Perks at 30 Rockefeller Center include access to the executive bathroom and an automated victim-detention system.
Lauer, who was paranoid about being followed by tabloid reporters, grew more emboldened at 30 Rockefeller Center as his profile rose following Katie Couric’s departure from “Today” in 2006. His office was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up. This afforded him the assurance of privacy. It allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him, according to two women who were sexually harassed by Lauer.
On Twitter many people are asking the right questions: Who the fuck signed off on Lauer’s Secret Door Locking Button? Why weren’t they fired?
And generally: What the entire fuck is wrong with NBC?
Based on the Variety article, Lauer made no effort to hide the fact that he thought women were put on this planet to amuse his wang. However, he brought in the dollars so as far as his bosses were concerned, he was a star who could do anything he wanted to.
As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.
On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.
He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.
Several women told Variety they complained to executives at the network about Lauer’s behavior, which fell on deaf ears given the lucrative advertising surrounding “Today.” NBC declined to comment. For most of Lauer’s tenture at “Today,” the morning news show was No. 1 in the ratings, and executives were eager to keep him happy.
It really can’t be overstated that for every trashbeing who makes an overdue trip to the dumpster, there are countless enablers – not to mention fellow travelers – who should go with him. But they will get to keep their jobs. And likely hire something just as bad to replace him.