It seems only yesterday that former “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer — who often showed his liberal bias during his interviews and commentary — was canned from his cushy job in front of the NBC News morning show cameras after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against him.
Now comes a new development.
An upcoming book by Ronan Farrow — due out shortly — is set to reveal shocking new allegations against Lauer.
The news elicited sharp reaction from the disgraced anchor’s former “Today” show colleagues on Wednesday morning on the air.
NBC News fired Lauer in 2017 for sexual misconduct. He now stands accused of new sex crimes in graphic detail by Variety, which reported that the bombshell claims would be included in Farrow’s upcoming book “Catch and Kill.”
“Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague,” NBC News said in a statement — which hosts read on the air this morning.
NBC News reported that Lauer, 61, didn’t respond to its request for comment. And Lauer did not respond to a request for comment by Fox News, as that outlet also noted.
“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie became emotional on camera as she reported the latest news about Lauer.
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“I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment — you know, this is shocking and appalling,” she said.
Guthrie also noted it was difficult for Lauer’s latest accuser to come forward with the new charges.
“It’s just very painful for all of us at NBC and who are at the ‘Today’ show. It’s very, very, very difficult,” Guthrie added.
Overnight, troubling new allegations about former TODAY anchor Matt Lauer were revealed from journalist Ronan Farrow’s soon-to-be-released book “Catch and Kill.” @MorganRadford reports the details. pic.twitter.com/7ooO3oAJ5X
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 9, 2019
As LifeZette reported nearly two years ago now, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack emailed the network’s employees in late November 2017 to inform them that Lauer had been fired after NBC received “a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
With that revelation, it appeared Lauer was following in the footsteps of former CBS News legend Charlie Rose, who was fired from CBS after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment.
“This is truly a case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell said in a statement about Lauer at the time. “These allegations are shocking, but perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by his behavior. Remember, this is a man who once attempted to dismiss Bill Clinton’s sex scandals as ‘personal peccadilloes.’”
To commemorate Lauer’s ouster in late November 2017, MRC’s NewsBusters reposted an article it had written early that year called “Matt Lauer: 20 Years of Bias in the Morning.” The article highlighted 20 of Lauer’s “worst quotes” showing his liberal bias.
In June of 2005, Lauer actually praised the “incredibly popular” former President Bill Clinton, saying, “Despite the scandals and investigations, Bill Clinton was an incredibly popular president who connected with the American people.”
In May of 2000, the then-NBC host talked about “the loss of opportunity which frustrates Bill Clinton and also must frustrate the American people” with Clinton embroiled in personal scandals.
“So will the lesson that will be learned out of all this … be that maybe we go back to a time where we give less scrutiny to a president’s personal life, back to the Kennedy and Eisenhower and Roosevelt years?” Lauer asked historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. “I hope that the American people would find it more exciting to talk about health care and Social Security and not about these personal peccadilloes.”
During an interview with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in February 1998, Lauer bemoaned how the Monica Lewinsky scandal had consumed the nation.
“Do you think it’s gotten to the point where possibly there is a chance that there is too much information on this particular subject?” Lauer asked Gates. “As our partner I’m sure you watch our programming, you’re probably a news junkie like the rest of us. Do you think though that we as journalists have gone overboard on this story?”
Lauer also often gushed with praise for former President Barack Obama during interviews even before Obama was elected to the White House.
Back in October 2008, Lauer said to Obama during an interview, “People have called you ‘The Savior,’ ‘The Messiah,’ ‘The Messenger of Change.’ The expectations have been raised to such a level … If you are, as you just say, lucky enough to be elected the next president, are you going to have to consciously manage expectations during the first several months of your administration?”
Although Lauer appeared to have no issue with Americans criticizing Bush, during an interview with former Defense Secretary Bob Gates in January of 2014, Lauer bristled at the “dishonorable” criticism of Obama in Gates’ new book.
“As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm’s way, do you think that by calling him into question at this stage it is either dangerous or dishonorable?” Lauer asked Gates at the time.
During an interview with former President George W. Bush back in April 2013, Lauer made sure to emphasize “the Supreme Court decision that resulted in your moving into the White House” and leading a country that “was divided.”
Noting that “there was so much controversy when you came to office,” Lauer asked Bush about “perhaps the most controversial decision of your presidency, invading Iraq” — after phrasing the entire lead-up to the question in the most negative light possible.
See these tweets — and share your thoughts on this troubling story.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 9, 2019
Reading Matt Lauer’s accuser’s story & it’s EVERYTHING I hate about the #metoo movement. She admits she consensually went to his hotel room but was “too drunk to consent”. She also admits she had multiple consensual sexual relations w/ him after her alleged rape.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 9, 2019