When Americans start their day with NBC Today & # 39; huithere are many things to expect.
Al Roker will help provide weather forecasts in your area of the country. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will probably have a sip of wine around 10 o'clock. Jill Martin could have some flights and offers too good to be ignored.
But exactly one year ago today, no one could have expected NBC 's morning show to begin broadcasting.
Alongside Hoda, Savannah Guthrie announced that Matt Lauer had been fired from NBC News after a female coworker accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
"As I'm sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still dealing with all this," she said. "And I'll tell you right now, we do not know more than what I just shared with you, but we'll cover this story as journalists as journalists, I'm sure we'll learn more details in the hours and days ahead, and we promise to share that with you. "
Over the last 12 months, Matt has done his best to stay quiet despite the public hearing that followed in the weeks following this alarming news. Instead of having an interview with a journalist or speaking on social media, the veteran of NBC News stuck to a statement.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused to others through words and actions, I am really sorry for the people I have In writing this, I realize the extent of the damage and deceive Part of what is said about me is false or misinterpreted, but there is enough truth in these stories to put me in the wrong position. embarrassment and shame, "said the former presenter in his statement. "I regret that the people I cherish deeply now share my shame, repairing the damage will take a lot of time and thought, and I am committed to starting this effort, which is now my full time job."
In Matt's first few weeks, he retired to Long Island, where he was seen leaving his estate and going to town to meet his lawyer.
His wife of almost 20 years Annette Roque remained silent as speculation about the state of their marriage reached an unprecedented peak. This certainly did not help when Matt's father-in-law addressed the Daily Mail and said that his daughter "will not stay" with the reporter.
"I do not have words for her husband" Henri Roque said the exit. "What he's doing is wrong, everyone feels betrayed, she's not going to stay with him and fix the problem, they're not together trying to fix the problem."
From now on, People reports that the couple is working to finalize the terms of their divorce while they continue to raise their three children.
Some reports suggest that Matt was largely exiled, but many Today & # 39; hui show that the co-facilitators admitted to continuing to communicate with their former colleague.
"This is one of those complex situations," Hoda had already shared with The Hollywood journalist. "I've known him since I worked at NBC [in 1998]. When I had breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helped and helped in a way that … you know, he was amazing that way. There is this Matt and then there is the Matt of which the accusers speak. And the voice of these accusers is important and this story is important. "
In fact, Matt contacted Hoda by SMS when she was named her successor as co-presenter of Today & # 39; hui.
"He is really focused on his family and I think that's where his heart lies and that he should be," Savannah told E! New. "We all stayed in touch and we all reached out and I think no one would be happier than Matt to see Hoda in this role, he loves Hoda and knows how good she is, I know that." sincere."
For those who wonder if Matt can and will make his comeback, reports surfaced this summer, according to which the vet of the morning show was hoping to return to the small screen.
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According to page six, Matt told Donohue's guests that he was "busy being a father, but do not worry, I'll be back on television."
And even if he did not walk on a red carpet, people have already spotted Matt at events on the east coast, including the Hampton Classic, a Paddle for Pink charity event and more.
As for Today & # 39; hui, Hoda and Savannah continue to co-animate the first two hours with the help of Craig Melvin. An NBC investigation also concluded that management was unaware of the charges brought by four women against Matt.
"We have found no evidence that NBC News or Today & # 39; hui Show leadership, HR News or other people in positions of responsibility in the News division have received complaints about Lauer's behavior in the workplace before November 27, 2017, "the report said.
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