A top Amazon TV boss left after less than a year amid reports she made ‘inappropriate comments’ in a meeting

Heather Schuster.

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Heather Schuster.
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  • Heather Schuster, head of unscripted TV at Amazon Studios, is leaving following an internal investigation into alleged comments she made in a meeting, according to Deadline.
  • Variety reported that Schuster “engaged in verbally abusive behavior.”
  • As Amazon’s head of unscripted TV, Schuster was responsible for Jeremy Clarkson’s motoring show “The Grand Tour.”

A top Amazon television executive has left the company amid reports she was the subject of an internal investigation into alleged inappropriate comments she made during a meeting.

Deadline broke the news that Heather Schuster, head of unscripted TV at Amazon Studios, has stepped down. Variety and The Los Angeles Times followed up with similar reports confirming the original story.

The company declined to comment on the circumstances of Schuster’s departure, but confirmed to Variety that she was leaving. Business Insider has contacted Schuster for comment.

Variety went further than Deadline and reported that Amazon was investigating allegations Schuster “engaged in verbally abusive behavior.” Deadline also said the probe looked at “possible misuse of power.”

As Amazon’s head of unscripted TV, Schuster was responsible for Jeremy Clarkson’s motoring show “The Grand Tour.” She took up the role in October 2017 having previously worked at companies including Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Schuster is the latest high-profile US television executive to depart abruptly over comments made internally. Amy Powell, the head of Paramount Television since 2013, was fired last month for “racially charged” comments made in a conference call. Netflix’s Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland stepped down in June after admitting he had spoken in an “insensitive” manner.