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This Nov. 8, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer on the set of the "Today" show in New York. On the week host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges, NBC’s “Today” show beat its rivals at ABC for the first time in three months. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

Matt Lauer was Google's top trending person of 2017 in the US


Former NBC News anchor Matt Lauer ranks first on Google’s list of its top trending people for 2017 in the U.S., according to data the search giant released Wednesday.

Actress Meghan Markle, a future member of Britain’s royal family, took second place behind the former co-host of NBC’s “Today.”

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein placed third after scores of women accused him of sexual misconduct this year.

Michael Flynn – who is President Trump’s former national security adviser – took Google’s forth spot, while actor Kevin Spacey rounded out the tech company’s top five names.

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Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly grabbed Google’s sixth slot, while first lady Melania Trump nabbed its seventh.

Comedian Kathy Griffin snagged eighth place, while far-right media personality Milo Yiannopoulos and actress Gal Gadot completed Google’s top ten.

Google’s list of the people who trended the most in 2017 notably includes four names involved in sexual misconduct scandals this year.

NBC News fired Lauer last month after several women accused him of past inappropriate behavior, including one woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her in 2001.

Fox News sacked O’Reilly last April after reports emerged that the network had settled several sexual harassment lawsuits involving him.

Netflix severed ties with Spacey after the first of numerous men accused him of sexual assault or harassment in October.

Weinstein had perhaps the most drastic fall from grace, with the major Hollywood company he co-chaired booting the same month over his alleged sexual misconduct.

The film producer’s ouster has since generated a global reckoning over sexual misconduct, with many powerful male figures facing backlash for allegedly mistreating women in the past.

Google on Wednesday also listed Hurricane Irma as its top trending search item for 2017 in the U.S., with Lauer’s name ranking second.

The company additionally revealed that Irma ranked first among its top trending news topics this year, followed by last October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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