New York, NY – NBC announced Wednesday morning that they had fired long-time “Today” co-host, Matt Lauer, for sexual harassment allegations, leaving people to wonder what he had done.
Now Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister with Variety have reported on the disturbing allegations.
Variety reported that Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy along with an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.
In a different incident, Variety said that he summoned a different female employee into his office, then dropped his pants, exposing his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, he reportedly reprimanded her for not engaging in a sex act.
Variety reporters said that Lauer’s firing was the result of a two-month investigation by their staff, exposing the grossly inappropriate sexual behavior by the married co-host.
“There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held,” a former producer told Variety. “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell responded to the firing by wondering how many more women were victimized because NBC failed to take action earlier.
“This is truly a case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Bozell said in a statement. “Matt Lauer has spent decades sanctimoniously lecturing others on the ethics of their behavior, yet clearly has not held himself to the same standards.”
The statement continued, “Sexual harassment in any way, shape or form is absolutely repugnant. These allegations are shocking, but perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by his behavior. Remember, this is a man who once attempted to dismiss Bill Clinton’s sex scandals as ‘personal peccadilloes.’”
Geraldo Rivera had another take on the incidents and rushed to Lauer’s defense, tweeting, ” Sad about
At the time he was fired, Lauer had a $25 million salary.