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Colbert: Lauer ‘found a way to mansplain sexual harassment’

Comedian Stephen Colbert on Thursday said former NBC anchor Matt Lauer “found a way to mansplain sexual harassment” after a report surfaced that he gave a female colleague a sex toy with a note about using it on her.

“Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her,” Colbert said on “The Late Show” on Wednesday.

“It’s bad enough he gave her a sex toy — but he also gave instructions? He found a way to mansplain sexual harassment. ‘You’re doing that wrong, let me get in there,’ ” he added.


A Variety story published on Wednesday described accounts of multiple women who accused Lauer of sexual harassment.

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack released a memo earlier on Wednesday announcing that the news network has released Lauer from his contract after they received a sexual misconduct complaint about the longtime television host, but added that there was “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Lauer issued an apology on Thursday, expressing remorse to those he hurt one day after his announced dismissal.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement that was read on NBC’s “Today.”

“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.”

Lauer noted that while some of the claims are “untrue or mischaracterized … there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

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