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Fox Doesn't Sound Thrilled on Idea of Megyn Kelly Returning

Host won't return to NBC show, and Fox is 'extremely happy' with its own lineup

(Newser) - NBC aired a rerun in the slot for Megyn Kelly Today for the second straight morning on Friday, and the writing on the wall became official in the afternoon: She won't return to her show, period, with the controversy over her blackface comments seen as the final straw. "... More »

Kiwis to Matt Lauer: You Can Keep the Ranch ... for Now

New Zealand couldn't find enough evidence to bar Lauer from lease under 'good character' test

(Newser) - He may have lost his job and his reputation —but Matt Lauer gets to keep his Kiwi ranch, at least for the moment. The New York Times reports that the ex-Today show co-host, who's accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, can retain the lease on the Hunter... More »

NBC News Investigation Weighs In on Lauer's Button

Finds no one in a position of authority was aware of Lauer's behavior

(Newser) - NBC News' internal investigation following Matt Lauer's firing says it doesn't believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division and that current management wasn't aware of Lauer's behavior until the complaint that doomed him, reports the AP . NBC Universal was criticized for turning... More »

Katie Couric: Matt Lauer's 'Button' Not What It Seemed

Couric says others have the same button, 'It's an executive perk'

(Newser) - That infamous privacy button that Matt Lauer had under his desk was an “executive perk” rather than a “nefarious thing” used to trap women in his office, Katie Couric told Wendy Williams on Williams' show Tuesday . “A lot of NBC executives have those buttons that open and... More »

Matt Lauer Breaks His Silence

Former 'Today' host criticizes allegations against him as Ann Curry speaks out

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has broken five months of silence since allegations of sexual misconduct led to his ouster at NBC News to blast "many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me." In a statement to the Washington Post , Lauer says he "acted... More »

Ann Curry: Harassment Was Pervasive at NBC

She is 'not surprised' by the Matt Lauer allegations

(Newser) - Ann Curry for the first time addressed the sexual harassment scandal involving her former NBC co-host Matt Lauer, and one quote from her Wednesday interview on CBS This Morning is getting much attention: "I am not surprised by the allegations." Curry, while attempting to be tactful ("I'... More »

Matt Lauer's Replacement Is a Familiar Face

Hoda Kotb joins Savannah Guthrie, making all-female Today Show team

(Newser) - Hoda Kotb's morning just got a lot less leisurely. NBC News on Tuesday announced the 53-year-old would be replacing Matt Lauer as co-anchor of Today. She'll join Savannah Guthrie during the program's initial two hours and retain her slot with Kathie Lee Gifford during hour four. The... More »

Matt Lauer Made at Least One Company's Top 10 List

He's up there with Hurricane Irma on Google's annual ranking of favorite searches

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma and Matt Lauer were hot topics in 2017, Fast Company notes—hot enough to propel both to the top of Google's annual "Year in Search" results. Per the site, the results were culled "based on search terms that had a high spike in traffic in... More »

Sources Say NBC Won't Pay Settlement to Matt Lauer

Network is refusing to budge

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has been fired for what NBC says was "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace"—but unlike other news anchors fired for sexual misconduct, the former Today host won't have a fat paycheck coming his way. Sources tell Variety that NBC staffers were told at a... More »

Matt Lauer: 'There Is Enough Truth in These Stories'

Fired NBC anchor issues statement apologizing as new complaints come out

(Newser) - Matt Lauer has broken his silence over the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing him. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," he says in a statement, per CNBC . "To the people I have hurt,... More »

Report: Matt Lauer Was 'Fixated on Women'

2-month investigation by 'Variety' reveals he exposed himself to employee, more

(Newser) - "For [Matt] Lauer, work and sex were intertwined," states Variety in an exclusive report that follows a two-month investigation into the co-host of NBC's Today, who was fired Wednesday over complaints of sexual misconduct during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lauer "was fixated on women, especially... More »

NBC: Matt Lauer Misconduct Happened at Sochi Olympics

'New York Times' and 'Variety' were working on investigative pieces before he was fired

(Newser) - The surprise announcement Wednesday morning that Matt Lauer had been fired effective immediately by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" will almost certainly not be the last damning story to emerge about him. Brian Stelter of CNN reports that the New York Times has been working on... More »

Trump Weighs In on Firing of Matt Lauer

But president changes focus from harassment to 'fake news'

(Newser) - Count President Trump among those surprised by the news that NBC has fired Matt Lauer over a sexual harassment complaint. "Wow," begins a tweet from Trump recounting the news. The president, however, then shifted the focus of the development into a favorite subject: "But when will the... More »

NBC Shocker: Matt Lauer Fired Over Sexual Misconduct Claim

'Today' anchor is out of a job

(Newser) - Another stunner involving sexual misconduct: NBC has fired longtime Today anchor Matt Lauer over "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," per a statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack. Details about the allegation weren't immediately available, but the network received the complaint just this week. Co-host Savannah... More »

10 of Television's Highest-Paid Hosts

Talk shows, reality shows, and more

(Newser) - How much does it pay to be a TV host? Whether it's a reality series, news program, talk show, or game show, Variety runs down the salaries of 19 of the highest-paid hosts on TV. The top 10:
  • Ellen DeGeneres: $50 million, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
  • Judith Sheindlin:
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'Too Big to Fail' for NBC: Megyn Kelly and Matt Lauer

'Vanity Fair' examines network's personality-driven blueprint with 2 major stars in the mix

(Newser) - The news that Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox and settling down at NBC surprised many (especially, apparently, Tamron Hall ), but in a piece for Vanity Fair , Sarah Ellison moves the story forward, exploring what she calls NBC's "star power as business model" gamble. The crystal ball... More »

Matt Lauer's Clinton-Trump Forums: He 'Totally Blew It'

Critics call 'Today' host's interviews with Trump, Clinton 'pathetic,' sexist

(Newser) - If you weren't sure what all the tweets this morning with the #LaueringTheBar hashtag were all about, you may not have seen NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" military forum Wednesday night with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, helmed by Today Show host Matt Lauer. Critics say that during the hourlong... More »

Big Moments From Clinton, Trump Military Forum

Both got low marks at 'commander-in-chief' event

(Newser) - In what many saw as a preview of the Sept. 26 debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set out very different positions on foreign policy in a national security forum Wednesday night. The "Commander-in-Chief" forum, hosted by NBC News and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America at the... More »

Prison-Escape Helper: 'I Just Got in Over My Head'

Joyce Mitchell says Richard Matt had 'complete control'

(Newser) - Ex-prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell is in an upstate New York jail awaiting sentencing for her role in helping inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in June, but she took the time to talk to Matt Lauer recently to explain where her head was at during... More »

Caitlyn Jenner on Crash: I Don't Want to Go to Men's Jail

She talks about accident publicly for first time

(Newser) - Matt Lauer interviews Caitlyn Jenner in a Today segment airing today and tomorrow, and the Olympic champ and Kardashian stepparent talks—among other things—about the fatal car accident she was involved in earlier this year. "I remember it happening. That's about it," she says. "A... More »

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