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Seth Meyers Tweaks NBC Over Matt Lauer, As NBC News Attempts to Save Face

Seth Meyers Tweaks NBC Over Matt Lauer, As NBC News Attempts to Save Face
A time-honored network upfronts tradition is when a late night star comes out to roast his network, and Seth Meyers didn’t disappoint. Meyers opened his portion of NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday morning with a Matt Lauer quip that both surprised and delighted the audience of advertisers.

“It’s not surprising for NBC to be dramatic, we are home to the number one drama on television,” Meyers said. “A show that each week gives us twists and turns, heartbreaking reveals, and this season the departure of a once beloved character. I’m talking of course of, ‘This Is the Today Show.'”

He added: “Hoda Kotb replaced Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the ‘Today Show’ this year and she has been incredible. Everyone here at NBC is so proud of Hoda. Although, I’m not sure Kathy Lee is happy about it. I saw her drinking at 10 a.
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Tom Brokaw Accuser: No Interest In Talking To NBC Unless Outside Counsel Investigates

Linda Vester says she has no interest in speaking to NBCUniversal about her accusations against Tom Brokaw unless the company hires outside counsel to investigate its longtime anchor — apparently not thinking too much of the company’s NBC internal probe of Matt Lauer, results of which were released this week. NBCU tells Deadline that it “has reached out to Ms. Vester via her attorney to discuss her allegations, and so far she has not accepted our offer.” Vester has…
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Tom Brokaw Accuser Rejects NBC News Internal Investigation

NBC has offered to look into sexual harassment and assault allegations against Tom Brokaw by former NBC correspondent Linda Vester. But Vester has declined the request at this point, because the network wouldn’t bring in outside counsel to run the investigation.

“We will not be participating in any investigation by NBC of NBC,” Ari Wilkenfeld, Vester’s attorney, told Variety. He added that he informed the news organization that his client would be “more than willing” to participate if there was an investigation commissioned by outside counsel.

Wilkenfeld says he has not heard back yet from NBC about his request.
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Tom Brokaw Accuser: Not All Sexual Harassers ‘Look and Act Like Harvey Weinstein’ (Video)

Linda Vester spoke about her accusations of sexual misconduct against NBC News icon Tom Brokaw, telling the set of “Good Morning America” Thursday that not all harassers look like disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“Some people might be tempted to believe all harassers look and act like Harvey Weinstein,” Vester told anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It’s not true.”

“Some of them look like cultural icons, like Tom Brokaw,” Vester continued. “And they can be decent during the day to a lot of people, and actually be really kind a lot of the time, and yet still have hidden behavior.”

Also Read: NBC Shares Findings From Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Investigation

The former NBC and Fox News journalist said she had no interest in speaking with reps for NBC News until they agreed to launch an outside investigation into her accusations.

“As soon as NBC News or NBC Universal hires outside counsel to do a proper thorough investigation, I would be glad to sit down with them,” she said. “I think it’s common sense. You can’t investigate yourself. You can’t. You just can’t. There’e an internal bias. That’s just how it works.”

Vester’s appearance is the second in a one-two broadside against the network in the wake of their internal investigation into Matt Lauer. On Wednesday, Vester blasted her former employer in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, urging them to stop fighting against the MeToo movement.

“I want NBC to stop fighting #MeToo within its own walls. I ask NBC Universal to retain an outside investigator to look into sexual harassment and any coverup of sexual harassment at NBC News,” she wrote. “People in power at NBC News, and all institutions, must take such accusations seriously.”

NBC’s internal investigation received backlash online Wednesday amid accusations that it had been less that thorough. In a statement to TheWrap the company defended their findings.

“Two outside law firms, Proskauer Rose and Davis Polk have reviewed the methodology, findings and conclusions and given their stamp of approval,” said an NBC News spokesperson.

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Tom Brokaw Accuser Reveals Why She Came Forward

Linda Vester, the former NBC correspondent who recently accused Tom Brokaw of making unwanted advances and acting inappropriately during their time working together in the 1990s, penned a column for The Washington Post, published Wednesday, to explain why she came forward in the first place.

"I am not filing a lawsuit; I am not asking NBC or Brokaw for money," Vester wrote. "I came forward for a simple reason: to let the public know that otherwise good men — men who treat women well or are even their champions — can also commit acts of sexual harassment."

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'Tonight Show' Racial Lawsuit Challenges NBC's Treatment of Brokaw & Lauer

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Two white cameramen who are suing NBC -- claiming the network is racist -- allege the network has a pattern of protecting itself and sweeping misconduct under the rug ... and they are pointing to the Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer cases. Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino were cameramen on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, until they got fired for receiving racist text messages from a 'Tonight Show' stagehand. They claim they were singled out by Questlove,
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Gayle King on New Charlie Rose Allegations: ‘I Feel Sick to My Stomach’

Gayle King on New Charlie Rose Allegations: ‘I Feel Sick to My Stomach’
CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King spoke out on Thursday’s edition of the show about the latest allegations aimed at Charlie Rose and CBS News management, marking another entry into the growing list of awkward on-air moments stemming from sexual harassment charges leveled at prominent news personalities.

CBS This Morning” covered the report in Thursday’s Washington Post that some 27 additional women have come forward with allegations about sexually charged and inappropriate conduct by Rose. The Post report detailed claims that CBS News management had been made aware of at least three complaints about Rose over a 30-year period.
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NBC News Rolls the Dice on Tom Brokaw Defense: "This Is Not Black and White"

When allegations of groping first surfaced about Sen. Al Franken last November, more than two dozen women who worked with the Democratic politician at Saturday Night Live circulated a letter of support. “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize,” the letter began. The women faced backlash on social media, and Franken eventually resigned as more allegations emerged.

Now a similar effort is being waged on behalf of Tom Brokaw, a towering figure at NBC News who remains a special correspondent at the network. Approximately 100 women — current and former...
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NBC News Urged Its Anchors to Report on Supportive Tom Brokaw Letter (Exclusive)

On Monday, NBC News staffers received a memo with guidance from the network’s standards and practices on how to handle reporting a sensitive story about sexual harassment allegations against Tom Brokaw.

The note, which Variety has obtained, stated: “As always in cases where sexual misconduct is alleged, we should be scrupulous in reflecting all sides.”

The network went on to enumerate, in great detail, exactly how on-air reporters should frame Brokaw’s side of the story. “Include relevant portions of Brokaw’s denial, his email and the email in support of him, signed by more than 60 colleagues,” read the instructions,
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Tom Brokaw, Another Unlikely Name Added to the Sexual Harassment Docket

You might have thought that the sexual harassment allegations were starting to simmer a bit but obviously that’s a misconception as the latest name added to the list of sexual harassment charges is none other than the esteemed news anchor Tom Brokaw. You might remember him from his many faithful years as a broadcaster and you might think he’d be one of the very last people you’d ever see in this type of article, but the issue is going around like a virus as more and more women step forward to announce that they were in some way abused, harassed,

Tom Brokaw, Another Unlikely Name Added to the Sexual Harassment Docket
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Lawyer of Matt Lauer Victim Blasts NBC News ‘Top Management’ After More Sexual Harassment Claims (Exclusive)

Lawyer of Matt Lauer Victim Blasts NBC News ‘Top Management’ After More Sexual Harassment Claims (Exclusive)
Ari Wilkenfeld, the civil rights lawyer who represented the victim of sexual misconduct whose complaint got Matt Lauer fired, is calling on NBC News to hire an outside firm to investigate a growing number of sexual harassment allegations made by current and former employees.

In the days after Lauer was fired for inappropriate behavior last November, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said that NBCUniversal’s legal team would be conducting an inquiry. He also pledged sexual harassment training for employees and “cultural assessment” sessions within his organization.

“The problem is not just the superstar harassers, it’s the top management,
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Mika Brzezinski Joins Rachel Maddow And Others In Letter Supporting Tom Brokaw

Mika Brzezinski Joins Rachel Maddow And Others In Letter Supporting Tom Brokaw
Updated: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski’s has added her name to the more than 60 women who signed a letter supporting NBC News veteran Tom Brokaw after sexual harassment allegations against him were published by Washington Post and Variety: Add me to the list. https://t.co/KpoPznW67m — Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 28, 2018 The Morning Joe co-host joined Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, and more than 60 other women who currently or formerly worked at NBC News, who…
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Rachel Maddow, Maria Shriver Sign Letter Defending Tom Brokaw

Rachel Maddow, Maria Shriver Sign Letter Defending Tom Brokaw
Over 60 of Tom Brokaw's female colleagues – including Rachel Maddow, Maria Shriver and Andrea Mitchell – signed a letter in defense of the former NBC Nightly News anchor following sexual harassment allegations against Brokaw.

"As professional women, we fully endorse the conversation around abuse of power in the workplace. In the context of that conversation, we would like to share our perspectives on working with Tom Brokaw," the 64 women – a mix of "producers, correspondents, anchors, directors, executives, researchers, personal assistants, editors and technical staff" – wrote in their letter.

"We are current
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Rachel Maddow & 63 NBC Staffers Defend Tom Brokaw Against Sexual Harassment

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Tom Brokaw's current and former colleagues at NBC, including Rachel Maddow, are coming out strong in his defense against sexual harassment allegations. Maddow, Maria Shriver and longtime NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell -- along with 61 other women -- all signed the letter stating, "Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect." According to the letter, the women are anchors, directors, executives, personal assistants and technical staff who've worked with Tom over 4 decades. They added,
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Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell Among More Than 60 Women Voicing Support for Tom Brokaw

Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell Among More Than 60 Women Voicing Support for Tom Brokaw
Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Kelly O’Donnell and more than 60 other women have voiced their support for Tom Brokaw in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled against the NBC News veteran.

The letter signed by current and former NBC News staffers praises Brokaw “as a man of tremendous decency and integrity” and as one who “treated each of us with fairness and respect.” It comes on the heels of reports in the Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances to former NBC News anchor Linda Vester in the mid-1990s.

Brokaw,” the letter reads,
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Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell Back Tom Brokaw in Letter Signed by 64 Insiders

One day after two women alleged Tom Brokaw sexually harassed them at NBC News in the 1990s, a cadre of female journalists including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell and Maria Shriver have signed a letter characterizing the veteran journalist as "a man of tremendous decency and integrity."

In the letter, sent Friday, current and former colleagues of the NBC News special correspondent write that "Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers."

The signees, who write that collectively they have worked...
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Tom Brokaw Slams Sexual Misconduct Claims as "Sensational": "I Was Ambushed"

Tom Brokaw Slams Sexual Misconduct Claims as
Tom Brokaw sent a personal message to his NBC News colleagues denying sexual harassment allegations made against him and staring that he was "ambushed," a report says. The Washington Post and Variety reported on Thursday that former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester and another anonymous woman, who said she worked as a production assistant at the company, claim the 78-year-old veteran newsman sexually harassed them in the '90s. Via a statement issued by NBC News, Brokaw soon denied both allegations. On Friday, the Hollywood Reporter posted what it said was an email Brokaw had sent to colleagues. In the text, he focuses on Vester's allegations and denies them...
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Tom Brokaw Denies Sexual Harassment Accusations, Says He Was 'Ambushed'

Tom Brokaw Denies Sexual Harassment Accusations, Says He Was 'Ambushed'
Tom Brokaw is responding to accusations of sexual harassment with a vigorous denial.

The longtime NBC news anchor has fired back at media reports that allege Brokaw made unwanted sexual advances towards former NBC co-worker Linda Vester. In a letter to colleagues obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Brokaw said he “was ambushed and perp walked” by the reports “as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement” he earned in his decades of TV journalism.

Brokaw also detailed his recollection of his interactions with Vester in the letter, denying any wrongdoing
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Andy Lack Acknowledges Tom Brokaw Allegations, Promises Matt Lauer Probe Results Next Week

In time for NBC Nightly News to include it in a report about a sexual harassment allegation against former host Tom Brokaw, NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent a memo to staff acknowledging the claims had been made. In his memo, Lack also promised results of his division’s investigation into the Matt Lauer scandal as soon as next week. In his note to staffers, about a day after The Washington Post and Variety published claims made against Brokaw, Lack said NBC News takes the…
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NBC News Chief Addresses Brokaw Allegations, Says Internal Review Nears End

The top executive at NBC News reiterated that the Comcast-owned operation takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously in the wake of charges levied by a former NBC News employee at legendary anchor Tom Brokaw, and signaled that a review of how the unit handled accusations made against former “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer was nearing an end.

“As you have all seen now in reports from last night, there are allegations against Tom Brokaw, made by a former NBC News journalist, which Tom emphatically denies,” said Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, in a memo to employees. “As we’ve shown,
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