Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb have been visibly shaken by a brand new rape allegation made towards their former Immediately present colleague Matt Lauer.
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“I really feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a second. You already know, that is stunning and appalling and I truthfully don’t even know what to say about it,” Guthrie, 47, stated through the NBC morning present’s broadcast on Wednesday, October 9, as her voice broke. “I do know it wasn’t simple for our colleague Brooke [Nevils] to return ahead then, it’s not simple now, and we help her and any girls who’ve come ahead with claims. It’s simply very painful for all of us at NBC and on the Immediately present. It’s very, very, very tough.”
Kotb, 55, then revealed that she and Guthrie “did a bit of prayer upstairs” earlier than going reside within the studio.
“You are feeling such as you’ve recognized somebody for 12 years … after which hastily, a door opens up and it’s part of them you didn’t know,” Kotb continued. “We don’t know all of the information in all of this, however they’re not allegations of an affair; they’re allegations of against the law. I feel that’s stunning to all of us right here who’ve sat with Matt for a lot of, a few years. So, I feel we’re gonna simply proceed to course of this a part of this horrific story. And, as [Savannah] stated, our ideas are with Brooke. It’s not simple what she did to return ahead.”
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Guthrie added, “I feel I communicate for all of us: We’re disturbed to our core. And we now have a dedication to maintain you knowledgeable and we’ll proceed to try this.”
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The coanchors’ response got here hours after Nevils, the previous NBC Information worker whose grievance about Lauer led to his firing in 2017, got here ahead with the total particulars of her claims for the primary time.
Nevils alleged in investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s upcoming e-book, Catch and Kill, that Lauer, 61, anally raped her in his lodge room through the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“It was nonconsensual within the sense that I used to be too drunk to consent,” she claimed within the e-book, per Selection. “It was nonconsensual in that I stated, a number of instances, that I didn’t need to have anal intercourse.”
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Nevils stated she later advised NBC’s Meredith Vieira what had allegedly occurred, and Vieira, 65, urged her to go to human sources with a lawyer, which she did.
Guthrie and Kotb introduced the information of Lauer’s firing on air in November 2017, revealing on the time that an unnamed “colleague” made “an in depth grievance … about inappropriate sexual conduct within the office.” A number of girls subsequently got here ahead with allegations of misconduct towards Lauer.
The veteran journalist apologized for his conduct in a press release on the time, though he claimed that “some of what’s being stated about me is unfaithful or mischaracterized.” Nevertheless, he admitted that there was “sufficient fact in these tales to make me really feel embarrassed and ashamed.”
Lauer and his spouse of practically 21 years, Annette Roque, with whom he shares kids Jack, 18, Romy, 16, and Thijs, 12, separated within the wake of the scandal. They finalized their divorce in September.
Us Weekly has reached out to Lauer’s supervisor for remark.
Catch and Kill hits bookstores Tuesday, October 15.