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HBO Cancels Albrecht

5/9/2007 7:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In the wake of his Las Vegas arrest this past weekend, HBO has decided to cut ties with Chairman and CEO, Chris Albrecht.

In a statement obtained by TMZ, Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons said:

"Jeff Bewkes (President and COO of Time Warner) and I believe that this is the right decision for the Company. We thank Chris for all of his contributions to Home Box Office over the years."

Albrecht, who had been with HBO for 22 years, says that he "agreed to step down ... recognizing that I cannot allow my personal circumstances to distract them from the business."

HBO Chief Operating Officer Bill Nelson will temporarily take over Albrecht's duties until a new CEO is appointed.

Albrecht was arrested over the weekend for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend outside the MGM Grand Casino after the prizefight between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Yesterday, Albrecht sent a letter to the HBO staff, which stated that he was "deeply sorry" for the Vegas incident, and revealed that he is a recovering alcoholic who had slipped.

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46.

Peeps    

Glad the asshole was fired, what kind of man hits a woman.

2688 days ago
47.

Dave    

Women always want equal rights , they want the same pay, the same jobs, the same resepct, but when something like this happens they say you can't hit a woman. If you're equal then why is it any different then two men getting into a fight? Too many double standereds in this world. I have never and will never hit a man or a woman but this is something I have always noticed. Women will never get equal rights as long as they keep reverting back to yesteryears logic. If you want to be treated like a man then take the smae strides as a man. This is why women will never be treated as equals.

2688 days ago
48.

barb    

Wow # 46 (Just saying) You are about as small minded as they come. Evidently you must treat women as beneath you. This is not the dark ages. Yes, women want equal rights, but they seldom get it. Until then, keep your narrow minded biggoted thoughts at home where you probably have your wife acting like your beck and call girl.

2688 days ago
49.

Michael46205    

I believe it is illegal to fire someone that has actively gone through a recovery program and currently seeks recovery. I might be wrong so if he truly slipped, he should not have been fired, regardless of assault- not that I am condoning acts of physical intimidation/aggression. I think there must be more to the story as well.

2688 days ago
50.

ivy    


He should have been fired. This man probably made close to if not more than $500 million a year. With that kind of money comes responsibility -- including protecting the image of the company you represent.

Any man that can lose control of himself THIS bad has other issues.

2688 days ago
51.

ivy    


JUST SAYING:

You are obviously geriatric or you hate women. Hitting, punching, kicking, fighting has nothing whatsoever to do with equal rights. It has everything to do with bullying. People that bully have psychological problems.

That you could connect equal rights to fighting shows that you have issues. Seek help.

2688 days ago
52.

SuperStarSteve    

Ouch! Que lastima. Never fear for him folks...he's probably being shopped over by other entertainment companies willing to stroke his ego to get him out of this rut. Maybe he was a pain in the arse and HBO was looking for a way to cut him and he gave it to them on a platter.

2688 days ago
53.

Dave    

sounds to me like he stopped doing what got it good!

2688 days ago
54.

anonymous    

Albrecht was guilty of a much more egregious assault years ago which for some reason HBO bailed him out. This dude should spend some time behind bars instead of blaming a substance abuse problem.

2688 days ago
55.

Auntie Em    


Just Saying.....this sentence that you posted is unbelievable:

//// Women always want equal rights , they want the same pay, the same jobs, the same resepct, but when something like this happens they say you can't hit a woman. ////

And just who is "they"? I assume you're referring to normal people...one of which you most definitely are not.
Comparing equality to being smacked around by someone bigger and physically stronger shows what an idiot redneck you are. Get help....and get into school....you are obviously dumb as a stump!

2688 days ago
56.

rhonda    

All those years of hits and making a network a hit and bang they don't get behind you when your sick and need help. THIS IS THE TV BUSINESS YOU ALL ADMIRE . WHEN YOU ARE UP THEY ARE ALL WITH YOU AND WHEN YOU ARE DOWN THEY CROSS THE STREET TO AVOID YOU. I have met Chris he is a good exec I don't know him but what's the difference they didn't need to pay him all that money he was more trouble than he was worth so THEY LET HIM GO! tHEY DON'T CARE IF HE KILLS HIMSELF THEY KEEP GOING. I WISH ALL HBO SHOWS WOULD JUST FAIL NOW. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOYALTY . HELPING YOUR OWN! GONE! THE BIZ KILLED MY SPIRIT !

2687 days ago
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Auntie Em    


TMZ....WHY haven't you covered the OJ story?????
A restaurant owner refusing to serve him because of his murderous past...his attorney saying that it was racist....saying that they'll file a lawsuit and try to have the restaurants liquor licence revoked.
This is something that I want to know more about....so, please put Paris and her ilk on the back burner....I know that'll be rough, but you need to get your reporting priorities straight.

2687 days ago
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