Reaction to Matt Lauer’s dismissal from NBC

November 29, 2017
This Nov. 8, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer on the set of the "Today" show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for "inappropriate sexual behavior." Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday's "Today" show. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to NBC’s dismissal of Matt Lauer Wednesday for alleged sexual misconduct:

— “When this happens, 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 OK.” — Megyn Kelley on NBC News.

— “For those who never knew how bad the abuse of power has been there’s understandable shock & horror w every new story. But for those of us who’ve had to endure it & been punished or humiliated for speaking up, this day of reckoning is a blessing. Today we matter & I’m so grateful.” — Actress Olivia Munn, linking to a story about Lauer’s firing on Twitter.

— “I am happy to see NBC has taken swift action with Lauer. They are ridding themselves of someone whose actions are personally detestable. But a question remains: As with so many other sexual harassment allegations, this did not happen in a bubble. Clearly, there must have been numerous people at NBC who knew about his repugnant behavior. Where have they been all this time?” — Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell in a statement.

— “Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?” — Geraldo Rivera on Twitter.

— “It seems like a slick way to clean house of expensive contracts or execute long simmering personal vendettas. Are these unprovable allegations a magic bullet for the bean counters at these companies?” — James Woods on Twitter, adding in a second tweet that he was not specifically referring to Lauer’s situation.

“Matt Lauer has been on my list for a while. It’s really too bad more Americans don’t come to my shows. I pretty much recite the list in every show. Haha. I told you, my memory is long, my friends. I’ve been around a long time...” — Comedian Kathy Griffin on Twitter.

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