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NBC: Matt Lauer Misconduct Happened at Sochi Olympics - Page 2

'New York Times' and 'Variety' were working on investigative pieces before he was fired
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2017 12:47 PM CST

  • The woman: Attorney Ari Wilkenfeld says he and the unidentified woman met with NBC officials about 6pm Monday, and the meeting lasted several hours, reports the New York Times. The woman also met with the newspaper, but she was not ready to come forward publicly. Wilkenfeld says he is "in awe" that she had the courage to be the first to come forward against Lauer and did so "without making any demands other than the company do the right thing."
  • Emotional show: The Today staff learned the news not too long before going live. Watch Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announce it here. Before delivering the weather, Al Roker said he, too, was struggling to "process" the news about his longtime friend, per People.
  • Boys' club: Emily Stewart at Vox says the news makes it hard not to think of Ann Curry, Tamron Hall, and Natalie Morales, female anchors who didn't last at NBC in what was reported to be a "boys' club" atmosphere under Lauer.
  • 'Misleading' speed: At the Atlantic, Megan Garber writes that the fast action by the network—allegation on Monday, firing on Tuesday—is "misleading." NBC doesn't have a great track record of late, being accused of everything from burying the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape to passing on Ronan Farrow's expose on Harvey Weinstein.
  • Megyn Kelly: The new NBC show host, who has called out former colleagues at Fox News over harassment, says the Lauer allegations "hit close to home" for her. "I’ve known Matt for a long time, and he has been a friend, and kind, and supportive to me in my transition to NBC," she says, per USA Today. "And I see the anguish on my colleagues' faces. But when this happens, we don't see the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward."
  • Kathie Lee, others: People rounds up other reaction, including from Rose McGowan, who has emerged as a leading voice on sexual misconduct. "Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Matt Lauer," she tweeted. Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, however, is ready to forgive, per the Cut. During her NBC show on Wednesday she said, "I texted him this morning and said 'I adore you and no person is perfect in this world.'"
  • Trump: President Trump weighed in, too.
(Read more Matt Lauer stories.)

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