Former NBC host Linda Vester dashed NBC News' claims that they were previously unaware of ex-employee Matt Lauer's alleged sexual behaviors. Lauer was ultimately dismissed from NBC as a result of those allegations.
When further details of the allegations came to light in Ronan Farrow's book Catch and Kill, NBC described Lauer's conduct as "appalling, horrific and reprehensible".
She told Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News: 'There needs to be an outside investigation into this company.
The letter specifically calls out NBC News chairman Andy Lack and his top deputy, Noah Oppenheim, along with MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
Former broadcasters for NBC News signed a letter directed to Comcast Board of Directors and CEO Brian Roberts asking that they open a new investigation into the alleged cover-up of sexual misconduct reported in Ronan Farrow's explosive new book Catch and Kill.More news: UCLA ends 11-year drought against Stanford with 34-16 win
In Farrow's book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, he alleges NBC covered up for Harvey Weinstein alleged misconduct in order to protect Lauer.
However, the report did note that Mr. Lauer would frequently make sexual jokes in nature, act flirtatious, and make statements with sexual overtones. "That's why you've got to get somebody on the outside", Kelly said. "They investigated themselves, that doesn't work".
A group of high-powered women in media pushed back Thursday night against NBCUniversal's refusal to launch an independent investigation into allegations of widespread sexual misconduct and coverups at NBC News. "It is also worth noting that this was a corporate investigation that was conducted by an nearly entirely female team, none of whom are part of the News division".
"No comment on that", Kelly told Carlson.
She said: 'There's a question of the faith and confidence of the public and the reporting of NBC on matters involving itself.More news: "Zombieland: Double Tap" Recaptures The Undead Fun Of The First One
Kelly, who was sacked from NBC last October, called on the peacock network to release all of Lauer's accusers from their non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
"I think that's an inherent problem that has to stop at NBC News", she explained. During the 20-minute interview, the axed Today host accused NBC of committing a "legal sleight of hand", and she demanded that the network "release any and all Matt Lauer accusers from their confidentiality agreements" so that they can tell their stories. The TVs star said that the fact that NBC chose to conduct an internal investigation - rather than hire a third party to conduct it - following Lauer's sex scandal, only shows that they are hiding something.
Hillary Smith, the company's official rep, went on to say that NBC eliminated Matt within 24 hours of hearing about what he did, and after he was gone, they launched an investigation right away. "Great. Let's not hide anything". "Show us all of the agreements, the enhanced severance agreements that were reached, or at least the numbers, so we can see which ones pop out". He told "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos that "there were seven non-disclosure agreements" and "multiple ones of those were with Matt Lauer accusers".
"If these are the people overseeing the investigation into NBC - they had Kim Harris, the general counsel, do the investigation - then how are people supposed to trust it?"More news: Lebanon Drops WhatsApp Tax as Thousands of Protesters Hit the Streets