Former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday morning released a statement acknowledging his wrongdoings with women over the years and apologized — but also said some of the charges against him were untrue. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said in a statement read on the NBC morning show Thursday by his former colleague Savannah Guthrie . Lauer, however, disputed some of the claims that have been raised since his sudden termination was announced on Wednesday.
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Ann Curry, Matt Lauer’s former Today co-anchor, briefly broke her silence on his firing. While declining to comment specifically on Lauer’s firing, she told People, “I’m still really processing it.” Curry went on to share, “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.”
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James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and former judge of Top Chef: Just DessertsJohnny Iuzzini has been accused of sexual harassment by four former employees. Two pastry chefs and two unpaid externs who directly reported to Iuzzini at the famed Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City between 2009 and 2011 alleged a culture of sexual harassment perpetuated by the now 43-year-old chef. All four former female employees also alleged that Iuzzini — a judge on upcoming series The Great American Baking Show — could be verbally abusive.
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Brett Eldredge announced he will embark on his first major headlining tour—dubbed The Long Way Tour—in 2018. The 11-date tour will kick off on April 5 in Garden City, Idaho, and make stops in Louisville, Kansas City, Boston and more before capping in New York City on May 5. Devin Dawson and Jillian Jacqueline will serve as openers on various dates. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 8.
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2017 saw the death of many music artists, and they’ll be remembered during a two-night television special on ABC. Country’s own Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker will take part in the series to honor the late Glen Campbell. The Year in Memoriam 2017 will air on Dec. 18 and will be followed by The Year: 2017 on Dec. 19. Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts will serve as host both nights.
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N.E.R.D. have shared a new track featuring Future, from their new album ‘No_One Ever Really Dies,’ which will be released on December 15. N.E.R.D. consists of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, and they last released an album in 2010 with ‘Nothing.’ Along with Future, Rihanna and Andre 3000, the album will also feature guest appearances from Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, MIA, Gucci Mane and Wale.
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The holiday season is here and that means DMX singing “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is back. This year, X has kicked it up a notch by actually releasing a studio version of his ever-popular cover. His rendition features all of his signature quirks and ad-libs that were present in the viral video, but now he’s got an instrumental to go along with it. Producer Divine Bars, who has worked with X in the past, is also credited as the artist for the track.
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Erik Jones has made NASCAR history by becoming the first driver to win Rookie of the Year for all three national touring series: 2015 – Truck Series Rookie of the Year, 2016 – Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year, and 2017 – Cup Series Rookie of the Year. Jones will return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017 to drive the No. 20 Toyota previously driven by Matt Kenseth.
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Carlos Beltran as interviewed to become manager of the New York Yankees, four weeks after the final game of his 20-year major league career. Beltran, 40, played for the Yankees from 2014-16. Though he does not have managerial experience, he mentored young teammates during his final seasons as a player, when he often was a designated hitter. Beltran won his first World Series title this season with Houston, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch credited Beltran’s clubhouse presence with steadying the team during the series. Beltran met with team officials Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that it doesn’t matter whether the anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump are real or not, because “the threat is real.” Trump shared three videos on Twitter early Wednesday from the deputy leader of an ultranationalist, far-right fringe group in Britain. The group, Britain First, claims to be fighting the “Islamization” of England, and the graphic videos purported to show Muslims committing violent crimes.
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