His consensual philandering isn't what this is about.
Does anyone think a huge network living for high ratings is going to can the guy responsible for those good ratings for no good reason?? After 20+ years?That makes no sense. An allegation with no corroborating facts or evidence isn't going to get anyone fired.
Lauer is a sick, entitled SOB. You seen the stories and accusations dropping on this guy this afternoon??! Obviously enough evidence to corroborate as well. No wonder NBC completely severed ties with him. Total abuse of power over an extended period. Good riddance.
You can certainly bet that there is a long story behind all of this and I'm sure it will all come to light soon. I'm sure NBC as all their "i's" dotted and their "t's" crossed or they would not have released him from the staff.
This other guy, Harrison Keillor who is in trouble today and was released, released this statement:
"in an attempt to comfort after she told me about her unhappiness, and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it," Keillor told the newspaper. "We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called."
See, he really thinks it was ok to put his hand under her blouse "to comfort her" with a pat on her back. NO, you don't put your hands on people like that, under clothing. He could have even offered a hug if he was really trying to comfort her. I do believe he's full of crapola. He said, " she recoiled" and then he apologized. Funny that, having to apologize for "comforting" someone? No, he was apologizing for putting his hands under her blouse.
This is part of the issue these guys have, denial and delusion within themselves.
" "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry," Lauer said. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."
"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly," he continued.
"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job," he added. "The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace,"
You have to be thankful for men who step up when they should. Even tho the pattern is they get caught first, at least they aren't lying about it all the while perpetuating what is a series societal epidemic that many still refuse to admit.
Because giving vibrators to chicks you work with is no big deal. Lauer would still be doing all of those things if that woman didn't show those pics to his boss. His only regret is getting caught and called out.
He was giving colleagues vibrators? I didn't know that. Omg lol. Wow. Just a touch inappropriate.
That must be hard for his wife. My heart goes out to her. But I'm of the mind nowadays that he probably believes it was no disrespect to her IN HIS MIND. That's the way these men seem to think. They don't seem to connect loyalty with love. If it's sexual, separate category, meaning in his mind he could truly love his wife and still pursue, harass or sleep with other women. And the vast majority of women will just feel devastated.