Former NBC “Today” co-host Meredith Vieira was heartbroken to learn about co-worker Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct scandal.
The original “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” host opened up to Andy Cohen on Monday’s “Radio Andy” about the handful of broadcast personality’s facing sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations.
“It’s heartbreaking when you’re in the business and you know people, or you think you know people, and then to hear the stories come out,” said Vieira. “I obviously was away from the ‘Today’ show when all this happened with Matt. I was in L.A. actually when the news broke and [was] shocked, like everybody else.”
“My phone was going crazy in the middle of the night and I thought ‘what is going on?’ And it was people in New York telling me put on the TV,” she continued. “Obviously, it hadn’t played yet in Los Angeles.”
Vieira and Lauer co-hosted “Today” from 2006 to 2011.
“There’s been a problem that has been ignored, and a lot of people have been hurt, and I think they deserve to have their truth told,” the TV personality said of the #MeToo movement. “What I hope happens from all of this is that we create a workplace where women and men will feel safe.”
Lauer was released by NBC News in November after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour.”