Megyn Kelly is speaking out about the dismissal of her colleague, Matt Lauer, from NBC News.
NBC announced Wednesday morning that long-time “TODAY” host Matt Lauer, 59, had been dismissed from the company after a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. He was with NBC News for more than 20 years. Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie broke the news on-air alongside Hoda Kotb.
Megyn Kelly, who hosts the 9 a.m. slot on “TODAY,” addressed Lauer’s dismissal in an emotional segment.
“This one does hit close to home,” said Kelly. “I too have I’ve known Matt for a long time.”
Kelly joined NBC News earlier this year after leaving Fox News, which has also dealt with an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations against network executives and anchors.
Here’s what Kelly said Wednesday morning on “TODAY:”
[Matt Lauer] has been a friend and kind and supportive of me in my transition to NBC News, and 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. We don’t see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment, or the intense stress is causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning, and hoping they are OK. The days to come will not be easy.
We are in the middle of a sea-change in this country. An empowerment revolution in which women who for years felt that they had no choice but to simply deal with being harassed at work are now starting to picture another reality, to feel that change is within their grasp. As painful as this moment is for so many here at NBC today, at CBS earlier this month, at Fox News this past year, in Hollywood this fall, it is a sign of progress, of women finding their voices, their courage, and of the erosion of a shameful power imbalance that has been in place for far too long.
A final note, I have been at another new channel where this happened, as you know. And my experience is a news organization is bigger than any one person. They all face challenges. They all stumble. But the good ones stay standing and forge forward fulfilling their core mission: journalism.
We’ll continue to stay on this story and bring you more as we know it. Until then, on with the news.