Former NBC Host Matt Lauer Issues Apology [VIDEO]

Matt Lauer released a statement today:

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

  • Tawreos

    He could have avoided all this by acting like an adult instead of an entitled ass.

    • JAKvirginia

      But…. who knew that dangling your dick in someone’s face was more than a faux pas?

  • Jeffg166

    Translation: I’m going to miss that $25 million a year bigly.

    • Gustav2

      That depends on his contract, Bill O’Reilly had a golden parachute.

    • joeyj1220

      In addition: And I will take some time away until everything dies down and try to quietly return

      • Frostbite

        Yup. He’ll just chill for 5 years and then start out on some early early morning show. Or, he could just run for the GOP.

        • David in Palm Springs

          …in Alabama.

      • narutomania

        … through a book deal, a book tour, and a few guest spots on late night tv.

    • DJ John Bear

      “I’m so so sorry that I got caught. Sad!”

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Please don’t sue me.

  • Rex

    No amount of words can erase the damage that’s been done.
    And, it’s difficult to believe that he didn’t realize what he was doing at the time.
    Actions have consequences, and he fully aware of that now.

  • Michael R

    ” It was fun while it lasted “

    • narutomania

      Essentially, yes.

      Let the good times roll … until I get caught. Then it’s, “Oops! Sorry, folks!”

    • JCF

      “I ‘did have fun, and no harm done, so
      Thanks for the memories’!”

  • greenmanTN

    I am deeply touched by his sincerity.

    https://m.imgur.com/m9g7L?r

    • Todd20036

      If by “his”, you mean the man in the gif, then I agree.

    • Brody Levesque

      Exactly how I feel.

  • “i’m deeply sorry my mommy didn’t teach me to keep my dick in my pants and not show it to women who don’t even really know me. damn her!”

    • Gerry Fisher

      I *knew* a woman *had* to be to blame, here. /s

  • Do Something Nice

    Translation: I am desperately trying to salvage my career.

    • Snarkaholic

      + Oh, shit! They’re about to sue me! Maybe if I show “remorse”, the sentence/damages can be minimized!

  • Do Something Nice
  • Xaca

    So now, sixteen years later, it’s time to sit back and reflect on that time he anally raped that woman in his office until she passed out and required medical attention, because he just hasn’t had time in the intervening years. And Kathie Lee Gifford telling everyone that he’s still the person “‘we’ all love and adore”.

    The thing I don’t understand about any of this,…about O’Reilly, Ailes, Bolling, Trump, Moore, Rose, Lauer, Weinstein, Keillor, Halperin, Spacey, Louis C.K., Franken, Conyers, Barton….who am I missing…. the thing I don’t understand is how nobody ended up with a bullet in their face.

    • Snarkaholic

      KL Gifford is a piece of shit.
      At one casino restaurant I worked in, the backstage entrance was right outside our kitchen, so celebs would often pass by.
      One evening, she did. Although I didn’t watch her show, I smiled and nodded pleasantly at her…
      …and her “reply” was to stop walking and stare at me like I was three-day-old road kill.

      • Gerry Fisher

        “Did you have something that you wanted to say to me, ma’m?”

      • pj

        shes a raging bitch. cant watch her for 5 min without wondering how the hell she is on in the first place. bitter, entitled, nasty.

        • Snarkaholic

          She’s pissed that she didn’t win the Miss America pageant back in 1838.

    • Frostbite

      “the thing I don’t understand is how nobody ended up with a bullet in their face.”

      Simple, the studios are in NY and CA, not TX.

      • Xaca

        Plenty of guns in NYC, my friend.

        • Frostbite

          Oh I know. I lived there. Just they aren’t as foolish with them as Texas.

    • zhera

      Women who kill their abusers are sentenced to die. Abusers who kill women are not.

      This is the reality for many women.

      • Xaca

        Joan Little. Check her out.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    So Monday night an accuser and her attorney talked to NBC. He was notified of the firing Tuesday night. NBC claims this was their first knowledge of this.

    How can any large corporation make a decision this quickly? You would think it would take NBC’s attorney’s several days to look into the ramifications of the accusation and the potential dismissal. Even if Lauer admitted to it, the PR decisions of how to announce it and negotiations about contract issues seems like it would take more than 24 hours.

    • Do Something Nice

      I don’t believe NBC – that this is their first knowledge. I worked for a large organization that had someone at a high level doing this kind of bullshit for years and it was pretty well knows. Nothing was done until someone came forward with a complaint and a lawyer. The pervert was fired.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        That’s what seems plausible. That this was known and covered up for years and what the accuser and attorney brought on Monday was un-coverupable and NBC was forced to pull the trigger.

        This of course means that NBC would be culpable for the cover up and enabling Lauer to remain in his position and continue to abuse and assault.

    • clay

      IF they have well-thought-out policies and practiced procedures, yes, they can do it that fast.

      I doubt that was the case, instead, it was just handed to the head lawyer in HR.

    • Gerry Fisher

      On the one hand, I agree with you. On the other hand, a “groping” charge that is believable is grounds for instant firing.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        At this level, just crafting the public statements, coordinating PR responses, etc., that seems like a process that would take a bit of time and negotiation?

        Most often, instant suspension while this stuff is being crafted. Makes me think NBC was well prepared for this and was waiting till they had an allegation so credible and bulletproof that they had to pull the trigger.

    • narutomania

      You are right. Either they knew more before that, or the evidence was quite damning and incontrovertible.

      Video / audio, perhaps?

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        I believe I heard that Lauer admitted to at least some of the allegations. The upcoming Vanity fair article talks about him giving a coworker a sex toy and a note about what he’d like to do with it, but I think that is ANOTHER accuser, not the one that caused the firing.

  • Blake Mason

    Bryant Gumble has already offered him a position at Real Sports.

    • wow. Bryant, i guess it’s official: you’re an asshole.

      • Blake Mason

        I kid… but it would not surprise me.

        • is that even a show anymore? i saw one ep once that was actually pretty damn good, as far as being a critical investigative piece about something related to professional men’s sports. sorry to knee jerk there, my bad. it’s just that what you wrote is so… believable.

          • BearEyes

            truthiness

          • no, srsly. this was years and years ago, and that’s why it sort of sticks out in my aging memory. long before the more recent outcry about football and brain injuries, Bryant did a really in-depth, serious piece about life after the NFL, for linemen.

            damn. i was all like, “OK, this is Rong.” the one guy that really got me was this tear-jerker of a story of broken promises, lies, and greed. he was lucky to have a devoted wife who was doing everything to support him since the NFL had taken away his mind, health, and sexual ability/reproductive status. i am pretty sure he’s dead now, but i hope she sued.

            so anyway, that’s the sum total of my knowledge of Bryant other than he’s married to a hawt wife.

          • Blake Mason

            Yes… I hadn’t watch it in years… but recently was in Miami airport and their was one segment from the show on the monitors… like a anniversary thing.

  • Dk

    whatever matt, you got caught so you’re remorseful. also–interesting that the older boomers are the ones putting their foot in it-gifford, lansbury, karan-to me they are the same generation who still talk about the president in reverential tones-no he is not the president, he has sullied the office, pls stop talking about him like he deserves any kind of respect, also pls stop making excuses for guys who act badly–this isn’t 1950-the straight boys club is toppling.

    • Gustav2

      But they want “their” 1950’s white male country back.

      Yes, this is part of the “PC” world they hate because they no longer can get away with this BS.

    • Reality.Bites

      Angela Lansbury is many things, but a baby boomer ain’t one of them, unless there was another Baby Boom after World War 1, since she was born in 1925.

    • seant426

      The reverence that generation of women show men is appalling.

  • Todd20036

    I got caught. FUCK!!

  • Rex

    Baby, I’m Sorry (I’m not sorry.)

    • Gerry Fisher

      But he’s bringing roses the morning after the beating!

  • Gigi

    Do these guys have press releases written by sleazy PR people on their phones, ready and waiting for the inevitable day that they get caught?

    • Snarkaholic

      Actually, based on the high number of victims in each of these cases, it seems he (and so many others) are so arrogant that they think they’ll NEVER get caught.

    • Hunter M

      I’m surprised that he wasn’t caught earlier. It’s been known for while that he’s being doing this kind of stuff. If he’s been paying any attention for the past few weeks he should have been expecting this.

  • kelven

    I put this on the Roy Moore thread but it’s too good to not repeat. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQL37wcgI6k

  • Reality.Bites

    OT:

    Ad on JMG today. OK, I get the top one is an ugly sweater T-shirt, but the bottom one? A Santa Vest on a Tattooed Guy t-shirt? Is that a thing?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a71503e47e10736c3b7b8c436e0aa6bd12dfae6a9c7bf4619f479d456051a3df.png

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Buy an isolated island and quarantine yourself.

  • Snarkaholic

    Repairing the damage? Surely ye jest!

    • clay

      That’s what made me think he was apologizing to his wife and his agent.

    • Hunter M

      Repairing the damage to his career.

  • TuuxKabin

    Bit self serving, as usual, Matt?

  • Glenn E Ross

    There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for getting caught and now I will string together a bunch of words that almost sound like an apology adding more words that sound like contrition then pretending to work to undo the damage to my career hoping sometime in the future I can get back on the gravy train.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I hope way more people come out. This guy was a serial predator and I don’t see him stopping even after getting fired.

    • Reality.Bites

      Hugely diminished opportunity going forward.

      He has no power over anyone anymore and is unwelcome in all public settings.

  • GeneInSJ

    This situation really shocked me. GMA exposed some of the details this morning and I was really surprised at the depth of his depravity.

  • netxtown

    WHY the fuck isn’t this happening to trump as well!!! People have known for years. Attorneys have sued – and still the mother fucker is there.

    As for Lauer & NBC – ANY exec at NBC who was aware and did nothing is just as wrong as Lauer. THEY should also be fired immediately!

    • Reality.Bites

      Trump never worked for anyone before becoming President. Courts are staggeringly ineffective at this sort of thing.

      I’d guess that the turnover of NBC exec is pretty high and that any who covered up for him are long gone anyway. Still there may be some.

    • clay

      And remember, Turmp’s “reality” show was on . . . NBC.

      • netxtown

        oh that is just toooo fucking sweet…. Let’s see how NBC splains that away….

        • Reality.Bites

          What do you want them to explain?

          When the tape came out they fired their employee pretty much for listening to and humouring Trump.

          There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind that had he not already left the network, Celebrity Apprentice would have been immediately cancelled.

    • KarenAtFOH

      American oligarchs gotta have their boy with the pen.

    • Todd Allis

      Lauer admitted to wrongdoing. I can’t see Trump ever doing that.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    The company needs to feel financial pain as well. The top brass was ok with it because they weren’t the ones being physically attacked and leered at. I only wish the execs would be societally mocked as complicit procurers and get sued too.

    • Hunter M

      This isn’t new. People have known about Matt for ages. The execs have been covering it up or at least turning a blind eye. There should be some legal consequences for NBC in this.

  • overandover17

    “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the loss of my $20 million a year paycheck”

  • Ninja0980

    You’re sorry you got caught and that you can’t prey on women at NBC anymore.
    Now shut the fuck up and go away.

  • Mike Knife

    Just another case of what goes around comes around, Matt.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Nice words Matt – but you’re still a dirty, filthy, sexist pig. Creep!

  • Dot Beech

    He sent sexts and dick pics to female staff members.

    ANY employee, even Matt Lauer, should know that management will always have to draw a short dark line from any dick pics sent to a co-worker to the exit door.

    I hope dick pics will be enough to stop all the hand-wringing about “due process.”

    What a maroon. Too stupid by half to hold a job.

  • pablo

    Your career is over. There’s no point in apologizing. Go out like a super villain

  • Treant

    I’m torn. We’re supposed to hate the action and we do. But from the below, it also seems like there can’t ever be any forgiveness or way back from these actions. That seems to run counter to a reasonable and mature society.

    Now mind you, he’d probably have to work (supervised) with abused women for a decade or two before I’d bother, but it could happen.

    • Natty Enquirer

      What you have expressed is the truest and most challenging message of what people call the Christian religion: forgiveness.

      • Treant

        It’s a very frightening day indeed when I, a pretty hard-core agnostic (“I don’t know and neither can you”) turn out to be a better “christian” than most “christians.”

        Unfortunately, it’s also practically a daily occurrence, but don’t catch me when I’m challenging “common wisdom” and “accepted social dogma.” You’ll wonder why the fuck I’m asking a question like that…

    • seant426

      If it was an isolated single incident, perhaps. But this is a pattern of abuse perpetuated over many years. That’s not forgivable. If the targets were your wife, sister, mother, daughter, niece, there would be hell to pay.

      • Treant

        So…why is doing this to multiple people worse than doing it to one? (Other than the multiplier, of course). The individual damage and affront to one is the same. The ability to forgive, or lack thereof, should be the same…perhaps other than the multiplier.

        (I’m going to ignore the fact that, once again, we’ve convicted without a trial since it seems that Lauer is owning up to it, but that fact is still a dissonant note in the final thought).

        • LookielouE1707

          Insisting on a trial is mere empty legal formalism, and in this case a means of setting a burden of proof so that it’s unlikely to be met, since a case like this is unlikely to see the inside of a courtroom. What matters is how well-vetted the accusations are, not what venue they are vetted in – a poorly run trial, for example, would be less dispositive than a well-produced journalistic investigation.

          As for your position on forgiveness, I think it’s worth asking whether you have such a high bar for ostracism for subjects outside this one. Should we be quick to forgive islamophobia and homophobia? How about forgiveness for people who make false accusations of sexual misconduct? Or is the easy forgiveness just for the people accused of sexual misconduct?

        • seant426

          Never said one was more egregious than many. As far as his innocence, it could be argued with one episode but hardly with many.

    • Reality.Bites

      I think what forgiveness he finds will need to come from family, friends, colleagues and victims.

      As a society, we’re under no obligation to forgive or forget – the truth is, it didn’t really affect you or me AT ALL. The host of a show I stopped watching decades before he first appeared on it? Really he is no more connected to my life than any of the other rapists moving through the legal system. I have no more cause for outrage over him than anyone else. And no less.

      Would I be outraged if one of those rapists was ever again put in a position that enhanced his ability to do it to more victims? Of course.

      Matt Lauer can go where he wants, associate with anyone who wants to associate with him and earn money in whatever legal way he chooses, with my blessing.

      I’d suggest, if he asked me, that whatever work he does in future be self-financed and self-distributed.

      • Treant

        That’s actually a section of my point. He doesn’t affect you or me at all. There’s no grand reason to be angry at him, and forgiveness should be easy.

        In part here…but only in part…I’m questioning the inability of the tolerant, forgiving left to actually forgive (or, in fact, question) much of anything. So far, in fact, forgiveness seems contingent on the original crime and how directly it impacts the person involved.

        Some things always piss us off and that’s cool. But at least acknowledge that we’re not as liberal with our “forgiveness” than we claim we are.

        • Reality.Bites

          We’re starting at the same place, but ending different. To me the fact that there’s little reason to be personally angry also means there’s little reason to forgive.

          Being a multi-millionaire TV host isn’t a right. This isn’t like making sure someone who burgled a house can never earn a living again.

          There are many people with personal experience of sexual assault who should never, ever, be expected to forgive him. And even if we expected them to, they can’t and they won’t. Which makes him 100% toxic, now and forever.

          He may find a niche somewhere, or he may reinvent himself as a born-again conservative so he can work for the places where his actions make him a hero, but no, he doesn’t get to host the Today show ever again.

          • Treant

            Actually, I think we’re in very different starting points. Because there’s little reason to be angry, there should be no trouble forgiving.

            “This isn’t like making sure someone who burgled a house can never earn a living again.” Technically, being a living, breathing human being isn’t a right in most states, and you’re trying to impose an extra-legal and very conditional punishment on somebody due simply to their job. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and assume that the punishment would be the same if the crime were different.

            “There are many people with personal experience of sexual assault who should never, ever, be expected to forgive him.” Danger, Will Robinson, that’s a huge logical error of really bad transference of guilt.

            Plus a therapist would have a field day with that one. We can only assign personal agency to those who have personally interacted with us.

            And yes, I see the point; some things aren’t going to be forgiven. I just don’t put this into that category because I set that bar pretty damned high.

            And yes, I get that part of this is transference again between what people feel they can do something about and what they feel they can’t (the whole Trump administration). As such, it actually sucks even worse; take your anger out on the people who are causing it.

          • Reality.Bites

            What I’m saying is I have no dog in this hunt. It might not be any trouble for me to forgive, but my forgiveness is entirely irrelevant.

            And so is yours and so is society’s. As Mary Poppins might say, it’s a pie crust promise. Easily made, easily broken.

            And you’re damn fucking right I’m imposing something on someone because of their job. A doctor who sexually assaults their patients loses their license – permanently.

            And a TV personality whose face and voice is a personal reminder to millions of sexual assault victims is not likely going to have a TV show again.

            There is no right to hold a particular job, even if you’ve trained for it for years or held it for decades.

            He of course has every right to seek to re-establish himself any way he can.

            What do we owe him?

            Nothing.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      While I agree with what you’re saying re: being torn, I think it’s important to take into consideration that, at the moment, there’s a paradigm shift in progress and people’s emotions are running hot thus leading to the more intransigent statement regarding “you’ll never work again” mantra. Simply put, I think people and women in particular, should have the right to vent at the moment. It will pass and settle…though as you say, these men must earn every step back into society.

      • Treant

        I guess that then leads to the follow-up question–since these people (and women in particular) are venting too loudly and making some very over-the-top demands and threats, does that mean I can then write them off, vow that they’ll never work again, and that’s OK because I have the right to vent about this particular popping of humanity’s dirty little boil problem?

        I’m not mad at the victims, they can certainly feel that way if that’s what they want, and they don’t require my approval. Instead, it’s this outraged halo of over-reacting, uninvolved people that I object to.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          You do have a point on the issue of those far outside the sphere being overly outraged, in many cases putting on airs of indignance. I suspect it will settle sooner rather than later, not because people will wise up so much as they will soon find another shiny object to distract them from their mundane existence.

          • Treant

            I just took a half an hour hypocrisy break. If I reflect upon the radiant truth of what you just said, I’ll need another.

            You’re right and I missed that point…and it’s really basic too. It’s shiny. They’re having fun with their outrage. This signifies very little and there will be no long-term improvement for that very reason, but also because that requires effort.

            It actually manages to be hypocritical and shallow on three different levels simultaneously. Four if you bring in what the liberal contingent is supposed to stand for and work for.

            Honestly, I’m going to restrict myself to dick and Trump jokes. Thought is wasted on most people and it’s why I have the rep of never saying very much around most people.

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            A sad truth that I found myself lamenting…what a world.

          • Treant

            I’m about to do so again, I’ve got programming I could theoretically do if I write the “ring” and leave space (hopefully the correct size) for the “gem” of data I don’t have yet.

            Ask a simple question, get called a troll in thirty different ways. I’m sorry the concept of “responsibility” and “don’t be a hypocrite” are so incredibly hard for people to synthesize.

  • Ross

    I have LOATHED Matt since he abused Hillary during a forum, but kissed Donald’s ass.

    I could not be happier with his fall.

    Piece of shit.

    • Miji

      And before that there was how shitty he was to Ann Curry and I’m sure others. I didn’t care him much before that and after that was done with him. There’s been good reason to dislike him for a long time.

      • JCF

        I’m not on Twitter, but apparently there’s now a hashtag #SomewhereAnnCurry which is supposed to be HIGHLY amusing.

    • JNK

      But you adore Hillary, who tried to DESTROY several women after they came forward about the disgusting behavior of Bill.

      • Ross

        I do adore Hillary.

        And there is no credible evidence to support your slander. But I am guessing that reality is irrelevant to you.

  • Jefe5084

    What a douche. He has always struck me as a misogynistic, arrogant, narcissist. Couldn’t stand to watch him back in the days before I cut the cable.

  • Jefe5084

    “express my sorrow at getting caught” is what he meant to say.

  • seant426

    Go away, Matt. You are nothing but a no-talent mediocrity who got where he is simply because of your gender and skin color.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Sincere reflection demands that an apology follow in a time proportionate to the offense. I distrust apologies that are made immediately after being found out. They smack of expedience and a too-hasty desire to bury the incident, particularly when they insist on ending with a silver lining.

    • Reality.Bites

      They also smack of a society that not only expect a constant news flow, but also new developments. Regardless of his true feelings, he had to get a statement out quickly.

    • jerry

      And an immediate apology is rather worthless when it was more than one or two instances, rather than daily happenings over his entire career.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Bj Lincoln

    Why doesn’t NBC release tapes of Drumpf’s behavior during the Apprentice? There have been rumors of his behavior backstage and video if him saying and doing inappropriate things.

  • Hunter M
  • Macbill

    I’d be sorry too, if I just lost a $25 million/yr gig.

    • BobSF_94117

      I’d be kind of relieved. Assuming, of course, that I’d been saving a lot in previous years and not blowing it on silly things like neckties for my penis for when I showed it to people.

  • JWC

    The major problem with the apologies these people feel , the sorrow os not so much for the actions they committed but for the action of being caught

  • Like he didn’t know what he was doing all along was WRONG?

  • Litty Thum

    I’m sure most of this is legit although having worked w/ Lauer before, I know that he did like to make some racy jokes in the office but I, personally, don’t think that is grounds for dismissal. Making those types of jokes is something that should have been brought to HR and he should have been given a stern warning but the other things he was accused did deserve a more severe punishment.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Let me echo: Yeah, sorry you lost your high paying gig because you could keep you libido in your pants.