On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Matt Lauer, the longtime host of NBC’s “Today” show, was fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
Following the shocking announcement, Lauer’s former co-host Savannah Guthrie found herself delivering the news to viewers that he had been let go due to his alleged inappropriate sexual behavior.
The alleged incident reportedly took place in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics, where an NBC staffer said Lauer sexually assaulted her, according to Page Six.
According to a statement from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, which Guthrie read on the air, NBC had “reason to believe” it may not have been an isolated incident.
Guthrie was nearly brought to tears as she discussed the news Wednesday morning:
“We just learned this moments ago — just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this.
And I will tell you, right now, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come. And we promise we will share that with you.”
She went on to say she was “heartbroken” by the news but also praised her colleague for her bravery in coming forward:
“Hoda, I mean, you know, for the moment, all we can say is that we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner. And he is beloved by many, many people here.
And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
The “Today” show host didn’t just focus on her colleague and friend, though, as she noted the news about Lauer is part of a larger movement involving people speaking out against sexual assault:
“We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks. How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly. And I don’t know the answer to that.
But I do know that this reckoning that so many organizations have been going through is important. It’s long overdue. And it must result in workplaces where all women, all people, feel safe and respected.
As painful as it is, this moment in our culture, and this change, had to happen.”
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