Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct scandal shook NBC to the core. As more details of Lauer’s double life come to light, the network is doing everything in its power to assure the public that the situation has been handled — and that nobody else was involved. But just how much did network executives and co-workers know about Lauer’s deviant behavior?
According to Vanity Fair, nobody associated with NBC knew about. All his Today co-stars say they had no idea what was going on behind closed doors and the network has hired outside human resource consultants to better train employees on the need to report sexual harassment in the workplace.
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The swift actions by NBC, which included immediately terminating Lauer and coming clean about his actions, have saved other employees, like chairman Andy Lack, from losing their jobs. That said, one inside source claims that pretty much everyone on Today knew about Lauer’s sexual predation.
More than one inside source told Vanity Fair that they do not believe NBC wastowards female employees. Not only did most of his misconduct happen inside his office, but Lauer was best friends with NBC chairman Andy Lack. For somebody who vacations with Lauer on a regular basis, it’s unlikely that he didn’t at least have some suspicions about what was going on. In fact, one source claims that everyone on staff knew what Lauer was doing and that it was only a matter of time before someone came forward.
There is good reason to believe that NBC’s newest host, Megyn Kelly, influenced some of the workers to come forward with their stories. Kelly’s morning segment has not done well in the ratings department, and though her reps deny her involvement, she could have hastened Matt Lauer’s downfall.
There are also rumors that Billy Bush and Ann Curry prompted some women to report their interactions with Lauer, though nothing has been made official. Shortly before Lauer’s scandal, his longtime booker, Matt Zimmerman was accused of sexual misconduct. Zimmerman and Lauer were very close friends, and the former Today host fought the network to keep Zimmerman on board.
At this point, we don’t know for sure if anyone else knew about Lauer’s misconduct, but it is hard to believe that his double life escaped the notice of everyone working at NBC.
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Shortly after the news dropped, Lauer issued an apology for his actions. The former Today host was accused of some disturbing behavior over the years — sending sex toys as gifts, calling female co-workers to his office and exposing himself, and even making sexual advances on a woman to the point where she passed out in his office.
Lauer targeted pages, interns and production assistants the most and could allegedly lock his office while seated at his desk. Although Lauer’s scandal was a huge embarrassment to NBC, ratings for Today increased in the wake of his dismissal. The network has not made an announcement regarding who will replace Matt Lauer, though rumors hint that they might bring on another female anchor to fill the part.