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Former 'Today' Staffer Addie Zinone Details Affair with Matt Lauer & Reveals Why She Kept It Secret for 17 Years

Addie Zinone is coming forward about a sexual relationship she had with Matt Lauer while they both worked at NBC back in June of 2000.

It all started with a message she received from Lauer when she was working as a 24-year-old production assistant. The message read, “OK…NOW YOU’RE KILLING ME…YOU LOOK GREAT TODAY! A BIT TOUGH TO CONCENTRATE.”

About their first sexual encounter, she said, “I realize that sounds very naive and silly of me because I walked over there to do that. But in that moment, I didn’t have anybody to share my fears and confusion with except for him, because what am I going to say to people?”

Addie continued, “I know who I am at my core, I know the values I have, but of course you carry shame,” she continued. “Because again, he has a wife. Even now, I don’t want to pour salt on these wounds, and that’s a really scary thing. You do carry that your whole life….I want to guide the conversation away from that, own my part in it, but then also talk about this power dynamic in a workplace and how that balance really does affect your thinking, your ability to think logically, to be aware of what you’re doing and the impact it’s going to have the rest of your life. And also, if you do find yourself in the situation like I did, how can we empower young women in the future who find themselves in that situation to get themselves back, to make better decisions – to not make a mistake like I did.”

“He did it so effortlessly with me that I thought for sure that there had to be other women, but I didn’t know there would be other colleagues because I thought if he continued that behavior and what he did with me, there would have to be other people coming forward,” she said. “In 17 years, we would have heard about that, right? I did feel very alone and isolated and unsure of what to do with this, and just carried it because who wants to be that person?” Addie concluded.

Matt was fired from the Today show following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Katie Couric Breaks Silence on Matt Lauer Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Katie Couric is speaking out for the first time since Matt Lauer was arrested from The Today Show after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

The 60-year-old news host shared a throwback photo with her daughter on Instagram on Friday (December 8) when a fan commented on the photo calling out Katie for not addressing the scandal.

Katie responded to the fan saying, “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to. Thanks for your interest.”

Katie and Matt co-hosted NBC’s Today Show for 15 years until she left in 2006 to anchor the CBS Evening News.

was recently fired from his job at NBC’s Today Show last week for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”

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Denis Leary Thought Matt Lauer Was 'Creepy' from the Get-Go

Denis Leary has never been a fan of disgraced Today Show host Matt Lauer and he’s letting it be known!

The Rescue Me actor made an appearance on The Talk on Thursday (December 7) and opened up about his thoughts on Matt, who was fired for sexual misconduct.

“I thought he was a creepy, douchey guy from the get-go,” Denis said. “I stopped being interviewed by him on the Today show about 10 years ago because he was so creepy… I just got a weird, weaselly vibe from the guy, and I said to my publicist, I said, ‘I don’t want to be interviewed by him any longer.’”

“I do think people deserve second chances, but when you have a button under your desk to lock women into your office, you know what, screw you,” he added.

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Billy Bush Speaks Out About NBC Firing Matt Lauer

Billy Bush is speaking out after NBC fired his former Today show co-host Matt Lauer.

The men worked together on the morning program until Billy was fired for his presence during Donald Trump‘s infamous Access Hollywood scandal.

Recently the network also fired Matt following sexual harassment allegations.

“How do you feel about NBC firing you especially in light of Matt Lauer being fired for allegations of actual sexual impropriety?” Billy was asked during a Late Show appearance.

“Look it was a difficult time, it was very hot emotionally in the country. A lot of people were not comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election, and a lot of things happened quickly,” Billy responded.

Billy added that at the time Matt “took the line” with their boss to prevent Billy from being fired but his boss later admitted they “may have moved a little quickly” in firing him.