NBC Fires Top Booker Over ‘Inappropriate Conduct’
NBC has fired their top talent booker after he was accused of inappropriate conduct with female employees.
Matt Zimmerman, the senior VP of booking, news and entertainment, worked with NBC since at least 2004 and primarily handled bookings on “Today” and other NBC News programs. He was named SVP in 2014.
“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.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the allegations were recently brought to the attention of human resources. One source told the Reporter that issues involved relationships Zimmerman was having with junior employees, including one direct report. Such relationships are supposed to be disclosed to HR, per NBC News policy.
NBC recently cut ties with journalist and author Mark Halperin, who was accused by at least a dozen women of sexual harassment and assault. The women accused him of inappropriate behavior, including masturbating in front of them, groping them, and more.
Halperin was an analyst at NBC News and was a frequent contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” although the allegations centered around his previous role at ABC News.