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Thursday, November 30, 2017

"Hypocrite" Matt Lauer Fired From NBC News Over Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
By Terence Cullen and Leonard Greene
11/29/2017

Today host Matt Lauer was a hypocrite of the highest order, reporting on the sexual harassment downfall of entertainment industry bigshots while using his power to abuse women for years, a portrait of the abruptly fired anchor revealed.


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Despite denials from NBC, staffers said Lauer’s bad behavior was no secret at the network, which axed him Wednesday.

Colleagues in the know grew increasingly uncomfortable putting together sexual harassment stories about people like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey given what they believed about Lauer, according to Variety.

That included an allegation that Lauer, 59, gave a colleague a sex toy as a present and attached an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, the magazine said.



The report also said Lauer once summoned a different woman to his office, dropped his pants to show her his penis, then reprimanded the employee for not engaging in a sexual act.

Variety additionally wrote that Lauer, who is married and has three children, was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages.

Lauer was also reported to have had an office door he could lock with a button installed under his desk, giving him the privacy he needed to initiate inappropriate contact with women on the show’s staff.


Guthrie delivers disgusting Lauer obit: “I’m heartbroken for Matt,” Guthrie continued. “He is my dear, dear friend and my partner. And he is beloved by many, many people here.”


“He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married,” a former producer told Variety.


“So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”


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Staffers said Lauer frequently used his editorial clout at “Today” to dismiss stories about cheating husbands.

But that got increasingly difficult to do as the sexual harassment snowball rolled through Hollywood — and the TV news industry, squashing the careers of such big names as “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose and Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly.

Lauer found himself in the judgment seat in September when interviewing O’Reilly, who was bounced from that network in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.

Lauer, in a testy back and forth, asked O’Reilly if he’d ever sent lewd text messages to colleagues. O’Reilly said he had not.

“Think about those women and what they did,” Lauer said.




“They came forward and filed complaints against the biggest star at the network they worked at. Think about how intimidating that must have been. Doesn’t that tell you how strongly they felt about you?”

Variety said several women complained to NBC executives about Lauer’s behavior, but nothing was ever done.

But when a woman went to the network Monday night with a detailed complaint of inappropriate conduct from Lauer that began during a trip to the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued for several months, NBC wasted no time giving Lauer — and his $25 million salary — the heave-ho.

“As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” NBC News chief Andrew Lack wrote in a staff memo that gave no specifics about Lauer’s alleged behavior.

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”




The firing appeared to be sudden, as Lauer’s stunned colleagues emotionally broke the news on air Wednesday morning.

The decision to fire Lauer also left the network scrambling for a replacement co-host for the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday night.

“As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated,” said “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie, who choked up while breaking the news. “I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and partner.”

Lack told staff Lauer understood why he was being fired and even said he was sorry, sources told CNN.

Reporters from The New York Times met with Lauer’s unnamed accuser Monday afternoon, the newspaper said, but noted she wasn’t ready to go public about her experience.




Ari Wilkenfeld, the woman’s lawyer, said they met with NBC officials for “several hours” Monday night.

“Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace,” Wilkenfeld told The Times on Wednesday.

“While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.”

A Variety reporter also tweeted that the trade magazine had been working on a piece about misconduct by Lauer.

Lauer’s departure comes not long after the network fired Matt Zimmerman, who was in charge of booking for “Today” and other programs, for “inappropriate conduct,” Variety reported Wednesday.

Although women said they had complained to NBC about Lauer in the past, the network, “unequivocally” denied any prior knowledge of his alleged bad behavior.




The anchor, who was under contract through 2018, was one of NBC New’s highest-paid talents.

He started filling in at the show 25 years ago while still working with local affiliate WNYC.

Lauer became a full-time reporter with “Today” in 1994. He was tapped to co-host the long-running morning show 20 years ago when Bryant Gumbel left.

His tenure featured major interviews like Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006, but it was also marred by the well-documented departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012.

The two reportedly clashed, forcing Curry out at the network.

Rumors swirled in 2016 that Lauer and fellow “Today” host Natalie Morales had an affair — the end of which prompted her to move to “Access Hollywood” in Los Angeles. Lauer denied those suggestions to several media outlets.

Lauer’s wife, Annette, once accused him of “cruel and inhumane” behavior against her in a 2006 divorce filing that In Touch Weekly obtained three years ago. The divorce papers, which accused Lauer of “extreme anger and hostility,” were pulled within three weeks and the couple reconciled, the magazine reported.




The firing comes amid a wave of sexual harassment allegations, which began with scores of women accusing Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s biggest movie producers, of improper acts.

A week ago, Rose was fired from CBS and PBS after numerous women accused him of sexual misconduct over decades.

Lauer is the second high-profile figure to get the boot at his company after MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin was let go in October. Several women accused the “Game Change” author of sexual harassment while he was ABC News’ political director.

NBC News is among the networks grappling with misconduct claims over the years.

Fox News nudged out ratings king O’Reilly earlier this year after reports he and the network quietly settled several sexual harassment lawsuits.

The conservative-leaning network also parted ways with founding CEO Roger Ailes in 2016, after he was accused of sexually harassing several women at Fox News, including Megyn Kelly.




President Trump was quick to weigh in on Lauer’s termination.

“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” Trump tweeted. “But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”



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