Here’s How the Today Show Handled Matt Lauer’s Firing

By Chris Ariens 

NBC’s Today show, where Matt Lauer spent the last 20 years as co-anchor, led with the news that Lauer had been fired overnight.

In a note to staffers just before the show came on the air, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said the news organization would handle the dismissal “in as transparent a manner as we can.”

Here’s how Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reported the news:


Other TV networks quickly jumped on the news. Maria Bartiromo reported it on FBN even before the Today show at 6:57 a.m.. Bloomberg’s David Westin reported the news at 7:01 a.m. “We just flipped on the Today show and Matt Lauer was canned. This was shocking to me,” said the crew of Comcast Sports Net’s Mid-Atlantic morning show.

A TVEyes search shows CBS This Morning reported the story at 7:06, ABC’s Good Morning America and Morning Joe reported the story at 7:09, HLN at 7:10, Fox News at 7:11, CNN at 7:14, CNBC at 7:17 and C-SPAN at 7:18.