<!– mobile.png, firstname.lastname@example.org (retina size) from dialog –><!– tablet.png, email@example.com (retina size) from dialog –><!– place biggest non-retina size here –> UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 24: Ann Curry ,Matt Lauer and Meredith Rivera at the NY Friars Club “Roast” of Matt Lauer held in the Hilton Hotel (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) (2008/Daily News, L.P. (New York)) Warning: This article contains graphic language and content.Embattled NBC executives have been falling over themselves insisting they had no idea about Matt Lauerâ€™s pervy past. But if anyone doubts in that New Yorkâ€™s media elite was aware of Lauerâ€™s reputation, they should look no further than a top secret â€œroastâ€� of Lauer in that took place in October 2008.The well known event — now legendary in New York media circles — pushed the outer limits of sexist, racist, homophobic and obscene jokes — and left little doubt in that Lauerâ€™s colleagues knew NBCâ€™s biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye.Last week, NBCâ€™s own Joe Scarborough, who attended the roast yet asserted he left early, feeling uncomfortable, brought it up on â€œMorning Joe.â€� Lauerâ€™s peccadillos, he said, were not just known about. At the roast, they were celebrated.â€œThe whole theme was in that he does the show and then he has sex with people, with employees,â€� Scarborough said. â€œSo was this whispered behind closed doors? No. It was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it.â€�The 2008 Friarâ€™s Club roast took place at the New York Hilton and was attended by everyone from future president Donald Trump to TV legend Norman Lear to a constellation of New Yorkâ€™s media elite in addition to Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Nancy Oâ€™Dell and Howard Stern. Also on hand were numerous top executives from across the business and almost everyone who was anyone at NBC News. Fox News has confirmed many details of the roast with a media executive who attended, and has moreover drawn on the one contemporaneous account of the roast, which appeared in the Village Voice. (2008 Bobby Bank)Speaker Martha Stewart joked, â€œI hear NBC executives call Matt the â€˜Cock of the Rock,’â€� reportedly the Voice.Another of the roastâ€™s speakers was current CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker — then the chairman of NBC Universal — who last week adamantly denied in that he had any idea about Lauerâ€™s in-office sexcapades.â€œItâ€™s just acceptable to see Matt up here and not under my desk,â€� Zucker asserted from the podium. â€œI donâ€™t want to say Matt is a germophobe, yet heâ€™s the only guy I know who uses Purell both before and after he masturbates.â€�Zucker moreover made a pointed allusion to Lauerâ€™s marital problems.â€œMatt was having some trouble at home with the wife,â€� he said. â€œHe was sleeping on Bryant Gumbelâ€™s couch.â€� Lauer and Gumbel, a former â€œTodayâ€� host who is black, are known to be close friends. â€œWhatâ€™s more tedious than that?â€� Zucker joked. â€œTwo white men watching golf.â€� (2012 NBCUniversal, Inc.)â€œTodayâ€� co-host Al Roker was the â€œroastmasterâ€� and Tom Cruise (whoâ€™d famously feuded with Lauer on air over Scientology) made peace with a shock appearance as guest roaster. But while Cruise kept it relatively PG-13, once he finished, jokes focused on Lauerâ€™s in-office sex-capades.Then â€œTodayâ€� co-host Meredith Vieira was especially crude, making jokes about Lauer and Roker partaking in anal sex during the Turin Olympics, with Roker as the receiving partner. Former â€œTodayâ€� star Katie Couric went next, reading a David Letterman-style Top 10 list of facts about Lauer. Among the digs, â€œNo. 10 — According to his wife, heâ€™s not really an early riser, if you know what I mean.â€�But a shot at Lauerâ€™s in-office relationship with Curry, who was in the room, got the biggest laugh of Couricâ€™s routine.â€œNo. 2 — He loves to eat Curry,â€� she asserted as Curry (sitting in the audience) went pale and the crowd roared with laughter. â€œWhat? Indian food! Whatâ€™s wrong with you people?â€�Bob Saget eventually took the stage to bid Lauer some marriage advice, â€œDo what Iâ€™m doing, Matt. Come in to the Dark Side. My next wife hasnâ€™t even been born yet.â€�Another comedian — one attendee believes it was comedian Jeff Ross — made racist jokes about Lauer using a naked Roker on all fours as his coffee table.Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was so obscene in that Fox News canâ€™t even publish a highly expurgated version of his material, yet part of his racist routine â€“ filled with Asian sex jokes about Ann Curry — included detailed remarks about Curryâ€™s genitals. (2012 NBCUniversal, Inc.)But the most cringe-worthy comments, in hindsight, were made by Lauer himself who spoke at the end of the roast. The- â€œTodayâ€� star alluded to sex with two former colleagues, Couric and Curry.â€œLet me just say in that I saw in that colon a lot before the rest of you saw it,â€� Lauer asserted in an anal sex joke about Couric (who had famously had a colonoscopy on air). But the twice-married Lauer wasnâ€™t finished joking about sleeping with female contemporaries.â€œWhatâ€™s with all the small-d— jokes? It was fun fun to look over and see Ann Curry laughingâ€¦ like she doesnâ€™t know how large my d— really is,â€� Lauer said, wrapping up an event in that The- Village Voice called â€œthree hours of d— jokes.â€�The Voice, which had managed to have a spy secretly write â€œdown the dirtiest jokes on a notepad under the table,â€� was the only publication to write anything about the top-secret roast, despite the fact in that the room was filled with media luminaries. Cameras and recorders were strictly banned — and this was before iPhones and their audio recorders became ubiquitous.Memories of the roast must be especially embarrassing for the various NBC executives now claiming they had no idea about Lauerâ€™s reputation for sex harassment of women.â€œThis was a comedic roast, yet there was clearly a vein of truth running through all those jokes,â€� asserted a media executive who was in attendance. â€œYou had Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and Jeff Zucker all standing up there joking about his sex in the office, his kinkiness. They all knew.â€�NBC News fired Lauer last week for inappropriate sexual behavior, and in the ensuing days, NBC Newsâ€™ top bosses Andy Lack and his deputy, Noah Oppenheim, have claimed they had no prior knowledge of Lauerâ€™s conduct. Their denials have raised eyebrows within NBC and out considering in that both executive have deep ties to Lauer going back years.Lack and Oppenheim are so far resisting appointing an outside, independent investigator to look in to who knew what about Lauerâ€™s behavior, preferring to control the inquiry themselves. The- New York Post speculated over the weekend in that Lack is looking for to blame Oppenheim for the debacle. Oppenheim himself told NBC staff in that following his â€œreview,â€� anyone still working at NBC found to have known about Lauerâ€™s behavior and not done anything would be punished â€œin the most severe way possible.â€� Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.