'Everybody knew': Meredith Vieira confronted Matt Lauer about 'bag of sex toys' she found in his office while reports emerge that NBC anchors knew of host's sexual misconduct
- Matt Lauer was asked about a bag of sex toys that Meredith Vieira found in his office while the two co-anchored Today from 2006 to 2011
- He said that it was a gift from a sex therapist the two received, prompting Vieira to say she did not recall that guest or gift multiple times?
- Multiple reports have emerged claiming NBC executives and Today anchors were aware of Lauer's sexual misconduct
- 'This has been going on for months and months and everybody knew it and it was just going to be which girl came forward,' said one industry source?
- 'There was general knowledge within all ranks of NBC between staffers, high ranking executives, other anchors that were on air with Lauer,' reported ABC?
- 'Current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct,' said NBC in a statement
Matt Lauer admitted to having a bag of sex toys in his NBC office during a 2016 interview on Meredith Vieira's short-lived talk show.
He appeared on the program alongside Savannah Guthrie, with Vieira putting her former NBC co-worker in the hot seat at one point.
'I went into your office once, do? you remember this, snooping, and you ?had a huge bag of sex toys,' said Vieira, who co-anchored with Lauer from 2006 to 2011.
An embarrassed Lauer quickly offered a vague excuse, replying: 'Oh wait a minute, can we explain what happened, because you were there. We had a guest on?the show who was a, what was she, a sex?therapist I think, and when she left I think she gave us a shopping back of sex toys.'
Vieira can be seen saying at least twice during his response that she has no recollection of this guest or the bag of toys.
This clip has reemerged amidst multiple reports claiming that Lauer's fellow anchors at Today knew about his sexual misconduct.?
'I don’t know what everyone is so surprised by,' a high-level industry source told Vanity Fair.?
'This has been going on for months and months and everybody knew it and it was just going to be which girl came forward, and who reported it first.'
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ACK:?Matt Lauer was asked about a bag of sex toys that Meredith Vieira found in his office while the two co-anchored Today (Lauer's reacts to the question above)
Not buzzing a bell:?He said that it was a gift from a sex therapist the two received, prompting Vieira to say she did not recall that guest or gift multiple times (above)
Best of friends: Vieira and Lauer anchored together for five years, from 2006 to 2011 (above at the 2012 Olympics)
ABC News released a similar piece on Thursday, with Linsey Davis reporting: 'We had talked to dozens of former and current staffers who say that there was general knowledge within all ranks of NBC between staffers, high ranking executives, other anchors that were on air with Lauer.'
'It appeared to be an open secret from your reporting,' Robin Roberts said to Davis on Good Morning America, adding that Andy Lack 'doubled down overnight saying unequivocally there were no complaints before Monday night.'?
An NBC spokesperson disputed this to DailyMail.com, stating: 'We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.'??
A former colleague of Lauer's told Vanity Fair however that this is likely part of the reason the network passed on Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein expose.
'They were sitting in a glass house and they knew it,' noted the individual.?
Natalie Morales also spoke about the fallout in the wake of these revelations on Access Hollywood.?
'Savannah, Hoda and Al putting on a brave show at last night's Christmas tree lighting. All smiles with the clear tension,' noted Morales.
'Al did put out the nice Instagram pic, not this one, but this was yesterday as the show, they were discovering the news.'
Morales then went on to discuss the amount of work that had to be done prior to air time by the three and the crew at NBC.
'It had to be really hard because the producers had to edit out some of the segments because some of the singers were prerecorded and they had to edit around Matt's part because he had did parts of the introductions,'said Morales, going on to say that people she spoke with at the network were 'shocked' at the new claims.?
'And it all unfolded live as you saw on TV yesterday, with Savannah and Hoda and Al on TV all processed it as they were getting tha,t and they really delivered such heartfelt emotions in that very raw moment and, you know, I can't say enough about how well they handled that.'
Morales went on to say: 'And they really learned about this just moments before going on the air.'
She then confirmed reports that the email was sent to staff announcing the news 10 minutes before Today aired on Wednesday.?
In the news: Kotb and Guthrie prepare to launch into a Lauer segment halfway through the show on Thursday (above)
Another day: Today show hosts ?Savannah Guthrie on the set in New York Thursday (above)
Back at it: Hoda Kotb was once again in for Lauer on the show (above on Thursday)?
Better spirits: Al Roker (above) appeared to be in better spirits than he had been one day prior
Hoda Kotb was in again for Lauer, with her and Savannah Guthrie appearing in considerably good spirits given their marathon Wednesday.
During the opening segment, Today also highlighted the comments made by Morales on Tuesday, who urged the network to do the right thing before stating: 'When and if she wants to tell her story publicly, I'm sure she will, but it did take a lot of courage for her to come forward. It was no doubt a very painful decision.'
Lauer's apology, read out on the show this morning, came hours after more graphic details of the allegations against the host emerged.?
In the latest allegation, a married NBC staffer claimed she woke up in Matt Lauer's office with her pants halfway down her legs after having sex with the anchor until she passed out.?
LAUER ADMITS SHAME AND WRONGDOING
There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.
The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my troubling flaws. It has been humbling.
Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized. But there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.
I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.'
As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC ?
I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.
Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job.
The woman told The New York Times that the longtime Today Show host's assistant had to take her to see a nurse after the alleged encounter in 2001.
The former employee, who was in her 40s at the time, said Lauer first made advances towards her while covering a story away from their New York headquarters in the late 1990s.?
She described moving away from him during a car journey to the airport because he was sitting 'uncomfortably close', to which he apparently replied: 'You're no fun'.
Then, in 2001, she claims the married Lauer summoned her to his office at 30 Rock in New York to discuss work. She says he then used a button under his desk to lock the door and then told her to unbutton her blouse.
She said the veteran broadcaster then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over, and started having sex with her until she fell unconscious.
The woman told The Times she woke up a while later on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, prompting his assistant to take her to seek medical attention.
The ex-staffer, who has not been named, is one of a string of women who have come forward accusing Lauer of sexual misconduct.?
She did not tell NBC about the alleged incident at the time because she thought she could have done more to stop Lauer's actions, and she left around a year later.
NBC executives fired Lauer on Tuesday night soon after they saw a string of lewd messages and explicit photos he sent an intern during the Sochi Olympics, reports suggest.?
His departure was announced by visibly-shaken co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning, and a number of explosive stories on his alleged conduct during his time at the Rockefeller Center quickly followed.?
He has been accused of flashing his penis at one woman and buying another a sex toy.
Here's Matt: Matt Lauer was photographed by DailyMail.com driving out from behind the gates of his $33million Hamptons estate on Thursday morning?
List: Lauer headed into town where he met with an unidentified gentleman, handing him an envelope in the street after stepping out of his car
There was also a stunning revelation that he had a button under his desk that would lock to the door to his office.
It was a security-measure used by most high-profile employees at NBC, but Lauer allegedly used it at least once so he could have sex with the NBC staffer in 2001.???
The NBC investigation that led to his spectacular downfall was sparked by an intern who accused him of sexually assault at the beginning in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.
She shared her account with the human resources and legal departments of NBC News on Monday - Lauer was fired just 24 hours later.
He was sacked so quickly because of lewd messages he sent the female staffer, and at least one explicit picture.
Variety?also spoke with 10 past and present workers at the company who accused Lauer of a vast array of sexual misconduct, including the intern who claims she was attacked at Sochi.?
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