Celebrity Scoops…updated Frida, 12.1.17

Photo courtesy of the "Today " show

Photo courtesy of the “Today ” show

Matt Lauer was spotted at his $33 million Hamptons home yesterday, and then headed into town to meet his lawyer friend, Eddie Burke Jr. Page Six is reporting that he is seeking $30 million from NBC as an exit package. He apologized on the air, saying, “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…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. Rival “Today” show, “Good Morning America” on ABC reported that NBC execs knew what was going on and that they spoke to “dozens of former and current staffers who say that there was general knowledge [ of Lauer’s conduct] within all ranks of NBC between staffers, high ranking executives, other anchors that were on air with Lauer.” The latest allegation comes from a married staffer who told The New York Times she woke up in his office with her pants halfway down her legs after having sex with the anchor. She said he was making advances toward her as far back as the late 1990s, when she moved away from him during a car trip to the airport because he was sitting ‘uncomfortably close’ to her and then said “You’re no fun.” Then, in 2001, she said he summoned her to his office at 30 Rock to discuss work, he locked the door with a button under his desk, and told her to unbutton her blouse. She said he then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over and had sex with her until she fell unconscious. She says she awoke on the floor with her pants down, prompting his assistant to seek medical attention for her.

Russell SimmonsOn the heels of sexual assault accusations, Russell Simmons, 60, is stepping down from his role at Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications. This comes after Jenny Lumet accused him of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991. He said that his “memory of that evening if very different” from hers, but that he has “been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize.” While HBO is going to air “All Def Comedy” as planned, “Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward,” states an HBO exec. This comes after a woman made allegations of sexual misconduct on Nov. 19th in the Los Angeles Times against director Brett Ratner and Simmons. The two were “in it together,” according to her account.

Selena Gomez Billboard Magazine 2017Billboard has named Selena Gomez Woman of the Year for 2017. In the cover story of the Dec. 9th issue, she opens up about her breakup with The Weekend, and her rocky relationship with Justin Bieber. “We ended it as best friends,” she said of her parting ways with The Weekend, “and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other]. Regarding The Biebs, she said, “I’m 25. I’m not 18, 19 or 20. I cherish people who have really impacted my life. So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn’t right. But that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away.”

Friday is here – enjoy it and the weekend!