CNBC, the American business news television network, has cut ties with anchor Hadley Gamble after she accused NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell of sexual harassment. Gamble, who was a reporter and anchor for the network, had been on medical leave since January 2022, and the company announced that she would not be returning.
Gamble had accused Shell of sexually harassing her at a holiday party in 2019, according to a report by The Daily Beast. In a series of tweets in December 2021, she alleged that Shell had made inappropriate comments to her and touched her inappropriately. Shell denied the allegations, calling them “categorically false.”
Following Gamble’s tweets, CNBC had placed her on medical leave and launched an investigation into her allegations. The company also released a statement saying that it was “committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace.”
In a statement to The Daily Beast, Gamble said that she was “disappointed” by CNBC’s decision not to renew her contract. “I have always been proud to work for CNBC and to be a part of its team of journalists. It is disappointing to see that they have chosen not to support me during this time,” she said.
Gamble is not the first CNBC anchor to make accusations of sexual harassment against a top executive. In 2017, former anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera accused then-CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman of sexual harassment. CNBC investigated the allegations and found no evidence of misconduct.
Sexual harassment in the workplace has been a prominent issue in the media industry in recent years, with many high-profile cases coming to light. The #MeToo movement, which began in 2017, brought widespread attention to the issue and led to changes in workplace policies and attitudes towards sexual harassment. However, cases like Gamble’s demonstrate that the problem is still pervasive in many workplaces.