Friday, June 15, 2018

Blind Item #7

There is talk that this network is working on a deal to bring back this disgraced employee not to his old job, but to something new and have been meeting with him about it. That would be a horrible decision.

52 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Matt Lauer/NBC?????

cheesegrater15 said...

Fox "News" and O'Reilly

Do Tell said...

Lauer was seen entering the NBC building in NYC yesterday.

Do Tell said...

via a "secret" entrance.

cheesegrater15 said...

I could see it. Horrible decision, but their viewers are idiots. All he has to do is wave the flag and say god forgives him and they'll treat him like a god.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Could they not have that meeting somewhere else? This just reeks of a publicity stunt.

Do Tell said...

Definitely Lauer.

Cail Corishev said...

Why not? Americans love a tearful apology and a comeback-from-disgrace story, if it's done right. They'll all be back, if they aren't charged with something solid enough to lock them up, or at least send them into exile overseas.

Tricia13 said...

With all the stuff /scandals that’s have been ,I can’t recall exactly all the specifics-did he rape or assault anyone? I remember the part about locking the office door from his desk and having sex with he employee:((

Do Tell said...

Because Lauer created a hostile workplace, it wasn't a single tweet. NBC needs to put their foot down hard and say "Hell no."

Geeljire said...

That's not how NBC Universal works!

cheesegrater15 said...

Wasn't he the one with the button on his desk that would lock his office door?

Do Tell said...

- Lauer once allegedly giving a colleague a sex toy as a gift along with an “explicit” note on what she should do with it. She describes herself as “mortified” by the incident.

- He also allegedly “summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis,” and when she was shaken up and didn’t want anything to do with him, he reprimanded her.

-He allegedly made frequent lewd comments, both verbally and via text, about women’s bodies and general appearance. A former producer with first-hand knowledge of Lauer’s alleged behavior explains, “There were a lot of consensual relationships, but that’s still a problem because of the power he held. He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.”

Vessimede Barstool said...

Yeah he had a do not disturb button, that's some James Bond tech right there. Was he rapey or was just banging whores on the side? Anyway he's a liberal so he'll eventually get a pass. Rosanne calls out one black lady for looking like a monkey and you'd think she'd murdered someone. Maybe Lauer should try the Ambient excuse, that he didn't realize he was sticking his cock in a whore's ass, he was like sleep walking and shit.

Tricia13 said...

Yep!

Cail Corishev said...

@cheesegrater15, yeah, that was part of it. Problem is, everyone at the network knew what he was doing, so they don't want him telling all, either in court or elsewhere. The higher-ups have a pretty big incentive to work out some sort of reputation-rehabilitation plan with him.

Off-topic, I want a blind that explains how Orci and Kurtzman keep getting work. There's gotta be an explanation, and it isn't the quality of their writing.

LuLu said...

smug pig had it coming. cant believe they are caving. wait. of course they are. theyre pretty ballsy with the short window of time though...

plot said...

O'Reilly is still costing FOX a shitload in settlements. He's had to pay off many himself. His wife takes a huge chunk after winning their acrimonious divorce. FOX, despite being the murderer of this nation's democracy, isn't going to bring back O'Reilly.

Lauer hasn't cost NBC anything. Sure, they'll take a meeting with him. He might even work out a production deal on small projects. Who knows. But I really doubt it.

Do Tell said...

Lauer has cost NBC their reputation.

Geeljire said...

"FOX, despite being the murderer of this nation's democracy"
No.

Normal. Yes indeed. said...

You would do well to remember democracy is mob rule. The United States of America is a constitutional republic.

totaji said...

OReilly is still alive? There should be a law against being him.

Bleu said...

God, regular workers who are laid off through no fault of their own sometimes never recover. This ass.

J said...

They brought back Brian Williams, so why not?

plot said...

"Lauer has cost NBC their reputation."

Not according to the ratings.

@Normal

" democracy is mob rule"

Nope. Mob rule is Fascism - where the majority enjoys the rights and benefits of government only, while anyone deemed unfit, for any reason, does not (to be slaughtered or enslaved as the majority sees fit.)

In Democracies, there are unalienable rights for all citizens that cannot be changed or amended by the mob, no matter what. The smallest minority in democracies have the same rights as the largest majorities.

Huge difference.

plot said...

@Gee!!!!!

One more day buddy! Eid is on you soon. Can you spend 24 hours living as you should or has Allah given you special dispensation to be a jackass whenever you like?

Enquiring minds want to know.

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DDonna Tarttty said...

At least it's not Dan Schneider?

I can't imagine NBC weathering the social media storm that would result from this. But who knows?

Boots said...

I thought there was one woman the supposedly passed out in his room after what was described as an assault attempt. Security supposedly had to come in and "remove" her and take her to get care. Anyone else recall that? supposedly the button was left behind from the previous tenants and wasn't used in an offensive capacity, but not sure on that. Anne Curry certainly knew something was amiss with him and had some dirt.

Jon said...

Lauer didn't rape anyone, he was simply inappropriate. Plus all of these things are just allegations. No proof he ever did any of it.

Do Tell said...

They were substantiated, and there are laws against sexual harassment which he is guilty of. It is a fireable offense. He was way, way more than "inappropriate.

Do Tell said...

And yes, plot, NBC's reputation was indeed dented and tarnished when the headlines screamed how NBC protected Lauer for years and rewarded him. Plenty of women employees came out against NBC. And the Today show ratings were plummeting with Matt Lauer still on the air.

Midsummer night said...

Someone will have to explain to me why Lauer would is so special? He's not exactly easy on the eyes any longer. Doesn't have the excuse of being jewish.

Normal. Yes indeed. said...

You are one dumb motherfucker

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JL said...

Charlie Rose seems desperate to come back. Lauer acts like he gives no fucks.

La-Juice said...

Fuck Matt Lauer

plot said...

@Do Tell

So you are saying that the ratings for the Today Show were "plummeting" before Lauer was fired, ergo, he had nothing to do with it.


On the whole, NBC is doing quite well, with or without Lauer. Bob Costas retiring probably hit the network harder than Lauer.

Or did you misspeak and did you not mean all of NBC, just the morning show (while morning shows across the board are not as popular as they once were?)

Weekittylass said...

We are a representative republic.

Biden is a Pedo said...

Normal is correct. Shillary and the neocons have tried to con us into a “democracy”

Biden is a Pedo said...

Democracy - tyranny of the majority

Brayson87 said...

Yeesh it's like the slime never goes away at networks.

Cuddlebutt said...

Besides, the sexual shit, he had a hand in cruelly firing any woman cohost. He seemed to take glee in their tearful televised responses after JUST LEARNING they lost their job. Pure fucking sadism.

hunter said...

WHY NOT CHARLIE SHEEN?!?!?!?!?

And that "Watch Me Die" show he was pitching to replace Roseanne? Why am I the only one to think of this?

Faust said...

@plot

Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.

Sounds more like a democrats wet dream than what republicans want. Please understand terms you throw around before you use them.

The more you know

plot said...

What, Donny saying that he wants people to worship him just like N Koreans worship Kim wasn't enough proof of the ideals of your party Faust?

Authoritarian nationalism IS the rule of the majority as they alone deserve all the benefits of government. It's exactly what the Trumpettes want in the USA.

HeatherBee said...

@hunter- he was my first thought too and then I saw we were both way off!

Do Tell said...

@plot, I did not misspeak. What I said is correct. As I said from the beginning and very specifically, but you somehow misread, was that the Today Show ratings were plummeting and yes, Matt Lauer had a large part to do with that. For months and probably a few years before the accusations exploded at NBC, he was a weekly staple, often front page, in the supermarket tabloids for cheating on his wife. So there was that ding to his image.

Then there was the Ann Curry fiasco. She was much more beloved than he ever was and when she was suddenly terminated, a lot of viewers, and the press, suspected Lauer was behind it. That was headline news and it backfired hugely for the Today Show. That is really when Matt's "bad guy" image started to take hold. With Ann gone and Lauer still there, Today started to really bleed viewers and GMA went to the top of the morning shows.

Again, all of that was way before the harassment allegations went public. And when people found out that NBC was protecting Lauer all that time, they went ballistic and so did the press. NBC had *cartons* of eggs on their face for how badly they handled it.

Schneiderisnext said...

+1 @dotell

From Matt Lauer's Friar's comedy club Roast

"But a shot at Lauer’s in-office relationship with Curry, who was in the room, got the biggest laugh of Couric’s routine.

“No. 2 - He loves to eat Curry,” she said as Curry (sitting in the audience) went pale and the crowd roared with laughter. “What? Indian food! What’s wrong with you people?”

Comic Bob Saget eventually took the stage to offer Lauer some marriage advice: “Do what I’m doing, Matt. Come into the Dark Side. My next wife hasn’t even been born yet.”"

Everyone knew MATT LAUER was ABUSIVE filth. That's why the audience was bailing


Remie Ross said...

Is there no other boring, balding, middle aged guy they can hire that they are left having to bring this dickbag back?

plot said...

@Do Tell

Okay then make it clear - if the Today Show ratings were failing before the Matt Lauer business then it wasn't his dick's fault, right?

Ann Curry was not that popular, if my reading of the internet informs me correctly. The ratings were falling when she was on, which is the reason she was ousted, right?

No matter who is on top, the morning news shows are fading. Their audience is aging and they aren't picking up any younger demographic. Along with soap operas, daytime TV (other than Judge Judy) is depending on a disappearing veiwership.

NBC isn't doing as badly, overall, as it once was. It's slowly climbing out of the bottom of the networks, even though one could say network TV itself is in a death spiral and depending on the stupidest viewers to keep the ad bucks coming in.

Southern Man said...

@Plot- you are utterly ignorant of political science.

Go study what democracy/fascism/communism/republics actually are.

Your statement is profoundly wrong.

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