Mary Barra

After Lauer's downfall, uncomfortable video clips circulate

"Pretty sweater. Keep bending over like that," Matt Lauer tells his "Today" co-host, Meredith Vieira. "It's a nice view."

That off-air comment, captured by cameras in 2006, is one of the uncomfortable moments in what amounts to an excruciatingly awkward highlight reel that's been circulating over social media since Lauer's sudden downfall on Wednesday, when NBC fired him for inappropriate sexual behavior.

Some of the clips are merely a little cringe-worthy given the hindsight of subsequent events; others more disturbing. In the latter category is Lauer's less-than-tasteful — some would say nasty and patronizing — questioning of actress Anne...