Most people probably know by now that longtime anchor Matt Lauer was fired from his job at the "Today" show on Tuesday night. His co-workers found out about it just moments before they went on the air at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Anchor Savannah Guthrie was emotional as she reported the news to viewers as she sat beside Hoda Kotb who was filling in. Since the announcement, Celebrities, comedians, other journalists, and loyal viewers have reacted in different ways.

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Through their sadness, the NBC family has been open with their emotions and have kept their promise to report the news as it develops.

NBC News chairman Andy Lack submitted an official statement on Wednesday to let viewers know that the anchor had been fired and the reason for it. He later sent a less formal memo to his staffers. In that memo, he called the former employee's behavior "appalling."

Co-workers at the morning shows including Guthrie, Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Megyn Kelly said that they are saddened by the allegations and they are having a hard time processing the news. Gifford said she texted Lauer and told him she adores him and forgives him.

Natalie Morales worked with Lauer for 16 years before moving to be the NBC West Coast anchor on "Access Hollywood." In her reporting, she focused more on the woman involved than on her former colleague.

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Geraldo Rivera tweeted his support for Lauer on Wednesday.

Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" said she felt like she was having a déjà vu experience. She was referring to the abrupt firing of her co-anchor Charlie Rose just a week ago. ABC journalists were shocked and sympathetic over the dismissal of Lauer.

Talk show hosts

No matter what the planned agenda was for daytime talk shows on Wednesday, Matt Lauer was the hot topic.

Some of the hosts spoke about it being karma because they still believe Lauer had something to do with the firing of Ann Curry in 2012. Some say they know Curry is glad, but it was reported that Curry is not gloating over Lauer's downfall.

Host Wendy Williams said she doesn't feel bad at all about Lauer losing his job. She went so far as to say that his three teenagers would have to hear a lot about their father at the bus stop that morning.


Matt Lauer did not get a pass from comedians. They did what comedians do. They did not make jokes about the victims in this situation, but they did take a shot at Lauer. Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Howard Stern, and Seth Meyers had something to say about Lauer's termination.

Celebrities and others

Many people on social media are describing Lauer as "disgraced." Speaking of social media, Lauer has deactivated all of his accounts. Nancy Alspaugh was married to him from 1981 to 1988. She said she is shocked by the allegations, but she is supporting him 100 percent. She said she can't believe her ex-husband did anything so out of character that it would cause him to lose his job that he was so good at doing.

What are your thoughts on the recent firing of Matt Lauer?