Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and others demand independent probe into NBC News

Brenda Watkins
October 19, 2019

"According to the book ['Catch and Kill'], NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and MSNBC President Phil Griffin also have a record of sexually harassing female subordinates".

"TV insiders say Kelly's hard spell at NBC has made her "radioactive" to the large news organizations, even before she went on TV to trash her former bosses", Page Six reported, adding, "Instead, she is launching her own video podcast, just like O'Reilly, whose subscription service to show "No Spin News" has proven to be vastly profitable..."

Carlson invited Kelly on his primetime program to discuss the bombshell claims in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow's new book "Catch and Kill", which alleges that NBC buried his reporting about Harvey Weinstein that helped spawn the national #MeToo reckoning and covered up the sexual misconduct accusations against Lauer.

Yesterday former host Megyn Kelly called for her ex-employer to launch an independent investigation into allegations Lauer forcibly kissed and raped TV producer Brooke Nevils.

News chief Noah Oppenheim denied some of the allegations contained in Farrow's book and insisted that they were conspiracy theories and smears.

As for her fellow signees, Carlson sued former Fox News head Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, which led to his dismissal.

Carlson, Kelly, McManus, Van Susteren, Vester, and Zinone all signed the letter, which asked Comcast to "overturn the network's refusal" to conduct an independent investigation into the misdeeds and alleged cover-ups at NBC.

Megyn claimed the organization "investigated themselves", insinuating a conflict of interest, before going on to say that they needed to get an impartial company to look into claims.

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Hilary Smith told the Hollywood Reporter: 'There is no additional investigation being launched. "We fired Matt Lauer within 24 hours of learning what he did, and promptly launched a corporate investigation".

'Based on our investigative findings, we have swiftly taken appropriate actions to address the situation and improve workplace culture. Hillary added "it was worth noting" that every member of the team was female, and they weren't part of the News section of the network.

"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.

Kelly's star rose as she received praise for confronting President Donald Trump about his story of misogynistic comments during the 2016 presidential cycle. Farrow writes that NBC News not only knew about Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct but also attempted to cover it up. Let's not hide anything.

'Show us all of the agreements, the enhanced severance agreements reached or at least the number so we can see which ones pop out and which ones are super high.

Earlier in the day, former NBC News host Linda Vester made a similar proposal, saying: 'Comcast, the parent company, should launch a real investigation with outside investigations right away'. 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".

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