Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News following sexual misconduct allegations and people are wondering what his former co-host Ann Curry has to say about it. Ann Curry, an award-winning journalist who was ousted from Today after 15 years on the show, was said to have a strained relationship with Lauer.
Reports said Lauer felt the two lacked chemistry as co-hosts, while Curry blamed the “boys’ club” mentality on the show. When Curry tearfully confirmed in 2012 that she was relieved of her duties as co-host to Lauer on Today, many noted the two seemed painfully awkward during the farewell.
Lauer even ended up on Star Magazine‘s “20 Most Hated Celebrities in Hollywood” list following Curry’s exit. In 2015, Curry left NBC News for her own media startup. Reports say Curry and Lauer have yet to make up after their fallout, and the pair haven’t spoken to each other since.
NBC News stated that the decision to dismiss its star morning anchor was made after an employee reported an incident of inappropriate sexual behaviour to network execs. NBC News chairman Andrew Lack wrote in a memo to staff, “While it is the first complaint about his behaviour in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with a reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.” But now that Lauer has been fired from NBC News, people began to wonder what Curry, who had also been humiliated by Today (many speculate thanks to Lauer), thought about the situation.
Somewhere Ann Curry is cerebrating Matt Lauer getting fired from the TODAY show pic.twitter.com/Lkppa4OpiI
— @wasabi (@wasabi) November 29, 2017
Many people took to Twitter to refer to the Matt Lauer firing as a huge bowl of karma for what had happened to Ann Curry, saying she probably felt vindicated following Lauer’s humiliating departure from NBC News.
Somewhere Ann Curry is having a nice bowl of Frosted Karma Flakes.
— Dirk Peterson (@PacosFriend) November 29, 2017
In an interview with People magazine, Curry declined to comment specifically on Lauer’s termination, but said, “I’m still really processing it.” Curry added that she admired all women “who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record” about sexual misconduct. This serious tone was also taken by many Twitter users who felt the vindication side of the issue was irrelevant; regardless of Lauer getting fired, it didn’t change the damage to Curry’s career after she lost her position as an anchor on a top-rated morning show (assuming the speculation Lauer had been responsible for Curry’s firing is true).
“We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe,” Curry said. Many users across social media platforms are in agreement that the focus should not be on the petty aspect of this issue but the fact that an award-winning journalist, and many other women in occupations across the board, were forced to leave their place of work or lost out on valuable opportunities due to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Somewhere Ann Curry and ALL the other women who left their jobs and/or the industry because of what "men" like Matt Lauer, Thrush, Rose, Weinstein, Conyers, Trump did to them – and I'm sure we're just beginning to hit the tip of the huge iceberg.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) November 29, 2017