Disgraced Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News Wednesday after multiple claims of sexual harassment surfaced…
Lauer’s contract with NBC called for him to be paid tens of millions of dollars upon leaving The Today Show but NBC doesn’t expect to pay it now that he’s been fired. Last week, headlines claimed that Lauer’s lawers are trying to get him his estimated $30M payout from NBC.
However, in a memo on Friday, NBC News chairman, Andy Lack said NBCUniversal would conduct a review of Lauer’s behavior and would strengthen its internal processes so staffers wouldn’t feel intimidated coming forward with allegations of misconduct.
It seems although Lauer’s lawyers will try their best to get his payout, NBC News isn’t budging. Lack, pledging to hold an open forum for any abused NBC staffers, would send an opposite message if he paid out $30M to Lauer – who has been totally exposed and outed as a creep.
In total, five women have come forward so far to tell of harassment and abuse acted upon by Lauer. Notably, Matt Lauer also had a button under his desk that he could use to lock and unlock his office door. But get this, an NBC insider added that Lauer’s secret button wasn’t the only one at NBC’s 30 Rock Studios – a executive producer of The Today Show also had one!
In a statement, Lauer said he was “truly sorry” for the pain he has caused.
Sure, Lauer is very sorry now that he’s been exposed but were he truly apologetic of his actions, he would have realized the pain and trauma he was causing and stopped his toxic behavior. Instead, he continued to abuse staffers with no regard of their feelings… were he not ousted, he would still probably be abusing and manipulating his position at NBC. Lauer is only “truly sorry” because he got caught – period.