After NBC News announced on Wednesday, November 29, that Matt Lauer had been fired overnight for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” several celebrities took to social media to react.
In response to the news, President Donald Trump attacked the network once again for its coverage of his administration. “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!” he tweeted, referencing the NBC News chairman.
“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of [MSNBC president] Phil Griffin?” Trump, 71, continued in a second tweet. “And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the ‘unsolved mystery’ that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
In response to the president’s posts, Andy Cohen wrote, “You are such a hypocrite it’s not even possible,” referring to the sexual assault and harassment claims that more than a dozen women made against Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. The real estate mogul denied the allegations, claiming he had been a victim of a political smear campaign.
You are such a hypocrite it’s not even possible https://t.co/CrJnNvOoh8
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 29, 2017
Chrissy Teigen also reacted to Lauer’s termination. “An SNL sketch where the reporters report on their own sexual misconduct and firings but they don’t know it until live prompter,” she tweeted.
An SNL sketch where the reporters report on their own sexual misconduct and firings but they don't know it until live prompter
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 29, 2017
Rose McGowan and Kathy Griffin also spoke out. “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Matt Lauer. ‘Today Show’ #ROSEARMY,” tweeted the 44-year-old actress, who has also been outspoken about the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal. Meanwhile, Griffin, 57, wrote, “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.”
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Matt Lauer. "Today Show" #ROSEARMY
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 29, 2017
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…
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 29, 2017
See more celebrity reactions below.
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. https://t.co/1idYYRzpwC
— om (@oliviamunn) November 29, 2017
Sad to realize that entertainment companies like CBS and NBC have a higher standard for conduct than a lot of the voters in America.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 29, 2017
Matt Lauer lost his job.
Charlie Rose lost his job.
Mark Halperin lost his job.
Glenn Thrush lost his job.
Billy Bush lost his job.
Harvey Weinstein lost his job.
Kevin Spacey lost his job.
But in politics…
Conyers still in Congress.
Moore still running.
Trump still President.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 29, 2017
HMMMMM INTERESTING…..THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HOSTILE INTERVIEW WHILE I WAS TRYING 2 EXPOSE THE #TRUTH….EH MATT? NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation – The New York Times https://t.co/ZYQVSLR4U4
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) November 29, 2017
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) November 29, 2017
Careful, now. While we all focus on Matt Lauer & Trump insinuating that another tv host is a murderer, the GOP Congress is gonna keep trying to ruin the economy Kansas-style
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 29, 2017
This morning I woke up expecting to do a cooking segment on the Today show with my friend @MattLauerNBC. Driving uptown I was in shock as I heard the news of his dismissal due to allegations of sexual misconduct at work. As I watched @SavannahGuthrie read Andy Lack’s statement, I was utterly shaken up. I must say that in all the many years I have been on the @TodayShow I have only experienced a warm, cordial and respectful environment. When I walked into 30 Rock it felt like someone had died. The mood was somber to say the least, shell shocked would be more accurate. Like finding out your dad has been cheating on your mom and the happy family you thought you were living in is in fact broken. I must say that in all the years I have known Matt, and worked with him on the Today show, I have never found him to be anything but empathic, kind, totally appropriate, and respectful of me; a consummate professional. But as someone who has experienced sexual assault and sexual harassment I know how hard it is to come forward or even properly process that it is indeed happening to you. Especially when it’s someone who holds such a high place in one’s profession. I don’t know who the women who have come forward are but I can tell you how hard it is to even admit that it’s actually happened. You feel utterly intimidated and often blame yourself. There is little upside for a victim speaking out. And as a victim myself I am thankful they did. I am deeply saddened about Matt as I am saddened about @CharlieRose, two people I have very much looked up to in television. Their presence and contributions to our industry will be sorely missed. But I stand in solidarity with the victims. And while this is a painful period in our cultural history, it is a good and necessary purging of one of the most harmful aspects of the ‘old boys club’. There is always pain when the thorn gets pulled out of the flesh. But only when it’s gone can the healing begin. #MeToo
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