NBC Reportedly Upset at Al Roker

NBC Reportedly Upset at Al Roker

Overview

After Al Roker called out U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte for lying about a robbery in Rio, the internet praised him. But executives at NBC are reportedly unhappy with the weatherman’s rebuttal to co-anchor Billy Bush.

Roker disagreed with Bush on the “Today Show” about Lochte’s apology for the blunder. Fellow anchor Matt Lauer interviewed the gold medalist and viewers criticized his softball questions.

The athlete told Lauer he “overexaggerated” his robbery tale.

Initially, Lochte said men posing as police officers stopped him and his teammates. He claimed one held a gun to his head and cocked it. Then, his story changed. Lochte said the group stopped at a gas station and the supposed robber pointed the gun at him and not against his head.

On Aug. 19, Roker boldly proclaimed Lochte lied, putting down Bush’s claim that only some details were false.

“He lied. He lied to you. He lied to Matt Lauer,” the morning show veteran said. “He lied to his mom. He left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled.”

Today, sources told Page Six executives and anchors tried to explain away the disagreement.

“There were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Al’s over-the-top behavior,” one source said. “Several insiders found themselves wanting to distance themselves from his response.”

The website also reported the “Today Show” struggled to cover the scandal while maintaining a relationship with the US Olympic Committee and athletes.

“It was a great thing to watch online, but a lot of NBC staff thought that he took it way too far for something that, while it was certainly a legitimate issue and certainly bad behavior by Lochte, outrage to that level just wasn’t justified.”

But a network executive told the celebrity news site that is not true.

“No one feels this way. In fact, everyone here is happy — specifically with the ‘Today’ show’s great ratings.”