CBS Top Exec Glenn Geller to Take Leave of Absence After ‘Mild’ Heart Attack

“I’m on track for a full recovery,” CBS Entertainment president says in memo to staff

Last Updated: March 29, 2017 @ 8:23 PM

CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller is taking a leave of absence after suffering a “mild heart attack,” TheWrap has learned.

In a memo to staff on Wednesday, Geller announced that he’d be “resting at home for a couple of weeks,” and that he is “on track for a full recovery.” He won’t return to the network until the end of May, which puts him out of commission for the network’s Upfront presentation on May 17.

“While it will be very strange not being in the trenches with you during this crazy time of year, I have all the confidence in you — our creative teams and talented executives — shepherding our terrific pilots,” Geller wrote. “I know you will all carry the CBS flag to Carnegie Hall with distinction. I’ll be watching with pride.”

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves also sent a memo, calling on CBS employees to “step up” in Geller’s absence. No announcement was made as to who will take over Geller’s responsibilities in the upcoming weeks.

“Of course, Glenn’s leadership, hard work and creativity will be sorely missed. But the team at CBS Entertainment has been together a long time. There is no better group of executives across all of our departments,” Moonves wrote. “You all know what to do, and will now need to step up with the same energy, dedication and passion that you bring to your jobs every day — and just a little bit more, given the situation.”

Read the memos from Geller and Moonves below:

Hi everyone.

As many of you know, I experienced a mild heart attack recently and I’ve been resting at home for a couple of weeks. The good news is the doctors have given me an excellent report card and say I’m on track for a full recovery. The bad news is that pilot season and the Upfront isn’t the best environment to achieve that recovery. After consulting with my doctors, my husband, and my family, I plan to take off a few more weeks and return at the end of May.

I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received from Leslie and my 3rd floor colleagues over the past few days. While it will be very strange not being in the trenches with you during this crazy time of year, I have all the confidence in you — our creative teams and talented executives — shepherding our terrific pilots. I know you will all carry the CBS flag to Carnegie Hall with distinction. I’ll be watching with pride.

All the best,
Glenn

To: All Department Heads at CBS Entertainment

By now you have heard the news about Glenn and his need to take some time off to get better. Fortunately, Glenn’s medical prognosis is good and he is recovering nicely. Our thoughts are with him and we are fully supportive of Glenn focusing on restoring himself to 100%.

At the same time, it’s clear that we must now adjust ourselves to a new situation as we finish our pilots and head into the Upfront. The good news is that, quite simply, there is no organization better equipped for the task at hand.

Of course, Glenn’s leadership, hard work and creativity will be sorely missed. But the team at CBS Entertainment has been together a long time. There is no better group of executives across all of our departments.

You all know what to do, and will now need to step up with the same energy, dedication and passion that you bring to your jobs every day – and just a little bit more, given the situation.

As always, I am here to help the team in any way achieve what we all want from this pilot season: great programming and a spectacular new schedule.

Thanks as always for your talent, your hard work and your support. And it goes without saying, we all wish Glenn a speedy recovery.

Leslie