Recently fired “Today Show” host Matt Lauer once joked about sleeping with then-co-host Ann Curry during the 2008 roast at New York City’s Friar’s Club in midtown Manhattan.
According to a reporter from Village Voice who was at the event in 2008, the night started out with a lot of lewd jokes about penises. In the later part of the event, Lauer suddenly mentioned Curry in front of the 1,900 celebrity crowd at the event where he joked and inconspicuously hint of sleeping with his then-co-host.
“What’s with all the small-d*** jokes? It was fun to look over and see Ann Curry laughing… like she doesn’t know how big my dick really is,” he said.
The unearthing of his extremely inappropriate sexual joke to Curry comes after his termination from the NBC show for allegations of sexual misconduct that he did over the years.
Curry recently spoke with People magazine to promote her return to television for the PBS docuseries “We’ll Meet Again” as both the show’s producer and host. On her talk, the topic of Lauer’s firing was brought up.
While Curry avoided anything specific about her former co-host, noting in her interview that she is “still processing it,” she did leave a comment about the problem of sexism in the industry.
“The women’s movement got us into the workplace, but it didn’t make us safe once we got there. And the battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves,” the 61-year-old Asian-American television personality said.
“I admire the women who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record. Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to thrive, without fear. This kind of behavior exists across industries, and it is so long overdue for it to stop. This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women, and for ourselves,” she later added.