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  • On Friday, Savannah Guthrie posted a video on Instagram of the entire Today show cast celebrating the holiday season.
  • The clip, featuring Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and more, prompted a flood of comments from Savannah’s fans.
  • Savannah has been absent from the Today show following her retinal detachment surgery on Wednesday.

If there’s one takeaway from Savannah Guthrie’s recent Instagram post, it’s that the Today show team is really feeling the holiday spirit!

To celebrate and wish viewers a wonderful holiday season, the NBC morning show co-host shared a festive promotional video featuring Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Craig Melvin, and the rest of the Today crew on her Instagram page. In it, the cast looks downright adorable as they toss around presents, hug each other, and enjoy the faux snow falling around them. Savannah’s post also included two behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the clip.

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In the spirit!!!

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After watching the video, Savannah’s followers instantly took to the comment section to share their thoughts — in short, there was a lot of love. “You are my people 👏🏻👏🏻,” one fan wrote. “Love it ♥️ You Guys Rock!!!♥️,” another said. Plenty more fans passed along “get well” wishes to Savannah.

As Today viewers know, Savannah has been absent from the show recently after undergoing retinal detachment surgery for her right eye on Wednesday. Savannah’s doctors deemed the procedure necessary following the co-anchor’s injury back in November.

According to Savannah, she was playing with her 3-year-old son Charley when he unintentionally hit her eye with the sharp part of a toy train. Doctors originally tried to give Savannah laser eye treatments to avoid surgery. But after five tries, she ended up needing the surgery in the end.

On Wednesday, Savannah shared on Instagram that she was “home resting” and feeling “very grateful” to her doctors, friends, and husband, Michael Feldman.

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A week ago I was worried about having to have surgery and got this text from my mom. It was two days before Charley’s bday. Mom perspectives are the best perspectives. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and good wishes. Things are looking up! I mean I’m not (looking up), but things are ❤️❤️❤️. Hope to SEE everybody soon!!

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At the moment, it’s unclear when Savannah will return to the program, but she did reveal on Friday that “things are looking up” and she hopes “to SEE everybody soon!!” According to what Dr. Annie Negrin, a board-certified ophthalmologist, said on the Today show, it’s possible that the recovery process may require Savannah to be face down at all times for up to three weeks. Mayo Clinic also notes that it can take “several months” for vision to improve following this type of surgery and that another procedure may be necessary (it’s unclear whether this is the case for Savannah, though).

Despite Savannah’s injury, it’s good to see her looking so cheery in the holiday video. If we had to guess, the support of her Today family is probably helping speed along her recovery. Feel better, SG!

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Craig Melvin, who recently stepped down as co-anchor of Saturday Today, is moving to the weekday side of NBC News’ morning show as news anchor. His new Today role was announced Tuesday morning by co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

Melvin had been a busy guy. In addition to co-hosting the Saturday edition of Today, he had been a correspondent and fill-in anchor on the weekday edition. He anchors MSNBC Live at 1 PM ET weekdays for the cable news network.

Dreams come true. So excited to join the @TODAYshow family.

— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) September 4, 2018

Melvin announced August 25 on Saturday Today that it would be his last show; he co-anchored with Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones after more than three years. “For the better part of the past year, I have been pulling triple duty here at NBC News,” Melvin said at the time. “It’s a lot for anyone, even someone who loves what he does as much as I do.” He did not say at the time he was heading to the mothership.

He is expected to keep his MSNBC duties.

Matt Lauer: Ex-‘Today’ host denies new rape allegation; accuser tweets thanks for support


Matt Lauer broke his silence Wednesday after new details of a rape allegation emerged against the former “Today” show anchor.

Variety reported late Tuesday that Ronan Farrow’s Oct. 15 book “Catch and Kill” reveals a new allegation from Brooke Nevils, the previously unnamed former NBC News employee whose initial complaint led to Lauer getting fired from “Today” in November 2017. Variety reports that the book includes a claim he raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In a lengthy letter provided by his lawyer to Variety, Lauer denied the allegations and painted the picture of an accusation full of contradictions. He said he has shied away until now from speaking out on the “false and salacious allegations” against him to protect his children.

“I have never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period,” Lauer wrote. “My silence has been a mistake. Old stories are being recycled, titillating details are being added, and a dangerous and defamatory new allegation is being made. All are being spread as part of a promotional effort to sell a book. It’s outrageous. So, after not speaking out to protect my children, it is now with their full support I say ‘enough.'”

Lauer denied Nevils’ allegations as “categorically false.” He corroborated Variety’s report on Farrow’s book that the two had a “sexual encounter” at the 2014 Sochi Olympics but maintained their relationship was “extramarital, but consensual.” He said that night at the Olympics began a months-long affair based on mutual consent and included a sexual encounter in his dressing room at the “Today” show.

“The story Brooke tells is filled with false details intended only to create the impression this was an abusive encounter,” Lauer wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing aggressive about that encounter. Brooke did not do or say anything to object. She certainly did not cry. She was a fully enthusiastic and willing partner. At no time did she behave in a way that made it appear she was incapable of consent.”

Lauer said he later “ended the affair poorly” and “simply stopped communicating” with Nevils. He said he first learned of any complaint from her from an NBC attorney on the day before “Today” show anchors revealed he had been fired.

“I answered all questions openly and honestly for more than an hour,” Lauer wrote. “At that meeting I was never told that Brooke claimed our encounter in Sochi was non-consensual. Had I been, I would have defended myself immediately.”

At several points in the letter, he slammed Nevils for going public as a “promotional effort to sell a book.”

“She said she wanted to remain anonymous, yet she was reportedly trying to sell a book within year after filing her complaint,” he wrote. “She said she just wanted NBC to ‘do the right thing,’ yet she sought a monetary payment, and two years after I was fired, she is stepping forward to do more damage.

USA TODAY has reached out to to Nevils’ lawyer and Lauer’s representative for further comment.

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Nevils stepped forward with a tweet Wednesday. “I want to thank the many survivors who shared their stories with me today and offered their support. It takes courage, and I am truly grateful,” she wrote.

In a somber segment Wednesday morning on the “Today” show, co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb addressed the new allegations against Lauer, expressing to viewers that NBC staff members are “disturbed to our core” and working to process the latest revelations.

“I feel like we owe it to our viewers to pause for a moment,” Guthrie said, noticeably emotional. “This is shocking and appalling. I honestly don’t even know what to say about it. I want to say I know it wasn’t easy for our colleague Brooke to come forward then, it’s not easy now and we support her and any women who have come forward with claims. And it’s just very painful for all of us at NBC and who are at the ‘Today’ show. It’s very, very, very difficult.”

Former “Today” journalist Ann Curry tweeted her support of Nevils Wednesday afternoon, saying she is “is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent. I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.”

Brooke Nevils is a credible young woman of good character. She came to NBC News an eager and guileless 20-something, brimming with talent.
I believe she is telling the truth. And that breaks my heart.

— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) October 9, 2019

Guthrie announced at the top of “Today” on Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer, an NBC morning anchor since 1997, had been fired over sexual harassment allegations. On Wednesday, co-host Hoda Kotb, who has since permanently replaced Lauer, noticed striking similarities between their latest broadcast and the one they faced nearly two years ago.

“I’m looking at you and having a weird moment: We were sitting here just like this two years ago,” she told Guthrie. “Truth be told, Savannah and I did a little prayer upstairs before, just to sort of sort out what we were going to do. I think you feel like you’ve known someone for 12 years. I don’t know if you guys have ever felt like that. You know someone, you feel like you know them inside and out, and then all of a sudden a door opens up and it’s a part of them you didn’t know.”

Kotb continued: “We don’t know all the facts on all of this, but there are not allegations of an affair, there are allegations of a crime. I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years. So I think we’re going to just sort of continue to process this part of this horrific story and as you said, our thoughts are with Brooke. It’s not easy what she did, to come forward. It’s not easy at all.”

A representative for NBC referred USA TODAY to the statement provided to “Today” on behalf of NBC News: “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.”

NBC News chairman Andy Lack added: “Our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected. We are absolutely committed to making this a reality – there can be no exception.”

In an internal memo to employees, Lack pushed back against claims that NBC News had any knowledge of Lauer’s inappropriate behavior before his termination.

“The first moment we learned of it was the night of November 27, 2017, and he was fired in 24 hours,” Lack said in the memo, obtained by USA TODAY. “Any suggestion that we knew prior to that evening or tried to cover up any aspect of Lauer’s conduct is absolutely false and offensive.”

He continued: “Following Lauer’s firing, NBCU’s legal team did an exhaustive investigation of available records and conducted dozens of interviews of past and present staff. They uncovered no claims or settlements associated with allegations of inappropriate conduct by Lauer before he was fired. Only following his termination did NBCU reach agreements with two women who had come forward for the very first time.”

Overnight, troubling new allegations about former TODAY anchor Matt Lauer were revealed from journalist Ronan Farrow’s soon-to-be-released book “Catch and Kill.” @MorganRadford reports the details.

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 9, 2019

A representative for Farrow responded to Lack’s claim to The Hollywood Reporter: “The claims by NBC’s senior management about Ronan Farrow’s reporting are simply not true, as his book will methodically demonstrate. In fact, relevant sections of the book confirm not only how many women were named, but also how much proof Ronan had gathered. Importantly, it documents the lengths to which NBC executives went to thwart the reporting efforts of Ronan and his producer Rich McHugh and why they did so.”

Allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women for years came to light in late 2017, ushering in a cataclysmic career downfall for him and many more. See the following cultural power players who have been accused of improper behavior. John Carucci, AP NBC fired Matt Lauer, longtime anchor of the Today show, on Nov. 28, 2017 following allegations of sexual misconduct with a colleage. Nearly two years later the accuser, Brooke Nevils, came forward in investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill,” claiming Lauer raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Lauer denied the allegations in a lengthy open letter in Variety. Zach Pagano, NBC Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted in April 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. He’s been accused of sexual assault or misconduct by dozens of other women and is currently serving a three- to 10-year prison term. Matt Rourke/ AP Singer R. Kelly is currently in jail pending trial and has been accused of multiple sex crimes, including sexual abuse of underage girls, sex-trafficking, racketeering, production and possession of child pornography, obstruction of justice, and transportation of women and girls across state lines for the purposes of illegal sexual activity. He has denied the allegations. FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images Opera star Placido Domingo withdrew in late 2019 from several scheduled U.S. performances and resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera amid allegations of sexual harassment. The Associated Press reported multiple allegations of harassment and a variety of misconduct alleged by singers, a dancer and backstage opera employees over a period that spanned decades. Leslie Kossoff, AP Cuba Gooding Jr. faces a misdemeanor groping charge stemming from a New York City bar encounter in June 2019. The actor was accused of grabbing and squeezing the breast of an unnamed 29-year-old woman who sat down next to him and his girlfriend in the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge in Manhattan. Jefferson Siegel, pool photo Danny Masterson was ousted from Netflix’s “The Ranch” in December 2017 amid sexual assault allegations. A lawsuit was filed in August 2019 by four women accusing the actor of raping or sexually assaulting them. Masterson said in a statement shared with USA TODAY at the time that the lawsuit “is beyond ridiculous.” Annie I. Bang, Annie I. Bang/Invision/AP In 2018, two women accused astrophysicist and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson of inappropriate sexual behavior. Tyson denied the allegations at the time, and after investigations concluded, the astrophysicist was able to keep his job at the New York’s American Museum of Natural History. CRAIG BARRITT/GETTY IMAGES FOR ONWARD18 Aziz Ansari was accused in an online essay on in 2018 by an woman identified by a pseudonym of undressing her and pressuring her into oral sex at his apartment after a date. Ansari addressed the allegation at the top of his July 2019 Netflix special, explaining to the audience that he has thought a great deal about the incident and has tried to learn and improve: “After a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward. It moved things forward for me, made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person.” Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Jeffrey Tambor was fired in February 2018 from his leading role as a trans woman on the show “Transparent” following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations. He was first accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior by his former assistant, a transgender woman named Van Barnes. Tambor rejected the claims as “baseless.” In a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Transparent” star Trace Lysette also accused Tambor of sexual misconduct. John Lamparski, WireImage Ed Westwick, known for his role on Gossip Girl, was accused of sexual misconduct by two women. Actress Kristina Cohen accused Westwick in a Facebook post Nov. 6, 2017, of raping her at his house and filed a police report on Nov. 7, 2017. Westwick denied the allegations, tweeting on the same day, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.” Rachel Eck accused him of groping her and unwanted advances in a Buzzfeed report on Nov. 14, 2017. Prosecutors declined to file charges against Westwick in 2018. Jeff Spicer, Getty Images French film director Luc Besson was accused of rape by an unnamed 27-year-old woman who alleges Besson put something in her tea that left her unconscious, according to a report from The Associated Press on May 19, 2018. She accuses him of touching and penetrating her without her consent at the Hôtel Bristol in Paris. Authorities are investigating the complaint. Besson has denied the allegations. Andy Wong, AP Junot Díaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was accused of accused of sexual harassment and bullying by female authors including Zinzi Clemmons, Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne on Twitter on May 4, 2018. Clemmons tweeted that when she was a graduate student, she invited Díaz to speak to a workshop, claiming Díaz used it as an opportunity “to corner and forcibly kiss me.” Tsar Fedorsky/AP Morgan Freeman, an Oscar-winning actor was accused of sexual harassment, unwanted touching and other inappropriate behavior by eight people, according to a CNN investigation published May 24, 2018. The report details an alleged pattern of making unwanted advances on women while he was on movie sets and at other events. Freeman denied the accusations. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Nev Schulman, the co-host of MTV’s “Catfish” was accused of sexual misconduct by show alum Ayissha Morgan, who alleged in a video posted to YouTube on May 12, 2018, that Schulman made several inappropriate sexual comments to her. MTV suspended the show in order to conduct an investigation, according to an emailed statement from the network to USA TODAY on May 17. Schulman denied the allegations. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Boyd Tinsley, Dave Matthews Band’s former violinist, was accused of sexual misconduct by James Frost-Winn, a Seattle-based trumpet player who worked for Tinsley as a member of the band Crystal Garden from about 2015 through 2016, according to a report from online entertainment magazine “Consequence of Sound” on May 17, 2018. Frost-Winn is seeking $9 million in damages against Tinsley, claiming he created a “hostile work environment” by making unwanted advancements and sending explicit texts. DMB denied previously knowing about the allegations. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Safilo Ben Affleck issued an apology on Oct. 11, a day after Hilarie Burton said he groped her during a 2003 appearance on ‘Total Request Live.’ Affleck tweeted, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys says he’s shocked and saddened by accusations from a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago. Melissa Schuman, of the girl group Dream, wrote in a blog post Carter that forced her to engage in a sexual act against her will. Amy Harris, Invision/AP After years of denying what he called rumors, Louis C.K. finally admitted that he exposed himself, masturbated and masturbated in front of women on multiple occasions. Rich Fury, Getty Images Actor and comedian Andy Dick has been fired from his role in the film ‘Raising Buchanan’ after he was accused of “groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production on the set,” according to ‘The Hollywood Reporter.’ Dick denied groping claims, but admitted to licking and propositioning people. Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images A writer who worked for actor and political activist Richard Dreyfuss said he sexually harassed her for years and exposed himself to her in a studio lot trailer when she worked for him in the ’80s. Jessica Teich told the ‘New York Magazine’ that the actor made continual, overt and lewd comments and invitations after they met at a theater where she worked and Dreyfuss appeared. Dreyfuss denied the actor ever exposed himself to Teich but acknowledged to other encounters he now realizes were inappropriate. Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Producer and writer Gary Goddard denies accusations from ‘ER’s Anthony Edwards of molesting him as a child and raping his best friend. Edwards says the abuse went on for years. Goddard denied the allegations in a statement. Bob Chamberlin, LA Times via Getty Images David Guillod, a manager, producer and Co-CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment, was accused by actress Jessica Barth of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 when he was working as her manager. Guillod’s attorney said the charges were fully investigated at the time, though he has taken a leave of absence. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images Anna Graham Hunter alleges that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman groped her and talked about sex in front of her while she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of his 1985 TV-movie adaptation of ‘Death of a Salesman.’ Hoffman apologized in a statement to the ‘Associated Press,’ saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation… It is not reflective of who I am.” The following day, a second accuser, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told ‘Variety’ the actor made verbal advances and tried to convince her to go to a hotel. Jordan Strauss, Invision/AP Ethan Kath (Claudio Palmieri), a songwriter and producer of Canadian music group Crystal Castles, is accused of rape on by former bandmate Alice Glass in a letter posted on her website. His response: “I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” the statement reads. “Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.” C Flanigan, FilmMagic Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer of CW superhero series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, was fired by Warner Bros., USA TODAY confirmed Nov. 29, 2017. Variety published a story in which 15 women and four men alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact. Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will take a six-month leave of absence following what he called “missteps” in a memo obtained by USA TODAY on Nov. 21, 2017. The news broke as The Hollywood Reporter was compiling a report into alleged sexual misconduct. No accuser agreed to be named. Neilson Barnard, Getty Images Jennifer Lopez’ longtime manager Benny Medina is accused of attempted rape by Jason Dottley in an interview published by The Advocate on Nov. 10, 2017. A statement from Medina’s lawyers Howard Weitzman and Shawn Holley to USA TODAY said Medina “categorically denies the allegation of attempted rape. Johnny Nunez, WireImage Girls’ writer Murray Miller is accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau in 2012 when she was 17. Miller denies the accusation. He’s seen here with Audrey Gelman, left, and Girls star Lena Dunham, in this 2012 file photo. Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA/REX/, Benjamin Lozovsky/BFA/REX/ Jeremy Piven faces accusations from several women of sexual misconduct. Although he has denied the allegations, has CBS pulled the plug on freshman series Wisdom of the Crowd, deciding against picking up the back nine episodes of the drama’s first season. Evan Agostini, Invision/AP Hollywood’s widening sexual harassment crisis ensnared another prominent film director when six women, Including actress Olivia Munn, accused Ratner of harassment or misconduct in a Los Angeles Times report, on Nov. 1, 2017. He is no longer working on any Warner Bros. projects. Willy Sanjuan, Invision/AP Caption Override Willy Sanjuan, Invision/AP Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) the former bassist and guitarist of the band Marilyn Manson, was accused of rape Oct. 20, 2017 by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams, who shared in a Facebook post that White physically and sexually assaulted her while they were dating. On Oct. 24, 2017, Marilyn Manson announced on his Twitter account, he parted with Jeordie White as a member of Marilyn Manson. Amy Harris, Invision/AP Chris Savino, an animator and writer best known for creating The Loud House, was fired from Nickelodeon after multiple women lodged complaints against him. He’s seen here with Producer Karen Malach, left, and writer Karla Sakas Shropshire during “The Loud House” event presented by Nickelodeon during Day Two of aTVfest in this 2016 file photo. Vivien Killilea, Getty Images for SCAD Mark Schwahn a screenwriter best known for creating the popular TV series One Tree Hill, was accused of “traumatizing” sexual harassment by 18 cast and crew members of the show, including Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton, in a letter published in Variety on Nov. 13, 2017. Neilson Barnard, Getty Images Actress Portia de Rossi claimed in a Nov. 8, 2017 tweet that actor/producer Steven Seagal, during a private office audition, explained the importance of chemistry off-screen as he sat her down and unzipped his leather pants. The actress says she escaped and called her agent following the incident. Ivan Sekretarev, AP Music mogul Russell Simmons was accused of assault by Keri Claussen Khalighi, an aspiring model who was 17 when she says Simmons assaulted her and coerced her into perform oral sex while Brett Ratner was present, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times on Nov. 19, 2017. Simmons denied the allegations. However on Nov. 30, he announced he was stepping down from all of his companies and foundations. Tibrina Hobson, AFP/Getty Images An 11-year-old actress on the set of crime thriller Born Killers (shot as Piggy Banks) in 2003, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter published Nov. 13, 2017, alleged that Tom Sizemore touched her genitals during a photo shoot for the film. His agent Stephen Rice, told the industry trade paper, “Our position is ‘no comment.'” John Carucci, AP Actor Anthony Rapp, claims he was 14 when Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey made advances towards him in 1986. Spacey apologized to Rapp via Twitter on Oct. 30, 2017, blaming drunken behavior and coming out at as gay as well. The latter mention drew huge criticism as a lame shield. Since the Rapp report, several other accusers have come forward against Spacey, including a former House of Cards crew member, filmmaker Tony Montana and actor Rob Cavazos. Angela Weiss, AFP/Getty Images In the 1980s a police report details an 16-year-old girl consented to having sex with Sylvester Stallone in Las Vegas. However she felt intimidated into having group sex with him and his bodyguard. Stallone’s rep says ” “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story.” Ian Gavan, Getty Images ‘Star Trek’ original cast member George Takei denies the claim of former model Scott R. Brunton alleging Takei groped him in the actor’s Los Angeles condominium in 1981. USA TODAY The accusations of sexual misconduct are numbered in the hundreds against screenwriter and director James Toback (The Pick-up Artist, Two Girls and a Guy) according to reports from the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 27, 2017. The Times says 31 of the women spoke on the record about their encounters with Toback, which go back decades, and more than 270 have contacted journalist Glenn Whipp with similar claims. Julianne Moore accused Toback via Twitter on Oct. 24, 2017, of luring aspiring actresses to his hotel room for an audition, adding it happened to her in the 1980s. Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair joined the accusers list. Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images Bob Weinstein claimed he had no knowledge of the extent of his brother Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misdeeds. However, he has an accuser as well. TV producer Amanda Segel says Bob Weinstein sexually harassed her. According to a story published Oct. 17, 2017, by Variety, Weinstein invited her to dinner, to his home and to a hotel room during a three-month period in the summer of 2016. Chris Pizello, AP Executive producer Matthew Weiner known for creating AMC’s Mad Men was accused of sexual harassment by Mad Men staff writer Kater Gordon. Allegedly Weiner told her late one night she ”owed it to him to let him see her naked.” She says she didn’t report the comment officially because she was afraid of losing her job. A year after the incident, Gordon was let go from Mad Men. Weiner doesn’t remember making the comment. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images Garrison Keillor, author and retired star of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ says he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. Leila Navidi, AP

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Craig Melvin’s promotion on “Today” — announced in subtle fashion on Tuesday morning — is the latest sign that NBC is still treading carefully with its morning show nearly one year after Matt Lauer was fired.

Melvin is the new news anchor on the program, a role previously filled by people like Lauer, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales.

To the untrained eye, he pretty much looks like a co-host, right alongside Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. On Tuesday, while celebrating the “big promotion,” Melvin’s hometown newspaper in South Carolina called him a “weekday anchor” of the show.

But a source at NBC was careful to specify that while Melvin is officially joining the cast, he is not one of the co-hosts. That title belongs to Guthrie and Kotb.

Morning show insiders at NBC’s rivals gossiped about Melvin’s move on Tuesday. Multiple sources who spoke with CNN said they thought it was a smart move by NBC, but they were intrigued by the way it was done.

Melvin’s promotion was mentioned at the end of Tuesday’s “Today” show. It was so subtle, some viewers might have missed it. No one brought up his new title. They just explained that Melvin was transitioning off the Saturday “Today” show to join the weekday cast full-time.

“Craig stepped away from ‘Weekend Today’ so he can be with us every morning, and we’re so happy to have him here,” Guthrie said.

Later in the day, the network confirmed that his title is news anchor. The position, which dates back almost to the founding of the “Today” show in the 1950s, was quietly dropped in 2016 when Morales moved to the West Coast.

Now it’s back. But it might be just a formality, since Melvin has already been appearing on the weekday “Today” show practically every day, reporting on stories and chatting with the rest of the cast.

In TV news circles, he is seen as a rising star. And his ascension to the weekday edition of “Today” had been expected for months.

So why did Tuesday’s announcement seem so fraught with sensitivity? Why didn’t NBC tout his promotion?

In part, it’s about the hangover from the Lauer scandal. And it’s about the art of morning TV war, in which shows are constantly seeking an advantage over competitors.

From the moment Lauer was fired for alleged sexual harassment last November, the morning TV business was abuzz about who would replace him.

Kotb sat in his seat immediately, and in January she formally became his successor, giving the “Today” show a female pair of anchors for the first time.

Then the buzz was about the gender dynamics. How would viewers react? Would the show stay No. 1 while departing from the usual male-female format? Morning shows were founded on the idea of a man in charge, and later the conventional wisdom shifted to an idealized husband and wife format. Any deviation from that norm of a model family was considered risky.

But “Today” has excelled with female co-hosts. The chattering classes that asserted the show needed a man might have been proven wrong. “Today” has been No. 1 in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic for the past three years.

However, its arch-rival, ABC’s “GMA,” still has bragging rights as the No. 1 show among total viewers.

And some executives at NBC News have believed that “Today” needed more of an ensemble feel — which meant having more supporting players next to Guthrie and Kotb.

Melvin has basically been playing that role for months, and now it’s been formalized. Carson Daly and Al Roker also appear on the show every morning.

“We’re not lacking testosterone,” an NBC source said Tuesday.

At the same time, there’s definitely a sense of pride that the show is helmed by two women. Just last month, Guthrie and Kotb appeared on the cover of Parade magazine together. “We have each other’s back,” the cover said. Another headline read, “We’re like sisters.”

So there is apprehension about any suggestion that “Today” is moving away from that approach, which has been embraced by the audience.

But network officials are looking to broaden out the show and keep a strong bench of talent. Melvin is very well liked within NBC. And executives had to weigh the risk of losing him to a rival network if he wasn’t promoted, one of the sources pointed out.

All the while, NBC’s competitors look at “Today” and see the ghost of Lauer hovering somewhere nearby.

In retrospect, it’s remarkable that a television news icon like Lauer, the cornerstone of the “Today” show for twenty years, could be fired out of the blue, with no serious repercussions for the show nine months later.

But hints of the Lauer scandal are still present here and there.

Take, for example, the blind quote in a Page Six item about Melvin last week.

“The network is really high on him right now: He’s smart, charming, handsome and, perhaps most importantly, a family man,” the source said, emphasizing the “family man” part.

CNNMoney (New York) First published September 4, 2018: 9:32 PM ET

  • Lauer was ousted from NBC’s morning show Today in 2017 over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
  • He has been keeping a low profile since losing his anchor position, spending time at his home in the Hamptons.
  • His divorce from Annette Roque was finalized last fall and he is reportedly dating a longtime acquaintance, Shamin Abas.
  • New allegations about Lauer’s behavior toward one former NBC coworker have surfaced.

Nearly two years after former Today show host Matt Lauer was ousted for what NBC News chairman Andy Lack called “inappropriate sexual behavior,” the former anchor is beginning to move on from the life he had. Following the finalization of his divorce from his wife of almost two decades, Annette Roque, he is reportedly dating marketing and public relations executive Shamin Abas. According to multiple media outlets, they spent the holidays at his home in New Zealand.

Read on for more about what Lauer has been doing lately.

Laying Low After ‘Today’

Since his firing from the Today show in November 2017, Lauer has reportedly spent his days holed up in his Hamptons house, where he’s been staying quiet and “focused on family.” That may soon change, as he is reportedly selling the $44 million home, apparently as part of his divorce settlement with Roque.

Matt Lauer at a basketball game with his children Jack, Romy, and Thijs at Madison Square Garden in January 2016. James DevaneyGetty Images

According to reports from Page Six, Lauer and Rocque filed for an uncontested divorce in July of 2019, which was finalized by a Suffolk County Supreme Court judge in September. The couple had been separated for almost two years. The publication says that Lauer will pay Roque up to $20 million in a divorce and that she will retain the ownership of a horse farm that they jointly owned in the Hamptons.

A source reportedly told the publication that the former couple, who have three children together, are now on good terms.

Lauer reportedly began dating Shamin Abas this fall. “Matt and Shamin have known each other for many years, as she spends a lot of time in the Hamptons, as does he,” a source close to Lauer told Page Six. “They very recently began dating, she is a lovely woman.”

Abas at an event in the Hamptons last September. Jared SiskinGetty Images

New allegations against Lauer surfaced in October 2019.

In his book , Catch and Kill, journalist Ronan Farrow revealed new allegations from Lauer’s former NBC coworker Brooke Nevils. She was the previously unnamed former NBC News employee whose complaint contributed to Lauer’s firing. However, the full breadth of Nevils’s allegations had never been made public, and in Farrow’s book she reportedly alleges that she was anally raped by Lauer in his hotel room while attending the Sochi Olympics in 2014 on assignment for NBC.

A statement released by NBC News stated that “Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within 24 hours of us first learning of the complaint. Our hearts break again for our colleague.”

Matt Lauer in Sag Harbor on January 22, 2018 Splash News

In a statement to Variety through his lawyer, Lauer denied this allegation, saying that it is “categorically false, ignores the facts, and defies common sense.”

Lauer Made Similar Denials in 2018

In April of 2018 the disgraced anchor made a statement to the Washington Post in which he said, “I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months… I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up.”

“I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.”

Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Hoda Kotb in the Today studio on October 9, 2017 Getty Images

He followed that up in May in response to a report released by NBCUniversal following its internal investigation into the misconduct allegations that cost him his job. In a statement to Variety, Lauer said he was fired after “admitting to past relationships with co-workers,” but expressed his disagreement with “certain aspects” of the report.

“There are aspects of the NBC report with which I clearly disagree. However, I spent 25 wonderful years at the network, 20 of those at Today, and I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished as a team. On November 29, 2017, I was terminated by NBC after admitting to past relationships with co-workers. A day later I took responsibility for those relationships, apologized to the people I hurt and promised to begin the process of repairing the damage I had caused my family,” Lauer said. “I have worked every day since then to honor that promise.”

Will He Be Returning to TV?

In May 2019, CNN chief Jeff Zucker has assured CNN staffers that Lauer will not be appearing on the cable news network. The announcement, which came via an internal broadcast to CNN employees according to Page Six, appears to have been a direct result of Lauer making a rare public appearance at Zucker’s birthday celebration last April.

Zucker previously served as an executive at NBC, including a stint as executive producer on the Today show while Lauer was at the helm, and the two are said to have remained friends even after parting ways professionally. Combined with his appearance at Zucker’s party, this prompted some to speculate that Lauer might be planning a much-rumored return to the airwaves on CNN.

Jeff Zucker, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker at an event for The Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 2009. Patrick McMullanGetty Images

“In many ways the Matt rumors seemed to make sense, ratings on CNN’s morning show and across prime time have been flagging, and perhaps Matt could be brought back to revive the numbers, and his own career at the same time,” one CNN insider reportedly told Page Six, adding that some senior female staffers at the network already had plans to refuse to work with Lauer. “There was palpable relief in the office after Jeff confirmed Matt isn’t happening,” the source said.

How Lauer’s Departure Impacted Today

While the allegations against Lauer that ultimately led to his firing were a surprise to many, a ratings review showed that the damage to Today has been significantly less dramatic than many experts had feared.

Indeed, according to numbers obtained from the Nielsen company by USA Today, the NBC morning show averaged 4 million viewers each morning in late 2018, just 3% lower than its ratings before Lauer’s exit. By comparison, CBS This Morning, which lost anchor Charlie Rose around the same time as Lauer under another sexual misconduct scandal, is reportedly down 10% over the same time period.

“There was concern when Matt Lauer left that they would be hurt more than turned out to be the case,” Garth Tiedje, an analyst and senior vice president at Horizon Media told USA Today.

The show’s ability to maintain its audience is attributed in part to its long track record—Today first launched in 1952—as well as the success of replacement host Hoda Kotb. Kotb’s popularity among women is strong, essential considering that female viewers make up the bulk of Today’s audience. In fact, according to Marketing Evaluations, Inc., her popularity score more than doubles Lauer’s last score among older women.

Matt Lauer on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the Hamptons on June 7, 2018. MATT AGUDO/

On June 20, 2019, the NBC morning show shared a celebratory video on air showing special moments from throughout the show’s history to mark 25 years on the air. While the five minute video shared a number of iconic moments from the show’s run, fans were quick to point out that Lauer, who served on the show for 20 of its 25 year run, was notably missing from the clips.

Opinions were divided on whether or not Lauer deserved to be in the anniversary video. While some felt that Lauer’s behavior should disqualify him from being publicly acknowledged—”Thank you for not including Matt Lauer you did the right thing,” one Twitter user wrote—others felt that despite the allegations his long service on the show should not have been glossed over. Another Twitter fan argued, “Amazing that a member of “the family” was totally excluded from the 25th Anniversary of Studio 1-A. I know there were serious issues with Matt Lauer and his conduct is not to ever be condoned, but all “families” are flawed in some way. Aren’t they? History shouldn’t be erased.”

Thank you for not including Matt Lauer you did the right thing

— Anneisafan (@anne_is_a_fan) June 20, 2019

Amazing that a member of “the family” was totally excluded from the 25th Anniversary of Studio 1-A. I know there were serious issues with Matt Lauer and his conduct is not to ever be condoned, but all “families” are flawed in some way. Aren’t they? History shouldn’t be erased

— Richard Iniguez (@riniguez23) June 20, 2019

Lauer wasn’t the only former face of the show to be omitted from the anniversary, though. Viewers also noted that Ann Curry, who served as Lauer’s co-anchor from 2011 to 2012, also did not appear in any of the clips chosen for the anniversary. Curry was unexpectedly forced out of her role on Today in 2012, a removal in which Lauer himself reportedly had a hand, leaving a particularly bitter taste in the mouths of fans who felt Curry, at least, deserved to be recognized.

How Lauer’s Departure Impacted His Former Colleagues

Lauer and Gifford attended the opening night of Scandalous on Broadway in November 2012. Bruce GlikasGetty Images

On December 11, Kathie Lee Gifford announced on the fourth hour of Today, which she hosts with Hoda Kotb, that she will be leaving the show in the spring of 2019. The move comes a full year after Gifford had expected to make her final bows on the show.

According to statements she made to People in 2018, she had informed the network in January of 2017 that she would be leaving to pursue film projects. Those plans fell by the wayside amid the turmoil that followed the misconduct allegations against Lauer and his subsequent removal.

“Some things were painful for us. And we had to adjust, and then they said, ‘If we accommodate your schedule, will you consider staying?’” she told People at the time. “I wasn’t looking to get out, but I needed the time. So when they accommodated the schedule, then there was no reason to leave.”

Jenna Bush Hager officially replaced Kathie Lee as co-host of the 10 o’clock hour in April of 2019.

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Tamron Hall was ‘heartbroken’ by ‘Today’ exit, promises ‘authentic’ daytime talk show


NEW YORK – Tamron Hall has always known she’s unique. Take, for instance, her first name.

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Her boldfaced moniker is one of the first things you notice walking onto the homey set of Hall’s new syndicated daytime talk show, “The Tamron Hall Show,” premiering nationwide Monday, including on many ABC stations. Unlike the austere whites and blues of many TV sets, the “Tamron” studio is bathed in vibrant shades of purple and orange, with wide aisles so Hall can walk freely through the audience and talk to people.

“The colors are feminine and strong” to reflect “that part of me that’s girly but still a grown woman. I’m a girl who’s been through a lot,” Hall says matter-of-factly, dressed in black Dickies coveralls as she breathlessly gives a tour of the Upper West Side studio.

As for the audience, “I want them to be as close as humanly possible,” she continues. “It’s not a gimmick: It’s a part of my authentic journey as a journalist but also who I am as a person. I’m a hugger, I’m a toucher – I like that interaction.”

Patterned after daytime greats Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue, Hall’s inspirational show is rooted in audience participation. Conversations focus on topics close to her and many other women, including relationships, “mommy shaming” and fertility. (Hall conceived her 4-month-old son, Moses, through IVF treatments with new husband Steven Greener, a music executive.)

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Guests during a recent test-show taping included a 32-year-old woman who chose to freeze her eggs to take the pressure off dating and settling down, and a mom who allowed her 7-year-old son with autism to fly on an airplane by himself.

“The audience was like, ‘Wait a minute, I wouldn’t let my 17-year-old go alone on a flight,’ but she was prepared to answer (their) questions,” Hall says. “What we want is to foster this environment where it’s OK to ask a question and you don’t have to feel under siege.”

Veering slightly from daytime norms, “Tamron” will air a mix of live episodes and shows taped a day in advance. Given Hall’s extensive journalism background as an NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor, each show starts with a news roundup, allowing audience members to weigh in “on what’s going on in the world,” says co-executive producer Talia Parkinson-Jones. And when she interviews celebrities, “they’re not just coming to plug their projects, but really share their stories. Our show is very diverse, and that’s what’s going to make it special in daytime.”

The format is new terrain for Hall, 48, returning to TV after a two-year absence. In February 2017, she shocked “Today” show viewers with her abrupt departure from NBC after losing her 9 a.m. hour with Al Roker to make way for the short-lived “Megyn Kelly Today.”

“I was heartbroken,” Hall says of her decision to exit. “(Imagine) you’ve been putting in the work, and suddenly your employer says they’re phasing you out. I had some suspicions, because I’m a reporter and I’m pretty intuitive, but no one wants to lose their job. It wasn’t about who I was losing it to – it was like a relationship where you’re putting in 100% and the person who’s putting in less has the nerve to break up with you.”

Hall insists that she in no way feels vindicated by Kelly’s swift firing after making controversial blackface comments that led, in part, to her show’s cancellation last fall.

“I wasn’t going to wait for someone else not to work out when I could be figuring out a way for me to work out – I didn’t want Megyn Kelly to see me lurking in the hallway,” Hall says. “I didn’t want to watch as my profile was being shrunk down to nothing when I know that I have a unique perspective and voice in this business that is appreciated by people who watch TV. I’m grateful for that.”

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