On Wednesday morning, NBC announced that Matt Lauer, host of the "Today" show, had been fired after the network received a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Lauer’s fall from his broadcast throne comes in the wake of multiple reports of and firings for sexual harassment and assault, including CBS anchor Charlie Rose, political journalist Mark Halperin, comedian Louis CK and film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Lauer had been a figure at NBC for 20 years. While some people reacted to the news of his behavior with surprise, plenty of others alluded that this isn’t out of left field. Here are some reactions from celebrities, fellow journalists and others.
Comedian Kathy Griffin said on Twitter that, “Matt Lauer has been on my list for a while. It’s really too bad more Americans don’t come to my shows. I pretty much recite the list in every show. Haha. I told you, my memory is long, my friends. I’ve been around a long time…”
Megyn Kelly, who joined NBC’s “Today” earlier this year, addressed the news during her hour of the morning show, starting off by saying, “This one does hit close to home.”
Kelly said that she’s known Lauer for a long time as a friend and a supportive arm as she’s joined “Today.” But Kelly is also someone who has talked about sexual harassment in the past and complained to her former employer Fox News about Bill O'Reilly's inappropriate behavior, and in speaking about Lauer, she quickly focused on his alleged victims.
“I see the anguish on my colleagues’ faces. But when this happens, what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward, and it is a terrifying thing to do,” she said. “We don't see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment or the intense stress it causes a women dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning and hoping they are okay. The days to come will not be easy.”
Some people reacted to the news by highlighting moments in Lauer’s past they saw as inappropriate, like New York Times writer Amanda Hess.
“Remember when Matt Lauer grilled Anne Hathaway about a paparazzi’s exploitative upskirt photo of her, said ‘seen a lot of you lately,’” then asked if she’d learned her lesson?” Hess tweeted, linking to a story featuring that clip.
Plenty of people also reacted to Lauer’s firing with former “Today” show host Ann Curry in mind. Lauer reportedly played a hand in getting Curry ousted from the show, and some saw his firing as karma.
Cut to Ann Curry giggling gleefully while searching for just the right GIF to subtweet...— jelani cobb (@jelani9) November 29, 2017
Somewhere Ann Curry and ALL the other women who left their jobs and/or the industry because of what "men" like Matt Lauer, Thrush, Rose, Weinstein, Conyers, Trump did to them - and I'm sure we're just beginning to hit the tip of the huge iceberg.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 29, 2017
Reporter Geraldo Rivera added his two-cents, saying he was sad about the news and calling the media industry "a flirty business."
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
And President Donald Trump weighed in as well, tweeting, “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
That tweet spurred its own responses, with people pointing to allegations in Trump’s own past and his support of embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore.
As Trump drags Matt LAUER this morning on Twitter, let’s not forget the ACCESS HOLLYWOOD tape where TRUMP admits to sexual assault... “grab them by the...”— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) November 29, 2017
Matt Lauer lost his job.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) November 29, 2017
Charlie Rose lost his job.
Mark Halperin lost his job.
Glenn Thrush lost his job.
Billy Bush lost his job.
Harvey Weinstein lost his job.
Kevin Spacey lost his job.
But in politics...
Conyers still in Congress.
Moore still running.
Trump still President.