Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Christie Brinkley Says Matt Lauer “Has His Own Issues with Women” Recalls Ambush During 2012 Interview


Matt Lauer is not going to find much sympathy back in the Hamptons, where his wife and kids live most of the time without him.

In 2012, Lauer seemed to attack his neighbor, Christie Brinkley, on air when she intended to give him an exclusive interview only about her return to Broadway’s “Chicago.” But Lauer ambushed her and only talked about her bitter much publicized divorce and custody battle with ex husband Peter Cook, who was discovered to be cheating on Brinkley with an underage girl and watching porn on his kids’ computers.

In the interview, which I stumbled on this morning, Lauer seems to turn on Brinkley and starts making her sound like the guilty party. Lauer changed the subject, leaving little time to talk about “Chicago.” It’s instructive to watch now because he seemed to have no sympathy for her but plenty for Cook. At 4:21 in the video below, Lauer says: “There are two sides to every story. What I keep thinking about is you’ve got kids together…I’m trying to think of this poisonous atmosphere,” he says, as if she caused the situation.

In the end, Brinkley– who came for a Broadway plug– starts to cry. Nice work, Matt.

I reached out to Christie this morning for a comment. She said:  “I was on the Today show to talk about my role in the musical Chicago. But Matt Lauer had other ideas. His aggressive treatment of me that day seems to speak more about his own issues with women.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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