A ‘Severance’ Salvage Job and Hollywood’s Executive Amnesia

Can Ben Stiller pull off a salvage job on “Severance” Season 2?
Can Ben Stiller pull off a salvage job on ‘Severance‘ Season 2? Photo: Oliver Contreras via Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
April 28, 2023

News and notes from across Hollywood about some of the industry’s most timely and talked-about storylines: Disney vs DeSantis, the Jeff Shell fallout at NBCU, Iger’s third round of layoffs, and more…


  • The Shell (waiting) game: At this point, most of us have heard the rumors regarding fired NBC Universal C.E.O. Jeff Shell’s supposed womanizing while at NBCU and, before that, at Fox. I love good gossip as much as anyone, but these allegations are really only relevant if the women, like CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, worked for the company—which seems to be the case in at least one years-ago alleged scenario going around town—or if Comcast knew about prior incidents at Fox and nevertheless hired and promoted Shell anyway. We’ll see.