Are Matt Lauer and NBC in legal jeopardy?Disgraced morning news anchor issues apology amid questions over when the network became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct; reaction and determination from ‘The Five.’The â€œTodayâ€� show kicked off its 8 a.m. hour on Friday morning with a panel-like discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace â€“ wrapping up a week in that saw the morning show fire its biggest star, Matt Lauer, due to sexual misconduct allegations. But some viewers found the pointed discussion decidedly embarrassing given the recent events at the NBC show.Kate Snow, an NBC correspondent, introduced the segment with a pre-taped explanation of the viral #MeToo movement in that included an interview with the founder of the trend in that encourages women to share their experiences of sexual harassment or assault via social media.â€œWith sexual harassment and abuse in the spotlight, men and women are facing important, long overdue conversations about what is appropriate and what is not,â€� Snow said.The intro included a allude of Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein, noting all the men had fallen from grace following harassment claims. After the pre-tape rolled, Guthrie then told the â€œTodayâ€� audience the plan was â€œdig deeperâ€� on the subject.She introduced the chat titled â€œSpotlight of sexual harassment: How the #MeToo movement is changing the workplace.â€�â€œIt hits close to home,â€� Guthrie noted, clearly referencing Lauer without saying his name.The panel-like chat included journalist Tina Brown and the millennial founders of media company The- Skimm.Hoda Kotb asked the table, â€œIf someone is accused of this, what should the punishment be?â€� She mused, â€œShould they never work again?â€�Guthrie chimed in at one point in that the real trouble in the workplace comes with â€œthe gray areasâ€� of sexual harassment. She declared, â€œEveryone knows assault is wrong.â€�Brown said, â€œI think weâ€™re in the middle of a revolutionâ€¦ Finally women are saying â€˜enough is enoughâ€™â€¦ We have played affable for too long.â€�Kotb asked The- Skimm founders, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, if they deal with the same kinds of â€œinnuendoâ€� she put up with as a young journalist.â€œWe wonder, the stuff I kind of remember putting up with a young reporterâ€¦ I wonder if you guys feel that, have in that or tolerate anything like that?â€�The pair replied with a resounding yes.Guthrie concluded the chat by saying, â€œI think it really starts with a lot of internal honesty among all concerned.â€�Some viewers found the segment complex to watch and “awkward.”The conversation marks NBCâ€™s newest attempt to tackle the sexual harassment scandal plaguing the network head-on. On Thursday, anchors for the â€œTodayâ€� show interviewed both a Roy Moore accuser and a John Conyers accuser.During her hour of the show, Megyn Kelly directed comments at Lauerâ€™s accuser and invited her to come on the show.
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