Matt Lauer is speaking out about the sexual misconduct allegations that led to his termination from NBC’s “Today” show
Jennifer Aniston will tell you that her new show, “The Morning Show,” about a male TV anchor fired for sexual misconduct, isn’t supposed to call out anyone in particular.
Still, she knows there are serious similarities between the show’s premise and the real-life situation with former “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, who was fired in Nov. 2017 over sexual harassment allegations. Aniston even studied Lauer’s final episode of the morning show and the first one without him for acting inspiration.
“I was so devastated,” Aniston told Variety of hearing the allegations against Lauer. “It’s such a strange thing; it felt oddly like my dad did something terrible. I trusted him and had been interviewed by him. He was there for so many moments in my life. And when ‘Friends’ was ending, it was Katie (Couric) and Matt interviewing us.
“Did he know? Did he not know?” Aniston said, wondering if Lauer was aware filming the Nov. 28, 2017 episode that it would be his last.
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“It was fascinating to see,” she said, before adding that Steve Carrel’s character Mitch Kessler is “not based on him at all. He’s just sort of the archetype of all of the men that he’s representing.”
Another man that fits into that archetype: Harvey Weinstein, with whom Aniston worked on the 2005 thriller “Derailed.” She recalled having to spend time at the film’s premiere with the producer, who is currently awaiting trial on multiple accusations of sexual assault.
“I remember I was sitting at the dinner table with (co-star Clive Owen) and our producers and a friend of mine was sitting with me,” Aniston said. “And he literally came to the table and said to my friend: ‘Get up!’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And so my friend got up and moved and Harvey sat down. It was just such a level of gross entitlement and piggish behavior.”
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Ahead of the Oct. 15 release of journalist Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill,” about investigating wealthy, powerful men attempting to silence victims of abuse (which Variety reports includes details about Lauer’s behavior toward a former NBC employee), Lauer is slowly making his way back into the public eye.
While he’s mostly stayed quiet in the nearly two years since being fired from “Today,” the 61-year-old dad of three has popped up a few times on his 16-year-old daughter Romy’s TikTok account.
In one clip, he lip-syncs a line from “Avengers: Endgame”: “I am inevitable,” he mouths, before his daughter turned the camera on herself to mouth a line from Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie Tingz.”
In another, his daughter dances to an explicit song with Lauer in the background. “He got mad at me for this,” she captioned the video.
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