Long before Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie co-hosted Today, Guthrie sat next to Matt Lauer to cover the morning news. According to Decider, Lauer and Guthrie co-hosted the popular morning show from 2012 (when Guthrie joined the team) until 2017, when Lauer’s scandal rocked the country. Before hosting with Guthrie, Katie Couric and Lauer served as co-hosts for nine years.
In 2017, NBC pulled Lauer after a co-worker reported him for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andrew Lack detailing the allegations and the network’s conclusion to fire the star. “We have decided to terminate his employment. While this is the first complaint about his behavior in over twenty years that he has been with NBC News, we have also been given reason to believe that this may not have been an isolated case,” the statement read. Lack also noted that he was “sad” by the events and also assured that the network always strives to provide a safe place for its employees.
Not long after the allegations were made public, Lauer apologized for his actions in a statement (via CNN), writing, “There are no words to express my sadness and regret for the pain I have caused others through words and actions.” The star also apologized “to the people,” including colleagues at NBC. So where does he stand with Guthrie after all this?
Savannah Guthrie wants nothing to do with Matt Lauer
Since the sexual assault allegations against Matt Lauer came to light, Savannah Guthrie has wanted nothing to do with her former co-host. According to Us Weekly, the former friends and co-workers didn’t end things well, and Lauer feels Guthrie betrayed her the most. Why? At the time, Guthrie called the sexual assault allegations “shocking and appalling” live on Today. But things go much deeper. According to an insider, Guthrie has no interest in being nice to Lauer.
“She refused then and still does to this day to listen to what Matt has to say. From the second the story broke, he feels like Savannah jumped at the opportunity to bury him,” the source explained. “In Matt’s eyes, it’s treason.” The same insider added that “now no one can speak to mutual friends without mentioning each other’s names” (and we suspect if they mention each other’s names, it’s not to shower each other with praise). The insider added that things “have gotten pretty bad.”
But after all the drama in 2017, Lauer is reportedly ready for a comeback. A source close to the disgraced star told Us Weekly in July that he’s “still clamoring for a comeback” and is “no longer ashamed” of the scandal that rocked his career. It’ll be interesting to see where things go, but there’s one person who probably won’t be cheering for him – Guthrie.
Is Savannah Guthrie out with her current co-host Hoda Kotb?
While Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer are no longer friends (and likely never will be), Guthrie now has a whole new wave of drama to contend with. While she and current co-host Hoda Kotb initially seemed like best friends, a lot of news circulated about the famous couple’s falling out. In 2018, NBC named Kotb to co-host with Guthrie (via NPR), making them a powerful female duo. Initially, the two regularly praised each other on social media and on the show, but maybe the honeymoon phase is over? According to The US Sun, the two ladies have reportedly been at odds for quite some time. A source told the outlet that the two women “can’t stand each other” off-camera. Ouch! Some fans have also noticed the tension between Kotb and Guthrie on air, and many have embraced it social media to share their thoughts.
But rumors can only be, well… rumours. In August, a source close to Guthrie and Kotb denied any feuding between the two. “It’s unfortunate to see and hear rumors that aren’t based on reality,” the insider told Good Housekeeping. “However, it is not disruptive because we have the truth on our side. Savannah and Hoda paved a path by supporting each other and other women.” Hopefully that’s the case, because we don’t think our hearts could take another shake on Today — at least not any time soon.