NBC executives and colleagues of Matt Lauer's knew about his behavior long before he was fired because of it.
“It is insulting to see the pretend shock on the faces of the people at ‘Today’ after Lauer was fired. This is just theatrics,” a former “Today” show staffer said, according to Page Six.
“Everybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauer’s sexually inappropriate behavior — and knew not to talk about it,“ a current ”Today" staffer revealed. Those who knew about Lauer's indiscretions started at the top, sources said.
Both NBC chiefs Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim "knew of the investigations into Lauer's behavior and tried to negotiate,” per the report. Current CNN president and former NBC news executive, Jeff Zucker, was also aware of the complaints, an NBC insider told Page Six.
The source explained what the culture was like in the NBC offices.
There was a boys’ club mentality in the control room and in the hallways, and any complaints about that were dismissed. It was always made out that these affairs were consensual, a joke about how many women had slept with Matt or had affairs with him. It was never suggested that the women were victims.
Lauer was fired Wednesday after an NBC employee came forward with allegations of sexual harassment.
“We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct,” the company said in a statement, according to Page Six.