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Amy Powell is suddenly out as the president of Paramount Television after reportedly saying some inappropriate things about black women during a conference call.

Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched TV division, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos wrote in an internal memo that Powell had been fired. Her firing came after “multiple individuals” raised “concerns around comments” made by Powell in a “professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent” with Viacom’s values.

is suddenly out as the president of Paramount Television after reportedly saying some inappropriate things about black women during a conference call.

Five years after being tapped to lead the newly relaunched TV division, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos announced Thursday via an internal memo that “multiple individuals” raised “concerns around comments” made by Powell in a “professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent” with Viacom’s values.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the comments included racially charged language spoken during a studio notes call for Paramount Network’s First Wives Club reboot, which is being penned by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver and will feature a predominantly black cast.

Powell allegedly made generalizations about black women that struck some on the call as offensive, according to THR. A complaint was filed to human resources, who with the legal department, investigated the claims and those involved on the notes call. Sources say Paramount considered discipline but decided to fire Powell after she denied the allegations.

“Having spent the past several days conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and speaking to those who were present, our Human Resources and Legal teams came to the same conclusion, and we have made the decision to terminate Amy’s employment, effective immediately,” Gianopulos wrote.

Given the sudden nature of her firing, a search for Powell’s replacement will begin shortly. In the interim, Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert will oversee operational support, while Mireille Soria, Brian Robbins and Wyck Godfrey — presidents of Paramount Animation, Paramount Players and Paramount Motion Picture Group, respectively — will help lead the studio’s team.

Hours after Gianopulos’ memo to staff, Powell denied the allegations in a statement sent by her personal PR: “There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting,” she said. “The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

Powell was tapped to oversee Paramount Television in 2013, after spending two years leading the studio’s digital arm. She has been the only president of the TV studio since. She has delivered hits including Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and TNT’s The Alienist, among others.

Powell’s firing comes nearly a month after Netflix PR chief Jonathan Friedland was dismissed after repeated uses of the n-word at company functions.

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9 thoughts on “Paramount TV President Fired Over Racial Comments About Black Women

  1. americanize on said:

    Godamn are they going to fired hundreds of white people b/c racism is systemic and global its a well oil system that’s why it works so well for white people b/c all white people are on code.How about this white America,how about you replace racism with justice.I won,t hold my breath.

  2. jhuf on said:

    WELL!! So much for liberal Hollywood’s all-inclusive racially non-bias culture
    I mean their always telling us how Trump voters are the sexist, racist homophobes

    • vdabney722 on said:

      You described Trump voters Exactly. BTW, do you REALLY think everybody in Hollywood is a liberal? Google Hollywood conservatives and Trump supporters. You may be surprised how many there are. I can name several right off the top of my head, and I’ll bet you could too if you think about it, and could stop profiling.

      • jhuff on said:

        “Hollywood conservatives” maybe you should pass that on to CNN/MSNBC they NEVER have any on for comments,perspective or opinion as far as “Trump Voters” obviously considering this article liberal dem’s are just as bad

  3. African American Woman on said:

    Let’s see if she can prove that she didn’t say those things…if she did, she deserves what she got

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