At the start of the Nov. 29 edition of NBC’s morning news program “Today“, anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reported on the termination of now-former colleague Matt Lauer from NBC News due to sexual harassment of a female employee.
“This is a sad morning here today and at NBC News,” Guthrie said. “As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”
Guthrie said she learned about the news shortly before the show went on air, and added “I am heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women with their own stories to tell.”
“We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these last few weeks: How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?“, Guthrie said.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
Even weatherman Al Roker was in a somber mood as he gave the show’s first forecast of the day.