After two high-profile former NBC employees this week called for a new outside investigation into the conduct of former “Today” show fixture Matt Lauer, the company responded by saying no new investigation is in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes NBCUniversal spokesperson Hillary Smith saying: “There is no additional investigation being launched. We are very confident in the report that was conducted.”
The news comes after former NBC host Megyn Kelly criticized NBC during an appearance with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, as we reported Thursday.
“There needs to be an outside investigation into this company,” Kelly is quoted saying during the appearance. “They investigated themselves. That doesn’t work. … This is how it’s done. You get somebody on the outside who can be trusted.”
THR adds: “Earlier in the day, former NBC News host Linda Vester made a similar proposal. ‘Comcast, the parent company, should launch a real investigation with outside investigations right away,’ she said. (Former ‘Today’ show employee Addie Zinone also endorsed an outside investigation in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.)”
The NBCU spokesperson, Smith, added: “We fired Matt Lauer within 24 hours of learning what he did, and promptly launched a corporate investigation. Based on our investigative findings, we have swiftly taken appropriate actions to address the situation and improve workplace culture. It is also worth noting that this was a corporate investigation that was conducted by an almost entirely female team, none of whom are part of the News division.”