Speaking with Howard Stern on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, Aniston recently denied that the Apple TV+ project is based on Lauer, 61, who was fired from his anchor role at NBC news in November 2017 after he was accused of sexual misconduct. (On Wednesday, Lauer was accused of raping a former colleague, which he has denied.)
“It’s hard for me to believe when I watch the first two episodes that this is not based on what happened to Matt Lauer on the Today show,” Stern said to Aniston, who replied, “No.”
“And by the way, it’s fascinating because it’s about a guy who’s one of the biggest morning star guys and he f—s up and he gets thrown out,” continued Stern, as Aniston verbally agreed.
“Very #MeToo. That’s Matt Lauer,” said Stern, 65.
But according to Aniston, the storyline doesn’t just mirror Lauer. “It’s a lot of people,” she said. “He is the archetype for those, unfortunately many men who were — it was more than just Matt.”
The Morning Show, which premieres Nov. 1 on Apple TV+, will highlight executive producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Aniston’s roles as women in power while also depicting how Steve Carell‘s character, Mitch Kessler, is affected by the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
From Stern’s perspective, “Carrell looks like Matt Lauer a bit, doesn’t he?”
Aniston agreed: “There is an uncanny resemblance.”
And although Stern said that “people are going to say that” Mitch is based on Lauer, Aniston insisted, “But it’s not.”
Aniston’s interview with Stern was recorded before Lauer was accused of rape in an excerpt from Ronan Farrow‘s upcoming book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, out Oct. 15.
“In a new book, it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault. It is categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense,” he said. “I had an extramarital affair with Brooke Nevils in 2014,” he said. “It began when she came to my hotel room very late one night in Sochi, Russia. We engaged in a variety of sexual acts. We performed oral sex on each other, we had vaginal sex, and we had anal sex. Each act was mutual and completely consensual.”