Current and former staffers at NBC News have reportedly rebuffed claims from the network’s top executives that news of Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct came to them as a shock. Lauer was fired after reports that he allegedly sexually harassed three women, including a female intern and a colleague whom he allegedly assaulted after locking her in his office using a special button fixed underneath his desk.
“Everybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauer’s sexually inappropriate behavior — and knew not to talk about it,” a current Today show staffer, speaking anonymously, told The New York Post. “Women did complain about his behavior, and there were a lot of closed-door meetings before it was all brushed under the carpet.”
Another NBC insider told the Post that NBC News chiefs Jeff Zucker and Steve Capus had received complaints from women about Lauer’s behavior, and that current NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and chairman Andy Lack “knew of the investigations into Matt’s behavior and tried to negotiate.” Lauer’s co-hosts were allegedly aware of his behavior as well.
“Matt’s sexual conquests were general office fodder,” a staffer said. “There was constant innuendo in the office about which woman had just had sex with Matt and which one would be next.”
Another former Today staffer said it was “insulting” to see the Today show hosts pretend to be surprised at the news, adding that Lauer would use women on the show for sex and then “[make] it clear that if they ever spoke out or crossed him, they would be fired from the show, negative stories leaked about them, and their careers would be destroyed.”
Zucker, Capus, and Lack have all denied prior knowledge of Lauer’s alleged behavior, and according to at least one Today show source, “the current talent” on the show were also unaware of the allegations against him.
Read the full story at The New York Post.