Sources have said that women employees of CNN said they would refuse to work with Laurer if he was hired.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker has been forced to address online rumors that disgraced anchor Matt Lauer was making his TV comeback on the news network — telling all employees, “there is absolutely no truth at all in the reports that Matt is coming to CNN.”
The rumors started raging after Page Six exclusively revealed last month that Lauer had come out of seclusion in the Hamptons to attend Zucker’s magic-themed 54th birthday bash at NYC’s McKittrick Hotel, alongside current CNN stars, including Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. A relaxed-looking Lauer was seen laughing and chatting with Zucker at the celebration.
Zucker became Lauer’s boss at “Today” in 1992 and the pair remained good friends after the TV exec moved up the ladder at NBC, then left to produce Katie Couric’s ill-fated syndicated talk show at ABC, later jumping ship to become the current head of CNN.
While Lauer has been shunned by many in the broadcasting world after he was fired by NBC in November 2017 following allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior,” he and Zucker have remained close. Both men have recently been through divorces, but it is not believed that Lauer and estranged wife Annette Roque have settled theirs yet.