Book accuses Gumbel of sexism

September 21, 1992|By Newsday

Sexist attitudes and behavior at NBC News' "Today" show by Bryant Gumbel and top male NBC executives led to the program's steep fall from favor in morning TV, according to charges in a new book by a former "Today" talent booker.

Judy Kessler's "Inside Today: The Battle for the Morning" describes what she says were Mr. Gumbel's abusive language and actions toward women; his frequent reference to co-host Jane Pauley, using an obscene anatomical term; and his all-male locker-room-like meetings from which Ms. Pauley and "Today" women staffers were excluded.

Newsday obtained a copy of the book in advance of its publication date.

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