It is said to have come in response to a proposal from the agency’s creative team to produce a skincare advert featuring two men touching hands. The idea was rejected by Nivea and the campaign did not run.
One of the FCB employees on the conference phone call is gay, according to Ad Age, the marketing trade magazine that first reported the story.
FCB announced to its employees in an internal memo obtained by Ad Age that it will resign its global Nivea account when contracts expire at the end of the year. The memo did not address the alleged remark. Had it not resigned, FCB would have been put into the position of defending the account. Nivea will soon be announcing a "holding company creative review," according to FCB's memo, which came from FCB Global CEO Carter Murray.