According to multiple accounts, Matt Lauer would invite women employed by NBC late at night to his hotel room while covering the Olympics in various cities over the years https://t.co/O109CDucrJ pic.twitter.com/EsV7OJDyzt
— Variety (@Variety) November 29, 2017
-Just days after receiving a complaint on Monday, NBC fired the Today Show’s Matt Lauer early this morning. A source revealed to Page Six that Lauer allegedly “sexually assaulted” a female staffer during the Olympics this past summer in Rio. Multiple journalists had been digging into his behavior for months, and Variety dropped their big story about it this afternoon. It’s full of disgusting tidbits, including reports he once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present with a note about how he wanted to use it on her, summoned another female to his office and dropped his pants, and had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up.
-Everyone is wondering what Ann Curry is thinking today. (I’ll never forget a quote she had around the time she left the Today Show because of their “lack of chemistry”: “Chemistry, in television history, generally means the man does not want to work with the woman. It’s an excuse generally used by men in positions of power to say, ‘The woman doesn’t work.'”)
-Meanwhile, here are 12 notorious Matt Lauer stories.
-It took 19 long days since the initial Variety report broke, but Andrew Kreisberg has finally been fired from Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, CW Seed’s Vixen and lost his overall deal with the studio. If they waited until the crossover ended last night before announcing it though, that’s gross.
-And now Geoffrey Rush is being accused of inappropriate behaviour? Goddamit.
-In a new interview, Ridley Scott talks about cutting Kevin Spacey from his film a month before its release. ‘Sometimes you need to lay down the law.’
-In happier news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cover the new issue of People.
-There are some pretty great Actors on Actors clips that came out today from Variety, including Gal Gadot interviewing Kumail Nanjiani, and Jake Gyllenhaal interviewing Margot Robbie. (I weirdly love that Jake’s opening question is “do you use an electronic toothbrush?”)
-The X Files creator is responding to criticism about the last season. Well, I guess it’s probably a good that that they recognize it mostly sucked…
-As someone who’s already seen Call Me By Your Name, the fact that they had to digitally remove Armie Hammer‘s balls from various scenes doesn’t surprise me. Those shorts were SHORT.
-Speaking of Call Me By Your Name, this profile on Timothée Chalamet is delightful. I like that he’s a self-admitted Frank Ocean superfan.
-Speaking of superfans, a starstruck Keanu Reeves met his hero Sonny Chiba on Japanese TV and they fangirled all over each other.
–Nicki Minaj and Jesse Williams star in a new H&M mini-holiday movie and it’s better than anything I’ve watched on the Hallmark Channel all year.
–Jessie Williams is everywhere! He’ll also star in Demi Lovato’s new music video, which drops on Friday.
–Jay-Z sat down with The New York Times for a discussion on race, rap, politics and marriage.
–Aaron Sorkin revealed that he has standing offer from NBC to reboot The West Wing, which he considers on occasion. This seemed like a really bad idea — until he mentioned that he wants Sterling K Brown to play the president. DO IT!
-Yikes. It’s probably not a good sign that Bryan Fuller is no longer going to be American Gods’ showrunner.
-Jessica Jones’ Krysten Ritter wrote a novel and it’s getting surprisingly good reviews.