On Wednesday morning, NBC announced the termination of their highest-paid news anchor, Matt Lauer. The network announced that they had received a detailed report from a colleague about sexual harassment allegations.
They said that while it was the only complaint they had received in the “Today” host’s 20 years working for the network, they had reason to believe that it was not an isolated incident. They said that they had to terminate the host in order to show their priorities.
Since the announcement, colleagues and fans have been commenting on the situation. On the last hour of “Today,” Kathie Lee Gifford gave a powerful response to the situation.
Gifford began talking about how difficult it is to grapple with the fact that someone could do something that seems against their character. She then talked about how she felt when she found out her husband cheated on her in 1997.
She said, “I don’t feel that Matt has betrayed us. When I found out my husband had betrayed me, you question your own judgment. ‘Was everything a lie?’ I think we need to fight against that, very much fight against that. That the man we know and adored was the man we loved and adored and continue to. I texted [Lauer] this morning and I said, ‘I adore you.’”
Gifford continued, talking about how forgiveness is the key.
She said, “No person is perfect in this world. Nobody is. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, is what scripture says. And what we need now is forgiveness, and we need mercy for one another. We don’t need taunts and we don’t need ugliness. We have enough of that in the world.”
She continued, “I send out my love right now to the person, whoever it is, that came forward. May God heal that person. I send it to Matt, and his children and his wife- may God bless that family and heal. I’m sorry, Hoda, but in my long life, the only thing I’ve ever been sure of is that only God can heal it. And there’s no bad time to reach out for his help.”
Gifford also talked about what her advisor had told her during her difficult season of hurt after she found out about her husband’s affair. She said that the advisor told her, “Kathie, if you can’t forgive your husband, forgive your children’s father.”
Gifford concluded, “Same person. Same person, but that’s the one you love. That’s the one you believe in. We are all so broken. We need somebody to put us back together. And it’s possible, it’s so possible. I’m living proof of it. Didn’t mean to go to church, but that’s where we needed to go today.”
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