NBC News fired longtime “Today” host Matt Lauer last week after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him by a former co-worker. Since then, a videotape of Matt commenting on his former co-host Meredith Vieira’s backside has surfaced on TMZ.
Matt’s other former co-host, Katie Couric, has been open in the past about Matt pinching her on the butt.
Now, a country star’s story of Matt Lauer’s inappropriate comment is getting renewed attention.
During a recent appearance on Nashville sports radio program “The Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show” on WSNR, Vince Gill recalled standing on the side of the stage at the “Today” show as his wife, Amy Grant, was rehearsing for a performance. Vince’s daughter, Jenny Gill, was singing backup, and she apparently caught Matt’s eye.
Vince tells the story, “The rehearsal’s going on and Matt Lauer is catching eyes with the beautiful background singer, and he comes up to me and goes, ‘Hey, are those real?’ And I turned to him and said, ‘I hope so, it’s my daughter.'”
Vince took the comment as a joke and pointed out that Matt has told that story on himself before. Matt Lauer did recount that embarrassing moment on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” You can see his version of it here. In that appearance, Matt describes Jenny as “voluptuous” and says his comment was sparked by noticing Vince was also watching her onstage, not realizing the country superstar was looking on as a proud father.
Apparently, there’s no bad blood at all between Vince and Matt, though the radio show’s host, Joe Dubin said he wouldn’t have taken that comment as a joke.
Joe said, “I would have taken it with a right hand across his face.”
The situation with Matt Lauer follows scores of other celebrities, politicians and public figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past few months. The floodgates broke on this issue when several high-profile actresses, including Ashley Judd, openly accused film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.
The country music community has remained mostly untouched by the wave of sexual misconduct allegations, except for high-profile publicist Kirt Webster. He formerly repped legendary artists, including Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Kid Rock. Webster has shuttered his PR company, but the allegations against him continue to pile up.
Three new accusers have now come forward against Webster in this just-published article from “The Tennessean.”