A subliminal message? Matt Lauer confirmed off a brand new forearm tattoo whereas driving in Sag Harbor, New York, on Wednesday, Might 20.
The previous Right this moment present cohost, 62, debuted the ink, which reads, “Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in,” whereas driving his BMW. He wore a white button-down shirt, a black baseball cap and sun shades whereas dropping off his 13-year-old son, Thijs, at a home in close by Noyack, New York.
The quote was a part of Alan Simpson’s eulogy at George H.W. Bush’s December 2018 funeral, the place the previous senator, 88, mentioned, “You’ll have wished [Bush] in your facet. He by no means hated anybody. He knew what his mom and my mom at all times knew: Hatred corrodes the container it’s carried in. Probably the most first rate and honorable man I ever met was my good friend George Bush.”
Lauer has thought of getting a tattoo for years. Earlier than NBC Information fired him in November 2017 over allegations of sexual misconduct, the journalist mentioned on Right this moment that he was “on the fence” because the hashtag “#MattTattooYes” grew to become a trending subject on Twitter.
The sighting of Lauer’s new ink got here in the future after he made headlines for writing a controversial op-ed questioning the reporting of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow.
“Will anybody maintain Ronan Farrow completely accountable? I doubt it,” the disgraced information anchor wrote by way of Mediaite. “I ask individuals to contemplate how they might react if somebody they cherished had been accused of one thing horrific and fundamental journalistic requirements had been ignored due to a want to promote books. I additionally urge individuals to keep in mind that there are two sides to all tales.”
The writer, 32, responded afterward Tuesday, Might 19, tweeting, “All I’ll say on that is that Matt Lauer is simply improper. Catch and Kill was completely reported and fact-checked, together with with Matt Lauer himself.”
In his opinion piece, Lauer additionally lashed out at Brooke Nevils, the previous NBC worker who accused him of rape, resulting in his termination on the community. Lauer insisted within the op-ed that he “was falsely accused” by Nevils, writing, “This accusation was one of many worst and most consequential issues to ever occur in my life, it was devastating for my household, and outrageously it was used to promote books.”
Nevils responded by way of Twitter on Tuesday, borrowing an acronym first utilized by psychologist Jennifer Freyd: “DARVO: Deny, Assault, Reverse Sufferer and Offender.”
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