“HMMMMM INTERESTING…..THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HOSTILE INTERVIEW WHILE I WAS TRYING 2 EXPOSE THE #TRUTH….EH MATT?” Feldman tweeted.Variety had been working on their piece about allegations against Matt Lauer for months before Wednesday’s firing. NBC was aware of the reporting, according to reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister. The network declined to comment on the story. CNN reports that the New York Times was also working on its own investigation into Matt’s alleged sexual misconduct. The employee who filed the complaint against Matt met with the New York Times on Monday, but said she was not ready to publicly tell her story.
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Fortune already noted, Lauer has been one of NBC’s biggest names (and faces) for decades—and he had the salary to prove it, reportedly pulling in at least $20 million per year. Lauer’s importance to NBC matched the size of this huge paycheck, and his departure leaves huge shoes for someone to fill.
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Variety wrote. “He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once said made a suggestive reference to a colleague’s performance in bed and compared it to how she was able to complete her job, according to witnesses to the exchange. For Lauer, work and sex were intertwined.”Megyn Kelly at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference. Getty Images
Meanwhile, some speculation swirled in the wake of Lauer’s firing that Curry could actually make a dramatic return to the Today set five years after an awkward, emotional on-air goodbye that, again, was reportedly spurred by Lauer’s own dislike of her. In response to Lauer’s firing, Curry told People that she’s still “processing” the move, but she offered a statement that reflected on the current trend of prominent men being called out and, in some cases, fired over inappropriate sexual behavior. “We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe,” Curry said.
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The harassment would reportedly escalate when Lauer went on business trips—particularly when he was covering the Olympics—where he would invite NBC colleagues to his hotel room late at night, Harvey Weinstein-style. Perhaps most disturbing of all, back in New York, “his office [at NBC] was in a secluded space, and he had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up … [allowing] him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him,” as Variety puts it.
FollowCheat SheetPoliticsEntertainmentWorld NewsHalf FullArts and CultureU.S. NewsTechHunt for the CureScienceAnnotation‹ HomepageNext in Arts and Culture ›ENOUGHWhy Are Women The Ones Who Have To Clean Up Matt Lauer’s Mess?Rather than bashing Savannah Guthrie for how she handled the news of Matt Lauer’s firing, it’s time to focus on the bosses at NBC and other companies who enabled sht**y men.Erin Gloria Ryan11.29.17 3:01 PM ETThis morning, NBC viewers learned of Matt Lauer’s dismissal—over sexual misconduct claims—from two of his former colleagues, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.We should not expect the female coworkers and colleagues and friends of sexual harassers to clean up this mess. Blame for this and all institutional harassment falls squarely on the shoulders of those most empowered to do something and did nothing.
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On Wednesday morning, Ari Wilkenfeld, a civil rights lawyer with the firm Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson in Washington, said he represented the woman who had made the initial complaint to NBC, but declined to publicly identify her. In a statement provided to The Times, he said:It wasn’t quite The Matt Lauer Show, but that may have, at times, just been semantic: Lauer got many of the big interviews and his particular wry yet knife-twisting style of interviewing defined the show’s voice. Much of that, given what has been alleged against him, now comes in for re-evaluation—like, for instance, the events surrounding one co-host’s departure. Ann Curry and Lauer were reported not to have gotten along, and Lauer was reported to have been a major factor in her leaving the show in 2012. “It was obvious to [the show’s executive producer] and others that Lauer wasn’t trying hard enough to make it work with Curry because he simply didn’t like her. Off air, Curry and Lauer had no relationship and barely spoke,” New York reported in 2013. “If he stayed, Curry would be gone.” When she announced her departure on-air, Curry openly wept and grimly turned away from Lauer.Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption
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Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and "Today" colleague Hoda Kotb were given the rough task of breaking the news of Lauer’s firing to viewers on Wednesday.
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And though everyone at Today show, now and former, officially expressed their “shock” over the morning’s news, Variety reported Lauer’s conduct was not a secret among Today staffers, citing several sources. At least one anchors liked to gossip about stories she had heard, spreading them among the staff. As one former reporter at the news operation claimed, “They protected the shit out of Matt Lauer.”
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Variety on the condition of anonymity but whose accounts were also corroborated by friends and colleagues, detailed a pattern of behavior that was inappropriate and abusive. “As the co-host of NBC’s Today, Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified,” read the article’s lede paragraph. “On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.”Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about
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“I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he is beloved by many, many people here,” she continued. “And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague that came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
In a report from The New York Times, employment law litigator Ari Wilkenfeld says he represents the female who complained of Lauer’s alleged behavior to NBC. Though the Times says Wilkenfeld declined to identify his client, he did provide a statement to the news outlet.
Variety reported allegations by unnamed women, of Lauer giving a sex toy gift with a note on how he would like to use it, of exposing himself, and loving to play the game “fuck, marry or kill,” in which he would identify the female TV news co-hosts he’d most like to shag.
“Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie was joined by colleague Hoda Kotb as she reported on Lauer’s dismissal Wednesday morning.
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Continue reading the main story She said NBC’s human resources department had contacted her Wednesday to ask her about her allegations.”We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated, and we are still processing all of this,” she said. “I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists.She says the “Today” show has been her family for 16 years and learning about the allegations against Lauer is very difficult. Morales made her comments while hosting “Access Hollywood.”
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In a statement to TheWrap, the accuser’s lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld said he was proud of his client and pleased with how NBC responded to her accusations.
Matt Lauer and Annette Roque Lauer with Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern at Apollo in the Hamptons 2017 in East Hampton, N.Y., on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo: Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)MoreTheir public appearances together, however, are infrequent — maybe once a year. For as much as Lauer reports to us about other people, he’s kept his personal life fairly private. Maybe (or maybe not) that’s because his marriage made major headlines in 2006 when Roque, while pregnant with their third child, filed for divorce from Lauer, citing “cruel and inhumane” treatment. The court documents, obtained by the tabloid National Enquirer, stated that Lauer demonstrated hostility and anger toward her.
Variety and declined to comment for Variety. Lauer could not be reached for comment.“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” Lack said in the memo.ABC News’ JuJu Chang and Matt Foster contributed to this report.The lawyer for Matt Lauer’s accuser is praising NBC for acting “quickly and responsibly” to fire the “Today” show host for alleged sexual abuse.Lauer is the latest well-known American man to be brought down by abuse accusations in recent weeks.
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For the last two months, @EWagmeister and I have been reporting on a story about serious sexual harassment allegations against Lauer. There were multiple victims. https://t.co/jW2QEeDOqo
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“Lauer said, ‘You don’t let your No. 1 guy go unless you have information that you think makes him look culpable.’
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delivered an impassioned monologue reacting to Lauer that expounded on the recent flood of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Variety’s report, compiled over the course of two months from dozens of anonymous statements given by Lauer’s former co-workers, reveals a culture of impunity that allowed Lauer to aggressively pursue sexual relationships with female colleagues, openly comment on their appearances, and crudely speculate about their sex lives on set. One source says that Lauer once gave her a sex toy as a gift, along with an explicit note detailing “how he wanted to use it on her,” while another says that one day Lauer called her into his office, dropped his pants to expose his genitals, and then reprimanded her for quickly leaving the room.
Obviously, they worked things out (rather quickly), but that tarnished his squeaky-clean façade. It also led to many more rumors about Lauer’s personal life — mostly that he was unfaithful. A few years later, in 2010, the Lauers found themselves denying a report that they split and Lauer had moved out of their home, which included gossip about his gallivanting with women at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. In an interview with People, he acknowledged past difficulties in the marriage, but he called reports that he cheated on his wife “ridiculous” and “offensive.”