Hadley Gamble, the CNBC anchor whose alleged romance with NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell led to the executive’s departure, was recently cited as saying she was looking for “trust, transparency, kindness, [and] the chutzpah to tell it like it is” in a partner.
“Every relationship teaches you more about yourself and the whole point of living is to grow and become a better, stronger and hopefully, more interesting person,” Gamble, 41, told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia last year when asked about her personal life.
Deadline reported early Monday that Gamble was the female employee who lodged a complaint with her managers alleging misbehavior by Shell, who resigned Sunday after a company probe.
The Washington Post has reached out to CNBC for comment.
Prior to the shocking discovery, Gamble was most known for being one of the last Western journalists to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin before the invasion of Ukraine last year.
Russian state media accused Gamble of posing “as a sex object” in order to distract Putin while interviewing the Russian leader at an energy conference in Moscow.
During the October 2021 sitdown, Gamble wore a tight black dress while quizzing Putin, who told her that she was “too beautiful” to understand some of the answers to her questions.
Russian state media alleged that Gamble was sent to interview Putin as part of a “special operation” hatched by the US government.
Gamble was even likened to “Basic Insinct” star Sharon Stone for her body language toward Putin, which included “casting wistful glances” and acting “shamelessly” by licking her lips and rolling out her tongue.
“Hadley squeezed into a tight black dress, fluffed up her flowing hair, and put on a pair of nude leg-lengthening Louboutin high-heel pumps,” a Russian state media commentator said.
“I had just turned 40 and this man was telling me I looked beautiful, instead of answering the question, it made me laugh,” Gamble told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia when asked about her Putin interview.
During her stint as a CNBC anchor based in Dubai, Gamble has sat down with the likes of Pope Francis, Jordanian King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.
When asked how she maintains her composure when interviewing world leaders, Gamble said: “There’s this element of no fear.”
“I don’t see anyone as more powerful than I am,” she said.
“Once they are in that seat, I have them. Unless they run off the stage, they’re mine.”
Gamble told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia that she enjoys wearing three-inch heels, though she is always on the lookout for higher heels.
“The higher the better,” she is quoted as saying.
Gamble, a Tennessee native, began grooming horses on a farm when he was 10 years old.
“I think shoveling manure gave me a very different perspective on everything we cover,” she told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
“This was not the life that had been prescribed to me,” she stated of her journalism job.
She worked as a stringer for The Associated Press and Reuters after graduating from the University of Miami in 2003, covering Florida’s gubernatorial race.
She was employed at the age of 22 as a production assistant for ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”
“Watching Peter mark up every script in his show with his famous red crayon, sending them back for revision after revision until they were just right gave me a real sense of the importance of our work.” “It’s about accountability and trust,” Gamble told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
She was hired by CNBC in 2010 as an anchor and reporter, a position she held for five years.
CNBC appointed Gamble as senior foreign correspondent in 2018. She is presently the host of “Capital Connections,” which airs on the Middle East’s business channel.