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Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 3:08PM EST
Connie Chung was impressed with how her former news organizations handled the Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose scandals
The veteran of NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and CNN told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she also experienced sexual harassment in her career. "Oh yeah, sure, every day. I mean, a lot, especially when I started out,” she said. As for Lauer and Rose, Chung said: ”I’m very proud of CBS and NBC for just taking quick action. Some people might be victims of precipitous action but these two, the reports about them seemed excessive." Of the #MeToo movement, she added: "I was thrilled for this moment, for women!"
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Report: Matt Lauer lied to his NBC bosses about previous liaisons before admitting to three “consensual” affairs
Page Six reports on Lauer’s final days working at NBC, noting that Lauer was overheard telling a co-worker during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that “this is going to be my last parade.” He was fired six days later. “He goes between sadness and acceptance of his fate, to disbelief how it all happened so quickly and how the situation was so out of his control,” a source tells Page Six. The source says that as he was presented with evidence after repeated interviews, Lauer’s demeanor changed. “He became quiet and didn’t argue,” said the source. “He accepted that it didn’t look good.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Ann Curry tells The View: “I did not have a button in my office”
The former Today co-anchor was asked about Matt Lauer’s reported button in his office, and the female staffer whom he’s accused of sexually attacking. “I don’t know that from personal experience,” Curry said. “Did you have a button in your office?” asked Joy Behar. “I did not have a button in my office,” Curry responded.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
Ann Curry: No, I didn’t enjoy Matt Lauer’s firing
“The truth is that I was raised Catholic by a Buddhist,” she told Stephen Colbert. “So I think about the Catholic guilt, mixed with the karma, worries, the intensity of that. It was like all of the sudden my brain — think Game of Thrones — the wall, it went up. There was this whole wall of, ‘Uh-oh, you can’t talk like that. You can’t think like that.’ So I didn’t actually, get to enjoy it.”
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Savannah Guthrie on working with Hoda Kotb: “I think we had an instant thing”
The Today co-anchors visited The Tonight Show last night, where Guthrie spoke about the aftermath of the Matt Lauer scandal: “Yeah, it was hard, and like everyone saw, we went through it. But something really lovely and positive has happened. And I think that’s where we’re focused.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
Today is now entirely led by women after the departure of its longtime executive producer
Don Nash, who’s led the 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Today since 2012, had a close working relationship with Matt Lauer, though it’s not known if that was the reason for his exit because executive producer changes usually coincide with anchor changes. In his place is Libby Leist, the first woman to lead Today’s first two hours in the iconic morning show's 66-year history. Leist joins Megyn Kelly Today executive producer Jackie Levin and Hoda & Kathie Lee Today executive producer Tammy Filler in forming an all-female producing team for the Today franchise. “She is very well-liked. She’ll be great,” an NBC News insider tells The Daily Beast of Leist.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Ann Curry on Matt Lauer: “I am not surprised by the allegations”
The former Today co-anchor also said on CBS This Morning that she witnessed “verbal harassment” during her time on Today. "I can say that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed," she said. "I think it would be surprising if someone said that they didn't see that. It was verbal sexual harassment."
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
Today executive producer Don Nash is stepping down
The NBC News morning show is experiencing more changes as Nash is exiting after serving as executive producer since 2012. "With this change in anchors, and having rethought some of his priorities, Don Nash has decided to step away from his executive producer role at Today,” NBC News chairman Andy Lack said. Senior producer Libby Leist will take over his job. ALSO: It looks like the Matt Lauer scandal's resulted in Nash's exit.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
CBS This Morning lands Ann Curry’s first TV interview since the Matt Lauer sexual harassment scandal
The former Today co-anchor, who is promoting her new PBS docuseries We’ll Meet Again, will talk about the #MeToo movement and her former co-worker on the CBS morning show on Wednesday.
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Why Katie Couric’s belated response to Matt Lauer’s sex scandal is BS
In breaking her silence about her former Today colleague, Couric told People that “I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect.” To which Whitney Kimball is calling BS on, pointing out that Couric would have to be really ignorant to not have known about Lauer’s problems. “This seems unlikely,” she says. “It is very hard to believe that a journalist who spent 15 years co-hosting with Matt Lauer would not have picked up on some signs that he is at least a creep.”
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Katie Couric says the Matt Lauer sexual harassment scandal “has been very painful to me” — “this was not the Matt we knew”
Couric tells People magazine that the sexual harassment accounts she read have been “disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the Today show experienced this kind of treatment.” She adds that when she said on Watch What Happens Live in 2012 that Lauer “pinches me on the a** a lot,” she was joking. “I had no idea this was going on during my tenure or after I left,” says the former Today anchor. “I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew. Matt was a kind and generous colleague who treated me with respect. In fact, a joke I once made on late-night television was just that, because it was completely contrary to our brother-sister relationship. It’s still very upsetting. I really admire the way Savannah (Guthrie) and Hoda (Kotb) and the entire Today show staff have handled a very difficult situation.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Willie Geist says Matt Lauer is doing “as good as he can be” following his Today firing
“I've texted with him just on a personal level,” the Sunday Today host tells ET. “It was his birthday the other day, his 60th birthday.” Geist adds that Lauer is “sort of reconnecting with his family and figuring everything out.” Geist says he’s also happy for Hoda Kotb. “They’re both my honest-to-goodness friends. I’m so happy for Hoda,” he says.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Matt Lauer is reportedly sending unsolicited feedback to Today staffers
According to Page Six, the fired former Today co-anchor recently emailed a producer to critique the morning show's choice of music to introduce a segment.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Why Hoda Kotb isn’t making Matt Lauer’s salary: “TV thrives on paying new people in old positions significantly less”
There are exceptions like Megyn Kelly, but salaries usually grow the longer a person stays in a particular position. That's according to Brian Steinberg, who explains why, in her new role as Today co-anchor, Kotb will be earning $7 million, compared to predecessor Lauer's reported $25 million a year. “While the optics of the financial arrangement have spurred a very worthwhile and necessary discussion about compensation parity among men and women in the media business,” he says, “the simple fact is that Kotb is being treated much like almost any other anchor or host who takes over a coveted and long-held post on a venerable TV program. TV networks often see opportunity in such transitions, because it typically means a cutback in salary outlay. It’s a fair gamble, for example, that Stephen Colbert wasn’t given David Letterman’s salary upon taking over CBS’ Late Show, or that Trevor Noah was not immediately handed Jon Stewart’s financial arrangement upon being given the reins to Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Lauer, no doubt, wasn’t immediately festooned with Bryant Gumbel’s paycheck when he graduated to a Today co-anchor slot in 1997.”
- Kotb tells People: "I'm not making Matt Lauer money. Not even close”
- Why neither Matt Lauer nor Hoda Kotb deserve to making $25 million a year
- Kotb has “overperformed” in her role, having worked at NBC News for 20 years while bringing big numbers to Today's 10 a.m. hour for a decade
- Kotb deserves a larger salary since she’s "pulling double duty” as she continues co-hosting the 10 a.m. hour
- TV veterans say Kotb’s promotion was “not that complicated” and “there was no one else”
- Al Roker shuts down a Twitter troll who wanted “a seasoned man” to replace Matt Lauer
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Report: Hoda Kotb will make about $18 million less per year than Matt Lauer as his Today replacement
Kotb’s salary will be bumped up to $7 million a year, according to Page Six, which is in line with Savannah Guthrie’s salary. Lauer was making about $25 million a year. A Today insider tells Page Six: “Hoda isn’t complaining about the money. She has landed the big job she always dreamed of, and most definitely deserves. Plus, Matt’s salary reflected the long time he was on the show — 25 years. If things go well, Hoda could ask for more next time if she re-ups her contract. But the figures underline the huge wage disparity at NBC News.” ALSO: Hoda Kotb has a higher Q score than both Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.