'How He Feels Is Completely Irrelevant': Gillian Turner Infuriated by Matt Lauer's Apology
The "Outnumbered" panel sounded off today on the disturbing sexual misconduct alleged by NBC News staffers against now-fired "Today" show host Matt Lauer.
The woman, who was married and in her 40s at the time, alleges that Lauer summoned her into his office and locked the door from a button at his desk.
The New York Times reported:
The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse.
Lauer issued a statement this morning, stating, "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."
Gillian Turner said the tone of the apology from Lauer "infuriated" her, calling it "too little, too late."
She said Lauer's apology reminded her of the recent mea culpas issued by former CBS News anchor Charlie Rose and comedian Louis C.K.
Turner said the issue is not about how these allegations make the perpetrators feel.
"If the reports from the New York Times are true, Matt Lauer is guilty of criminal activity. How he feels about that is completely irrelevant," she said.
Watch the clip above.