Matt Lauer is fired over alleged sexual misconduct
NBC fired Lauer shortly before its Nov. 29, 2017, show after investigating a complaint for alleged "inappropriate sexual behavior." Lauer had been a Today anchor for 20 years, replacing Bryant Gumbel in January 1997. "This is a very tough morning for both of us. I've known Matt for 15 years as a friend and as a colleague," Hoda Kotb, who co-anchored in Lauer's place alongside Savannah Guthrie, said on air. "It's hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know who walks in this building every day."