The sexual harassment scandal involving TV news personality Matt Lauer has drawn reactions from different kinds of people. Most recently, a veteran female anchor also expressed her thoughts on the matter.
According to a report from NYDailyNews, veteran news anchor Connie Chung reacted on the sexual harassment allegations hurled against Lauer during an appearance on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen on Wednesday night. The 71-year-old respected anchor expressed her approval and elation for the swift action taken by NBC where Lauer served as co-host of the "Today" show for more than two decades.
"Some people might be victims of precipitous action but these two, the reports about them seemed excessive," Chung told Cohen. "I was thrilled for this moment, for women!" she added. Chung also said that a "reckoning" is taking place, and admitted that she was "surprised" upon hearing the allegations against Lauer, as well as Charlie Rose of CBS' "This Morning."
Furthermore, Chung stressed that things are likely to change because of what happened to the disgraced anchors. "Going forward, it's going to be different. One, men are going to be much more accountable then they've ever been before. Two, men are going to be asked to stand up, take a stand, change the whole environment -- because it's gone on way too long," she further stated.
Back in November last year, TheCut reported that NBC had fired Lauer as co-host of "Today" for "inappropriate sexual behavior in a workplace," according to the network's memo. Lauer's alleged acts were deemed to be a "clear violation of the company's standards," the memo explained.
Interestingly, RadarOnline reported earlier this week that Lauer is working his way for a possible television return. A source close to the matter said that Lauer is currently searching for a new broadcast home and has already been in talks with big networks. Moreover, the source also hinted the possibility that CNN may be the one to take in Lauer, noting the former's ties with the network's president, Jeff Zucker.
Zucker was Lauer's former boss in the "Today" show and the two have remained very close through the years, shared the insider.