If it was such a shock to everyone, then please explain how it was such a secret. Here’s why we think that’s just NBC trying to cover their butts.
NBC keeps saying that they didn’t know, but I don’t believe a word of their denial.
1. Back in October 2008, Matt Lauer was the honoree at a Friars Club roast where his sexcapades were front and center.
It seems that the celebrities there had a pretty good sense of Lauer’s scuzzy ways.
The notorious event ─ now legendary in New York media circles ─ pushed the outer limits of sexist, racist, homophobic and obscene jokes — and left little doubt that Lauer’s colleagues knew NBC’s biggest star had a troubled marriage and a wandering eye.
Last week, NBC’s own Joe Scarborough, who attended the roast but said he left early, feeling uncomfortable, brought it up on “Morning Joe.” Lauer’s peccadillos, he said, were not just known about. At the roast, they were celebrated.
“The whole theme was that he does the show and then he has sex with people, with employees,” Scarborough said. “So was this whispered behind closed doors? No. It was shouted from the mountaintops and everybody laughed about it.”
Source: Fox News
The one thing that Scarborough notes is that the rumors all were about ‘consensual’ relationships.
At least one woman accusing Lauer of harassment has said that she felt trapped and didn’t think that she could refuse without repercussions to her career.
Tony Ortega at the Village Voice recounts some of the raunchier parts:
Roker then introduced Martha Stewart, who looked pretty out of place at a Friar’s Roast. The closest she could get to raunch was saying that “I hear NBC executives call Matt the ‘Cock of the Rock.’”
If she was tepid, Meredith Viera more than made up for it. Lauer’s Today costar started right in with, “That motherf*cker Matt Lauer,” and got a big laugh.
“I am amazed that I have time for this stupidity,” she said, pointing out that she does the Today show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, has three kids and a husband, and that’s a lot of balls to juggle.
“Look at Katie Couric. She juggled Matt’s balls for six years. That’s three years per ball.”..
…“She squeezed those suckers so tight, she left nothing for me. Thanks, Katie,” Viera said, but she was just getting warmed up.
The creepiest part was Lauer’s reaction to the roast:
As for rumors of romance with Katie: “Let me just say that I saw that colon a lot before the rest of you saw it.”
And: “What’s with all the small-dick jokes? It was fun to look over and see Ann Curry laughing… like she doesn’t know how big my dick really is.”
Source: The Village Voice
Those jokes just aren’t funny now.
I for one don’t think they were funny even back then.
2. Katie Couric said that Lauer pinches her on the ass a lot
3. He was caught on a ‘hot mic’ in 2006 saying it was a ‘nice view’ looking down Merideth Viera’s sweater.
Here’s the thing … NBC says the employee who came forward on Monday was the first complainant ever against Lauer at the network. However, this video makes it clear everyone in the control room — including the executive producer — could have heard Lauer’s leering behavior.
4. In 2012, he interviewed Ann Hathaway and spoke about an ‘upskirt’ photo taken of her by paparazzi.
5. Lauer’s interview with Sandra Bullock where he talks about seeing her naked is incredibly creepy now.
6. This creepy, creepy show promo for the Today Show:
7. Conan O’Brien had a segment called ‘Creepy Matt Lauer’ while Lauer was covering the Sochi Olympics (the 1:28 mark):
Yep. All of that makes it look like it was such a shocker.
We think if it was such an ‘open secret’ about Matt’s infidelity and his harassing behavior in public, then NBC is just trying to cover their backside from lawsuits.
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments.
The amazing late Carrie Fisher spoke to Matt Lauer and said, ‘You’re only as sick as your secrets‘.
That means that Matt Lauer is one sick puppy.
NBC Today – ‘Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.’ Remember when Matt condemned Trump and O’Reilly for less? We do!