NBC News has fired the executive who spearheaded its talent booking department following accusations of inappropriate conduct with multiple women.
Matt Zimmerman, senior VP of booking, news and entertainment, had been with NBC News since at least 2004. He was promoted in 2014 to head a unit designed to handle guest bookings for “Today” and other NBC News programs.
“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy. As a result he has been dismissed,” NBC News said in a statement.
Zimmerman is the latest entertainment figure to fall from grace due to a sexual harassment scandal. More women have begun speaking about their experiences with harassment in the entertainment industry following the bombshell news reports against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of harassment, assault and rape over a thirty-year period.
The industry has begun cutting ties with those accused of harassment and assault, including actor Kevin Spacey, who was accused of trying to seduce actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14, and director-producer Brett Ratner, who was accused of sexually harassing at least six women. Comedian Louis C.K. has acknowledged engaging in sexual misconduct with at least five women.