‘Today Show’ anchor Savannah Guthrie held back tears Wednesday morning as she delivered the newscast’s top story, with no signs of co-anchor Matt Lauer by her side.
Reading a statement from NBC news chairman Andy Lack, Guthrie shared the news of Lauer’s termination after 10 years as the show’s anchor.
According to NBC, the misconduct began when Lauer and a network employee were stationed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and continued from there.
Lauer’s accuser has told reporters she isn’t ready to come forward publicly.
Lauer is the second TV morning host fired in a week over sexual misconduct allegations.
CBS News terminated morning host Charlie Rose last Tuesday, after several women colleagues accused Rose of sexual harassment. This in the latest string of sexual misconduct allegations made against public figures in media and politics.
On November 16th, Filipina American broadcaster Leeann Tweeden made headlines after accusing Democratic Minnesota Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment during a USO tour in 2006, when Franken was still a comedian.
“Nothing about it is ever funny. Is it funny if he does that to your sister, to your daughter or to your wife?” Tweeden said.
Franken has since apologized for the claims, but said he has no plans of resigning.
Meanwhile, Congressman John Conyers announced Sunday that he is stepping down as ranking Democratic lawmaker from the US judiciary committee, as lawmakers investigate allegations of sexual harassment against him.