Weinstein fire keeps spreading behind the talent wall of A-listers and into the halls of Hollywood's movers and shakers. Next up on the chopping block is Matt Zimmerman of NBC Universal, Senior Vice President for Booking, News & Entertainment. Following accusations of sexual misconduct, NBCU announced that Zimmerman's employment with the company was terminated as of Tuesday.
“We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at NBCU, which violated company policy,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap. “As a result he has been dismissed.”
NBCU did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged sexual misconduct, nor the number of Zimmerman's accusers.
The now-seemingly disgraced exec joined NBCU in 2004 and moved up to oversee guest booking for the “Today” show in 2012.
Zimmerman's firing follows that of NBC News contributor Mark Halperin, who was let go from the network after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment while he worked at ABC News.
As noted by TheWrap, NBC's spate of firings raises questions as to why the network passed on "running former MSNBC host Ronan Farrow’s original Harvey Weinstein bombshell despite having both on-the-record allegations and police audio of Weinstein making unwanted sexual advances and admitting to past instances of sexual assault." NBC missed the mark, and Farrow's piece was published in The New Yorker after The New York Times exposed Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator.
“I walked into the door at The New Yorker with an explosively reportable piece that should have been public earlier and immediately, obviously The New Yorker recognized that,” said Farrow. “And it is not accurate to say it was not reportable and there were multiple determinations that it was reportable at NBC.”