•The TODAY show people say “It’s like a death in the family. Everybody is crying,” a show source tells PEOPLE. “No one knows what the f— happened. It came out of nowhere.”
• “Everyone wants to know what is going on,” the insider adds. “Matt was really popular around here.”
• "My client and I met with representatives from NBC's Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours."
• "Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace."
• "I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing,"
• “Harassment and abuse is always about power,” Twitter user Alexis King captioned a gif of Curry tearing up. “Don’t forget what Matt Lauer did to Ann Curry.”
• Funny that it took 20 years and sexual misconduct to fire Matt Lauer, but for Ann Curry and Katie Couric it just took turning 50...#TodayShow
• They should make Matt Lauer give a “tearful, emotional” goodbye on live television like they did to Ann Curry.— Brohibition Now
Matt Lauer's Releases a Statement:
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. 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. 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. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” Lauer said in a statement that was released by a personal publicist and formed the bulk of the top story on “Today” Thursday morning. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
Matt Lauer’s First Stop Post Firing Was His Son’s School-
"Page Six" reports that right after being fired by NBC, Matt Lauer made a beeline for his oldest son.
Obviously, word got around fast and Lauer, according to a source, wanted to make sure he spoke to his son, 16-year-old Jack, before the news reached him. The former “Today” host had at times mentioned Jack on the show, last year he brought up the awkwardness of attempting to talk sex with his son.
Lauer has two other children, daughter Romy, 14, and son Thijs, 11, and he plans on focusing on spending time with them for a while. His wife Annette is a former model.
Source: Page Six
Geraldo Rivera Apologizes For Matt Lauer Defense Tweets-
Another celeb is learning a hard lesson about censoring themselves online.
Yesterday the “Fox News” star tweeted in defense of Matt Lauer calling him a “highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me.” Then he added this: “News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation.”
“Fox News” was not pleased and shortly after saying so, Rivera hopped back online and wrote “Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problemlong hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is comingto them-Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize.”
It was too late. “People” then jumped on a little reminder of Rivera’s past bad behavior by reviving a past complaint about Rivera groping Bette Midler. The icon had shared that tidbit and the sordid details with Barbara Walters.
Let the games begin…
Source: Daily Beast
Angela Lansbury Explains Her Comments-
Legendary actress Angela Lansbury is clarifying her comments about sexual harassment.
The 92-year-old Lansbury said in a statement yesterday there's no excuse for men to harass women. The Oscar-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-winner said she's devastated that anyone would deem her capable of thinking otherwise. We told you yesterday that "Radio Times" quoted Lansbury as saying women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive.
The stage and screen legend said, unfortunately, it has backfired and this is where society is today. In her updated statement, the actress also said she was troubled by the reaction to something that was not in full context.
What you didn’t see of her interview said “Lansbury is not, however, suggesting that fault lies with individual victims: “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”
Well, what a difference that makes.
The “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” Ratings Tank-
The “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” may be out of touch.
It’s never had great ratings, but last night’s were disturbingly bad. Even a show that first aired in the 70’s got better ratings. But to be fair, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is a classic. It also went up against the emotional “This Is Us” Winter finale.
CBS’ attempt to bring fashion to the masses took a bigger spill than model Ming Xi did on the runway. And yes, they aired it! The show was down 25-percent from last year. Ouch!