CNBC has cut ties to Hadley Gamble after his sexual harassment and anti-discrimination complaint against NBCUniversal’s CEO Jeff Shell led to his dismissal, announced the network on Tuesday.
“Gamble is a distinguished journalist who has worked for CNBC for over a decade. She has undertaken highly visible and demanding assignments and developed a deep understanding of the Middle East. Her initiative and drive has secured her valuable interviews with a number of world leaders. “We wish her success in all her future endeavors,” said a CNBC spokesperson in a press release.
Shell was fired last month, after Gamble complained about Shell’s behavior. An outside attorney investigated the allegations. This move was met with skepticism by the media because NBCUniversal has never been willing to hire outside counsel before.
A Gamble attorney did not respond immediately to a comment request.
The New York Times reported CNBC and Gamble had “reached agreement” to allow her to leave the company.
Gamble is now a popular tabloid subject after Shell’s shocking shooting.
The New York Post reported that NBCUniversal had launched an internal investigation into Gamble’s relationship with Tom Barrack. Barrack is a close friend of the powerful people Gamble managed to interview.
She was also romantically involved with other high-profile men.
Axios reported last week that Gamble had accused CNBC executives in general of creating a “toxic workplace culture.”
She conducted a controversial 2021 interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin who made comments about her appearance. Russian state television hosts claimed Gamble “acted like a sexual object” and was “shamelessly flirting” with Putin. They even compared her behavior to Sharon Stone’s scene from the 1992 film Basic Instinct, where she is interrogated in a room.
Gamble hosted “Capital Connection” at CNBC Middle East’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi Global Markets. She also worked on a number of special projects and assignments.
NBCUniversal is responsible for CNBC where Gamble was employed, as well as NBC, MSNBC USA, Bravo, and other cable stations. It also oversees the Peacock streaming services, Universal Studios, and theme parks.