As new allegations arise about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct during his time as anchor on the Today Show, his colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are forced to report on the story and speak on the new findings.
Details of an interview, which journalist Ronan Farrow conducted with Brooke Nevils—the woman who’s claim of sexual misconduct led to Matt’s firing— for his upcoming book Catch and Kill were obtained by Variety.
In the book, Nevils’ alleges that Matt raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Upon hearing the news of the interview, Today show anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb spoke on the topic.
“I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” Savannah said choking back tears, during the Today show broadcast. “You know, this is shocking and appalling, and I honestly don’t even know what to say about it. I want to say that we—I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke [Nevils] to come forward then. It’s not easy now. And we support her and any women who come forward with claims. It’s just very painful for all of us at NBC and who are at the Today show. It’s very, very, very difficult.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 9, 2019
Hoda then began to speak, revealing that they did not know this part of the story and are shocked to hear the new reports.
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“I’m looking at you, and I’m having a weird moment that we were sitting here just like this two years ago, and truth be told, Savannah and I did a little prayer upstairs just before just to sort of sort out what we were going to do,” Hoda said. “I think it’s like you feel like you’ve known someone for 12 years, and I don’t know if you guys have ever felt like that— You know someone, you know them, you feel like you know them inside and out. And then, all of a sudden, like, a door opens up, and it’s a part of them you didn’t know. And we don’t know all the facts in all of this, but they’re not allegations of an affair. They’re allegations of a crime. I think that’s shocking to all of us here who’ve sat with Matt for many, many years. So, I think we’re going to just sort of continue to process this part of this horrific story. And, as you said, you know, our thoughts are with Brooke. It’s not easy what she did to come forward. It’s not easy at all.”
Savannah went on to say, “I think I speak for all of us, we’re disturbed to our core. And we have a commitment to keep you informed and we will continue to do that.”
Nevils remained anonymous when the original allegations were brought to light, but has decided to reveal her identity going forward. According to reports, Nevils shares that she eventually told Meredith Viera what had happened, years later in 2017. Meredith’s prompting to go to the NBC HR department with a lawyer resulted in Nevils doing so and Matt Lauer being fired for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
While Matt did not respond to the latest findings, he did release a statement in April 2018 saying, “I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions, on my part, are absolutely false.”
Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill will be available on October 15.