The morning show’s social media account aired a five and half minute video clip showcasing a lot of epic moments from over the years. “When TODAY first moved to Studio 1A in 1994, it became a place where the team could try new things and connect with viewers,” the tweet read. “Take a look back on some of those special moments over the past 25 years.”
Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager discussed how much they love their jobs. However, the former Today show host was nowhere to be found since he was fired in November 2017, following allegations that he sexually harassed a colleague.
But some social media users weren’t sure how they felt about the 61-year-old being left out of the montage. One person wrote, “Wow. @TODAYshow is celebrating 25 years @ Studio 1A and decided not to include one clip of Matt Lauer. He was a huge contributor to the show for as long as I watched, not Carson, not Savannah. Yes, what Matt did was wrong, but him, Katie and Al helped build Today!! *turns channel*,” while another echoed, “Amazing that a member of ‘the family’ was totally excluded from the 25th anniversary of Studio 1A. I know there were serious issues with Matt Lauer and his conduct is not to ever be condoned, but all ‘families’ are flawed in some way. Aren’t they? History shouldn’t be erased.”
Meanwhile, some people were very happy the Today show didn’t mention him. “Shout-out to the @TODAYshow editors for putting together an impressive piece celebrating 25 Years of Studio 1A without any footage [of] Matt Lauer. You all are the real MVPs.” A second person chimed in, writing, “Thank you for not including Matt Lauer. You did the right thing.”
After the incident occurred, Matt apologized for his actions. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused by words and actions,” he said in a statement at the time. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed or ashamed.”
He added, “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
Well, it seems like the NBC show is doing just fine without him.
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