Shortly before Today's Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb went on the air Wednesday, NBC News chairman Andy Lack dropped a bomb: Matt Lauer had been terminated amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Guthrie broke the news at the top of the 7 o'clock hour, reading Lack's memo to staff members and promising to cover the story with full transparency, no matter how difficult it was for her to accept. Lauer issued an apology Thursday, which was read in several times on Today. Kotb read it again at the top of the fourth hour, where Jenna Bush Hager, who had just ended a national book tour, was filling in for Kotb's regular co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford.
At times, it appeared as if Bush Hager was on the verge of tears.
"It was hard watching you all yesterday. When I started here, I remember someone saying, 'NBC, the Today show, is a family.' And that feels cliché. That feels like something people just say. But that's true," Bush Hager said. "So, when something rocks your family, it rocks all of us."