Matt Lauer was fired from NBC Wednesday morning for sexual misconduct.
The story dominated the Drudge Report with a searing headline.
Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network announced.
CNN also reported that NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff there is reason to believe this is not an isolated incident.
The flood gates opened Wednesday afternoon as multiple women accused Lauer of sexual harassment and describe in detail his shocking, lewd behavior while he was in his office.
Variety Magazine conducted a two month investigation, speaking to dozens of current and former NBC staffers. Variety also exclusively spoke to three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer
What Matt Lauer did to these women is utterly shocking. Via Variety:
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.
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.
Several women also told Variety that they complained about Matt Lauer’s lewd behavior and it fell on deaf ears.
Matt Lauer is a married man but that didn’t stop him from chasing women.
Lauer’s womanizing was known around the office, reports Variety. He was paranoid about hooking up with celebrities or other high profile women in New York because he knew it would leak to the press, so he fished off the company pier in order to keep the situation under control.
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.
Variety also reported that Matt Lauer had considerable editorial clout over which stories would ultimately air on “Today” and would frequently dismiss stories about cheating husbands.
Here we are again with a powerful man who sexually harassed women while everyone sat back and did nothing for years.
It was also reported that an NBC employee leaked the infamous Billy Bush tape of Donald Trump.
Via The Daily Mail:
Multiple sources tell Page Six that a staffer at Today was responsible for sending the tape to the Washington Post back in October, after the individual grew tired of waiting for Access Hollywood to air an edited version of the footage.
NBC reportedly wanted the tape out there because off their disdain for Trump, while the Today employee who allegedly leaked the audio wanted Bush out of a job because Matt Lauer disliked the host.