A seemingly harmless skit performed years ago by NBC’s “Today” show seems far less harmless now, given former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer’s termination Wednesday over allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Aired in December of 2014, according to NewsBusters, the skit opened with an accidental spill that left Lauer with stained slacks. Then, as “Lauer was having his pants ironed by an NBC staffer, the NBC anchor turned to Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Jenna Bush Hager and Tamron Hall, opened his suit jacket and told them to ‘drink it in, ladies.’”
Since it was all an act, the women simply played along.
“Again, Matt? Really?” Morales asked rhetorically.
“It’s the third time this week,” said Hager.
“Did your mommy give you those?” asked Hall.
The four women then mocked Lauer as they exited the room, with the anchor responding by exclaiming, “Get it while it lasts.”
Here is a (now very awkward) segment of a pants-less Matt Lauer exposing himself to four NBC women, saying “Drink it in ladies!”
One of them asks “Again Matt?”
Savannah Guthrie tells Lauer “Stop it. You’re making me lactate.” pic.twitter.com/tuLtro5etE
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 29, 2017
While some would rightly note that all four women were willing participants in the sketch, some might argue that Lauer’s behavior is a little too close for comfort to the allegations against him.
“Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced the allegations and Lauer’s termination Wednesday morning by reading from a company-wide memo sent moments earlier by NBC CEO, Andy Lack.
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the memo read. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards.”
“As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
An emotional Savannah Guthrie announces Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC after a complaint of sexual harassment. News chairman Andy Lack told staff we have “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident” pic.twitter.com/Emewv7bRQD
— David Mack (@davidmackau) November 29, 2017
Now dovetail back to the skit where Lauer told four women to “drink it in, ladies,” as he stood before them in boxers. If that doesn’t count as “inappropriate sexual behavior,” I don’t know what does.
And the fact that NBC allowed such a disturbing sketch to air raises a number of valid questions about its sense of propriety (not to mention morality). For instance, how can a network possibly be serious about providing a safe workplace for its employees when it clearly finds such behavior amusing?
Here’s the kicker: According to Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire, “(S)erious allegations about Lauer have apparently been floating around for years.”
Yet NBC not only did nothing about these allegations, but it also made a mockery of sexual harassment.
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