Monday night, Louis C.K. returned to doing stand-up in a sickening surprise. Well, folks, it gets worse.
We all know that Matt Lauer thinks that people want to see him on TV again.
Now, he's telling fans that it won't be long before he makes his comeback.
Page Six reports that Matt Lauer is sharing his ambition to return to television, even with random fans.
According to a witness, Lauer was at Donohue’s Steak House when he was approached by some admirers.
"A group of older ladies came over to Lauer," their source says.
These women were, despite Lauer being accused of rape and of being a serial sexual harasser, still big fans of his.
The witness says that these women were "saying, ‘We miss you!’"
Lauer reportedly spoke to the women.
"I’ve been busy being a dad," he said, as if that were the explanation for his absence from television.
He was, of course, fired from NBC, but it sounds as though he were presenting this as a fun sabbatical. Or perhaps paternity leave.
"But don’t worry," Lauer reportedly promised. "I’ll be back on TV."
That's enough to send a chill down your spine.
Though Matt Lauer's $50 million divorce from Annette Roque has probably been keeping him busy, the real thing that has been keeping him off of television screens is that he is widely reviled.
But how long will that last?
Back in June, he was spotted with a former Today show producer. It may have just been a friendly lunch, but some wonder if it's something more.
And he has recently been appearing in public more and more -- as if testing the waters of public opinion.
(That said, he has reportedly been sporting "incognito" looks during at least some public appearances, for whatever that's worth)
Sometimes, celebrities have scandals -- unprofessional behavior due to substance abuse, for example, or some sort of non-violent criminal activity -- that warrant an eventual comeback.
Learning and growing as a person is a part of life.
But some people -- like Louis C.K., who notably admitted to the allegations of sexual misconduct against him -- do not deserve a comeback because people feel that they are a safety hazard and an all-around creep.
Take things a step further, to someone accused of criminal activity such as sexual assault, and of ruining careers by creating a hostile work environment, and you're talking about someone who should never be on television.
Matt Lauer may feel that it's wrong for him to be banished from television forever, but there are a lot of people who feel that he belongs behind bars.
Matt Lauer is famous, well-connected, and wealthy. If he really wants to return to people's screens in some capacity, he can.
Some people will watch him because they can't reconcile the smiling man they saw on television with the sex monster described in the allegations.
Others may watch out of morbid curiosity. What ultimately matters is viewership and advertisers.
If he can't try a network show, he might try a web show, even though he is much older than the average YouTuber.
But we have a sneaking suspicion that Lauer feels that he deserves to be back in the spotlight on television, specifically. Only time will tell if he gets his wish.