More revelations are coming out about Matt Lauer’s bad behavior. It appears that NBC had hidden a lot for him, although they deny it.
Interestingly, it appears that Megyn Kelly might have had a role in his downfall. What was that movie about the understudy taking out the star? All About Eve? Megyn was No. 2 in salary at the peacock network. Now she’s No. 1. She was also immediately named to replace Lauer as chief reporter at the Winter Olympics. Vanity Fair has some interesting information:
Lauer’s downfall could have been hastened by any number of his current or former colleagues, or at least that was the word inside NBC circles. “There’s a lot of speculation that Megyn Kelly was directly involved in getting women to come forward,” the former colleague told me. Kelly, who reportedly came to NBC with a whopping $23 million package and who has struggled to get traction at 9 a.m., reportedly felt the heat from Lauer’s disapproval, this person said. (An insider close to Kelly disputed both claims.) “Even if she wasn’t going to replace him, he was going to have a shiv in her back any day. You could already see reports of him saying that it was a mistake.” (Kelly’s ratings have tumbled from last year, before she took over, according to one insider.) Similarly, NBC insiders saw the hand of Ann Curry, whom Lauer ousted, in his demise, and possibly even Billy Bush. (Curry and Bush could not be reached for comment.) The repercussions inside NBC are unlikely to stop with Lauer…
Kelly also addressed the news on the Today show, saying she has known Lauer for years and he has “been a friend, and kind, and supportive.” However, she also folded in a larger point about misconduct in the workplace. “What we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward. And it is a terrifying thing to do. We don’t see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment—or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning, and hoping they are O.K. The days to come will not be easy.”
She has certainly put a knife in his back, hasn’t she?
His job may not be the only loss Lauer suffers from his, um, propensities. Vanity Fair also reports that he may lose the 27,180 acre sheep and cattle ranch he bought in New Zealand. “A condition of the consent granted to Orange Lakes Ltd. to purchase the lease for Hunter Valley Station is that the individuals with control of that company must continue to be of good character,” Lisa Barrett, deputy chief executive of policy and overseas investment, said in her statement, referencing the holding company owned by Lauer and Roque.”
What about his marriage? I bet she joins Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s wife, in getting a hefty divorce settlement.