On Wednesday morning, Matt Lauer was fired from the “Today” show after he was accused of sexual assaulting a colleague while covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Hours later, Megyn Kelly became emotional as she discussed Lauer’s firing during her hour of “Today.”
Daily Mail reported that Kelly began by replaying the comments of Lauer’s Today show co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb before sharing her own take on the news.
“This one does hit close to home. I, too, have known Matt for a long time. And he’s been a friend and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC news,” she said. “And I see the anguish on my colleague’s faces. But when this happens, what we don’t see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward. And it is a terrifying thing to do.”
“We don’t see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day,” Kelly continued. “I am thinking of those women this morning and hoping they are okay. The days to come will not be easy.”
“We are in the middle of a sea change in this country,” she added. “An empowerment revolution, in which women, who for years felt they had no choice but to deal with being harassed at work, are now starting to picture another reality. To feel that change is within their grasp.
Unsurprisingly, Kelly did not miss the opportunity to slam her former network of Fox News, saying that she worked at “another news network where this happened” and vowed, like Guthrie and Kotb, to push on with their coverage of scandal despite their personal connections to it.
“A final note. I have been at another news channel where this happened, as you know. My experience is, a news organization is bigger than any one person,” Kelly said. “They all face challenges. They all stumble. But the good ones stay standing and forge forward, fulfilling their core mission, journalism. We’ll continue to stay on this story and bring you more as we know it. Until then, on with the news.”
Kelly has been repeatedly trying to insert herself into nearly every sexual misconduct scandal to increase the ratings of her struggling talk show. Ratings for her hour of “Today” have plummeted ever since her program premiered in September.