NBC News’ higher-ups reportedly knew about Matt Lauer’s inappropriate behavior and received previous complaints about it but did nothing because the atmosphere at “Today” was a “boys club,” a report claims.
Sources told The New York Post that NBC News’ top executives, including previous NBC News chiefs Jeff Zucker and Steve Capus, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and Chairman Andy Lack, were aware of Lauer’s sexual misconduct and knew about the complaints.
A current “Today” show employee told The Post: “Everybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauer’s sexually inappropriate behavior — and knew not to talk about it.”
“Women did complain about his behavior, and there were a lot of closed-door meetings before it was all brushed under the carpet,” the source continued.
An NBC insider told the newspaper Oppenheim and Lack “knew of the investigations into Matt’s behavior and tried to negotiate.”
The insider said Don Nash, the “Today” show’s executive producer, and Jim Bell, the former executive producer, were “concerned about keeping Lauer happy.”