After NBC fired Today Show anchor Matt Lauer amid allegations of sexual misconduct, we uncovered this amazing response to his 2012 Anne Hathaway interview.
NBC announced that Today Show anchor Matt Lauer was fired Wednesday morning after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against him earlier this week.
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Andrew Lack, the NBC News president, said in a memo to the staff.
Social media has blown up since the announcement of his firing, and many people are imagining how two women he notably wronged, Ann Curry and Anne Hathaway, are celebrating the news of his dismissal.
We decided to look back on the infamous Anne Hathaway interview in 2012 when Lauer asked the actress had a paparazzi photo that showed her crotch.
During our search, we uncovered a video of Sam Seder on his podcast Majority Report, discussing Lauer’s Hathaway interview and labeling Lauer as “a creepy dude.”
Watch the Matt Lauer and Anne Hathaway interview here:
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Seder says. “Here’s Matt Lauer, now I don’t pay much attention to this but I don’t, there’s something wrong with this dude. He’s had a couple like, there’s a couple of things over the years with Matt Lauer as a creepy dude.”
Seder’s co-host brings up with incident when Lauer’s beloved co-star Ann Curry was forced to leave the Today Show after just a year in the gig. Lauer was widely blamed for her ouster.
Seder dismisses that story not as “creepy,” but just drama. He then moves onto the Anne Hathaway interview.
“Here he is interviewing Anne Hathaway. Apparently, there was a picture taken of her when she was getting out of a car at a some type of premiere. The guy who taken the picture got really low, took a picture of her crotch essentially, I don’t know what it exposed or what but listen to what Matt Lauer has her on the show and the first thing he brings up here.”
Seder cuts to the interview, that begins with Lauer awkwardly and creepily asking Hathaway about the incident.
“Good morning. Nice to see you, seen a lot of you lately,” Lauer begins. “Let’s just get it out of the way. You had wardrobe malfunction the other night. What’s the lesson learned from something like that, other than that you keep smiling, what you always do?”
Hathaway stumbles at first with her response, noticeably taken off guard by the question. She responds:
Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident. I think it kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants which brings us back to Les Mis because that’s what my character is, she is someone who was forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there’s no social safety net. And I… yeah, so let’s get back to Les Mis.
Lauer then awkwardly follows Hathaway’s change of subject, which Seder points out was probably a producer alerting him he looked like an ass.
Seder pushes back at Lauer’s problematic thinking perfectly. “What’s the lesson to be learned?” he asks. “I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t go to premieres with my crotch anymore? I should leave the bottom half of my body at home just in case some pervert wants to take a picture of me!”
The co-host agrees, “‘I’ve seen a lot of you lately, wink wink,’ that was just weird. That was really creepy.”
Seder brings up that the Today Show’s popularity had fallen behind Good Morning America, so Lauer’s creepy question was just an attempt to snag some ratings.
“This guy’s so desperate for ratings I can’t wait until he’s hosting some show like TMZ. Good luck to you, you freakin creep. Seriously! It’s creepy.”
In addition to being a radio host, Seder is also a comedy writer and performer. He plays Hugo in Bob’s Burgers. And, unfortunately, he had his own scandal — in 2009, he made a tasteless joke about Roman Polanski. In a now-deleted tweet, he wrote “Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man with a great sense of mise en scene.” However, while it’s a terrible joke, it is still a joke, unlike Matt Lauer’s comments.
Matt Lauer won’t be working anywhere, anytime soon. Not even TMZ.