Matt Lauer thought sexual assault was a laughing matter way back in 2012…The video below hasn’t aged well in light of what’s happened today with Lauer’s firing for “sexual misconduct”. In addition to his firing, three more women have come forward today to tell their stories of sexual harassment by Lauer…Ouch! The women are accusing Lauer of exposing himself and sending sex toys with suggestive notes included. This will probably get worse before it gets better for the notorious sexual harasser…It’s not so funny now, is it?
The New York Post reports:
The former “Today” host, canned Wednesday over sex harassment allegations, produced a segment with Willie Geist and national investigative reporter Jeff Rossen mocking people who suffer gropey colleagues and inappropriate remarks.
The now-cringeworthy 2012 segment about the “smack heard ‘round the studio” mockingly portrays an incident where Geist taps Lauer on the butt as they enter the “Today” studio:
Throwback to 2012 when Matt Lauer was the “real victim” of sexual harassment on the Today show ???? pic.twitter.com/mYdnhEV2wv
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“Matt says he smacked him right on the tush. Look, this kind of behavior happens all the time between guys on football fields and in huddles, but is it really appropriate in the workplace?” Rossen says, introducing the segment with a wink and a nod.
“The owner of that derriere, breaking his silence,” he continues in a mock-serious newsman tone.
Then dramatic piano plays as Lauer hams it up for the cameras, describing Geist’s smack.
“I said, ‘Hi Willie, how are you?’ and I thought that would be the end of it — and he just reached out and you know…,” Lauer trails off.
Lauer then mocks one response that victims often give in sex harassment cases — that they didn’t ask for it.
“I didn’t do anything differently, I wasn’t wearing a different cologne, this was uninitiated,” he said, later adding: “Since it happened, he hasn’t called, he hasn’t written, nothing.”
Geist played along for the bit, denying the allegations — then Lauer even gave some advice he has yet to heed.
“If you do it, own up to it,” he sniffed.
NOT SO FUNNY NOW THAT LAUER IS IN THE HOT SEAT…