It’s been a tough day for Savannah Guthrie.
Not only did the Today co-anchor learn of her colleague Matt Lauer‘s firing just moments before going on the air, but she was also tasked with reporting the sexual misconduct allegation that lead to the termination. Visibly distraught and appearing to hold back tears, the journalist announced her former co-worker’s departure during Wednesday morning’s broadcast.
“All we can say is that we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt — he is my dear, dear friend and my partner,” she comment after reading a memo sent by NBC News chairman Andrew Lack, which revealed the company had “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” against Matt.
The statement said the accusation against the longtime host “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards” and that the network was “also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
“I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell,” Savannah added. “We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks. How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly? And I don’t know the answer to that.”
She was later seen sharing an emotional hug with Hoda Kotb, who jumped into the program last minute as a substitute anchor.
“This is a very tough morning for both of us,” Hoda said during the broadcast. “I’ve known Matt for 15 years, and I’ve loved him as a friend and as a colleague, and again just like you were saying Savannah, it’s hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know. Who walks in this building every single day.”
According to Page Six, Matt allegedly sexually harassed a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. A source claimed the alleged victim “didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night.”