In a memo from NBC Chairman Andy Lack to staffers at his network and read live on-air during the Today show last Wednesday morning, it was revealed that longtime face of NBC Matt Lauer had been fired over allegations of sexual misconduct.
WATCH: Savannah Guthrie announces NBC’s termination of Matt Lauer on the Today Show pic.twitter.com/seURnXdjiC
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Now, a disturbing video has re-emerged, taken from a special produced back in 2014 called Today: The Musical.
This fourteen minute long production, featuring original numbers written by Kathie Lee Gifford, was billed as a comical look into the making of the Today show. It was intentionally and “comically” ridiculous, but now, a clip from it is raising eyebrows for being one of many seeming past indicators of Matt Lauer’s alleged history of sexual misconduct.
In the clip, Lauer runs into a staffer holding coffee mugs and expresses disdain that he’s now going to have to “repress my designer slacks.”
He then calls on a staffer named Alex to take care of his pants for him, removing them freely and leaving himself wearing only boxer shorts.
After he’s removed his pants and is standing there partially naked, four female colleagues of his walk in, all expressing disgust with the fact that Lauer has his pants off “again.” Lauer, for his part, quips, “Drink it in, ladies!”
As the women walk by him to leave the area, Lauer keeps his front facing them and says “Get it while it lasts!”
Watch the video below.
Here is a (now very awkward) segment of a pants-less Matt Lauer exposing himself to four NBC women, saying “Drink it in ladies!”
One of them asks “Again Matt?”
Savannah Guthrie tells Lauer “Stop it. You’re making me lactate.” pic.twitter.com/tuLtro5etE
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Considering the just recently revealed allegations against Lauer, the video is disturbing, to say the least — not that it wasn’t disturbing to begin with.
Although the network itself has not made the exact nature of the allegations against Lauer public, a source speaking to Page Six has done so, revealing that Lauer is credibly accused of assaulting a female staffer during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. NBC management acted quickly to address the allegations against Lauer, having received them last Monday and coming to the conclusion that Lauer’s time at the network was through last Tuesday night.
Even Lack admitted that Lauer’s alleged misconduct is not confined to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including in his statement announcing Lauer’s firing that “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Another apparent past indication of Lauer’s pattern of misconduct is from 2012, when Lauer’s former colleague Katie Couric told Andy Cohen that Lauer “pinches me on the ass a lot.”
Lauer is, of course, far from the only prominent male public figure to be outed in recent weeks for a past of sexual harassment. Journalists including Charlie Rose, Glenn Thrush, and Mark Halperin have been similarly outed, and of course there remains a credibly accused sexual predator residing in the White House.
Showing just how flippantly Trump takes the issue of sexual assault and harassment, he responded to the allegations against Lauer by taking the opportunity to wage one of his seemingly endless attacks on the media.