Watch Anne Hathaway Handle a Creepy Question From Matt Lauer About a Wardrobe Malfunction

Since Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC, there have been many clips that have resurfaced of the former Today Show host that hinted at his unethical behavior. In this clip from a 2012 interview with actress Anne Hathaway, things got very uncomfortable, very fast. Hathaway, who was there to promote her new film at the time Les Misérables, had an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction at the New York premiere that exposed her genitalia. And it made tabloid news just before she sat down with Lauer. Obviously, one would think she’d rather not talk about such a humiliating experience. However, Lauer did. And he kicked off the interview — that was supposed to be about Les Misérables — by not only bringing up the wardrobe malfunction but being creepy about it as well. “We’ve seen a lot of you lately,” Lauer joked to Hathaway, who responded with awkward laughter. “I’d be to stay home, but the film…” she said. He then asked her what’s the “lesson learned” from her wardrobe malfunction “other than you keep smiling like you always do.” And Hathaway handled the question like a champ. “It was obviously an unfortunate incident,” she began. “I think- it kinda made me sad on two accounts; One, that I was very sad that we live in an age where someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it, 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 because 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. And I… yeah, so… So let’s get back to Les Mis.” Lauer applauded her response, calling it “one of the most creative turns of a question” he has ever heard. Hathaway went on to win an Oscar for her performance in Les Mis, but she certainly deserves another for handing that Lauer interview with such grace. Watch the clip above, via NBC.

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