The Ghost of Matt Lauer

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“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this.”

That was Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, informing viewers on Wednesday morning that Matt Lauer—her co-host, and a mainstay of morning television since 1994—had just been fired for an allegation of sexual misconduct that had been brought against him by a colleague. Guthrie had, seemingly, just heard the news. “I will tell you right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you,” she continued, sitting next to Hoda Kotb, who had been rushed in as an emergency co-host for the segment in Lauer’s absence. (The two women, at