Matt Lauer was fired from NBC on Wednesday after sexual harassment allegations were filed against him in connection with inappropriate behavior during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Recently, footage has surfaced showing Lauer making a lewd remark to a female coworker on the ‘Today’ show. Many media outlets have identified the woman as his former co-host Katie Couric.
The video, which was obtained and released by TMZ, featured the cast along with Lauer taking a commercial break. In the video, Lauer states, “Pretty sweater…Keep bending over like that. It’s a nice view.” It’s unclear whether the woman who the comment was directed to replied. However, if she did, the response wasn’t audible on the tape. TMZ disclosed that the video was from October 2006.
In addition to this video, TMZ also unearthed a clip of Couric as a guest on Andy Cohen’s “What What Happens Live.” Couric was asked what habit of Lauer’s is the most annoying, to which she responded, “He pinches me on the a** a lot.”
Late November, the staff of ‘Today’ all received a memo sent by NBC Chairman Andy Lack that stated, “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
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