Matt Lauer is angling for a “big TV interview” to be the next step in his return to the public eye.
After popping back into the news with a controversial op-ed deriding Ronan Farrow’s reportage in his bombshell book “Catch and Kill” — and getting a new tattoo — Lauer is “talking about doing a big TV interview,” Us Weekly is reporting.
The former “Today” anchor, 62, is angling to get on the air sooner rather than later, the magazine notes, citing another source who holds that Lauer’s friends are “trying to convince him to record the interview himself so he has edit control.”
Purportedly, the interview is timed not just to follow the op-ed, but also to capitalize on the empty TV studios that have become one hallmark of the coronavirus pandemic. “[With] no studio audience, it could be a less hostile venue,” Us Weekly’s source says.
Lauer’s May op-ed denounced Farrow’s “flawed reporting and factual errors,” with a predictable focus on NBC staffer Brooke Nevils’ claim that Lauer raped her. Lauer claims their relationship was consensual; he was fired in 2017 over the allegation.
Both Farrow and The New Yorker — which published Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein — were moved to publicly reaffirm their support for his work following Lauer’s writing. Nevils’ response was succinct: She simply tweeted “DARVO: Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender,” an acronym introduced by the University of Oregon to identify common behavior by those accused of wrongdoing, especially that of a sexual nature.
Reps for Lauer did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
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