Earlier this week, Matt Lauer turned heads when reports surfaced about him being fired from NBC’s Today. Like many other celebrities, Lauer has been accused of sexual misconduct on the job. While most celebrities have been accused of sexual misconduct that occurred behind closed doors, Lauer’s situation is a bit different. Apparently, he was a little more “out in the open” with his actions. According to Variety, three of Lauer’s former colleagues are accusing him of sexual harassment.
According to the New York Times, Lauer was fired after one former colleague submitted a detailed complaint about an inappropriate gift she’d received from the talk show host. It has been reported that Lauer had gifted a colleague with a sex toy and an “explicit note.” In a matter of days, two other complaints were filed and a total of three women have come forward. Apparently, Lauer has quite a history of gifting women with sex toys. Although the network claims to have never received a single complaint in reference to Lauer’s actions, Variety reports there have been “more than 10 accounts from current and former employees.”
Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. He was known for making lewd comments verbally or over text messages. He once 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.
Below is a clip of Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. On her show, she revealed when she found sex toys in Lauer’s office. Although the two were joking about the situation in the dated clip, it’s no longer a laughing matter considering the situation at hand.
A Statement of Apology:
In the wake of the latest allegations, Matt Lauer has released a statement about his actions. He also apologized to those he hurt and offended. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” Mr. Lauer wrote in a message issued by his public relations team. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”
He continued, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Mr. Lauer wrote. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.” As a result of the complaints, NBC decided to part ways with Lauer. The network denies that any of its executives had knowledge of Lauer’s alleged actions.