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These On-Camera Moments Prove the Signs Were Always There With Matt Lauer
Hindsight is 20/20 and after Matt Lauer was fired from The Today Show Wednesday due to allegations of “inappropriate sexual behavior” with multiple women, clips of the news anchor acting creepy with celebrity guests and other colleagues have resurfaced on the Internet. Below are some of those uncomfortable moments.
Matt Lauer and Miley Cyrus:
In a 2013 Today Show interview with Miley Cyrus, who was 20 years old at the time, Lauer spoke to the singer about her infamous MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke.
“I’m never going to go to a sporting game and see a foam finger the same way again,” Lauer told Cyrus.
“Without getting up and doing this with it?” Miley interjected, doing a gyrating motion.
“I won’t do that, but I’ll be thinking about it,” Lauer replied.
Matt Lauer and Vince Gill’s daughter:
On an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Lauer shared that his most embarrassing moment on The Today Show occurred when singers Amy Grant and Vince Gill were on the show.
Lauer said when Grant took the stage, he couldn’t resist commenting on one of the backup singer’s appearance to Gill.
“[Amy Grant] had three backup singers—three very beautiful women, one extraordinarily voluptuous,” he said. “I kinda went up behind [Gill] and said, ‘I know! Are those things real?’”
“They better be real. That’s my daughter,” Gill responded.
Matt Lauer and General Motors CEO Mary Barra:
Lauer was heavily criticized for asking General Motors CEO Mary Barra what many viewed as sexist questions in a 2014 interview.
“There are some people who are speculating that you also got this job as a woman and as a mom, because people in General Motors knew that this company was in for a very tough time and, as a woman and a mom, you could present a softer image and softer face as this company goes through a tough time,” Lauer told Barra.
He then questioned whether she could handle both the pressures of parenthood and running a company.
Lauer got a lot of backlash, but The Today Show host defended his questions.
In the clip above, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin asked whether the incident was “perhaps the sort of sexism that men engage in without realizing it.”
Matt Lauer and Madonna:
In a 2003 Dateline interview, Madonna was promoting new music when Lauer asked her whether or not she is still relevant in light of younger singers like Britney Spears being in the spotlight.
“You started in this business with people we don’t talk about anymore. Why are we still talking about you?” he asked in the clip above.
In an online forum, people criticized Lauer for asking Madonna questions that pertained to her age and relevancy in the industry after a decades-long career.
“One thing I detest is how people say that music artists and legends are not ‘relevant’ because they are not the flavour of the month to teenagers. It is stupid, disrespectful and completely wrong,” a user said.
“This and that’s why I don’t like Matt,” another commented. “I’ve never liked him. His questions in 2003 weren’t even challenging, simply dumb…”
Matt Lauer and Anne Hathaway:
In a 2012 interview with Anne Hathaway, who appeared on Today to promote her film Les Misérables, 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.
“It was obviously an unfortunate incident,” Hathaway responded.
Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira:
Cameras were still rolling in an unaired moment between Meredith Vieira and Lauer in which Lauer told his cohost, “Keep bending over like that. It’s a nice view.”
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric:
Although this moment between Katie Couric and Matt Lauer was not captured on camera, Couric revealed in a segment called “Plead the Fifth” on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, what she believes is Matt Lauer’s most annoying habit—after having worked with him for over a decade.
“He pinches me on the ass a lot?” Couric said.