Sydney Bevis – Reporter
Wednesday November 29, 2017, a day that all “Today” fans will remember for the rest of their lives. The day that Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News.
Lauer has been a co-anchor for the “Today” show for the past 20 years and was also a reporter for NBC News. That morning Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s co-anchor and fellow reporter for NBC News, announced, alongside Hoda Kotb, that Lauer had been fired from the NBC network due to a detailed complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior that took place after the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The complaint also said that this inappropriate behavior continued in the workplace after the original incident.
Guthrie and Kotb were clear about the fact that they were heartbroken over the firing of their friend, but they had also not been informed on all of the details of the situation. Guthrie assured that NBC would fully cover this story and that all details would be told and not shied away from.
NBC Chairman Andrew Lack sent a memo to employees of the network early Wednesday morning about Lauer’s misconduct and the effect of his firing. In the memo, Lack told that the complaint led to a serious review, and it was a very “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
“Girls can just accuse guys of sexual harassment with no evidence, and everyone will believe them because no one wants to be the first to accuse them of lying,” senior Miller Edgin said.
Whether Lauer is guilty or not, the allegation was enough to release him, but he will never be released from the hearts of the “Today” show fans.