Two months after Matt Lauer was abruptly fired from the Today show following sexual misconduct allegations, new details have emerged about his final day on the morning news program. A source recently told Page Six that the 60-year-old anchor had “no idea” his Tuesday, Nov. 28 Today broadcast would be his last.
“He was acting his usual cocky, confident self,” an insider confessed. “He had no idea that this would turn out to be his last day on the show.” Hours later, an NBC employee met with a human resources team at Rockefeller Center around 6 p.m. to reveal “irrefutable evidence” regarding Matt’s professional indiscretions. “She told them she had a sexual relationship with Matt during the Sochi Olympics in 2014, and it continued when they returned to New York,” an insider said. “She was a very junior staff member at the time so there was a clear issue of balance of power.”
Savannah, Matt, and Hoda on Today. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to Page Six, NBC staffers had no idea what was going on with Matt behind the scenes at Today. “Nobody knew what Matt was doing with the interns and junior producers. It was appalling,” a source revealed. Following the employee’s admission, NBC execs swiftly fired Matt overnight. They reportedly notified Matt’s co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb of his departure around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 when the women were on their way to work. “They were shocked, there were tears, but they had time to work on their opening remarks [to the TV audience] about Matt,” a colleague said.
NBC had reportedly heard rumblings of sexual allegations against Matt several days before his firing. “He was already being investigated by Variety magazine, but at that point, nobody knew what they had got on him. The New York Times was calling around, saying they were doing a piece on the culture of the Today show, and The Enquirer was asking about settlements paid to female staff members who had affairs with Matt,” a source revealed.
During that time, NBC President Noah Oppenheimer and Chairman Andy Lack reportedly approached Matt “several times” to ask about the rumors. When asked if there was anything they should “know about,” Matt reportedly replied, “I am racking my brains, but I can’t think of anything.” An insider said, “Genuinely, nobody at NBC News had any idea at this stage that he was preying on younger staffers at Today.” However, Matt was allegedly overheard saying, “This is going to be my last parade,” while working the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade broadcast with Savannah on Thursday, Nov. 23, just days before he was let go.
After his first accuser came forward, Matt was reportedly pulled into an emergency meeting with NBC execs. “Matt was at first unapologetic, defending himself. He claimed he’d had three consensual affairs in the 25 years at Today,” an insider said. But when the evidence against him was presented, “He became quiet and didn’t argue. He accepted that it didn’t look good.”
Matt on Today. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to a source close to Matt, the disgraced star now “goes between sadness and acceptance of his fate, to disbelief how it all happened so quickly and how the situation was so out of his control.” The insider continued, “Matt is still feeling a lot of shame. But he is angry because he certainly wasn’t the only person in TV doing this, but he has taken the fall.” After his firing, Matt allegedly told a friend, “The world is a dark place.”
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