A longtime NBC News executive has been terminated after reports surfaced of him taking part in “inappropriate conduct” with at least one female victim. He has since taken down his Twitter account and has not responded to the allegations publicly.
Matt Zimmerman, who was the network’s vice president of booking, news, and entertainment, was fired on Tuesday after working for NBC for 13 years, New York Daily News reported.
“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman,” an NBC spokesperson told the newspaper. “As a result he has been dismissed.”
Zimmerman reportedly rose to a prominent position in the network thanks to his close personal and professional relationship with “Today” co-host Matt Lauer. He began as Lauer’s personal booker and eventually rose to a position that allowed him to oversee all guest bookings, Fox News reported.
According to NBC News, “the nature of the accusations against him were not immediately clear, though NBC policy requires executives to notify the human resources department if they are dating a direct report.”
He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2004 and was hired by NBC News, where he remained until his firing on Tuesday. Zimmerman has since taken down his Twitter page and has declined all requests for comment.
Zimmerman’s termination comes weeks after NBC parted ways with political contributor Mark Halperin amid allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women while working at ABC News. The network was also soundly criticized for not covering the Harvey Weinstein scandal before the New York Times eventually blew the story wide open.