8:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Matt Lauer Won't Be Cut From 'I, Tonya' or 'Lady Bird'
Matt Lauer may be gone from the small screen, but he's still popping up on the big one. The former Today host, who was fired Nov. 29 from NBC after complaints about inappropriate sexual behavior, appears in Lady Bird, A24's Bush-era coming-of-age drama; in one scene, star Saoirse Ronan watches Lauer on a newscast reporting about the war in Afghanistan.
At a recent screening at the ArcLight Santa Monica, Lauer's appearance prompted groans throughout the sold-out theater. Meanwhile, Neon's I, Tonya contains another bit of Lauer, with footage of him reporting on the 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan included in a montage sequence.
Reps for that film, which premiered a day before the scandal broke, wouldn't comment when asked if there'd been any thought of cutting Lauer the way Kevin Spacey has been replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World. But erasing all of Lauer's cinematic past would be a big task: He's had screen time in scads of films, including Zoolander 2, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and Entourage.
As for Lauer, he apologized for his behavior following his exit from the network: "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. 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. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."
This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.