Embattled NBC News President Noah Oppenheim told employees Friday that he had launched an investigation into who knew about fired “Today” host Matt Lauer’s bad behavior and didn’t report it — and promised harsh retribution for any employee who had kept silent.
The New York Post reported that Oppenheim made the comments at a tense meeting with the staff of NBC’s prestigious “Nightly News” program.
“I can tell you, on a personal level,” Oppenheim said, “that if there is anyone who works here, who still works here, who knew about this and didn’t report it, this is going to be dealt with in the most severe way possible. And that is why were are conducting this review.”
Lauer was fired late Tuesday after he was found to have carried on “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a female colleague. The next day, a shocking report in Variety detailed multiple claims of crude behavior by the morning show star.
Among the allegations: that Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy with an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her; that he exposed himself to another female co-worker; that he would question female producers about their sex lives; and that he would talk about which co-hosts he would like to sleep with. Variety also said Lauer had a secret button under his desk that allowed him to lock his office door remotely, affording him privacy for his sexual conquests.