As Matt Lauer continues to deny rape and sexual harassment allegations, new reports are emerging about his attempts to bring a much-talked-about woman to The Today Show. Page Six reports that Lauer went all-out while wooing Pippa Middleton, sister to Kate Middleton (AKA Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), to join the show.
Lauer, who interviewed Middleton on-air in 2014, reportedly shut down an Upper East Side steakhouse for a dinner with the royal sister-in-law and Today execs. At the time, reports surfaced that NBC was courting Middleton to join NBC. A source tells Page Six that Middleton felt uneasy about Lauer's attention.
The source dishes:
"“Pippa wasn’t comfortable with any of it. Buckingham Palace was putting her under tremendous pressure not to go forward or cause any embarrassment to her sister. Matt and Pippa were never alone, and she wasn’t really interested in the job, but nevertheless NBC staffers were nervous about Matt’s interest in Pippa.”
Page Six calls a test shoot Lauer set up for Middleton "excruciating." And then-president of NBC News Deborah Turness vetoed hiring the Brit beauty, so Lauer's efforts were for naught. In the years since, Pippa has become private, wedding financier James Matthews in 2017 and giving birth to son Arthur the following year.