For grateful NBC, Savannah Guthrie changes the subject
Moderator Savannah Guthrie speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with President Donald Trump at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)NEW YORK – Savannah Guthrie did more than just display her journalistic chops at NBC News' town hall with President Donald Trump. As host of the “Today” show, Guthrie knows the importance of time and how to stop an interview subject from filibustering. “The biggest challenge with President Trump is that it’s never a linear conversation,” Swan said. “Why does anyone take Savannah Guthrie seriously?” tweeted conservative talk show host Buck Sexton.
New York attorney general looking into sexual harassment concerns at NBC News
The New York State attorney general's office has contacted multiple women who have raised concerns about sexual harassment at NBC News, according to two people familiar with the matter, as part of an initial inquiry into those concerns. More from NBC News:A spokesperson for the attorney general's office declined to comment. On Monday, NBCUniversal announced that NBC News chairman Andy Lack will step down at the end of this month as part of a larger corporate reorganization. In late 2017, Lack personally went to the apartment of "TODAY" anchor Matt Lauer to fire him, following accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior. A spokeswoman for NBCUniversal said Tuesday afternoon that the company was "unaware" of any investigation by the attorney general's office.cnbc.com
NBC News Digital staff announces plan to unionize
On Tuesday, NBC News laid off about a dozen staffers while sunsetting its digital video studio "NBC Left Field." The New York Times, which first reported the union plans, wrote that NBC News digital employees uncovered pay disparities between white men and women and minorities after creating an anonymous spreadsheet of salaries. The union includes about 150 editorial employees at NBCNews.com, Today.com, Stay Tuned, MSNBC.com and online streaming network NBC News Now. We welcome this dialogue from within our digital organization, and any constructive conversation aimed at building the future of NBC News Digital and ensuring that we're the best we can be. NBC News Digital unionized through the News Guild, which also represents employees at BuzzFeed News, Ziff Davis and Quartz, among other publications.
NBCUniversal says sexual harassment victims can speak out
Former NBC News employees who signed nondisclosure agreements can come forward with their stories of sexual harassment at the network, NBCUniversal said in a statement. The statement was first reported by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who read it on air. "Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation," the statement reads. Maddow read the statement before interviewing Ronan Farrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported on sexual misconduct in the media industry. Lauer has denied the accusations of rape, saying the sexual encounters he had were consensual.
Farrow details lack of enthusiasm at NBC for Weinstein story
Farrow's former producer, Rich McHugh, wrote in Vanity Fair that NBC abdicated its responsibility to relentlessly pursue and tell the truth. Farrow wrote of doubts by Oppenheim that Weinstein was a figure many viewers knew or even cared about. That colleague told Farrow that Lauer raped her in a Sochi hotel room in 2014; Lauer described the sex as consensual. Farrow wrote that Weinstein "had made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer's behavior and was capable of revealing it." The bad blood between Farrow and NBC News has led to a laundry list of he said-he said claims.chicagotribune.com
Ronan Farrow Defends Matt Lauer's Accuser Brook Nevils: 'She Said No to a Physical
"Again, I can't answer specific questions about that but I can say that Matt Lauer's thinking that's represented in this letter is in the book," Farrow replied, referring to Lauer's open letter statement. "Did they allow it because they were afraid information about Matt Lauer was going to get out?" Nevils went on to call Lauer's open letter "a case study in victim blaming." A representative for Farrow also released a statement in the wake of Lauer's open letter. "I was deeply shocked and saddened by Matt Lauer's letter yesterday in response to Brooke's allegations of sexual assault," Zinone said in part.
Matt Lauer's Accuser Brooke Nevils Calls His Open Letter 'A Case Study in Victim
Brooke Nevils is not letting Matt Lauer's statement stand. In a statement toNBC Nightly News on Wednesday, Nevils slammed Lauer's lengthy statement. Theres the Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades, and there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence," she said. Brooke Nevils (@BrookeNevils) October 9, 2019In addition to Nevils, Lauer's former Today show coworkers responded to the "shocking" allegation. Here's what they had to say:RELATED CONTENT: 'Today' Anchors React to New Allegation of Rape Brought Against Matt Lauer Embed Code RestartMatt Lauer's Accuser Brooke Nevils Tweets Her Thanks for Support After Sharing Her StoryMatt Lauer's Divorce: A Timeline of His Split From Annette RoqueAnn Curry Shows Support for Matt Lauer's Accuser Brooke Nevils
What to Know About the Woman Who's Accused Matt Lauer of Rape
Lauer, who was terminated by the network two years ago after Nevils complained of "inappropriate sexual behavior" on Lauer's part, hit back hard Wednesday against her new accusations of rape. We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. But on this night, she said, Lauer pushed her onto the bed, "asking if she liked anal sex," Farrow wrote. It was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn't want to have anal sex," Farrow quotes her as saying. I want to say that we know it wasnt easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then.
Former NBC staffer accuses Matt Lauer of rape in book
(CNN) - When NBC News fired Matt Lauer two years ago, the network said an employee accused him of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." NBC News responded by saying, in a statement, "Matt Lauer's conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. Nevils told Farrow in an interview that the rape occurred while she was in Sochi, Russia, covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lauer invited her up to his room but, according to Farrow, Nevils said she "had no reason to suspect Lauer would be anything but friendly based on prior experience." Nevils told Farrow that once in the room, Lauer forced himself on her and raped her.
Matt Lauer Returns to Public Eye by Dancing and Lip Syncing in Daughter Romy's TikTok Videos
Matt Lauer is having fun with his 16-year-old daughter, Romy. Last month, Lauer and Romy's mom, Annette Roque, finalized their divorce almost two years after they separated in 2017. In August, Lauer and 52-year-old Roque were snapped supporting Romy at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, smiling big while standing together. "Matt and Annette have had an incredibly difficult year," a source previously told ET. Watch the video below for more:RELATED CONTENT:Inside Matt Lauer's Life 1 Year After Sexual Misconduct Scandal (Exclusive)Matt Lauer and Ex Annette Roque Support Daughter Romy Together at Horse ShowAl Roker Wishes Matt Lauer Well Nearly 2 Years After 'Today' Exit
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Finalize Their Divorce
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque have officially ended their marriage. Lauer and Roque married in October 1998 and share three children together: 18-year-old son Jack, 15-year-old daughter Romy and 12-year-old son Thijs. Last August, a source told ET that Lauer agreed to pay Roque $20 million in their divorce settlement. An eyewitness told ET that the pair seemed friendly and spoke a lot to each other. RELATED CONTENT:Matt Lauer and Ex Annette Roque Support Daughter Romy Together at Horse ShowMatt Lauer's Divorce: A Timeline of His Split From Annette RoqueMatt Lauer's Wife Annette Roque Officially Files for Divorce
Matt Lauer's Wife Annette Roque Officially Files for Divorce
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque are officially ending their marriage. ET can confirm that Roque filed for divorce from her husband in Suffolk County Court on Tuesday, July 2. Late last month, a source told ET that Lauer, 61, and Roque, 52, were still finalizing the separation of assets as part of their divorce. "The choice to sell the house in the Hamptons is because of the divorce," the source said. RELATED CONTENT:Matt Lauer 'Moving Forward' as He Sells Hamptons House Amid Finalizing DivorceKathie Lee Gifford Still Texts With Friend Matt Lauer: 'I Believe in Redemption'A Look Back at Matt Lauer's Past Scandals 1 Year After His Firing