Remember Ann Curry and Tamron Hall?
Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced live on-air that Matt Lauer had been terminated from his job over allegations of sexual harassment. He is the latest in a slew of high-powered men in media to have fallen after such allegations have emerged, including Roger Ailes, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, and Glenn Thrush.
And as with the others, among the numerous questions surrounding Lauer’s allegations, one persists: What about the women who didn’t make it while he did? When the news about Lauer’s firing from the Today Show broke Wednesday morning, it was hard not to think back to another anchor who left the show: Ann Curry.
Lauer, the 20-year NBC News veteran, reportedly orchestrated Curry’s ouster as Today co-host in 2012, a spot she earned after more than a decade as the morning show’s news reader.
Curry isn’t the only woman whose career on the morning news show was stunted while Lauer got to stick around. Though reporting at this point is less clear, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales also lost their jobs during Lauer’s tenure. It also sounds like there are more allegations waiting in the wings.
At @Variety, @RaminSetoodeh & I had been working on a Matt Lauer story for months and NBC was aware. There are multiple women we’ve spoken to with far-ranging accusations against Lauer. The power of journalism has never been more evident with this cultural change.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) November 29, 2017
Lauer has been a constant presence at Today since becoming co-anchor in 1997, even as his female counterparts have rotated — there was Katie Couric as his co-anchor, then Meredith Vieira, Curry, and now Guthrie.
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