MATT Lauer is not a happy chappy!
The TODAY host is furious at claims he flirted with a pretty college student while giving her career advice, according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
The 55-year-old TV host is seething that a friendly text exchange sparked by a message from budding journalist Lucie Fink has become the subject of public scrutiny and been taken “completely out of context”.
“Enough is enough, Matt is so tired of this,” a source said.
“There was nothing seedy or suggestive in this meeting. Is this a message that guys should only mentor guys? Isn’t that a terrible glass ceiling?
“This in particular hurts because the intentions were so innocent.”
Matt, a married father-of-three, met brunette Lucie, 20, a senior at John Hopkins University, at the behest of his close friend and colleague, Debbie Kosofsky, a senior producer on the TODAY show.
“The Finks are family friends of mine, so I asked Matt as a favor to have lunch with Lucie, because she’s pursuing a career in journalism,” Debbie said.
“In my 30 years working with Matt, I have seen him mentor and help countless young journalists and broadcasters. He has always been incredibly generous with his time and advice.”
Matt took Lucie, a budding TV reporter who has made several appearances on the Today Show over the past 15 months, to lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel’s restaurant in Manhattan.
And in a text responding to Lucie before an upcoming appearance on the NBC morning show on July 10, published in the National Enquirer, Matt messaged, “Bring your ‘A’ game tomorrow young lady. Look forward to seeing you.”
Lucie replied, “You know I will! Can’t wait. Are you the talent for the segment?,” to which Matt responded: “Yes! I will be interviewing you. Don’t screw it up. And no daisy duke shorts with flip flops!”
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