Famed TV host Matt Lauer is gone.
Toast. Cooked. Old news.
Ever since his dramatic firing on November 29, when reports emerged that Lauer was a predator of the most despicable sort – the type who preys on those unfortunate enough to be under his power – Lauer has been persona non grata. He's slunk off to wherever it is people like him slink off to when their depredations are uncovered.
At least, that's what we thought.
Hoda Kotb named Today Show co-anchor in historic move following Matt Lauer exit: https://t.co/RcXakDikYc https://t.co/ZIhbJozJvb— The Hill (@The Hill)1514904724.0
We've kept in touch and we've all been reaching out and, you know, I don't think there's anyone who would be more thrilled than Matt to see Hoda in this role. He adores Hoda and he knows how good she is and so I know that to be true.Again, all sunshine and strawberries, right? Wrong. Here's why this sort of thing is problematic...
Matt Lauer has reportedly been sending critiques to 'Today' producers about recent episodes — after being fired for… https://t.co/Au2RQjBjR0— Business Insider (@Business Insider)1515081572.0
Matt Lauer had a secret button under his desk to auto-lock his office door: report https://t.co/xX2kmG32pA #News… https://t.co/UzAoHVQtew— CEO Insights (@CEO Insights)1512951755.0
Recent history shows us that women who try to weaponize their sexuality are, at best, sleeping their way to being the top’s plus-one to the CAA Oscar party. The men who do it are using their sexuality to negate, erase, bully, intimidate, and ultimately chase women out of their industries. Maybe we should stop accusing women of “sleeping their way" to the top. Maybe because men have been the ones sleeping women to the middle and bottom.
Addie Collins Zinone speaks out about the backlash she got after revealing her consensual affair with Matt Lauer… https://t.co/jb6nw28OxZ— Access (@Access)1513651500.0
I changed physically. I changed emotionally. Fear crept into my life. I became unsure of myself. Any confidence I had was gone. For him, it was a conquest. One afternoon, he told me to come see him in his office. I thought he was finally going to talk to me and encourage me professionally. I wanted to hear from him that I could succeed in West Virginia [where she'd just gotten a job as an anchor]. I sat across from him, and he pushes a button from his desk and the door shuts. It was embarrassing, because his secretary was sitting outside.
My experience on air as an anchor turned out to be so traumatic that I quit. I was in a depression. This man who I’d held on a pedestal had made me feel like my looks and my body were my true assets. He made it clear that he wasn’t interested in my skills or my talent. It just shattered everything.