice to Hillary Clinton: Don’t Be the Boss We Want, Be the Boss We Need
Michelle Wolf knows you don't know what a server is.Nick Carter Had Some Earth-shattering Advice for Nick Jonas; You Might Not Be Ready to Hear It, Because, Like, Whoa
"Whoa, that was really deep."Bloodline Recap: A Piece of the Pie
Why does John Rayburn want to be sheriff?Margot Robbie Films Another Bathtub Scene to Explain Red Nose Day, Slowly Becoming Our Main Source of Legitimate News
Hey, it worked in The Big Short, so.