It is hard to miss the news; Matt Lauer has been fired from his gig on TODAY due to a sexual misconduct allegation that was brought to the heads of NBC.
An unnamed NBC staffer has come forward to say she was sexually assaulted by Lauer while working with him at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
The unexpected announcement was made by Lauer’s co-hosts and friends — Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
An emotional Guthrie held on tightly to Kotb’s hand as she explained: “We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this.”
His TODAY anchors had just learned the news moments before telling the world what had happened. Lauer had been an anchor at the TODAY show since 1997.
Megyn Kelly has also reacted to the news by saying: “This one does hit close to home. But when this happens what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward, and it’s a terrifying thing to do.”
The former FOX News host went on to say: “We are in the middle of a sea change in this country. An empowerment revolution. As painful as this moment is for so many here at NBC today, at CBS [with Charlie Rose] earlier this month, at Fox News over the last year, in Hollywood this fall, it is a sign of progress. Of women finding their voices, their courage and of the erosion of a shameful power imbalance that has been in place for far too long. In my experience, a news organization is bigger than any one person. They all face challenges, they all stumble. But the good ones stay standing and forge forward, fulfilling their core mission: Journalism.”
Ann Curry, who lost her job on TODAY in 2012 because of her lack of chemistry with Lauer had the following to say on his firing: “I’m still really processing it. The women’s movement got us into the workplace, but it didn’t make us safe once we got there. And the battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves.”
As for Al Roker, he said he was still processing the matter and went on to call Lauer his friend.