Matt Lauer Owes Anne Hathaway An Apology

Anne Hathaway promotes Les Mis, talks her wardrobe malfunction with Matt Lauer

On a completely unrelated note, how amazing does she look with short hair?

By now you probably know all about the press frenzy that is Anne Hathaway‘s “wardrobe malfunction” (or lip slip, as genuinely gross people prefer). If you don’t, here it is in brief: Anne Hathaway dropped by the premiere of Les Mis wearing slinky Tom Ford and, while exiting her limo, the paparazzi managed to nab a few intimate shots featuring a hint of pubis. A hint.

This is a big deal because Anne Hathaway is a beautiful, wholesome, talented actress and not some lowly cooch flasher like Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton (not our rules, people). Hence, lots of coverage, from multiple angles.

Yesterday morning, Hathaway went on the Today Show to promote Les Mis and, unsurprisingly, host Matt Lauer brought up the images.

…But not nearly enough people are talking about how Lauer introduced the subject:

“Anne Hathaway, good morning, nice to see you. Been seeing a lot of you lately.”

He just said, “Good morning, I recently saw your vulva” on TV.

Hathaway goes visibly rigid, but pauses a beat and lets out a movie star-caliber chuckle to keep things from getting awkward. She even says, “Sorry about that.” She then jokes–though it’s sad–that she’d rather be home but she has to promote the film.

Lauer then gets more direct:

“Let’s just get it out of the way. You had a little wardrobe malfunction the other night. What’s the lesson learned from something like that? Other than that you keep smiling, which you always do.”

This is also pretty gross. Is the “lesson learned” really “keep smiling“? Isn’t the lesson actually “some people are scumbags”? If Hathaway weren’t a movie star, wouldn’t we call this sexual harassment? Why are the paparazzi allowed to jockey for photographs of her genitals?

Hathaway’s response was the very articulate, sane, circumspect quote that follows:

“It was obviously an unfortunate incident. I think — it kind of made me sad on two accounts. One, I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which brings us back to Les Mis. That’s what my character is, she is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there’s no social safety net.”

Good on you, Hathaway (++ remarkable segue).

But back to Lauer: in what world was any of this an acceptable thing to say to someone?

Apparently some people feel Hathaway deserved it. We noticed on The Gloss‘ Facebook page one commenter who was disgusted she “[went] commando in an evening gown” and added, “Ew.” As if, somehow, that meant it was her fault (nevermind the fact a movie star is painfully aware that visible panty lines on the red carpet will make her a Fashion Disaster all over the internet the next day) (ie, she probably wasn’t freeballing for the illicit thrill of it).

In summary, forgoing underthings in evening dresses 1) isn’t that weird and 2) doesn’t justify a strange man shoving a fucking camera between your legs. …Much less going off and selling the subsequent photos.


Look, everything about this story is horrible–except Anne Hathaway, who is a class act.

As for Matt Lauer, he owes her an apology. That “seeing a lot of you lately,” comment wasn’t just inappropriate and unprofessional, it was downright gross.

(Photo via Wenn)

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    • msenesac

      When I saw the video, I took the “Been seeing a lot of you lately.” remark completely differently. My brain didn’t even go there that he had been talking about the flash.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Although I see how one might say, “He just means she’s been promoting Les Mis everywhere,” my brain definitely took it as lechery.

        But, what’s more, Hathaway certainly interprets it that way and I think that’s the perspective that matters here.

      • Do the decent thing

        You are to kind and are giving him a way out. He is a cheap shot artist and not even a good one. He is so juvenile.

    • alexandra

      This almost makes me glad it happened, so that Anne Hathaway gets to YET AGAIN show the world how absolutely way more fucking classy she is than basically anyone. Everything about that quote is pitch perfect.

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Everything but especially “I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants.”

    • Nikola

      That is one remarkably classy woman. I would not have been able to respond so eloquently, so quickly.

      “And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants.”

      No, you shouldn’t have to apologize for it. But Matt Lauer should, since he decided to capitalize on it for his show’s benefit.

      Seriously Lauer, wtf?

    • Lauren

      I wrote a comment on a different post on here about Anne Hathaway recently annoying the hell out of me, but in this instance, I completely agree that she handled that ridiculous question with class. Good job Anne Hathaway.

    • Ana

      Ugh, Matt Lauer is absolutely tactless. Its time to ditch him for someone more in touch with professionalism and just generally being a decent human.

    • Candace

      Damn, woman be eloquent.

      Though I’m pretty sure she was partially quoting my favorite movie of all time starring Lindsay Lohan called “Liz and Dick” when she said: “I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it and do the decent thing, sells it.”

      That’s like straight outta that movie.

      God I’m ashamed I know that.

    • samwise

      She’s so beautiful and lovely, you could barely see anything. So bunk. She shouldn’t have to apologize or have “learned a lesson”

    • Netochka

      I like Anne Hathaway I really do, but with the abundance of seamless underthings we have available these days, there really is no reason for anyone to not be wearing underwear. It’s extremely biased to think that just because Anne is perceived as being “classy” that she is automatically incapable of pulling off any cheap tricks for publicity like those “lowly cooch flashers” Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

      • OperationCharlie

        Nope Nope Nope. That is doing nothing but blaming the victim. Whether or not she wears underwear is her business, and not for you to decide if she has a reason for it or not.

    • Devin Corbett

      Stop Bashing Matt Lauer, you know that was his producers pushing him to say those things. Hathaway dealt with it fantastically and moved on. the real people you should be bashing are the people who took and sold the picture, then the people who published it! unless he brought up the pic of her cooch on the big screen we should leave him alone for just doing his job.

      • Jessie

        Matt Lauer is a classless dick.

      • Do the decent thing

        calling him a dick is being to nice and puts him in a better light. How can his wife stand being with him. He is a classless, talentless, thing that blames everyone else for his inadequacies. I would not let him clean my toilets.

      • Do the decent thing

        you do not understand. He has the final say / approval of what he does. He could have changed the wording but he is a senseless, totally insensitive, person.

    • MrsJAZ

      Matt Lauer is a “has been”. He needs to go away. What a piece of garbage he is.

    • Frances Lordan

      Can Matt Lauer JUST GO AWAY?!?!?!

    • Do the decent thing

      Matt Lauer is a desperate pig. The show that he is contracted to work on is probably trying to figure a way out of his contract. He is the reason for the show’s ratings fall. He is another political puppet for NBC just like that talentless dweeb Jimmy Fallon. NO talent, just does whatever the pols tell them to do. The stock holders should have some say in how the studio manages their puppets.

    • Wow….

      Matt is becoming the “Allan of Two and a Half Men”. Creepy, Nasty and Gross. Not what I thought a professional journalist. Matt should go into the tabloid reporting, that’s where these time of comments are acceptable in a sick way.

    • Brian

      “This is a big deal because Anne Hathaway is a beautiful, wholesome, talented actress and not some lowly cooch flasher.”

      Really? isn’t this the chick that stripped for the camera in at least two other movies?

    • David Martin

      I haven’t read all the comments, but in case no one has said this, here goes. If Anne Hathaway didn’t want the world to see her naked why did she leave home with no underwear and then spread her legs to get out of the car? It sounds like she was asking for it. If she is the wholesome woman she is described to be, she wouldn’t dare be caught in this position.