NBC’s Report Finding ‘No Evidence’ Management Knew Of Matt Lauer’s Behavior Met With Skepticism
On Wednesday morning, NBC released the findings of its investigation into former TODAY host Matt Lauer’s reported workplace sexual harassment and misconduct. While Lauer was fired late last year following complaints and reports that he had acted in an inappropriate manner with multiple women, the report stated that the network had found “no evidence indicating that any NBC News or Today Show leadership, News HR or others in positions of authority in the News Division received any complaints about Lauer’s workplace behavior prior to November 27, 2017.”
Here’s a look at NBC’s investigation into Matt Lauer’s workplace misconduct, which was just realeased this morning. Report says senior managers were unaware of Lauer’s harassment until just before he was fired in November: pic.twitter.com/XYMdveJUkl
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) May 9, 2018
Among other things, this conflicts with what ex-TODAY anchor Ann Curry had told the Washington Post earlier this year. Curry noted that she had been approached by a woman in 2012 who said she was sexually harassed by Lauer. Curry stated she informed management that they needed to keep an eye on Lauer.
After the release of the report, several media figures sounded off on Twitter, expressing skepticism over the report and its findings.
Ann Curry thrown under the bus again. And, um, this from a network that would not allow Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Weinstein to go forward. https://t.co/s4Jsb4wqR0
— Carol Costello (@CarolHLN) May 9, 2018
Matt Lauer was one of the few "open secrets" where I, some nobody a city away, had heard whispers of it. The notion that NBC management hadn't is ludicrous https://t.co/Hn6Zun7onE
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) May 9, 2018
I'm just going through the report now but I can tell you I have 2 sources who were in management that knew of Lauer's sexual predation. That's not to say they were interviewed by NBC's team or that they were forthcoming when interviewed but just want to note that some people knew https://t.co/rJ6Gdqasb3
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 9, 2018
NBC should have Ronan Farrow investigate whether anyone knew about Matt Lauer
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) May 9, 2018
Ann Curry told the WaPo that she reported concerns about Lauer’s behavior to management. Per report, “members of NBC News and Today Show leadership at the time with whom we spoke denied having any such conversation with Curry.”
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) May 9, 2018