In a bizarre, scripted moment that now plays even worse after he was fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," Matt Lauer once dropped his pants to reveal his goofy boxers and then "flashed" his female colleagues, saying, "Drink it in, ladies."
The now even more regrettable stunt took place back in 2014 during a 30-minute special that aired a few days after Christmas. Lauer was backstage having his pants ironed by a staffer when his colleagues — Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Jenna Bush Hager and Tamron Hall — entered the room.
Lauer, in his boxers, shirt and jacket, opened up his jacket and said, "Drink it in, ladies."
Morales responded, "Again, Matt? Really?"
"It's the third time this week," said Hager.
"Did your mommy give you those?" asked Hall.
The four women then mocked Lauer with fake crying before Guthrie said, "Stop it, you're making me lactate."
While the women exited, Lauer said, "Get it while it lasts."
Here's the video via MRC TV:
On Wednesday morning, NBC News announced that it had fired Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" that was a "clear violation of our company's standards." NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent a memo to network employees that was presented on the "Today" show by co-host Savannah Guthrie.
In the memo, Lack notes that the network believes the complaint filed Monday "may not have been an isolated incident." Here's the full text of Lack's memo:
Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been here at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.
Watch the emotional announcement of Lauer's firing below: