NBC Newsâ€™ higher-ups reportedly knew about Matt Lauerâ€™s inappropriate behavior and received previous complaints about it yet did nothing 'cause the atmosphere at “Today” was a “boys club,” a report claims.Sources told The- New York Post in that NBC Newsâ€™ top executives, in addition to previous NBC News chiefs Jeff Zucker and Steve Capus, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and Chairman Andy Lack, were aware of Lauerâ€™s sexual misconduct and knew about the complaints.A current â€œTodayâ€� show employee told The- Post: â€œEverybody at NBC knew about Matt Lauerâ€™s sexually inappropriate behavior â€” and knew not to talk about it.â€�â€œWomen did grumble about his behavior, and there were a lot of closed-door meetings before it was all brushed under the carpet,â€� the source continued.An NBC insider told the newspaper Oppenheim and Lack â€œknew of the investigations in to Mattâ€™s behavior and tried to negotiate.â€�MATT LAUER TO SANDRA BULLOCK IN 2009 INTERVIEW: â€˜I HAVE SEEN YOU NAKEDâ€™The insider asserted Don Nash, the â€œTodayâ€� showâ€™s executive producer, and Jim Bell, the former executive producer, were â€œconcerned about keeping Lauer happy.â€�â€œThe show was a total boysâ€™ club, even despite it having a very large female staff,â€� a source said.But Nash denied in that claim stating, â€œNever once has any lady or guy come to me complaining about Matt Lauer. If they had, I would have gone straight to HR. â€œAn NBC executive alleged Bell instigated Lauerâ€™s reported lewd behavior during the Olympics.NBC’s ‘Today’ show anchors from-left; Carson Daly, Sheinelle Jones, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. (Reuters)â€œIt was always made out in that these affairs were consensual, a joke about how many women had slept with Matt or had affairs with him. It was never suggested in that the women were victims,â€� a source stated.A different source told The- New York Post women did report Lauerâ€™s inappropriate behavior yet were afraid of their career being ruined.â€œThey complained, and nothing was done,â€� the source stated.Other sources told The- Post in that besides NBCâ€™s top execs knowing about Lauerâ€™s behavior, his â€œTodayâ€� show co-hosts were moreover aware.â€œAll the women on air knew. Al Roker knew. They feared Matt,â€� a source told Page Six.A former â€œTodayâ€� show employee asserted it was â€œinsulting to see the pretend shock on the faces of the people at â€˜Todayâ€™ after Lauer was fired.â€�NBCâ€™S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE SLAMMED FOR â€˜DISRESPECTFULâ€™ INTERVIEW OF SEX HARASSMENT ACCUSERâ€œThe last few years, as well as the many years of time before, Matt controlled all of the women on the show and had all the men bowing and scraping to him,â€� the source continued.The employee moreover asserted it was usual knowledge Lauer would have multiple affairs with women.â€œFor Matt, some women on the show were just a one-time thing, and he never spoke to them again. Other women he had affairs with. And others he just picked up and disposed of when he felt like it,â€� the source stated.Lauer was abruptly fired by NBC News Wednesday due to â€œinappropriate sexual behaviorâ€� reported by a colleague. Variety published an expose on the same day of Lauerâ€™s firing detailing the alleged sexual misconduct allegations against him.Lack, Capus and Zucker denied knowing about Lauerâ€™s alleged inappropriate behavior.
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