As you know, Hoda Kotb replaced Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the Today show alongside Savannah Guthrie earlier this year after the longtime journalist was exposed as a serial sexual harasser.
In The Hollywood Reporter‘s article for the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2018 issue, the 53-year-old admitted that she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because of her friendship with Lauer.
“Yeah, we keep in touch with him. I mean look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC [in 1998]. When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that … you know, he was incredible in that way.”
Lauer even sent Kotb a congratulatory text when she took his job.
But although they have fond memories together, Hoda is not discounting the stories of the women who accused the NBC anchor of wrongdoing:
“There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of. And those accusers’ voices matter and that story matters and it’s … (to Savannah Guthrie) It’s still tough, right?”
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Another fan who was there told reporters their experience of what happened to Harry:
“Near the end of performing ‘Kiwi,’ like usual, Harry went to the very front of the stage to get the crowd extra excited. He got down onto his knees and was shaking his arms to the music with his eyes closed. A fan then reached out and touched his crotch. He very quickly got up and appeared to also shove their hand a little bit to remove them faster. You can tell it freaked him out a little because as he continued performing, he avoided the section that fan was standing in.”
Many grew frustrated with Harington as he seemingly went on to suggest that the sexism he faced was equal to what the female gender deals with on a daily basis. Thus, he’s since apologized for comment.
The 30-year-old clarified:
“I was wrong there, though. Sexism against men is not something I should have really said. I think what I meant was, being objectified. At that time, I did feel objectified, and now I’ve learned how to control that [by] just shutting it down.
Look, I do think men can get objectified,. I do feel I have been objectified in the past, sexually as well, in pieces that have been written about me. Has that made me feel uncomfortable in the past? Yes. Do I think my position is the same as a woman’s in society? No. They’re very different things, and I should have separated them. I was wrong.”
Now this is a MUCH BETTER answer. *Applauds publicist who coached Kit*
To make matters worse, it seems Kit has yet to adjust to life as an A-lister. In his recent interview, the London-born star called his superstardom both “bizarre and weird, but noted that he doesn’t want to come off as ungrateful for the “privilege.”
To combat these conflicting feelings, Kit revealed he sets certain days where he won’t snap pics with fans. He added:
“It makes me snappy and it makes me uncomfortable, and I turn into a grumpy person… You just have to, otherwise you start feeling like a mannequin.”
Fair enough. Oh, and Kit refuses to let fans take pics of him when he’s with his fiancée Rose Leslie. Why?? Well, because, it makes the twosome feel like they’re “puppets” in their relationship.
This would explain why Harington feels the show is ending at the perfect time. On GOT‘s upcoming final season, the British hunk relayed:
“I wouldn’t have wanted to go on for another year, but if it had finished last year, it wouldn’t have felt long enough. Maybe the most special year was the first. We weren’t being recognized in the street, we didn’t know what we were doing, we were having a great time. … I’m glad I’ve experienced it, but that’s what I mean about it being eight years, then it’s done. You couldn’t go on for much longer. It’s a bit incessant.”
We’re sure Harington’s just looking forward to some peace and quiet. Ain’t no shame in that!!
In fact, for the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy, the Duchess was confined to her residency at Kensington Palace. On the 35-year-old’s latest bout of hyperemesis gravidarum, one insider told Us Weekly:
“It was a difficult start to the pregnancy…She is feeling significantly better. Especially when you compare to how bad she was at the start. It was a worrying time for everyone.”
And, now that Kate is somewhat on the mend, the mood about the little one is much more celebratory! Per the report, both George and Charlotte know “Mummy is carrying another brother or sister for them and they’re very excited.” Not to mention, a family insider claims Wills and Kate spend most of their days answering questions “about the size of the baby and whether it’s a boy or a girl.”
Oh, and it looks as though the couple are waiting until the due date to learn the sex of their third royal baby! Nonetheless, the unborn prince or princess will receive the best care as it’s said Kate’s OB-GYN Alan Farthing has put off retirement in order to be there for the birth.
Let us not forget to mention the ultra-exclusive Lindo Wing the twosome have reserved at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. However, William and Kate aren’t stressing too much about baby no. three’s birth. A royal confidant shared:
“They’re taking each day as it comes. After you’ve had two children, the third usually feels like somewhat of a breeze so they’re just focused on Kate and the baby’s health right now. Everything else can wait.”
We hear that!! While the unborn baby will have one of the 22 rooms designated for the Cambridges for a nursery, a Kate insider revealed the newborn’s dwelling “will be filled with hand-me-down clothes and George and Charlotte’s old toys.” LOVES it.
In regards to the help, William and Kate have no plans to add to the already existing staff — which includes nanny Maria Borrallo and a house assistant. A tipster dished:
“At this point, they are extremely capable and confident in their parenting abilities and baby know-how. They’re absolute pros.”
Now, we know a lot of you are super royal fans, but if at any point while reading this some of you asked yourself, “Why do I care?” — you’re not alone!
BBC reporter Simon McCoy is totally over the royal baby watch. Take a peek at his latest sarcastic update on the Duke and Duchess (below):
LOLz! But if you’re like us and still invested, ch-ch-check back for more royal baby updates HERE!
On Friday, the Physical singer posted a video on her Facebook page where she thanks fans for their support, and to also promote the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre‘s “We Go Together” campaign.
In the clip, the 68-year-old said:
“I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months… Your prayers and well wishes have truly helped me, and continued to lift my spirits.”
According to an ET Online source, the legendary entertainer is on the mend.
“Olivia is finishing her treatments and is excited to see her fans when she begins performing again next week.”
“I think that when people criticize, they criticize themselves more… I do not take it personal. Most likely, those individuals that criticize so brutally have a void in their lives, which reflects in trying to destroy or denigrate others, when in fact it is a reflection of what they have in their heart. What some may not understand is that I am happy with my life and the things I have achieved as a woman, a professional and now a mother.”
The 46-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 but underwent surgery and successfully beat the disease. While her illness and recent pregnancy has affected her body, she isn’t going to lose weight just to satisfy the trolls!
“After facing cancer, I have gone through several physical changes… My body has changed. I went from being thin (size 0-2) to size 6, and my weight has been up and down ever since. During my pregnancy, I gained more weight and I haven’t committed myself to losing it yet. I’m aware that I would like to lose weight for my health, but not to satisfy the people who think I should lose weight. I will not stop showing who I am, and I will continue to live happily every stage of my life.”
Overall, the mother wants to encourage young girls to be themselves, and to not get caught up with superficial matters.
“I would tell (young women) not to get carried away by comments from people who do not know their circumstances… To never be ashamed of who they are. The size or shape of your body doesn’t define you as a person, it doesn’t determine who you are or what you can contribute to the world Be proud of yourself, recognize your achievements and work on your weaknesses to surpass yourself. Love yourself and respond to those who are rude (or make negative comments towards you) with love.”