There was great on-air shock among Matt Lauer’s “Today” co-hosts Savannah Guthrie, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — when Lauer was fired over allegations of sexual misconduct on Nov. 29, but a new report says the “heartbroken” co-hosts actually knew about the sexual allegations and Lauer for some time.
Guthrie told the “Today” audience on Nov. 29: “We just learned this moments ago, just this morning.”
However, Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh told CNN:
Our sources say it wasn’t even considered a secret. It was known by many employees at the “Today” Show, including some employees that have gone on television and said publicly we had no idea. Some of the other personalities, on-air personalities, were aware of these allegations.
According to our sources, the co-anchors were aware of some of these allegations. They’re having trouble reckoning what some of these anchors said in private conversations versus what was said on TV yesterday.
We believe there will be more evidence about ‘who knew what when’ that will come out in the reporting in the days to come.
Setoodeh also said several more victims have been interviewed by Variety.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)