NBC Universal president & CEO Jeff Zucker is beginning to speak, after weeks of damaging media coverage and public battling between the network’s two main late night talents, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.
His first two interviews: The New York Times and Charlie Rose.
“Obviously, in hindsight, you know, perfect information leads you to that conclusion — that it was a mistake…And I think it’s the sign of a leader to step up and say, you know, when something’s not working, to have the guts to reverse it,” Zucker told Rose.
“At the end of the day Jay at 10 o’clock didn’t work. And I take responsibility for that,” he said to the Times‘ Tim Arango.
All of this comes as a deal with O’Brien to leave the network is said to be imminent.
Several PR executives PRNewser has spoken with said Zucker would have to take the blame in order for the network to “move on,” however some thought the public statements may have come even sooner than they did.