Zinone said she felt that turning down Lauer's advances would have hurt her career.
Lauer hosted The Greatest American on the Discovery Channel, which used Internet and telephone voting by viewers to select the winner.
Later in 1979, Lauer began his television career as a producer of the noon newscast for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. He then started to move around the country, hosting a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and Richmond.
As a result, Lauer replaced him for the sixth day of coverage, and hosted from February 11 until February 14.
In November 2015, Lauer hosted an interview with Charlie Sheen, during which Sheen revealed that he was HIV-positive.
As the Today Show news anchor, he also substituted for Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show before being named the official co-anchor on January 6, 1997, after Gumbel stepped down. The segment was named after the PBS game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? This segment sent Lauer to various locations around the world, from where he reported on the importance of each location.
He broadcast from locations including Bhutan, Easter Island, the Panama Canal, Iran, Hong Kong, Croatia, and the Great Wall of China.