Lauer’s interactions with Anne Hathaway, Hillary Clinton, and even Pippa Middleton look worse in light of the sexual harassment allegations against him.
The longtime host of NBC’s morning show was terminated from his job over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced live on air Wednesday morning.
“How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?” she asked. “I do know that this reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important, and long overdue, and it must result in workplaces where all women — all people — feel respected.”
Lauer is the latest in a string of men in media to be accused of sexual harassment and abuse, including Roger Ailes, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Thrush. And as with the other cases, many questions have now arisen about how Lauer’s attitudes toward women might have affected his treatment of them in interviews and on air.
2016: Lauer was harder on Clinton’s emails than on Trump’s falsehoods
In a 2016 forum that was widely criticized, Lauer asked Hillary Clinton about her emails six times during their half-hour interview, spending one-third of his sit-down with the former secretary of state on the topic while rushing through questions about veteran suicide and terrorism.
When interviewing Donald Trump at the same forum, Lauer failed to push back on the former reality television star’s lies that he had been against the war in Iraq and opposed military action in Libya.