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Matt Lauer’s 2012 Interview With Anne Hathaway Was a Red Flag Brushed Aside
In a 2012 Today Show interview with Anne Hathaway, Matt Lauer joked “seen a lot of you lately” after the actress suffered a wardrobe malfunction in front of paparazzi when getting out of a car days earlier.
His comments have garnered a lot of negative attention again, five years later, after Lauer was fired from NBC Wednesday morning due to allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
In the clip posted to YouTube, below, Hathaway said she followed through on her commitment to appear on the morning talk show despite what happened because she was there to promote her film. After Lauer asked her about the “lesson learned” from the incident—seeming to imply that she had somehow done something wrong—she gave her thoughts on how she felt the occurrence exploited her in a “vulnerable moment,” which is no laughing matter.
“It was obviously an unfortunate incident,” Hathaway said. “It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants. Which brings us back to Les Mis […] So lets get back to Les Mis.”
Social media was quick to respond to the resurfaced video, and they were not too happy about Lauer’s comments.
Remember when tabloids published a naked upskirt photo of Anne Hathaway and when she was on the TODAY show, Matt Lauer said he’s “seen a lot” of her lately? Matt Lauer has always been trash.
— Winnie Ye (@winniecye) November 29, 2017
I knew Matt Lauer was a lecherous piece of shit when he was leering over Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe malfunction and humiliating her about it.
— Ziggy Played Guitar (@Classical_Dee) November 29, 2017
And another thing: I have been majorly grossed out by Matt Lauer ever since his interview with Anne Hathaway where instead of asking about her Oscar win all he did was make jokes about a paparazzi pic of up her skirt when she was getting out of a car so BYE IDIOT
— President of the Jamie Lee Curtis Fan Club (@jrdync) November 29, 2017
I soured on the Today Show because of Matt Lauer’s sleazy interview of Anne Hathaway. His termination is like a decade overdue.
— Daniele (@dlightful) November 29, 2017
My surprise about Matt Lauer is fucking zero, since he was a disgusting lech to Anne Hathaway right on live television. He should have been fired then. Five years ago. https://t.co/WcQjTvaNlb
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) November 29, 2017