More people are weighing in on Matt Lauer‘s sexual misconduct scandal.
As we’ve been reporting, a couple videos have resurfaced showing the disgraced journalist making lewd comments to his former co-host, Meredith Vieira.
Her husband, Richard Cohen, has now told TMZ in response to the allegations that his wife was never offended by the Today show alum — in fact, they had a very close relationship and those comments were not off limits. Cohen made sure to make the point of how great of a guy Lauer is… hm.
Similarly, former Today show executive producer Jeff Zucker (who is now president of CNN) says he was unaware of Lauer├óΓé¼╦£s alleged “deviant, predatory behavior” during their time working together.
Zucker said of the allegations:
“It’s incredibly disturbing, what we’ve learned in the last 24 hours in the reporting from the New York Times and Variety. Incredibly sad. First of all, you have to feel for the women who endured this and lived with it and have come forward. And obviously, I’ve known Matt for 25 years, and I didn’t know this Matt. What’s chronicled incredibly well in Variety and the New York Times is deviant and predatory behavior. Obviously that is not something that I was ever aware of, or had even heard of it, or had ever been suggested, or anything like that. It’s just incredibly heartbreaking.”
When asked if he experienced a “boys club” culture while working at NBC, Zucker explained:
“That’s not the way I would have characterized the show, at all, at the time. In that time that I was there ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I was at NBC for 25 years of my career ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ no one ever brought to me, or to my knowledge ├óΓé¼┬ª there was never a complaint about Matt. There was never a suggestion of that kind of deviant, predatory behavior ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ not even a whisper of it. Nothing like that. I can’t say that that’s the culture that we lived in.”
We guess only time will tell if that’s true or not…
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