The chairman of NBC Entertainment is under investigation for allegedly creating a ‘toxic work environment.’
According to The Hollywood Reporter, several current and former employees claim Paul Telegdy routinely made racist, sexist and homophobic remarks.
The 49-year-old is accused of mocking a gay employee’s voice, making fun of the size of someone’s penis commenting on the size of a female executive’s chest.
Telegdy also allegedly threatened two former America’s Got Talent judges for speaking out against NBC.
However, despite his behavior, he was never reprimanded by leadership at the network nor did he ever suffer any consequences.
Paul Telegdy, 49, is under investigation for creating a toxic work environment as the head of NBC Entertainment. Pictured: Telegdy speaks onstage at the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation 24th Annual ‘Taste For A Cure,’ April 2019
Telegedy is accused of threatening two former America’s Got Talent judges, Gabrielle Union (left) and Sharon Osbourne (right), for speaking out against NBC
Sharon Osbourne, a judge on America’s Got Talent for six seasons, says Telegdy threatened her back in 2012.
Osbourne claims that it came after her son, Jack, was kicked off off a reality-show competition called Star and Stripes after he revealed he had multiple sclerosis.
When she said her family was considering holding a press conference, Telegdy eventually thew several expletives at her.
‘He said: “Go fuck yourself,”‘ Osbourne told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘[He said]: ‘If you call the press you’ll never work in this town, you fucking witch.
Osbourne says she quit America’s Got Talent after that phone call, but Telegdy denies that he uttered those words on the phone call.
But she’s not the only judge Telegdy battled with.
Throughout 2019, during her one season as a judge, Gabrielle Union said the culture at the show was racist, sexist and toxic.
In a claim filed with California state’s fair employment office, she alleged that Telegdy threatened to silence her during an internal company investigation.
Union told The Hollywood Reporter that his behavior ‘speaks to the culture at NBC’ and ‘shows very clearly that white male senior executives of NBC have a completely different set of rules that apply to them.’
However, interview with more than 30 current and former employees say this behavior was ‘par for the course’ with Telegdy and he never suffered any repercussions.
One executive claims Telegdy mocked an artist over the size of his penis and made lewd comment about a pregnant employee’s breasts.
Telegdy allegedly mocked the size of an artist’s penis and ridiculed the voice of an openly gay employees. Pictured: Telegdy during an NBC Universal Press Tour, January 2020
Union (left) claims Telegdy’s behavior was racist while Osbourne (right) says she first met him during a dinner, which he arrived to with a date
Another insider alleges he would ridicule a gay employee’s voice and pretended to impersonate a gay man with a lisp.
Three executive also told the magazine that Telegdy discussed a sexual encounter between him and two others in a work setting.
NBC says it is opening an investigation into the allegations, but did not elaborate on who would be leaving it.
‘This narrative is not reflective of the values of NBC Entertainment or the culture we strive to create,’ an NBC spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘NBCUniversal takes these matters seriously, and will investigate these allegations, many of which are coming to our attention for the first time. NBCUniversal remains committed to creating a safe, respectful and supportive workplace for all.’
Telegdy also provided a statement in which he denied the claims:.
‘The nature of these allegations flies in the face of everything I stand for,’ his statement to the magazine read.
‘I hope that my actions over decades – empowering those around me, supporting artists, and creating shows with values of aspiration and inclusion at the core — speak louder than the selective words of a few.’