UPDATED AGAIN: After Harvey Weinstein, the List of Hollywood and Media Men Accused of Sexual Harassment Continues to Grow
Matt Lauer, news anchor
Matt Lauer, the long-running host of NBC’s Today Show and NBC News, was fired on Wednesday morning after an employee filed a complaint against the anchor for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. While his termination seemed to come out of nowhere, reports say staff were only told Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to prevent the story from being scooped. The firing is connected to incidents that happened during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Matt Lauer wasn't fired "overnight," as if NBC execs got a call Tues night & axed him 3 hours later. They TOLD staff overnight & this morning for the element of surprise before journalists (who had been investigating FOR MONTHS) scooped it first. pic.twitter.com/uUd3hktz10
— April (@ReignOfApril) November 29, 2017
It should be noted that several journalists have been investigating allegations against Lauer, and NBC was aware of what they’d found. There are accusations from multiple women.
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
Lauer is among the worst I've heard about. Not in terms of the kind of misconduct but the way in which he manipulated these women into silence. It's evil, frightening stuff. https://t.co/5FiFmajUw0
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) November 29, 2017