How Matt Lauer's Dismissal From NBC News Affects Aspiring Journalists

How Matt Lauer's Dismissal From NBC News Affects Aspiring Journalists

Lauer was going to have to leave one day, however, nobody wanted his departure to be a result of termination.

It was the wake-up call nobody was hoping to receive. It was the news that dominated media outlets left and right, and for some journalists including myself, it was news that hit home.

After over two decades with "The Today Show," NBC News has dismissed its longtime anchor Matt Lauer. Lauer's dismissal comes just hours after it was revealed by NBC News he sexually harassed a female employee during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia.

Now hours later, according to WNBC TV, the local station he worked at prior to joining NBC News, the number of employees he's harassed has reached seven.

The news hit me so hard. For a split second, I questioned whether journalism is something I should still do. Afterall, Lauer is one of the reasons why I want to do this. Why I want to start off small then go big and be in front of a camera to inform people of events happening everywhere.

In some ways, Lauer is one the reasons why I have that personable side to me. Truthfully though, he wasn't the only one that inspired me to become a journalist.

Among the people I look up to in the industry include his former colleagues New York News Legend's Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons, whom the former "Today Show" Anchor worked with at NBC's New York owned and operated affiliate WNBC-TV.

They, along with their many colleagues at the station and under the NBC Universal umbrella, are the ones who motivated me to step into the field. However, it was Lauer who was the first. Then, seconds later, I realized the world still needs us.

Lauer was going to have to leave one day, however, just like many viewers, journalists, and colleagues of his, nobody wanted his departure to be a result of termination.

Despite the 59-year-olds unacceptable behavior, my dreams are not crushed. They will feel different when I think of them knowing he's no longer the man we saw him as.

However, there are people out there that can and will be just like the one he was seen as before this news broke. It just takes time, talent, and some challenges considering we live in a generation where the news isn't just viewed on a television screen anymore.

Now more then ever, people have the ability to do the most time shifting through resources such as DVR and streaming. As for who will be replacing Lauer has not been disclosed yet by NBC.

The show must and will go on just like it has for the 65 years it's been on the air. It will have a different feel to it in the mornings to come along with "Studio 1A," "Rockefeller Center," "30 Rock," and even NBC itself.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.


It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)


Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes



Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)


Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)


Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)


Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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