"Today" dropped Matt Lauer almost instantly after allegations of sexual abuse went public. According to The New York Times, Lauer was fired some 34 hours after an accuser and her lawyer showed up to NBC headquarters. As it turns out, the network probably wasn't shocked.
Sources say NBC knew both "Variety" and "The New York Times" were researching multiple claims against Lauer. "There are multiple women we've spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer," "Variety's" Elizabeth Wagmeister says. "The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change."
NBC hasn't confirmed their knowledge of these potentially bombshell stories, but Variety isn't holding back. Here are some of the allegations the magazine has corroborated by friends or colleagues of the alleged victims:
- Lauer once reportedly gave a colleague a sex toy as a present with an explicit note bout how he wanted them to use it.
- While in his office, he dropped his pants and showed off his member to a different female coworker. When she declined to do anything, he allegedly yelled at her.
- He would quiz female colleagues about who they've slept with, offering to trade names.
- Lauer would play "f**k, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.
These women have asked to remain anonymous, fearing professional repercussions.
- ONE MORE THING! In the wake of Matt Lauer's termination, plenty of fans thought of Ann Curry. There are those who blame Lauer and NBC as a whole for Curry leaving the show after 15 years back in 2012. While fans are calling it karma, Curry says she's still processing the allegations but knows "we need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe."
- BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Now that Lauer's is under the microscope, so are his past interviews. One that's getting a particular amount of attention? His September sit down with Bill O'Reillyfollowing Bill's termination from Fox News. In the clip, Lauer grills O'Reilly about his past behavior, explaining that according to his logic, "you don't let your top talent go unless there's a smoking gun. "Lauer even brings up "The New York Times" piece about the allegations against O'Reilly. Talk about eating crow. (The interview is below)