They Got Lauer!

HOOOOOOOOOLY SHIT! What a bombshell! We got the reaction live on the podcast. I’m stunned. Just shocked. Not shocked in an oh I can’t believe Matt Lauer is a dirtbag sort of way, but stunned that they just ripped the band-aid right off. I saw the Tweet from Jim Rutenberg and checked at least two times to make sure it was real.

Matt Lauer has to be the biggest name in media. Name me someone bigger. Charlie Rose may have at least been the OG name, but he got fired last week. Lauer was making over $20 million and the face of the network. He just interviewed Bill O’Reilly over similar complaints! Crazy.

He had to do something so terrible and there has to be evidence– text, pictures, audio. Something. He’s too big, and too important to NBC, to just fire over an allegation.

Here’s the statement from NBC News President Andy Lack:

Dear Colleagues,

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

Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.

Andy

And from the NY Post:

Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Rio Olympics, sources told Page Six.

The staffer, who has not been named and wishes to remain anonymous, complained to NBC News bosses yesterday, prompting them to move fast and fire him.

A source told Page Six, “An NBC staffer come forward with a claim that Matt sexually assaulted her at the Olympics. There have been rumors about Matt having affairs with subordinates at NBC for years, but those were believed to be consensual. This incident in Rio was not.”

Oh, Matt, no.

My household is taking this particularly hard this morning. My wife has converted me to an NBC guy. I liked Lauer. Everyone liked to bash him over being a soft morning host, particularly over that pseudo debate he moderated last year, but I always thought he did a good job balancing real news with the frivolous items that morning shows are required to cover. He felt too big to be stupid enough to put himself in this position.

He’s had to interview colleagues over their missteps – imagine being Brian Williams today, who had to answer questions from Lauer over what now seem like nothing mistakes of faking his news – and recently counterpart O’Reilly over this very topic, all the while knowing, somewhere, that he’s done some things and that it was only a matter of time.

Watching the Today Show right now is like watching Inception. At 8, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb sent it to Stephanie Gosk outside the Rainbow Room who played highlights of Savannah and Hoda reading the news about Lauer at 7, before we wound up back in the studio with Savannah and Hoda. Wild. What’s crazier is that the NBC Rockefeller Center tree lighting is scheduled for tonight, with Lauer, Savannah and Hoda as the hosts!

Crazier still, if the thing about Rio is true, this was around the same time the Today Show crew was getting bent out of shape over Billy Bush’s lack of reporting chops following the Ryan Lochte nonsense. A few months later, they revolted when Bush was caught on tape with Trump. Suddenly ol’ Billy doesn’t seem so bad!

Who takes over? Gotta be Willie Geist. He has that Sunday show, which isn’t particularly good and mostly just consists of him playing three-day-old viral videos and interviewing Judd Apatow. But he’s the most digestible face NBC has right now.

Here’s the thing with media: There are basically two types of people– those who want to be on TV or famous, and those who care about the news. The ones who care about the news aren’t famous– they just have people telling you to read their Tweet threads. The famous ones are mostly there because they want to be famous. I mean, at one point, the Today Show employed the cousin of George W. Bush and also his daughter. This is entertainment, an incestuous meat pie of elites and wannabes, with few making it and everybody else trying to, which breeds this sort of ecosystem of harassment. Most of these people are raging narcissists. Throw in fame, money and a little bit of power and you have a recipe for this stuff.

The big winner today is Good Morning America, which over the past two weeks has seen the leading hosts of its two competitor shows get shitcanned over sexual harassment. The conspiracy theorists have been on to Charlie Rose for years, but Lauer, who we all knew was a potentially womanizing dick who played a good guy on TV, is still surprising. Who’s next? I imagine Michael Strahan is shaking in his boots.

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25 Comments

  • eat your own dog food, democrats November 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

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  • Sean Brace November 29, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Kind of amazing , with all this stuff coming out, nothing has happened to Brian Dawkins for the Clemson incident.

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  • Matt Lauer November 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

    The real irony here is if the self proclaimed champion of women (hilary) won the election this avalanche started by her pal Harvey would have never came out.

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  • T Money November 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

    But how about it for our President of the US sending out a heartfelt, consoling and non-inflammatory tweet as soon as the Lauer news broke. Such the uniter he is…

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    • Big Orange Cat November 29, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Why would he unite with people like Lauer? The two faced dems and leftist media deserve punishment. Personally I like the President’s style as it is appropriate for dealing with the hate from the left.

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  • Joe six pack November 29, 2017 at 9:52 am

    The Democratic Party is officially the party of sex offenders. The numbers don’t lie. Hillary had a long reputation for discrediting victims and protection bad men. Trump in 2020 baby!

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    • Kyle's Scott November 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Yup. Donald Trump is definitely not a sex offender. Nothing there.

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      • are you serious? November 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Just look at the mans track record… super model, super model, actress, super model, super model…. yea I’m sure he really needs to assault women to get laid. I take it that you’ve never been to NYC…. the chicks there are smoking hot and they love dudes with money.

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        • Alpha Male November 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

          Very true. Dudes that bang hot chicks on the reg don’t need to be assholes. Trump always had hot bitches.

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      • Big Orange Cat November 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

        Who did he assault or molest? Tell me please.

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      • Great Idea!! November 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        Dude, get your own *original* handle…this is mine.

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    • Maxie November 29, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Bill O’Reilly is a Democrat? LOL! I heard Roy Moore is also a secret liberal! The reality is, there are bad guys on both sides of the fence who have been getting away with this for years.

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      • are you serious? November 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Bro… don’t try, you lost this fight. The score is like 30 – 1. The Dems , especially Hillary contributors , are a bunch of creepos.

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      • Kamala the Ugandan giant November 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

        That you Maxine Waters? She of the bad James Brown wig??? These scandals are going to sink the entire Congressional Black Caucus.

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      • Big Orange Cat November 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

        Bill O’reilly is not a conservative, right winger, traditionalist or anything of the sort. He is, by his own admiossion, an old style leftist which makes him look like a bit of a conservative. Republican, yes, but that is meaningless as half that party if left wingers.

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  • thanks, kyle November 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I wasn’t sure what to make of the shifting media landscape before you cleared it up for me. I’ll never forget your theory that social media has changed the way we consume sports – that was another true game changer.

    Looking forward to the Christmas party when we can hear from people like Trumbauer about what’s really going on behind the scenes in Philly sports.

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  • Whew, that was a close one. November 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    When I saw it was a chick I was ok with it.

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  • Globe troller November 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Where is that oaf jon lovitz fan club guy now?

    Seems like his people, libtards, still engaging in their favorite pastime.

    Love to hear his defense.

    Sure some conservatives are guilty. But he can’t defend the Democrats and liberals lead the league with this one.

    Although I’m sure it’s all Trump’s fault in the end….Right.

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    • Libtards.....so creative November 29, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Well Trump is on tape admitting to assault. So yeah he’s at fault too. But they’re all scumbags. Why does it have to be one way only?

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      • Big Orange Cat November 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        No he isn’t.

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        • Libtards.....so creative November 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm

          Dude he’s literally on tape admitting to grabbing women by the p****. He then came out and acknowledged it was real and apologized. I cant tell if you’re just trolling or that dumb.

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          • kyle trump November 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

            goodbye liberal fool….let me be the first to tell you….everybody hates you.

  • Shuli November 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I, for one, am happy that the GOP’s assault on the truth is blessedly near its end.

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  • kyle trump November 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    eat it liberal kyle…eat it, live it, love it……enjoy liberal fools….LMAO….

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  • kyle trump November 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    pompous liberal overpaid fool matt libtard gets fired for being a liberal douch…..how sad

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