It’s been 10 months since Matt Lauer was abruptly fired from Today, and now, his former co-host, Savannah Guthrie, is sharing whether or not the two keep in touch today. While she revealed she has not seen him since his last day on the show in late November 2017, she did reveal that they still talk over the phone.
When asked by People in the magazine’s newest issue, on newsstands now, if she’s seen the estranged journalist, she replied, “I haven’t. I always try to keep in touch on text. He’s really focused on his kids and his family. All of it has been an adjustment. Everybody knows how sad and sorry and shocked I was about everything that happened, and now I hope everyone knows how grateful I am to Hoda Kotb as a partner now.”
Matt suddenly left the show last fall following sexual harassment allegations — and Savannah was the one to reveal the heartbreaking news to all the show’s viewers the next morning. “This is a sad morning at NBC News… We just learned this moments ago. Just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this,” she said at the time. Weeks later, it was revealed that Hoda would be taking his seat alongside Savannah.
In a previous interview, Savannah shared her initial reaction to finding out Matt had been fired. “We were literally both woken up out of our beds with this information. We had no idea. We had to go on the air and say something with very little information. In fact, the information we said was [all] the information we knew, it wasn’t like we were holding back,” she shared of her and Hoda.
However, Hoda once admitted to how “complex” it’s been keeping in touch with Matt. “Yeah, we keep in touch with him. I mean look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC [in 1998]. When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that… you know, he was incredible in that way,” she told THR. “There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of. And those accusers’ voices matter and that story matters.” She then looked to Savannah and said, “It’s still tough though, right?” to which Savannah replied, “Yes.”
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