Matt Lauer Defends his Asking GM CEO Mary Barra If She Was Able to Effectively Do her Job at GM and Be a Good Mother at the Same Time

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The “Today” host, who came under fire after asking if she was able to effectively do her job at GM and be a good mother at the same time, says he would have asked a male CEO the same question.

Matt Lauer came under fire Thursday morning following his interview with GM chief executive Mary Barra over a question he asked about her ability to do her job well while also being a good mother.

During the interview, which aired Thursday on NBC’s Today, Lauer brought up a recent statement made by Barra about missing her son’s junior prom: “My kids told me the one job they are going to hold me accountable for is ‘Mom.’ “

Lauer followed up: “Given the pressures of this job at General Motors, can you do both well?”

Barra’s response: “You know, I think I can. I have a great team, we’re on the right path. … I have a wonderful family, a supportive husband and I’m pretty proud of the way my kids are supporting me in this.”

Afterward, Lauer was criticized in the media and Twitter for asking what many called a “sexist” question. Several viewers asked him on Twitter whether he would have posed the same question to a male.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter | Kimberly Nordyke

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