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Shocking details emerge in harassment complaints against Matt Lauer

Posted: 2:28 PM, Nov 29, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-29 18:00:29-05
Shocking details emerge in harassment complaints against Matt Lauer

(KGTV) - Shocking new details have emerged from the incidents that allegedly led to NBC firing "Today" co-host Matt Lauer.

Current and former staff members have detailed instances where Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy with an explicit message and summoned another employee into his office where he then exposed himself to her, according to a two-month investigation by  Variety .

Variety also reported Lauer would sometimes to play quiz games with producers about who they'd slept with and would identify who he'd most like to sleep with among his female co-hosts.

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"And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: 'f—, marry, or kill,' in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with," Variety reported.

The revelations of Lauer's behavior were based on dozens of interviews, Variety said, including some with women who say they were sexually harassed by Lauer. The publication reported the victims' stories have been corroborated by friends or colleagues.

Later Wednesday, TMZ reported Lauer had been captured on tape in October 2006 making an inappropriate comment to then co-host Katie Couric. 

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Video showed Lauer saying, "Pretty sweater. Keep bending over like that. It's a nice view," as Couric was picking up scripts.

The New York Times also reported NBC had received at least two more complaints detailing sexual harassment following the news of Lauer's firing.

NBC announced Wednesday that Lauer was fired from the network after learning of at least one sexual harassment claim against the co-host on Monday. Lauer had been on the network's flagship program, "Today," for two decades.

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Wednesday, co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement on the show saying, "We are devastated."