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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
The "redemption narrative" seems inevitable for the powerful men sidelined by sexual misconduct
The recent spate of stories on sexual abusers like Louis CK, Mario Batali and Matt Lauer potentially staging comebacks are all part of the redemption arc, says Stassa Edwards. "There’s a certain tick-tock already baked in the redemption story; a sense that there are correct steps done in a thoughtful order to restore temporarily suspended careers," she says. "The first is to admit wrongdoing and apologize. CK issued an apology, as did Batali (Batali’s, done through his newsletter, even included a recipe for cinnamon rolls). The second is evidence that a man has made some sort of effort to change. This is usually in the form of thinking or listening, perhaps even a kind of soul-searching." Edwards notes that these redemption narratives don't ask difficult questions, nor do they make difficult demands. "It’s revealing that such self-reflection never results in the conclusion that men who have spent careers harassing and bullying should not return to those careers," she says. "They never reach the conclusion that their past actions have permanently degraded their authority as cultural arbiters. It’s telling that they demand not just forgiveness but the continued public support that an actor or chef or journalist requires with giving so little in return. But then they would have to question the very 'self,' and its true capacity for reflection, they value so dearly. The work of making amends is messy and long; there is no room for such things in these swift and tidy narratives."
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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Why it's too early to talk about a Louis CK comeback
With the recent news that Matt Lauer and Mario Batali are exploring potential comebacks, and The Hollywood Reporter publishing a story that many have read as sympathetic to Louis CK, feminst podcaster Sarah Lerner observed yesterday that we seem to have reached "the Sexual Predator Redemption Arc™️ phase" of the #metoo news cycle. In the Hollywood Reporter article, comedian Gilbert Gottfried is quoted as saying “there are different levels of misbehavior” and that Louis CK's sexual misconduct isn't comparable to Harvey Weinstein. To which Paste Magazine's Garrett Martin says: "Nobody needs to be asking what Louis CK can do to restore his career until women in comedy feel ready to let him try. Five months is not enough time to forgive his misuse of power or forget how he exploited women looking for career help for his own sexual satisfaction." ALSO: No one is saying ban Louis CK for life, but talking about his redemption after just five months makes his actions seem inconsequential.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Katie Couric still hasn't reconciled the Matt Lauer allegations -- she's trying to separate "truth from fiction"
“I don’t think I have reconciled it honestly, because it’s very upsetting and disappointing," she said at a Buzzfeed event promoting her new Nat Geo show America Inside Out. "I also really don’t know the details of these incidents still. And I think a lot of people who worked on the show when I was there, and when Matt and I did the Today show, don’t really understand the extent of these incidents or what exactly happened and, you know, separating truth from fiction.”
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Is Matt Lauer ready to make a comeback?
A Page Six report described the disgraced former Today anchor as "testing the waters for a public comeback." But as Hilary Weaver notes: "A comeback for Lauer might be easier said than done. So far, none of the dozens of high-profile men who lost their jobs amid the slew of sexual misconduct allegations that began last October have successfully bounced back into the spotlight."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Hoda Kotb: Why I still keep in touch with Matt Lauer
“We keep in touch with him," the Today anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC (in 1998). When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that . . . you know, he was incredible in that way. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Ali Wentworth jokes that husband George Stephanopoulos is the "last man standing" on morning TV
Wentworth calls her husband of 17 years a "stand-up dude." Wentworth says when the Good Morning America anchor first heard about Matt Lauer's button, he wanted one for himself. "He thought it would be great because he could keep everyone out of his way and just do his work,” said Wentworth.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Matt Lauer is selling the Manhattan apartment where he was fired from Today for $7.35 million
The four-bedroom Upper East Side apartment is where Lauer lived during the week while working on Today is up for sale. It was also where NBC News chair Andy Lack visited last November to tell him he had been fired for sexual misconduct.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 1:40PM EDT
Geraldo Rivera was pressed on The View over his initial defense of Matt Lauer
"I spoke and tweeted before I heard the severity of the allegation,” he said. “I should have withheld my digits…until I knew all of the facts," Rivers said this morning, noting that he's friends with many of the #MeToo alleged abusers. "You seem to be blinded by the fact that you like them?” Joy Behar said. “I cop to that,” Geraldo admitted.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
NBC forgot to take down a web page prominently featuring Matt Lauer
The publically accessible beat.today.com still showed Lauer until NBC yanked it on Friday after Page Six made an inquiry. “It was an outdated test version of the site created years ago,” a source tells Page Six.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Jay Leno mocks sexual harassers Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose in surprise Tonight Show return
“How about Charlie Rose, walking around naked in front of interns," said Leno, filling in briefly for Jimmy Fallon. "When did newsmen start behaving like this? I don’t remember Walter Cronkite prancing around in front of Margaret Thatcher like, ‘Take a look at this, Margaret.'”
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.”