After letting the newsphere chew on the thunderous story of his firing from NBC News for sexual misconduct, fallen “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer has issued an apology. Here it is:
When movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got busted, he said, in part, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.” And a rep added that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”
When roving pundit Mark Halperin got busted, he issued a lengthy statement hitting all the right notes. He also tucked in this disclaimer: “Some of the allegations that have been made against me are not true. But I realize that is a small point in the scheme of things.”
When TV news mainstay Charlie Rose got busted, he said, in part, “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.”
Okay, Matt, Harvey, Mark and Charlie: Please specify precisely which allegations have been untrue or inaccurate. Was it the one where you’re accused of dropping your pants in front of a female colleague (Matt); or where you’re accused of grabbing a woman and masturbating in front of her (Harvey); or when you were accused of pressing your erection against female staffers (Mark); or where you’re accused of walking around naked in front of women and also groping them (Charlie)?
Speak up! We wouldn’t want your legacies as sexual harassers to be unduly exaggerated.