Stunned Colleagues, Critics, and Fans Respond to Matt Lauer Firing

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November 29, 2017Nov 29, 2017

It has been reported that NBC News has fired one of its leading news anchors, Matt Lauer, who is co-host of "Today." This news comes in the aftermath of sexual misbehavior allegations, according to the New York Times. The news was first announced by co-host Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning.

Colleagues of Lauer were visibly shaken by the news. You can watch co-host Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb break the news to their audience in the video below. Note the tones of the two hosts — both of them are severely upset, and Savannah seems to be fighting back tears.

Al Roker, who had only learned the news shortly before going on air, also seemed visibly shaken while giving his weather report.

"Dealing with the news of our friend of 30 years, and we’re all trying to process it,” he said, knocking his knuckles on the anchor desk. “We’ll deal with it along with you folks, as well.”

Some have taken the opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump, despite that he has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, and despite the fact that some of them have been deemed untrue.

Ana Navarro, for instance, implied that President Trump should be impeached due to the allegations that came against him during the election. 

https://twitter.com/ananavarro/status/935869957258309638

Liberal journalist Ed Krassenstein also took Lauer's firing as an opportunity to take a shot at President Donald Trump, as well as the Republican Party, who he claims "looks the other way" on matters such as this. 

https://twitter.com/EdKrassen/status/935842810854551552

Another notable response came from President Trump, who quickly after learning the news went to Twitter. Unlike Lauer's co-hosts, President Trump isn't very upset. Rather, he took this event as an opportunity to blast his old employer as a proponent of Fake News. 

“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,” Trump tweeted. “Check out Andy Lack’s past!”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/935844881825763328

Apparently, some are claiming that they have been working for months on a story revealing that Matt Lauer was guilty of sexual misconduct and that NBC has been aware for months. This is what Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister, for instance, wrote this morning on Twitter. 

https://twitter.com/EWagmeister/status/935863282220654592

It appears that most viewers, especially conservatives ones, are happy to see that Matt Lauer will no longer be aired on NBC. Michele Marie, for instance, retweeted a story published by CNN, claiming that Matt Lauer has a "holier than thou" attitude and that the firing was "absolutely warranted." 

https://twitter.com/DaysandCounting/status/935898360610983937

Nevertheless, others are shocked and saddened to see Matt Lauer fired from NBC. Fan Chris Ward wrote that he has been a fan of Lauer for years and that he is "totally surprised" by the claims. 

https://twitter.com/ChrisMichaelW/status/935898182265069568

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