Hollywood's History of Sexual Misconduct

The internet can be a scary place, especially if you're Matt Lauer.

Old interviews, sketches and videos of Matt Lauer doing and saying things that were once laughable, questionable or just plain insignificant have resurfaced since his firing from NBC -- and those interviews, sketches and videos are now being heavily scrutinized by the public.

The "Today" show host was let go from the network overnight on Tuesday due to allegations of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." The public found out early Wednesday morning, and co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker announced the news the same day.

A wholesome name just 24 hours ago is now as tainted as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner and the dozens of other powerful men in Hollywood who have been exposed for sexual harassment, misconduct and rape.

In June 2012, Lauer's co-host Ann Curry was fired from her spot on "Today" less than a year into her contract with NBC. The official story at the time was that she was let go because of the show's falling ratings, but speculation was that it had more to do with her being even more likable to viewers than Lauer, and that Lauer himself had a hand in showing her the door.

Almost as quickly as the news of Lauer's firing spread was the phrase "Somewhere Ann Curry" trending on Twitter, used to imagine how Curry was reacting to Lauer's sudden dismissal.

Below are six more Matt Lauer moments that have not aged well.

When He Dropped His Pants in Front of 'Today' Show Co-Hosts

In December 2014, Lauer and all the "Today" show anchors put on a sketch called "Today: The Musical." In the middle of the skit, Lauer dropped his pants -- in front of all his female coworkers.

"Drink it in ladies! Get it while it lasts," he said.

It was all intended to be cheeky fun, but now people are finding it awkward to watch and circulating it on social media. Unlike one woman's accusation that Lauer dropped his pants and exposed his penis to her in his office, Lauer is wearing a large pair of boxers in the skit.

When Katie Couric Told Andy Cohen About His Butt Pinching Habit

During a 2012 episode of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," host Andy Cohen asked Lauer's longtime "Today" show co-host Katie Couric what his "most annoying habit" was.

"He pinches me on the ass a lot," she replied.

That won't play well for Lauer in the court of public opinion.

When Conan O'Brien Coined Him 'Creepy'

In 2014, Conan O'Brien added a segment called "Creepy Matt Lauer" to his show after Lauer gave an incredibly awkward interview at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Lauer was interviewing skiier Mikaela Shiffrin, who had just turned 18 at the time. For starters, Lauer pointed out that she "won a world championship at the tender age of 17." At the end of the interview, Shiffrin thanked Lauer and said, "Nice talking to you." Lauer then paused for an uncomfortable amount of time and smiled before giving a long-winded "You, too."

When He Mocked Sexual Harassment in a 'Today' Show Sketch

Back in 2012, Lauer and Willie Geist mocked sexual harassment in a jokey "Today" show sketch. Jeff Rossen of "Rossen Reports" played along, demonstrating where and when Geist "smacked him right on the tush."

The video shows makeshift surveillance video of smack. It also shows that Lauer smacked him back.

"I was standing by the doorway of the vestibule, and Willie came out, and I just said, 'Hi. Hi, Willie. How are you?'" Lauer said in a somber voice. "And I thought that would be the end of it, and then he reached out, and, you know..."

Roker then suggests the cameras "go to Dustin Hoffman" so they could "ask his opinion" of the situation, which is also ironic given the recent sexual harassment allegations made against him.

When He Asked Anne Hathaway About a Photo Paps Took Up Her Skirt

Anne Hathaway was a guest on the "Today" show to talk about her role in "Les Miserables" back in 2012. The first thing Lauer brought up was a paparazzi photo taken of Hathaway getting out of the car at the premiere. The shot was taken from a low, upward angle.

"Anne Hathaway, good morning. Nice to see you. Seen a lot of you lately," Lauer began the interview.

"Let's just get it out of the way," he continued. "You had a little wardrobe malfunction the other night. What's the lesson learned from something like that other than you keep smiling, which you always do?"

When He Interviewed Bill O'Reilly About Being Fired Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

This one's just spooky. And paints Lauer as a huge hypocrite.

Six months after being fired from Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment, Bill O'Reilly appeared on a live "Today" segment< in which he continued to deny the allegations to Lauer.

"I want to put this in perspective timing wise," Lauer said in September 2017 interview. "You were fired about 10 months after Roger Ailes was let go by the network over allegations of sexual harassment. So the network understood the subject matter. You were probably the last guy in the world that they wanted to fire because you were the guy that the ratings and the revenues were built on. You carried that network on your shoulders for a lot of years, so doesn't it seem safe to assume that the people at Fox News were given a piece of information or given some evidence that simply made it impossible to for you to stay on with Fox News?"

Note: Lauer's firing makes "Today" the second major morning show rocked by the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has swept through Hollywood and the media since October. Charlie Rose was fired last week, leaving his "CBS This Morning" co-hosts in a similar state of disbelief. On Wednesday, Gayle King reacted to the Lauer bombshell by saying she had "a sickening feeling of deja vu."

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