The Dish for November 30th

MATT LAUER: Issues Public Apology   


The Today show signed on again this morning with news about Matt Lauer and read his first public statement since NBC fired him for alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Savannah Guthrie said she received Lauer's statement a minute before going on the air. In it he writes, "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."

Lauer added that his new full time job will be to repair the damage his actions caused. Since the news broke of his firing, several more NBC staffers have come forward with claims that they were sexually harassed by Lauer. 


TRENDING NOW


Now buzzing on Facebook and Twitter.

Matt Lauer: The Today show co-host was fired Wednesday morning over sexual misconduct allegations.

Garrison Keillor: The former host of A Prairie Home Companion says he's been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of "inappropriate behavior."

CNN: A producer for the network has been fired over claims of inappropriate behavior.

Mulan: Disney has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei in the live-action remake of the 1998 animated film.

Christopher Plummer: The first footage of the actor, who replaced Kevin Spacey, in the drama All the Money in the World has been released.

Avengers: Infinity War: The first trailer for the highly anticipated Marvel movie hit the Internet Wednesday.

Jay-Z: In a New York Times interview, the mogul talks about his infidelity and confirms the existence of a joint album with Beyoncé.

#RockCenterXMAS: The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit Wednesday night -- without Matt Lauer.


ANGELA LANSBURY: Clarifies Sexual Harassment Comments


Angela Lansbury wants to be perfectly clear about what she said earlier this week regarding sexual harassment because she says the media took it out of context.

The veteran actress seemed to suggest that women bear some of the blame for being sexually harassed because they "have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive," adding, "We must sometimes take blame, women." 

Lansbury released a statement yesterday through her publicist explaining, "There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner. And, I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise." She added that she was "troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said." 


SUPERGIRL: Executive Producer Fired Amid Accusations of Sexual Harassment

Posted: Wednesday 05:33PM Nov. 29, 2017 PT

Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, was fired by Warner Brothers today (Wednesday) following more than a dozen accusations of sexual harassment.

Kreisberg was suspended earlier this month after being accused of harassing staffers and inappropriately touching employees over the years.

A male writer tells Variety, "It was an environment in which women -- assistants, writers, executives, directors -- were all evaluated based on their bodies, not on their work."

Kreisberg denies the accusations.


MATT LAUER: Allegedly Exposed Himself to Co-Worker, Gave Sex Toy as Gift


Hours after Matt Lauer's termination from NBC this morning (Wednesday), comes the details of the Today co-host's alleged sexual misconduct. 

Variety conducted a two-month investigation into Lauer's behavior, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers. According to the women, he once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present, along with a note about how he wanted to use it on her. He's also accused of summoning a different female employee to his office, and then dropping his pants, exposing her his penis. And he reportedly had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside. This, according to the report, "allowed him to welcome female employees and initiate inappropriate contact while knowing nobody could walk in on him."

Several women told Variety they complained to executives at NBC about Lauer’s behavior but nothing was done "given the lucrative advertising surrounding Today."

The New York Times says NBC News told its staff that it was firing Lauer about 34 hours after a co-worker and her lawyer visited NBC headquarters in New York City to share details of her interactions with the co-host. Since then, the network has received at least two more complaints about Lauer.


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Disney has cast Chinese actress Liu Yifei as in the title role of Mulan, a live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie. She has starred in such films as The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Ip Man 3 with Donnie Yen and Mike Tyson.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have departed the Starz drama American Gods reportedly after clashing with producer FremantleMedia over budget and creative direction.

Live from New York -- It's Saturday Night Live wines? Yes, a limited-edition collection of wines "inspired" by the long-running series is available through Lot18.com. Included is a 2016 Debbie Downer South Eastern Australia Chardonnay and a 2015 The Californians Monterey County Merlot.

Showtime has renewed SMILF for a second season.


CULTURE CLUB: Boy George on Vegas Plans and New Album


Boy George's Las Vegas plans are still a work in progress.

He tells Music-News.com, "I don’t really know whether it’s going to be like an extravaganza [or]...more of a one-man show. So, at the moment we are meeting with various people to sort of see what the view is. I am probably going to perform with guests."

But that doesn't mean he's leaving Culture Club. He says their next album is roughly half-complete -- and he and his bandmates continue to write. "It’s been such fun, I have to say we’ve laughed a lot. Bands are like families; you don’t really choose who is in your family, and often you do not choose who is in your band. You end up with a group of people that you often have zero in common with and you kind of have to learn over the years to let people be who they are. It’s the trick of life!”

Boy George and Culture Club are touring Australia through December 9th.


BONUS VIDEO: Sam Smith's "Song"


Sam Smith has released a video for his new single "One Last Song."

It's the follow-up to "Too Good at Goodbyes" and was filmed at the Palladium in London. Check it out on YouTube.

 
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