Today host Matt Lauer is the latest celebrity figure to be outed for sexual misconduct in the workplace, as the NBC staple has just been fired from the popular morning show following newly revealed allegations.
Lauer’s former co-anchor Savannah Guthrie broke the news, reading a statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack: “We received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
The 59-year-old newsman is largely considered the face of NBC, leading Today to become the network’s biggest earner, according to TMZ. Focus is now slowly turning to the fate of the show, with fans overwhelmingly requesting former anchor Tamron Hall be asked back by the network that cancelled her hour of the show in favor of former Fox News talking head, Megyn Kelly.
it took nbc all this time to fire matt lauer while they axed ann curry and replaced tamron hall’s show for that tired ass white supremacist megyn kelly
— ayn bland (@gr8valuegodard) November 29, 2017
Now that douchebag Matt Lauer is gone, somebody call up Ann Curry and Tamron Hall to give them back their hosting jobs.
— Dominic Jenkins (@theDomJenkins) November 29, 2017
Many also point out how NBC’s decision to scrap her hour has come back to haunt them, as Lauer’s firing leaves their fate unclear.
Author Luvvie Ajayi tweeted that the Temple grad’s ancestors must be watching out for her, as everyone who has wronged her is getting their just due.
You KNOW @tamronhall’s granny said the prayer points of “She will always be the head and never the tail. And the weapons will form but they will never prosper.” God heard her. Shonuff. https://t.co/n0f4SnKDn9
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) November 29, 2017
Even if NBC decided to extend an offer, Hall is preparing to host her own talk show.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.