The former Today host prefaces his piece at Mediaite: “I had originally intended to release this in November of 2019, but personal considerations at that time, and later news events impacting us all, delayed those plans. This week The New York Times published a piece that was highly critical of Ronan Farrow’s journalistic methods and standards. Ronan stood by his reporting in response. The Times story prompted me to move forward with my own findings.”
“There is no additional investigation being launched,” a spokesperson says. “We are very confident in the report that was conducted.”
NBC News staffers, including star reporter Pete Williams, on Thursday peppered NBC News President Noah Oppenheim about explosive revelations from Ronan Farrow’s new book casting network executives as dismissive and neglectful of sexual-misconduct allegations.
NBC Chairman Andrew Lack, in a memo sent to network staff on Wednesday, said the network hadn’t known of Matt Lauer’s behavior with Brooke Nevils until the day before he was fired. An internal investigation uncovered no claims or settlements associated with allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lauer before he was fired, Lack said.
Matt Lauer is denying the explosive allegations that he raped a co-worker in 2014 as “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.” The rape accusation, made by former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils and detailed in Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, is “filled with false details” Lauer said today in a statement to news organizations.
Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put in his way that caused him to publish the story in The New Yorker instead; and how Weinstein hired an investigative firm to stop him. But Farrow’s most explosive interview in the book is with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee whose complaint about Matt Lauer led to the co-anchor’s firing from Today in 2017.
Momentum at CBS This Morning, the most buzzworthy morning show for a handful of years, stopped dead with Charlie Rose’s firing. Last week CBS announced the exit of Ryan Kadro, the show’s top executive who had worked there since its 2012 launch, leaving an uncertain future. Today is hardly problem-free — remember Megyn Kelly? — but it has the steadiest audience of all three network morning shows. The elevation of Hoda Kotb into Lauer’s role is widely perceived as a winner.
Former Today anchor Ann Curry says she’s not surprised by the allegations that got former colleague Matt Lauer fired and that there was an atmosphere of verbal sexual harassment at the NBC show when she worked there.
Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer’s “Today” co-host for several years, broke her silence Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations against him. Couric told People magazine: “I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left.” She departed NBC in 2006 to anchor the “CBS Evening News” and has been criticized […]
NBC executives have moved swiftly and adroitly to clean up Lauer’s mess. The question that remains, however, is if they are in for any surprises.
NBC won’t be paying out any of the remaining terms of Matt Lauer’s contract in the wake of his recent controversial dismissal.
NBC News, under intense scrutiny since it fired Today anchor Matt Lauer in the wake of revelations of incidents involving him and sexual harassment under its corporate aegis, said Fricay that it would conduct an internal review of its handling of the matter.
People in and outside NBC are raising questions about the network’s assertion that it had never received complaints about fired Today show co-anchor Matt Lauer before Monday, pointing to shifting language in the network’s own statements about the fired star. After saying there were no complaints over 20 years, the network later stressed there were no complaints to “current management.”
Accounts of Matt Lauer’s behavior at NBC are the result of a two-month investigation by Variety, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers. Variety has talked to three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer, and their stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues that they told at the time. They have asked for now to remain unnamed, fearing professional repercussions.
Why the departure of the longtime Today host — who was abruptly fired by NBC after an allegation of sexual impropriety — represents much more than a casting change.
Today announced this morning: “Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
Bill O’Reilly said his ouster from Fox News in April was “a political and financial hit job” and that the sexual misconduct allegations against him are untrue in his first TV interview since the event. O’Reilly joined Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday to say there was “no smoking gun” to give credence to the complaints made against him.
Matt Lauer is staying put at Today. The anchor has re-signed his contract with the NBC morning show — it will keep him as co-host for at least two more years at $20 million per year.
At least one unnamed NBC executive has admitted that Matt Lauer’s interview performance in its Commander-in-Chief Forum Wednesday was a “disaster.” Both Lauer and his close buddy Andy Lack, NBC News and MSNBC chairman, are getting walloped for a possible lack of preparation and a definite lack of on-air fact checking. Officially, NBC isn’t speaking to criticism of the event.
When Lester Holt presides over the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, he may look to Wednesday night’s presidential forum hosted by NBC News colleague Matt Lauer as a warning. Lauer was blasted on social media for his performance at the Commander-in-Chief forum, especially among supporters of Hillary Clinton. Then he took took heat from political journalists for not challenging Trump when he claimed that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.
Before the debates get underway, NBC News’ Today co-anchor Matt Lauer will moderate the first joint candidate event of the 2016 general election. The NBC News/MSNBC Commander-in-Chief Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from New York.
Three years after NBC’s Today show suffered a humiliating fall from first to second place in the morning ratings race, the show has found its way back to first, partly through the leadership of Lauer and his co-host Savannah Guthrie. It is a case study in television and a case study in perseverance.
The anchor will be staying with the show for multiple years, saying “I consider this the best job in broadcasting.”
An eye infection will keep Bob Costas off NBC’s primetime Olympic broadcast for a second straight night. Costas said on a “Today” show phone call Wednesday that his eyes are so sensitive that they are tearing up even in dim light. Matt Lauer will again replace him. Costas began the Olympics with a viral infection […]
NBCU executives work to grow the Today show bench as ABC’s Good Morning America makes ad-revenue gains. And the debate over who might replace Matt Lauer, said to earn nearly $25 million annually on a deal that extends to early 2015, is as delicate as it will be public.
NBC News Chairwoman Patricia Fili-Krushel is trying to line up a replacement for embattled Today show host Matt Lauer in case Lauer exits before his $25 million contract ends next year — or the show falls even further behind arch rival ABC’s Good Morning America.