Posted: November 29, 2017
By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Matt Lauer was fired from NBC’s “Today” show after one of his colleagues complained that the 59-year-old television journalist engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, network officials announced Wednesday.
In a memo sent to staff, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said the allegation was the first made against Lauer in his more than 20 years at NBC News. However, Lack said company officials “were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Here are five things to know about Lauer:
Lauer was born in New York City on Dec. 30, 1957.
Lauer’s father, Robert, was an executive for a bicycle company while his mother, Marylyn, was a homemaker, according to a report from People magazine.
He has one sister, April Lauer Stone.
Lauer attended Ohio University.
He left the school without his degree when the last class he needed wasn’t offered in the spring of 1979, according to a 1997 Ohio University article. He returned nearly 20 years later to finish his degree.
Lauer began his journalism career in 1979.
He worked as a producer for WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia, according to Lauer’s “Today” show biography, which has been taken down since his firing. By 1989, he had moved on to hosting a three-hour interview program, “9 Broadcast Plaza” in New York. He hosted the show until 1991.
Lauer also hosted multiple weekly information and talk shows in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond.
Lauer joined the “Today” show as a news anchor in 1994.
Lauer worked as co-anchor of WNBC’s early morning and early evening newscasts from September 1992 to September 1996, according to Lauer’s “Today” show biography.
He started appearing on the “Today” show as a substitute news anchor in 1993 and joined the show as a permanent news anchor in 1994. Three years later, he was made the show’s co-anchor.
Lauer married Dutch model Annette Roque in 1998.
The couple met on a blind date one year earlier, according to People magazine. It was the second marriage for Lauer, who was previously married to TV producer Nancy Alspaugh.
Lauer and Roque have three children, two sons and a daughter.
Television host Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC’s “Today” show after a colleague complained that he engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, network officials said Wednesday.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo sent to staff that the company received the complaint on Monday and moved swiftly to terminate Lauer's employment.
"While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," Lack said.
In January 2017, Lauer celebrated 20 years on the show. Here’s a timeline of Lauer’s career.
1979: Lauer began his television career as a producer of the noon news for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.
1980: He was an on-air reporter on the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts at WOWK.
1980-1984: Lauer hosted a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. He worked for ESPN and hosted PM Magazine in Providence, Rhode Island.
1986: Co-hosted at WNYW-TV's “Made In New York” with Jill Rappaport; also co-hosted “Fame, Fortune and Romance.”
1988: Hosted “Talk of the Town” WNEW-TV in Boston.
1989-1991: Lauer hosted a three-hour live interview program, WWOR-TV's “9 Broadcast Plaza.”
1990: Lauer hosted a pilot called "Day In Court.”
1991: Lauer and Willow Bay co-hosted “Etc., Etc.,” on the Travel Channel.
1992: Lauer moved to WNBC-TV as co-anchor with Jane Hanson of the early weekday news show “Today in New York.”
1992-1993: Lauer filled in as “newsreader” for Margaret Larson on “The Today Show.”
1992-1997: Lauer filled in as co-host on “Weekend Today” and “NBC News at Sunrise.” He substituted for “The Today Show” host, Bryant Gumble.
1993-1996: Lauer and Sue Simmons co-hosted “Live at Five” on WNBC-TV.
January, 1994: Lauer joins “The Today Show” fulltime as news anchor.
January 6, 1997: Lauer is named co-anchor of “The Today Show.”
1998-2011: Lauer launches “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” on “The Today Show.” The segment had Lauer broadcasting from places around the world, giving clues to his location as viewers were asked to guess where he was.
Since 1998: Lauer has co-hosted NBC's live coverage of the “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
Since 2000: Lauer has co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
June 2005: Actor Tom Cruise got into an argument with Lauer about psychiatry and postpartum depression.
June 2006: Ann Coulter asks Lauer if he was "getting testy with me” over her criticism of 911 widows.
June 2007: Lauer interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
November 2010: President George W. Bush gave Lauer one of his first one-on-one television interviews since leaving The Oval Office.
November 2015: Lauer interviewed Charlie Sheen when the actor revealed he is HIV-positive.
September 8, 2016: Lauer conducted separate 30-minute interviews with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
From NBC News Matt Lauer Bio: “Other Lauer exclusives include first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address in February 2010; former senior advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove; Michael Douglas’ first interview after his son’s prison sentence for drug charges, and later, Douglas’ first television interview since undergoing cancer treatment; and Elizabeth Edwards’ first television interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards.”
Wendy Williams has her own story about workplace sexual harassment, but the talk show host is trying to keep mum about who it involves.
While discussing the recent slew of sexual assault allegations against veteran journalist, Charlie Rose, Williams, 53, revealed that her least favorite guest on her show was one who had groped her on live television, Inside Edition reported.
“My worst guest, I’m not gonna name, but I can tell you this -- it had to do with some groping and you all saw it, but didn’t say a word,” Williams told viewers on her live show Tuesday. “And I felt it and I didn’t say a word. My staff saw it, and, you know, that guest will never be here anymore. He’s not relevant anymore anyway.”
The television host said that when the individual went further than a quick embrace, she didn’t know how to react.
“He hugs me, but lays in my breast inappropriately and I didn’t know what to do because I’m brand new on TV, whereas now, I would definitely push somebody through a glass coffee table. I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
She continued, saying that guest looked up at her, saying, “Oh! You’re not Oprah!”
“I’m two seconds away from saying his name but it’s not worth it. However, if I see you in the mall, I’ll tell you,” she told viewers.
Williams maintained that she wouldn’t be revealing who she was referring to, but viewers pulled out their own receipts. Photos of comedian Gilbert Gottfried resting his face on Williams’s chest during a 2011 appearance quickly spread. Wendy can be seen grimacing in the photo while Gottfried grabs her tightly around the waist.
Gottfried, 62, denied having any recollection of the incident when contacted by Inside Edition. When asked about being banned from her show, he said wasn’t aware if he had.
As of now, Williams has neither confirmed nor denied that Gottfried was whom she referred to.
Update 1:45 p.m. Nov. 21: PBS announced Tuesday that it is ending its relationship with award-winning journalist Charlie Rose in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed women working on, or aspiring to work on, his self-titled PBS show.
"In light of yesterday's revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs," network officials said Tuesday in a statement. "PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."
PBS officials had earlier announced that they were pulling his self-titled show after eight women claimed that they were sexually harassed by Rose between the 1990s and 2011. Bloomberg also pulled his show.
Earlier Tuesday, CBS News announced that Rose was being dismissed in light of the allegations.
Rose has apologized for the incidents, but added that he doesn’t “believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”
Update 12:31 p.m. Nov. 21: CBS News has fired Charlie Rose in the wake of allegations that the well-known journalist made unwanted sexual advances and groped women who worked or aspired to work on his self-titled PBS show between the 1990s and 2011.
“Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace -- a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work,” CBS News President David Rhodes wrote Tuesday in a memo sent to staff members. “We need to be such a place.”
Eight women told The Washington Post that Rose “made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”
The women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged encounters.
Rose apologized for his behavior in a statement on Monday.
"I am greatly embarrassed," he wrote. "I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realized I was mistaken.”
Both PBS and Bloomberg pulled Rose’s self-titled show in the wake of the allegations.
Original report: CBS News and PBS have suspended award-winning journalist Charlie Rose after allegations from eight women that the longtime talk show host and host of “CBS This Morning” sexually harassed them dating back to the 1990s until 2011, according to the Washington Post.
“Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” a CBS spokesperson said in a written statement, the Post reported.
Rose, 75, made unwanted sexual advances and allegedly groped women who worked on his show “Charlie Rose The Week,” which aired on PBS, but was produced by an independent company, and Bloomberg TV. He’s also accused of appearing naked in front of some of the women.
Both PBS and Bloomberg have pulled his show.
“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose,'” a PBS spokesperson said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.
“PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”
The women involved in the accusations against Rose ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents.
Rose issued an apology on Twitter, calling his behavior “inappropriate .”
“I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he said.
Rose is the latest in a string of powerful men publicly accused of inappropriate behavior toward women over the past three decades, beginning last month with rape accusations and sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Also on Monday, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended after a report that he behaved inappropriately with female journalists.
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