Matt Lauer shocked social media yesterday by revealing he’s been wearing a man choker for years.
“Chokers for men are a thing now too,” Matt said on the the Today show. “Asos has a wide selection of male chokers, some in velvet and others in cotton…they’re late to the game because, guys, I have been wearing a choker for years.” Matt then unbottoned his top buttons to reveal a choker.
Now, Matt is setting the record straight after the moment caused so much chatter on the Internet (as well as articles on GQ and more!)
“I do not wear a choker, folks,” Matt revealed. Watch below!
Billy Bush‘s exit from NBC and the Today show was acknowledged briefly on the morning program on Tuesday (October 18).
“NBC News announced last night that Billy Bush would be leaving the Today show effective immediately, noting that he was a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family,” Matt Lauer said on the air. “A statement Billy released separately last night read in part, ‘I look forward to what lies ahead.’ And, of course, all of us here at Today wish Billy the very best.”
It was just announced last night that Billy and NBC had parted ways after leaked audio with offensive language from him and Donald Trump was revealed.
During an interview on NBC with Matt Lauer, the 32-year-old Olympics swimmer spoke about the late-night incident involving him and three teammates at a Rio de Janiero gas station last weekend and how he “over-exaggerated” the story.
Ryan explained his situation by saying, “whether you call it a robbery or extortion or us paying just for the damages. All we know was there was a gun pointed in our direction and were demanded to give money.”
“We just wanted to get out of there,” Ryan continued. “There was a gun pointed in our direction. We were all frightened, and we wanted to get out of there as quick as possible. The only way we knew was this guy saying you have to give them money, so we gave them money and we got out.”
When he was interviewed about the situation the following day, Ryan claims he was “still intoxicated” from the night before because he “definitely had way too much to drink.”
Later on in the interview, Ryan fought back tears as he described how he felt being back in the U.S. while his teammates were detained in Brazil for further interrogations.
“I let my team down,” Ryan said. “I wanted to be there. Like, I don’t want them to think that I left and left them dry, because they were my teammates. I wanted to definitely be there, and I wanted to help out any way I could.”
“I was immature, and I made a stupid mistake,” Ryan said. “I’m human. I’ll definitely learn from this. I’m just really sorry.”
The second part of Matt Lauer‘s interview with Ryan Lochte will air Monday morning on NBC.
Chelsea Clinton is a longtime friend of Ivanka Trump and she says the presidential race between their parents has not affected their friendship.
When asked by The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer if she would still consider Ivanka a friend, Chelsea said, “Absolutely.”
“Why not convene a summit?” Matt said in response. “A children’s summit. Maybe just a daughter summit. You and Ivanka sit down over a cup of coffee and discuss tone and discuss what it’s like to hear those things coming out of the other candidate’s mouth about the person you love.”
“It isn’t something that had occurred to me but it’s certainly something I would consider,” Chelsea replied. “I think it was clear last week, when Ivanka introduced her dad, that she’s so proud of him. I hope it will be at least as clear why I’m so proud of my mom when I introduce her, here, in Philadelphia. And yet clearly Ivanka and I have very different views about who we think should be our president, who we think best represents our country.”
Reports spread that Natalie decided to leave her position at The Today Show and move to Los Angeles to work on Access Hollywood as Matt no longer wanted to work with her.
“There is absolutely no truth to this completely absurd story,” Natalie said in a statement (via Page Six). “It is damaging, hurtful and extremely sexist. I have proven myself in all aspects of my job as a news professional and journalist, and am adding to my role, taking on three jobs with Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood, in addition to Today. This move was dictated by me and my desire to grow in my career. Any insinuations beyond that are uninformed.”
“Every aspect of this story is untrue, and it’s frankly sad that someone would tell lies to harm everyone involved,” Matt added in his own statement.