Matt Lauer, you have messed with the wrong fan base.
During an interview on The Today Show yesterday, the embattled host spoke to Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan about their group's new album, "Four."
But first Lauer took note of Zayn Malik's absence, wondering aloud if perhaps something more than a mere stomach bug was to blame.
Is there any truth to those substance abuse rumors, Lauer asked?
This question elicited loud boos from those in attendance, though Payne handled it well and just reiterated that Malik was under the weather.
Now, Malik himself has spoken out against Lauer and the seemingly random, unfair implication that he has any kind of drug problem.