As if there was any chance the men of late-night were going to ignore the Matt Lauer scandal.
Savannah Guthrie announced Wednesday that her colleague had been fired from NBC News after an employee came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, which began during the 2014 Winter Olympics and continued afterward. "We are deeply saddened by this turn of events," NBC News chairman Andy Lack wrote in a staff e-mail earlier that morning, "but we will face it together as a news organization—and do it in as transparent a manner as we can." Since the initial complaint was filed, two more women have come forward with similar claims.
Jimmy Fallon opened NBC's The Tonight Show by mentioning the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. "Also getting lit tonight, the HR rep over at the Today show: 'Today has been rough. Keeping it pouring.' That's the big story today," he said. "NBC fired Matt Lauer from the Today show after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. So, if you're wondering, 'Where in the world is Matt Lauer?,' he's probably at a bar with Charlie Rose. That's our guess!"
After the Lauer news broke, Seth Meyers said he would not be addressing the scandal on NBC's Late Night. "Due to the tree lighting we taped tonight's show yesterday," the host tweeted, "so if you're wondering why any of today's news is conspicuously absent this evening—now you know!" Meyers will likely address Lauer's exit when he tapes a new episode for Thursday night.