Remember when NBC’s Matt Lauer condemned President Trump on making “locker room talk” back when he was running a presidential campaign? As it turns out, Lauer was not only entangled in a sexual harassment case himself, but he was fired as a result of it as well.
Lauer even had the nerve to go against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who reportedly paid more than $13 million to strike a settlement with his accusers.
In addition to this, Lauer made up a sketch where he exposed his genitalia to colleagues, and although it might have been served as a joke, to some it was the ugliest of truths.
On Wednesday, NBC host Megyn Kelly spoke on Lauer following the “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” drama:
“This one does hit close to home. I too have known Matt for a long time and he has been a friend and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC News, and I see the anguish on my colleagues’ faces,” Kelly said. “But when this happens, what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward, and it is a terrifying thing to do. We don’t see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning and hoping they are okay. The days to come will not be easy.”
Guthrie confesses to having felt compassionate about the women who endured Lauer’s sexual harassments, noting “it’s long overdue” that women spoke up for themselves, putting sexual predators on the spot.
Co-host Hoda Kotb weighed in on Lauer, writing she “loved him as a friend and a colleague.”
“It’s hard to reconcile the man who walks in every day” with the person mentioned in the complaint, she said.
On the other hand, we have Guthrie who explained how difficult it is to go after a colleague of yours, given the severity of the issue.
“How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly and I don’t know the answer to that,” she said. “But I do know that this reckoning, that so many organizations have been going through, is important, it’s long overdue and it must result in workplaces where all women — all people — feel safe and respected.”
The sexual harassment accusations caught up not with Lauer alone, but with countless Hollywood A-star celebrities, media faces and political figures, too.
Aside from Lauer, others were struck by that same faith, including Charlie Rose who was fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg, as eight women dropped sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Rose, who co-hosted “CBS This Morning,” offered his apologies as soon as the scandal emerged, still claiming not all narratives, in this case, were truthful.
That sounds like a giant excuse, doesn’t it?