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Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, announced Friday he’ll step down once the network’s deal with Comcast is finalized.
“Well, the time has come. This time, to tell you a little news about me. When Comcast assumes control of NBC Universal, I will leave the company,” he wrote in a memo sent to staff Friday. (Read the entire memo after the jump).
“It has not been an easy or simple decision. I have spent my entire adult life here, more than 24 years. This is the only place I have ever worked. The only professional thing I have ever known. I met my wife here, enjoyed the birth of our four children in that time, worked in almost every division of the company. And forged relationships, both professional and personal, that will last a lifetime,” he added.
Zucker wrote that he has not figured out his next move.
“I don’t yet know what my future will bring. I’ve spent the last 24 years thinking only about NBC Universal, and never contemplated anything else. I haven’t even begun to think about the next chapter. But I wanted to be honest with you about this news as soon as I could.
In an interview with the New York Times, Zucker said it was inevitable he’d be leaving after meeting with Comcast’s chief operating officer Steve Burke two weeks ago.
“We had both gotten to the same place,” he said. “He made it clear that they wanted to move on at the close of the deal and I was completely comfortable with that.”
Zucker, who is the network’s longest serving executive, calls the decision to leave “incredibly emotional” and “gut-wrenching in the sense that you have spent your whole life here at NBC.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, Zucker didn’t deny he was leaving the company.
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