The president of Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Television VIAB, -1.96% unit was fired Thursday for inappropriate remarks.
Amy Powell, who ran the unit for five years, was let go because of comments “inconsistent with our company’s values,” said Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Gianopulos in a memo to the studio.
The firing came after an investigation by Paramount’s human resources and legal team this week after complaints were made about Ms. Powell’s conduct, according to the memo. “It is imperative that we uphold our values and ensure that all employees feel safe and included in the workplace,” Mr. Gianopulos said.
While the memo doesn’t disclose what Ms. Powell said, a person familiar with the matter said the remarks in question were “racial in nature.” Specifically she made remarks on a conference call about black women being angry and about black children being raised by a single parent.
A person on the call reported the incident to human resources and it was confirmed by others on the call, but Ms. Powell denied it occurred, the person familiar with the matter said.
A full version of this report appears at WSJ.com.