A day after Mindy Herman announced her resignation as president and CEO of E! Networks and the appearance of a scathing Los Angeles Times story about her tenure at E!, Herman denied she had been fired by the network.
Herman and Comcast executive VP David Cohen declined to address the Times story, but Herman did say that she has been talking with Comcast for months about her future at E!
“We had worked everything out weeks ago,” Herman said on Friday.
Comcast, E!’s managing partner, said it asked Herman to stay on until later this year and assist the transition to a successor.
Herman, reportedly leaving with a $20 million payout, said if there were credence to the issues the Times raised, Comcast would not have asked her to stay until her replacement is named.
“Comcast would not have me here for the next three months overseeing this business,” she said.
“They’re an extremely buttoned-down, conservative company. That speaks volumes.”