Well, this is a bit awkward! Matt Lauer was fired from Today on Wednesday, Nov. 29 following sexual misconduct allegations, but so it turns out, he and Megyn Kelly weren't getting along before his termination.
When Matt appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to share his recipe for spaghetti carbonara, the veteran Today anchor was the perfect guest. He charmed Megyn's audience during the segment by jokingly asking if she could separate eggs and even high-fived her at the end. But, according to In Touch, Matt was just playing along. Off-camera, however, he hasn’t bothered to hide his displeasure.
Matt and Megyn on Megyn Kelly Today. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to sources, the 59-year-old has been poking fun at Megyn’s troubled talk show since the former Fox News anchor premiered on the 9 a.m. hour in September. And in late October, Matt was reportedly overheard saying, "I get it" after being told that some celebrities have been advised to not go on his colleague’s show. But when word of that latest diss got to NBC’s top brass, Matt was apparently called in for a meeting.
“He was told it was time to get on board with Megyn’s show or he could find another place to work,” an insider exclusively told In Touch. But Matt showed no remorse. “He said if someone overheard his comments, oh well," the insider revealed. Matt thought execs couldn't touch him. "There is no heir apparent to take over for him, or even someone being groomed for his position for down the road," the source added. Little did he know he'd be fired weeks later for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
Though Matt clashed with his bosses, the real source of his anger remained Megyn at the time. The two media powerhouses have butted heads since Megyn, 47, joined the network, and Matt feels it isn’t his fault. “He tried to welcome Megyn with open arms,” the insider confessed. “He genuinely tried to give her advice about how to succeed in morning television, but she wasn’t interested in hearing it. He’s had enough.” And he’s done trying to keep the peace. As In Touch previously reported, Matt and Megyn recently had an argument after she was excluded from the show’s coverage of the aftermath of the Sunday, Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting, and Today employees believed it was only a matter of time before one of them got the boot. We guess that someone was Matt...