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According to a new report, NBC is treating Matt Lauer like Matt Lauer allegedly treated many former NBC staffers.
That is, the network is showing the disgraced ex-anchor no respect.
The New York Post writes that executives are doing all they possibly can to pretend as though Lauer never worked for their company.
This seems like quite a challenge, considering Lauer was co-host of Today since 1997 and considering his firing last week is maybe the biggest entertainment story of the year.
But props to the network for giving it a shot!
“NBC News is bulldozing and erasing all memory of Matt Lauer,” Page Six reports, claiming the department is “demolishing his office, ripping off his name plate from the building and destroying all pictures of the shamed anchor.”
What about the button underneath Lauer’s desk that automatically locked his office door?
The one he allegedly used when a former employee was inside, after which he bent her over a chair and reportedly assaulted her?
Sources say it is also getting destroyed.
Indeed, this was the most disturbing aspect of the Lauer story that broke several days ago.
Prior to details of the alleged rape even being made public, NBC fired Lauer as co-anchor of Today due to a troubling report by a different former staff member.
Saying the complaint represented “a clear violation of company standards,” NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack explained that he had no choice but to “terminate” Lauer’s employment immediately.
He also said he had reasons to believe there were incidents aside from the one that got Lauer fired.
And, in the days since, those alleged other incidents have been brought to life; with reports claiming Lauer dropped his pants in front of at least one woman and demanded a sex act.
“They are so sickened by his behavior it is almost like they want to pretend he never existed,” Page Six also writes of NBC higher-ups.
Lauer, however, is trying to remind his former colleagues that he’s still around.
And he’s very ashamed.
The embattled journalist is supposedly “offering groveling apologies to…former colleagues by sending personal emails saying, ‘I am truly sorry,” claims an insider, who adds:
“Many of the Today staffers are so shocked and outraged by Lauer’s behavior they have been unable to find the words to write back.”
Or perhaps they simply want nothing to do with this predatory goon.
Al Roker has said that trying to understand the allegations against Lauer is a “process,” while Savannah Guthrie admitted on air that she’s “heartbroken” over the turn of events.
Lauer, meanwhile, has expressed regret and sorrow for his actions in a statement.
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort,” he said last week, concluding:
“It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws.
“It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
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NeNe Leakes has always been one of the more controversial cast members of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and that's because she has no filter when it comes to her mouth.
Long story short: NeNe Leakes was performing standup comedy in Oakland on Saturday night, and she crossed the line by saying that she hoped an Uber driver raped one of the women in the audience.
"I ain't even gonna tell you about the goddamn Uber driver. I hope he rape yo' ass tonight when he take you home, bitch," she yelled. Instead of laughing, the audience erupted and turned against the outspoken reality TV star.
"And steal yo' funky hello kitty, bitch," she added as the crowd reacted with shock and anger at the crazy scenario.
Simply put, NeNe should stick to having the Bravo cameras on her, because her stint on the stage was anything but entertaining. The only funny thing about it is that people legit paid money to see NeNe crack some jokes.
When one fan recorded the whole ordeal, it went viral on the internet, and NeNe realized this was a PR nightmare for her, so she took to her social media accounts thinking she could nip it in the bud with a good old apology.
"I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend," she began in her message.
"Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so."
"As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used."
"I made a mistake and I should have known better. I hope people accept my deepest and sincerest apologies. I am sorry," she concluded.
It's always good to apologize, but fans were not buying it. People felt like she only apologized because of the crazy backlash she got in the aftermath of the video going viral.
So, the latest stage in her apology tour was a live video in which she used tears to her advantage as she tried to stress to fans that she was really sorry.
While the video does not give all the details, it does appear to hint that the woman who NeNe lashed out at had already tried to cause some drama and NeNe's words were in retaliation.
"It’s ’cause I said the wrong thing back," NeNe says to an unidentified woman in the video.
But, the unidentified woman's response actually made a whole lot more sense.
"And you said it in a moment of passion! It wasn’t something that you sat in the back and that you wrote into your script: “Hey, I’m gonna go out here and call these mother f***ers racist” and do all of that, that was something that happened in an instant," the woman begins.
"Hell, what we’re doing and what we’re dealing with at this day and age right now — racism is very real, and it’s unfortunate that it had to come out that way, but you know, it’s unfortunate to tell somebody to go kill theyself too because had you killed yourself that night, would this woman be going through that? Would they know that this is happening?"
It's easier to understand now that there is at least a little bit of context to the story, but NeNe stressed that she should not have reacted the way she did.
"No because they don’t care. All they care about is what I said. I said — at the end of the day, I just want to be — I never want to cause harm to anybody else, not in that kind of way. Everybody who know me knows that I never would want that to happen," the star concludes.
It does sound like she's sorry, but being in the spotlight, she should have known that the joke would become a media sensation.
She may be hating herself right now, but the RHOA producers will love all of the increased attention for the series which returns November 5.
Watch the full video below and join us in the comments with your thoughts on it.
Is NeNe sorry? Do you care?
Did Bethenny find it in her heart to make up with New York’s biggest pot stirrer?
That was the big question on The Real Housewives of New York Season 9 Episode 22 as the ladies met up for part three of the big reunion.
Bethenny was quick to point out that Ramona was the root of all evil amongst their friend group and recalled a moment Ramona turned to her daughter and asked about a home video she had filmed several years ago.
Yeah, who asks their friend’s kid about THAT? Ramona has long been the master of drawing a line and doing a cartwheel over it, but that was just too far.
“I didn’t come from a place of meanness,” Ramona countered.
“It’s about my daughter, and it’s about the maliciousness,” Bethenny said.
“You’ve been disgusting to me.”
Ramona did not want to be part of the narrative (thanks for that one, Taylor!) and implied that she was not the one in the wrong.
“What did I do to you, ever?” Bethenny asked.
In true Ramona fashion, she tried to deflect all of it and did not give a solid answer. That was enough for Bethenny to label her as a jealous old hag. Well, she never said it in those exact words, but clearly wanted to.
“Ramona’s sold a couple of handfuls of bottles of wine over the last couple of years,” Bethenny snapped. “You can’t be happy for other people.”
In the end, Bethenny tried to cover her bases so people would not turn on her.
“I don’t not like you,” Bethenny said.
Is there hope for them yet? Stay tuned, we guess.
We then switched things up to the trials and tribulations of Tinsley and Sonja who have been at war for weeks.
Despite Tinsley being labeled a bad houseguest, the attention quickly turned to whether Sonja had been selling her friends out to the press.
Sonja denied it, but nobody believed it. We’re not even sure Sonja even believed it, to be honest.
“I will be forever grateful,” Tinsley said of staying with Sonja.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t the perfect houseguest. I’m sorry I didn’t get you coffee and flowers.” That was clearly a dig at Ramona who caused seven hells when she dragged Tinsley for not being nice to her host.
Luann then opened up about just how much she loved Tom, and that is pissed her off the ladies could not shut the eff up about him.
“I love him, and so it was tough,” Luann said. Yeah, she’s probably cringing right about now. This episode was filmed just weeks before the divorce announcement.
Dorinda said the rose of her season was getting rid of her daughter so she could live her own life, while the thorn was definitely her random feud with Bethenny.
Tinsley’s was making friends in New York again and finding a man who likes her for her, while her thorn was her feud with Sonja.
Sonja said that her rose was getting closer to Dorinda while her thorn was wasting too much time on Tinsley’s flaws.
Bethenny’s favorite moments involved her being naked in the pool, and the thorn was all the crap Jason Hoppy put her through to get to that point.
Okay, what did you think of this crazy reunion?
Sound off below!
If you've been keeping up with this current season of Teen Mom 2, then you know that Kailyn Lowry has been struggling in a big, big way.
Like, at this point she has to have a lifetime pass for the struggle bus, you know?
She's been having issues with finishing up her college degree, which makes sense when you take 23 credits in one semester.
We know all about her pregnancy, which she said was high risk, and the additional stress brought on by her iffy relationship with Chris Lopez.
Throw in all the drama with Javi Marroquin, and it's a wonder all of Kailyn's scenes this season aren't just her curled up in a ball in the corner, crying her eyes out.
Especially since the stuff with Javi got so intense that she felt the need to file an order of protection against him.
Last season, after Javi returned home from his deployment and found out firsthand that she'd moved on, he snuck into their house to snoop around, terrifying poor little Isaac in the process.
It was a pretty serious offense, and Kailyn must have filed it away in her memory, because when he seemed to be angry a few months later when he found out about her pregnancy, she was quick to file the order.
She did it, she explained, because he'd been sending her threatening text messages, and she didn't want to take any chances.
But now, in a new sneak peek for tonight's episode, it looks like she's had a change of heart!
In the clip, she explains that while she's still "angry" with Javi, their son, Lincoln, is going to be playing soccer soon, and with the order in place, they can't attend his games together.
Then she calls him up to inform him that that morning, she went down to her lawyer's office and dropped the protective order entirely.
He seems surprised, but he tells her that it's a "relief."
"There could have been other ways around it," he says. "But this alternative … it was a little excessive, but it is what it is."
Kailyn seems to stiffen up a little at that, because as she says, the order "worked for me," but "now we're fine."
"At the end of the day," Javi says, clearing up the air a little, "I feel like we both owed it to Lincoln that both of his parents be at his practices, take him to stuff and be civil in the same room."
They finish up the phone call with a "see you tomorrow," since the boys had soccer practice the next day.
And that's that.
It's so nice to see things work out for Kailyn for once, isn't it?
See the vaguely heartwarming moment in the video below:
This week on an all-new Teen Mom: OG, Catelynn and Tyler signed Nova up for daycare, while Amber and Matt somehow made up.
Yes, Again. But for how long?!
Elsewhere, Maci was keeping a secret from Taylor, and Simon got hypnotized in an attempt to get over Farrah (seriously). Let’s recap!
Kicking off Teen Mom OG Season 4 Episode 11, Maci Bookout threw a surprise birthday party for her husband, Taylor McKinney.
After a day on the golf course, the couple returned home where Maci’s son Bentley, 8, handed Taylor a handmade card that read:
“You are the best stepdad ever.”
All the feels, people. All of ‘em.
Maybe Farrah Abraham should try to harness some of these good vibes. In L.A., she continued to try and end things with Simon Saran.
Yes, continue to try to end.
Unable to find closure in their non-relationship, Simon went to a hypnotherapy session, a.k.a. the most contrived nonsense plot line ever.
As for Farrah’s daughter?
“Sophia’s interested in acting so I scheduled a private lesson,” the 26-year-old star said of her child, although Sophia would later complain:
“I don’t wanna go to acting class.”
Farrah’s response? “Yes you do.”
Abraham proceeded to drag Soph to the hotel elevator and enlist a bellhop to put the girl in a luggage cart to wheel her out to the car.
That’s dedication to her dream.
All this was nothing compared to the drama in the Midwest, where Amber Portwood and Matt Baier were planning their upcoming wedding.
Not that they – or Gary Shirley – were too pleased about it. Perhaps it’s fitting that they chose Friday the 13th as their wedding date.
“That’s good luck,” Baier joked.
Shortly before heading to New York for the reunion taping, Amber candidly discussed her medications, calling them “my crazy meds!”
“If I’m not on my five medications, Amber’s laying on her bed and not taking baths,” said Portwood, referring to her self in the third-person.
When the topic turned to the couple seeing a therapist before their wedding, the mood soured after Matt Baier was less than supportive.
“Maybe you just don’t understand my trust issues, then,” Portwood said, and things worsened after Baier gave Catelynn Lowell a Xanax.
Why is that problematic?
“I found out Matt gave her a Xanax and I’m freaking out because he shouldn’t have any if he’s clean,” Amber said, and this was a turning point.
When Matt later asked if she “forgive daddy” (ugh) and whether she’d still marry him, Amber shook her head “no” and told him why.
“You’ve made more than one f–king mistake. I’m not doing it,” she said, declaring that she will never marry Matt Baier at this point.
Just like that, Amber’s wedding is off (again).
Matt later defended himself to Cate: “My buddy gave me a Xanax in case Amber needed it on the plane. She thinks ‘you’re back on drugs.'”
“I swear I’m not,” Baier said, insisting that if he were using, “it wouldn’t have been in my pocket; it would have been in my stomach.”
Amber, Matt says, told him “‘We’re not getting married. You’re a junkie.’ I’m done with this. I did not f–king deserve what happened to me.”
“Give me five minutes with the press.”
“I’ll tell them what she’s really like.”
Later, Matt was singing a different tune again, telling Amber she looked “spectacular” and pretending all was right with the world.
Cate told Ambs that she has her back.
Portwood confided in Catelynn and Maci, “He’d be lucky right now if we got married … I have a couple decisions I just need to make.”
“I think he has his own issues.”
For the past few weeks, we celebrity gossip lovers have had such a great time with the feud between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
It’s not often that two huge stars have such a nasty, public battle, and when it happens, it is truly something to treasure.
The feud started a few years ago, when Taylor mentioned that she wasn’t getting along with an unnamed fellow pop star after some conflict involving world tours and backup dancers.
It didn’t take long for everyone to figure out she was referring to Katy.
Taylor went on to release “Bad Blood,” her diss track dedicated to Katy, and she continued discussing the feud in interviews.
Then, last month, Katy released a diss track of her own called “Swish Swish,” widely believed to be about Taylor.
She confirmed it all during an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
“There’s a situation,” she admitted. “Honestly, it’s really like she started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.”
She explained that all those years ago, “there are three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, right? And they asked me before they went on tour if they could go, and I was like ‘Yeah, of course.'”
But, she added, she did tell the dancers that she’d probably be doing her own tour that next year, so if they wanted to work with her again, they needed to make sure to put that in their contracts with Taylor.
She said that sure enough, she began planning her tour the next year, and she texted the dancers, who told Taylor’s management that they wanted to leave the tour, and they got fired.
Katy tried to talk to Taylor about it, but “It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me.”
“I’m like, ‘OK, cool. Cool. That’s how you want to deal with it? Karma.'”
She also said that she was totally ready to end the bad blood with Taylor, and that if she were to apologize, she’d accept it “100%.”
Katy said in a later interview that “I wish I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know?”
“Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”
For her part, Taylor hasn’t commented on the matter — but we have heard several reports from sources close to Taylor about how she’s tired of the drama and wants Katy to move on.
Tired of the drama she started?
Also, Taylor decided to release her entire catalog of music at the exact same moment Katy released her new album — so it seems like she’s not too tired of the drama just yet.
But, according to yet another new interview from Katy, she’s ready to end the feud anyway.
“I am ready to let it go,” Katy said in a podcast that appeared on her livestream yesterday.
“I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it’s actually like, I think it’s time.”
“There are bigger fish to fry,” she said, “and there are real problems in the world. You know what I’m saying?”
“I love her, and I want the best for her,” Katy continued.
“And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, ‘Yeah, well we can do this.'”
“I don’t know. Maybe I don’t agree with everything she does,” she admitted, “and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but I just really, truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion.”
After breaking into that classic Disney tune “Let It Go,” Katy said that “There’s a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on.”
“God bless her on her journey. God bless her. Honestly.”
And there you have it.
Kathy Griffin is sorry.
Like, really, really, REALLY ridiculously sorry.
The comedian came under fire from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday after she posted for a Tyler Shields photo shoot in which she held the bloody, severed head of President Donald Trump.
In a horrible attempt at humor, Griffin wrote “there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever,” as a caption, hearkening back to when Trump made the same comment last year about Megyn Kelly.
It was a sexist, inappropriate thing for Trump to utter at the time.
And, in the context below, it was a wildly inappropriate and borderline illegal thing for Griffin to say now.
Watch the controversial video and share your opinion on it in the Comments section at the bottom of this post:
Shortly after the fake beheading went viral, Griffin started to backtrack on the meaning behind it.
“OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief,” she Tweeted.
Shields, the photographer behind the shoot, was more defiant in his defense of the pairing’s so-called “art” work.
“Can you go to jail for making an artistic statement??? Asking for a friend… @kathygriffin,” he wrote.
No, not really.
But you can go to jail for threatening the life of a sitting President.
It’s unlikely that the Secret Service will actually investigate Griffin and/or that any charges will get brought against Griffin.
But she has heard it from Republicans and Democrats alike in the wake of this distasteful stunt.
“Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today,” wrote Donald Trump Jr., turning this into a partisan issue and adding:
“They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS?”
Of course, this has proven to be wholly untrue.
No one on the Left considers this acceptable.
Griffin is almost receiving more flak from Liberals than from Conservatives because this distorts their rhetoric against Trump.
There is plenty (and we mean PLENTY) one can say as a critique of Donald Trump without resorting to such acts of fake violence.
“It wasn’t right when peoplel hung lynched Obama effigies, just as what Kathy Griffin did isn’t right now,” wrote Debra Messing, Chelsea Clinton also disproved Trump Jr.’s thesis, Tweeting:
“This is vile and wrong. It is never funny to joke about killing a president.”
Other negative reactions have included:
If Griffin was seeking attention and looking for a way to unify members of both political parties, she has succeeded on both fronts.
In light of this never-ending backlash, however, Griffin recorded a 30-second video this evening and shared it on Twitter.
“I beg for your forgiveness,” Griffin is here to say. “I went too far.”
She goes on to say she’ll see if Shields will remove the video in question and all of the photos.
As far as apologies go, it doesn’t get much more forthright than this:
But it doesn’t stop us from asking:
What the heck were you thinking in the first place, Kathy Griffin?!?!?