We knew that a Matt Lauer apology would be coming after the Today Show controversy first began and it was revealed during his old program on Thursday morning.
You can read part of this said statement below:
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC … Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”
Is this a proper apology or not? While he does say “sorry,” there’s been something missing in almost every single one of these statements that have come out. What is being done to try to make this right? How does saying sorry somehow help all of the women who were harassed, humiliated or assaulted on the job because of Lauer? Does it really make anything better? We’re not speaking from the standpoint of seeking vengeance, but it feels as though Lauer should be doing something on an individual level rather than just issuing some sweeping statement or regret. He may have lost his job, but that doesn’t somehow take away from the damaged relationships and the pain that these victims went through and continue to go through. He may owe the public something — he presented a certain image of himself that is clearly broken — but he owes those he wronged so much more.
You can watch a video about Lauer’s apology below.
Megyn Kelly’s offer
Today, Kelly offered victims of Lauer’s actions a venue to come on Megyn Kelly Today and discuss what transpired. While we have certainly been a critic of Kelly’s many times over, she is uniquely qualified to take on this subject as someone who went through workplace harassment of her own during her time at Fox News. She can relate in a way that is very specific, and so long as it does not exploit the victims, this could be a venue to watch for interesting discussions.
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