The Hollywood Reporter writes that NBCU’s chairman Jeff Gaspin, like Jeff Zucker before him, will be departing the network as a result of the forthcoming Comcast merger. Gaspin, who has been chairman since July 2009, and was revealed during the Jay Leno–Conan battle to have a real love for Sophie's Choice analogies, was as recently as May being portrayed as NBC's potential Mr. Fix It. Deadline is reporting that former CBS executive Nancy Tellem is still in talks to take Gaspin's job, with Showtime's Robert Greenblatt overseeing creative, and Tellem assuming "operational and fill a NYC-based network president-type job that oversees stations, sales, and affiliates." The Hollywood Reporter, however, is reporting that Tellem turned down the offer after Greenblatt refused to report to her. Either way, NBC will have someone new in charge shortly. UPDATE: Variety disputes THR's finality, saying that while Comcast CEO Steve Burke is flying out to L.A. next week to meet with execs and possibly outline a new lineup of suits, Gaspin has not yet been told about his future either way.
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