By now, most of America is probably well aware that news anchor Matt Lauer is out at NBC.
He was fired after apparently sexually assaulting a woman at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Don’t forget, Lauer is one of President Trump’s top critics; a man who criticized then-candidate Trump’s “locker room talk.”
Trump responded swiftly to the firing, as did a number of other big names (more on that below).
Now, Katie Couric, former co-host of The Today Show with Lauer for 15 years, drives the nail through Lauer’s professional coffin.
Here’s the deal…
Katie appeared on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” back in 2012, and during a segment — Plead the Fifth — Andy asked about Matt’s most annoying habit.
More from Page Six:
During a June 2012 appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Couric, 60, revealed Lauer, 59, got touchy with her behind during the show’s “Plead the Fifth” segment.
NBC announced Wednesday morning Lauer had been fired over sexual harassment allegations by an employee.
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” NBC Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staffers.
“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” he continued.
— Chris Tye (@TVTye) November 29, 2017
I just Googled Matt Lauer's salary; $28M / year. pic.twitter.com/LT5icOKqLi
— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) November 29, 2017
On 11/21, @mikeallen reported: "We hear one top name is the target of two media investigations" into sexual misconduct
This morning, NBC fires Matt Lauer. Variety, NYT both said to have been investigating allegations involving Lauer pic.twitter.com/3J6E5actpH
— Mark Berman (@markberman) November 29, 2017
In memory of Matt Lauer's long and distinguished career, a montage of his finest journalistic moments: pic.twitter.com/uehMaClVzt
— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) November 29, 2017
1) Fire Matt Lauer
2) Replace him with Megyn Kelly
3) Hoda and Megyn's Morning Dance Partypic.twitter.com/aIvFwLBmod
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) November 29, 2017
At @Variety, @RaminSetoodeh & I had been working on a Matt Lauer story for months and NBC was aware. There are multiple women we've spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer. The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) November 29, 2017
Not surprised by this about Matt Lauer, who VISIBLY hated competing with women at work. Predators are misogynists. https://t.co/oGN9m7t9UI
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) November 29, 2017
Oy. Matt Lauer, too?
I have a headache.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 29, 2017
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
Guthrie added that she was heartbroken for the woman who accused Lauer of misconduct, saying “it’s long overdue” that women feel comfortable standing up to abusive men.
Co-host Hoda Kotb said she has known Lauer for years and “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.
From NBC News:
Guthrie said it can be difficult to make sense of accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior against a longtime colleague.
“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.”
Lauer’s departure comes in the wake of sexual misconduct complaints lodged in recent months against high-profile men, including in entertainment, politics and media.
Last week, talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose was fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg after eight women accused him of past sexual harassment and unwanted advances in a report in The Washington Post.
Rose, who co-hosted “CBS This Morning,” released a statement apologizing for his behavior while maintaining that some of the allegations were inaccurate.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]