Today show anchors on new Matt Lauer rape allegations: I honestly dont even know what to say
News anchor Matt Lauer was fired from his longtime position as the co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show after allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a somber segment Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb addressed a new report that details rape allegations against former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, expressing to viewers NBC staff members are “disturbed to our core” and working to process the latest revelations.
Variety reported late Tuesday night that Ronan Farrow’s Oct. 15 book “Catch and Kill” reveals new information about what led to Lauer getting fired from “Today” in November 2017, including allegations from Brooke Nevils, the previously unnamed former NBC News employee who initially complained about him, that he raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” Guthrie said, noticeably emotional. “This is shocking and appalling. I honestly don’t even know what to say about it. I want to say I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then, it’s not easy now and we support her and any women who have come forward with claims. And it’s just very painful for all of us at NBC and who are at the Today show. It’s very, very, very difficult.”
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Lauer and NBC News for further comment.
“I’m looking at you and having a weird moment: we were sitting here just like this two years ago,” she told Guthrie. “Truth be told, Savannah and I did a little prayer upstairs before just to sort of sort out what we were going to do. I think you feel like you’ve known someone for 12 years. I don’t know if you guys have ever felt like that. You know someone, you feel like you know them inside and out and then all of a sudden, a door opens up and it’s a part of them you didn’t know.”
Kotb continued: “We don’t know all the facts on all of this, but there are not allegations of an affair, there are allegations of a crime. I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years. So I think we’re going to just sort of continue to process this part of this horrific story and as you said, our thoughts are with Brooke. It’s not easy what she did, to come forward. It’s not easy at all.”
“Today” also shared a statement Wednesday from NBC News: “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.”
NBC News chairman Andy Lack added: “Our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected. We are absolutely committed to making this a reality – there can be no exception.”
Overnight, troubling new allegations about former TODAY anchor Matt Lauer were revealed from journalist Ronan Farrow’s soon-to-be-released book “Catch and Kill.” @MorganRadford reports the details. pic.twitter.com/7ooO3oAJ5X