Sources Say NBC Won't Pay Settlement to Matt Lauer
Network is refusing to budge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2017 10:18 AM CST

  • "Appalling" behavior. In a company-wide email sent out Friday, NBC chairman Andy Lack said many employees had asked why Lauer's "appalling behavior" wasn't reported sooner. "This week we saw that when an employee comes forward to report misconduct, the system works," he wrote, per the Hollywood Reporter. "The complaint is quickly assessed and meaningful action is taken. But we also learned that we must do a much better job of making people feel empowered to take that crucial first step of reporting bad behavior."
  • Consequences for staying silent. According to Page Six's sources, Oppenheim told staffers in Friday's meeting that a review is being conducted to find out why it took so long to expose Lauer's behavior. "If there is anyone who works here, who still works here, who knew about this and didn’t report it, this is going to be dealt with in the most severe way possible," he reportedly said.
  • "Racking his brain." NBC reports that execs including Lack and Oppenheim confronted Lauer about alleged misconduct after learning that Variety and other outlets were working on stories about him. One exec says that when asked directly about sexual misconduct, Lauer said he was "racking his brain and couldn’t think of anything at all."
  • Standing firm. An NBC source says Lauer's lawyers are trying to negotiate a payment for the remaining time on his contract, but the network's lawyers are refusing to budge, the AP reports.
(Former colleagues say Lauer, who is accused of harassing or assaulting at least three women, was "fixated on women.")

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