According to Variety, the show originally focused on the competitive world of morning TV but changed direction after Matt Lauer was fired from Today in 2017. Still, Aniston insisted Carell's character "is not based on him at all."
"The show got picked up. We sold it to Apple with an outline. Then, about four months later, the whole s--t hit the fan and, basically, we had to start from scratch," she told Variety for its "Power of Women" issue when asked about producing the program before the national #MeToo movement.
However, Lauer wasn't the only one to make headlines that year. Just two months before Lauer's firing, The New York Times published an exposé detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein. The film producer has since faced more misconduct allegations and has been accused of rape. He has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.