Sexual harassment scandals have been taking down industry tycoons for weeks in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and Matt Lauer is the latest big name to come up around the topic. NBC has fired the longtime Today show host following allegations of workplace misconduct.
Lauer’s co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced the news on air and was visibly emotional.
“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning,” Guthrie said, her voice shaking. “As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this… We are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt – he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved 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.”
CBS This Morning host Gayle King also commented on on-air. “I look at that picture and I have a sickening feeling of déjà vu,” she somberly said, referencing the Charlie Rose scandal. “Certainly because we’re dealing with our own situation here. It does send a message that you’re not too big to fall.”
Guthrie and King are hardly the only person reacting to Lauer’s firing. Celebrities, including alleged Weinstein victim Rose McGowan, Kathy Griffin, Chrissy Teigen and more have taken to social media to react to the news.
For those who never knew how bad the abuse of power has been there’s understandable shock & horror w every new story. But for those of us who’ve had to endure it & been punished or humiliated for speaking up, this day of reckoning is a blessing. Today we matter & I’m so grateful. https://t.co/1idYYRzpwC
— om (@oliviamunn) November 29, 2017
It’s amazing to me that @nbc can fire Lauer, but Mark Schwahn – after over 40 women have come forward – is still on “suspension” over at @e_entertainment. We just waiting for the whole thing to blow over? New day, new headline? Fire the predator. #BurnItDownSis https://t.co/DOdcat8Go7
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) November 29, 2017
This morning I woke up expecting to do a cooking segment on the Today show with my friend @MattLauerNBC. Driving uptown I was in shock as I heard the news of his dismissal due to allegations of sexual misconduct at work. As I watched @SavannahGuthrie read Andy Lack’s statement, I was utterly shaken up. I must say that in all the many years I have been on the @TodayShow I have only experienced a warm, cordial and respectful environment. When I walked into 30 Rock it felt like someone had died. The mood was somber to say the least, shell shocked would be more accurate. Like finding out your dad has been cheating on your mom and the happy family you thought you were living in is in fact broken. I must say that in all the years I have known Matt, and worked with him on the Today show, I have never found him to be anything but empathic, kind, totally appropriate, and respectful of me; a consummate professional. But as someone who has experienced sexual assault and sexual harassment I know how hard it is to come forward or even properly process that it is indeed happening to you. Especially when it’s someone who holds such a high place in one’s profession. I don’t know who the women who have come forward but I can tell you how hard it is to even admit that it’s actually happened. You feel utterly intimidated and often blame yourself. There is no upside to a victim speaking out. And as a victim myself I am thankful she did. I am deeply saddened about Matt as I am saddened about @CharlieRose, two people I have very much looked up to in television. Their presence and contributions to our industry will be sorely missed. But I stand in solidarity with the victims. And while this is a painful period in our cultural history, it is a good and necessary purging one of the most harmful aspects of the ‘old boys club’. There is always pain when the thorn gets pulled out of the flesh. But only when it’s gone can the healing begin.
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HMMMMM INTERESTING…..THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN THE HOSTILE INTERVIEW WHILE I WAS TRYING 2 EXPOSE THE #TRUTH….EH MATT? NBC Fires Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation – The New York Times https://t.co/ZYQVSLR4U4
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) November 29, 2017
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Matt Lauer. “Today Show” #ROSEARMY
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 29, 2017
If I seem merciless, it’s because I am. Mercy is reserved for the deserving, not the perpetrator. #ROSEARMY
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 29, 2017
Matt? Lauer? You’re joking? Right? Men have dropped their…oh, what’s the use.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 29, 2017
An SNL sketch where the reporters report on their own sexual misconduct and firings but they don’t know it until live prompter
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 29, 2017
Matt Lauer has been on my list for a while. It’s really too bad more Americans don’t come to my shows. I pretty much recite the list in every show. Haha. I told you, my memory is long, my friends. I’ve been around a long time…
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 29, 2017
Naturally, a gleeful President Trump had something say as well, referencing NBC and MSNBC News chairman Andrew Lack.
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Many celebrities had something to say Trump commenting on the situation.
As Trump drags Matt LAUER this morning on Twitter, let’s not forget the ACCESS HOLLYWOOD tape where TRUMP admits to sexual assault… “grab them by the…”
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) November 29, 2017
You are such a hypocrite it’s not even possible https://t.co/CrJnNvOoh8
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 29, 2017
Yahoo will continue to update this story as more reactions come in.
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) November 29, 2017
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