Not Cool: Zucker Blames Silverman for NBC Woes

Zucker_lowry NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal, in which he was asked about NBC’s problems developing hits in recent years.

“I think we didn’t have the right management team in place, and we hadn’t allocated enough resources to the team. And I think we’ve corrected both of those issues,” Zucker said.

Yet if that’s a reference to Ben Silverman — as it obviously is — it was Zucker who reached outside the box to hire him. And if resources were badly allocated, it was obviously Zucker — who took credit for the Jay Leno-to-primetime compromise — who allocated them.

Zucker also allowed that “Nobody is entitled to any job,” while appearing to express the hope that he’ll be able to stay at NBC U after Comcast takes over.

As the Journal piece notes, the studio is having some positive signs of life again, from the animated hit “Despicable Me” on the movie side to the continued success of USA and Bravo on the cable front.

Could that be enough to produce a stay of execution? Although I doubt it, as Zucker demonstrated in his allusion to having “corrected” the NBC problem (while slyly throwing the since-departed Silverman under the bus), he hasn’t used up all of his nine lives yet.

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