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    Different power systems are in place to put a check on these assholes. One is business, another legal (criminal and civil). For the businesses, they can't endure the public outrage (lost ad revenue, lost viewers) and especially not the liability of having a dickwad predator on staff. The government is part of the legal system, so although legal action can be brought against some of the perps, they can work the system from the inside to keep themselves untouchable (uh, so to speak ). They also have massive disinformation campaigns on their side. Justice will be far slower to reach them, if it does. I guess this may be part of why politics attracts criminals and sociopaths in the first place.
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    Who's really surprised? Lauer's a major creeper IMO. It was just a matter of time before someone outed him.
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    Um, was I the only one who didn't see this coming? If this was the only complaint against him at NBC, then it's gotta be bad.

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    I was watching the Today show this morning when this broke (I just happened to be visiting my Mom this morning for coffee). She was so shocked. When I told her that this had been brewing for years, she just about fell over. I'm curious to hear everything that comes out in the wash. We all knew this was coming for years.
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    I just watched the beginning of the Today show about 10 minutes ago (I'm on the West coast); I have to admit, hearing Savannah brought a tear to my eye, she seemed genuinely shaken by the news, you could hear it in her voice and see it on her face...
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    I wanna know what the proof is that they have that Matt did this before. Hmmmmmm. God help me if he they have some nasty dick pics or some Geraldo type naked bathroom selfies of Matt . I have purposely avoided the Today show all these years because I loathe him.
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    Matt sexually assaulted someone?? Egads!! I knew that he had become a huge jerk to work with, but WOW! I knew that he had cheated on his wife. The worst thing that I had heard about him was that no one wanted to work out with him at the gym because of his... flatulence problem. Dude took copious amounts of chewable Vitamin C, which caused the problem... . Better a gasbag than a sexual harasser!
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    I haven't watched "Today" for quite a while, since they treated Trump like just one of the guys during the election cycle. I stopped watching "Tonight Show" for the same reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnygirl View Post
    I wanna know what the proof is that they have that Matt did this before. Hmmmmmm. God help me if he they have some nasty dick pics or some Geraldo type naked bathroom selfies of Matt . I have purposely avoided the Today show all these years because I loathe him.
    Yes, sounds like someone has been "saving the receipts" and perhaps felt like any threats thrown their way in the past have been minimized in the new climate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    I haven't watched "Today" for quite a while, since they treated Trump like just one of the guys during the election cycle. I stopped watching "Tonight Show" for the same reason.
    I haven't really seen it regularly either, except when I'm leaving the gym around 7 am. I have to admit, they have one of the best intro montages that I've ever seen. Super dramatic and pulls me right in. I love that part. I'm barely familiar with Lauer, but he seemed okay to me. But then, so did Charlie Rose.

    For them to summarily fire this marquee guy literally overnight must mean we are going to see some really apocalyptic stuff. Not just the Olympics claim but other stuff. Very curious that they were able to state that they hadn't received one complaint about him in 20 years. However, if the NY Times is doing a big story on him, it sounds like there are going to be some really lurid shenanigans still to be revealed and with multiple sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    For them to summarily fire this marquee guy literally overnight must mean we are going to see some really apocalyptic stuff.

    This is what I'm thinking too. I just hope NBC doesn't manage to shove it back under the rug.
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    I hated that NBC opened their official statement with the lie that this was the first incident reported to them. Lying liars who lie. They knew about him just like we all did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSlice View Post
    This is what I'm thinking too. I just hope NBC doesn't manage to shove it back under the rug.
    I think the only thing that will protect top executives now is to be transparent and decisive. But I HAVE been told I am incredibly naïve!
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    I can't stand him but I dislike Bryant Gumble even more. Hope he gets splattered too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    I can't stand him but I dislike Bryant Gumble even more. Hope he gets splattered too.
    The knock on Gumbel historically has been that he is really rude and condescending. I still can't forget that epic note that got leaked about 25 years ago where he trashed practically the whole Today Show staff, including beloved Willard Scott!
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