The pair worked together for five years but their close relationship crumbled in the aftermath of Lauer’s firing over mounting sexual assault allegations, People reported.
“Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira never spoke again since his firing,” a source told the outlet.
Nevils had been on assignment with Vieira — who had left “Today” in 2011 but returned for Olympic coverage — when Lauer invited her back to his hotel room.
It wasn’t until years later that Nevils confided in Vieira about the sexual encounter with Lauer, the book reports. With Vieira’s encouragement, Nevils formally reported the incident in 2017 to the Peacock network, leading to Lauer’s dismissal.
Vieira previously said that her relationship with Lauer has become “so complicated” in the wake of the scandal.
“Matt and I were very close. He was very kind to me,” Vieira told People.
Lauer denied the bombshell allegations in Farrow’s book in a lengthy statement released Wednesday.
“Today, nearly two years after I was fired by NBC, old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made,” he said in an open letter. “All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.’”