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Inside Matt Lauer’s Secret Relationship With
a ‘Today’ Production Assistant (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety, by Ramin Setoodeh

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Posted By:Drive, 12/15/2017 7:08:01 AM

In 1999, Addie Collins arrived at NBC’s “Today” as a young intern with big aspirations. A few months later, she landed her dream job as production assistant, forming close bonds with her new colleagues Katie Couric, Ann Curry and Al Roker. But Matt Lauer kept more of a professional distance—until Collins (who now goes by her married last name Zinone) was ready to leave the show. One day in July 2000, he invited her to lunch, which Zinone thought would be a chance to ask him for career advice. Instead, Lauer, who was in his 40s and newly married, started to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 12/15/2017 8:18:19 AM     (No. 11481291)

Whatever happened to I am woman hear me roar? Turns out they´re fragile little things who can envision no scenario in which they decline the boorish advances of a tall, powerful man.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Donna M, 12/15/2017 9:32:39 AM     (No. 11481343)

No coercion here. As Plunkett of Tammany Hall said, "I seen my chances and I took ´em". Suddenly a foolish consensual flingette becomes a Big Deal. She was leaving for another job...he had no power over her. It demeans the stories of women whom he really victimized and physically violated because he could destroy their careers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 12/15/2017 9:53:53 AM     (No. 11481368)

Newly married and on the prowl---just like clymer has become code for another expression, lauer should become code for scumb-g.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dadofboys, 12/15/2017 10:08:19 AM     (No. 11481384)

The only person not heard from so far is "Americas sweetheart", the queen bee of NBC, Miss Couric who knew every thing and everybody at that network while she was on Today show. I guarantee that she knew all of this and let it slide, or worse! Why is she getting a pass of this!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 12/15/2017 10:15:43 AM     (No. 11481400)

I don´t care.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: coldoc, 12/15/2017 10:22:26 AM     (No. 11481410)

It take two to tango (or in this case horizontal mambo) These women are not all wide-eyed naive victims fresh off the farm. I would bet there are quite a few who relished the ability to use their "talents" to get a leg up on the competition. Sleep with a married man? No problem. Take a promotion or a job from the guy I was servicing? Again, no problem. Racked with guilt on my phony career enhancement 30 years later. Big problem.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 12/15/2017 10:48:31 AM     (No. 11481433)

I read the complete article, and all the way through I wondered why he is the bad guy in this short story. She accepts responsibility - "it was consensual" - yet blames him as if she didn´t have a choice. She did have a choice, and she took it! Had he offered her the career advice she sought, which sounds very much like quid pro quo, would she have kept her trap shut? Had she screwed him and ended up on the fireworks trajectory she dreamed of, would she have been as devastated as she claims?

As a prior poster noted, woman-hear me roar, has become ´I´m equal and entitled, until I don´t get what I want.´ This doesn´t make Lauer any less a creep, but, come on.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: msjena, 12/15/2017 11:09:19 AM     (No. 11481450)

The "you look great, today" emails should have clued her in. But she saw it as an opportunity--for something. Career advancement? Marrying a rich man? Who knows?
But she only has herself to blame. Lauer is a sleaze but he wouldn´t be a successful sleaze if women like this one would just be "busy" when he calls.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: harper, 12/15/2017 2:40:38 PM     (No. 11481711)

I wasn´t oppressed before I was...

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