“Today” anchorman and Trump-hater Matt Lauer has been fired by NBC after accusations surfaced that the liberal icon is guilty of sexual misconduct on more than one occasion.
More than one occasion…including the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
At least 7 women have stepped forward to complain that Lauer made them feel violated, uncomfortable or worse. As more comes out about the anchor’s history, it also looks like it was an open secret at NBC that Lauer chronically cheated on his wife.
More from NBC:
Matt Lauer, a familiar face in morning news as the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News on Wednesday after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The accusation also noted that the alleged behavior continued in the workplace after the games, NBC News confirmed.
Later on Wednesday, The New York Times reported that two more women had made complaints about Lauer after he was fired; NBC officials confirmed that two more accusers had come forward on Wednesday. And Variety published a more sweeping account of Lauer’s sexual misconduct with at least three women over several years.
“Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb were emotional as they announced Lauer’s firing Wednesday, telling viewers at the top of the live broadcast that they were “heartbroken” over his departure but didn’t yet know all of the details.
In a memo to employees sent Wednesday morning, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the complaint prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
On Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after Lauer’s ouster was announced, Variety published an article that depicted Lauer as a serial harasser of women who worked on “Today,” preying on many of the female producers who worked for him. The accusers in the article were anonymous, and their accounts have not been confirmed by NBC News.
“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 the magazine. “So he’d have to do it with his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
Variety said that during the course of a two-month investigation, it spoke with three women who claimed they were sexually harassed by Lauer and corroborated their stories with “dozens of interviews with current and former staffers.”
Seems like most of the network celebrities, who cried crocodile-tears when the Access Hollywood tape was revealed, have a lot worse skeletons in their closet than President Trump ever did.