Matt Lauer, who has anchored NBC's "Today" show for two decades, was fired overnight Tuesday due to an accusation of "inappropriate sexual behavior" toward a female colleague, and news has been breaking fast and furious ever since.
"On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards," NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack wrote in a memo to staff. "As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolate incident."
NBC has been scrambling Wednesday in wake of the bombshell media story, which "Today" anchors commented on first thing in the morning during the broadcast.
From more accusers to Kathie Lee Gifford's holy reaction, here are the latest developments.
3 More Women Come Forward
After conducting dozens of interviews, Variety reported three more women who were sexually harassed by Lauer. One of the women claimed the morning show host exposed himself to her, while another said she received a sex toy from him as a present.
Lauer also allegedly loved to play the game "F-ck, Marry, Kill" with his female NBC co-hosts as the options.
The article also said Lauer's office, which seems to be the location of many of his allegations, had a secret button under his desk that could lock the door from the inside without getting up.
The Show Must Go On
Despite the allegation's standing against Lauer, NBC will not replace the TV personality at the network's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony filming in Rockefeller Center Wednesday night.
It has only been a few hours since NBC announced they fired Lauer overnight and the network has already scrubbed the "Today" show host out of all of the network's promos.
For example, the "Today" show cover photo on social media used to focus on Lauer and Guthrie delivering the news in studio, but now the photo has been replaced with a collage of photographs from the various NBC morning TV personalities.
Lauer's interviews and past coverage, however, is still on the company website and social media platforms.
Ann Curry, who viewers speculated was fired from the network in 2012 because Lauer was jealous of her favorability, is "still processing" the news and views the allegations as an opportunity to talk about the progress women are making in the workforce.
"The women's movement got us into the workplace, but it didn't make us safe once we got there," Curry told People, speaking more generally. "And the battle lines are now clear. We need to move this revolution forward and make out workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves."
"I admire the women who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record," she added. "Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to thrive, without fear. This kind of behavior exists across industries and it is so long overdue for it to stop."
Although Megyn Kelly didn't know about the allegations against Lauer until she received an email from Lack, she did announce at Business Insider's Ignition Conference Wednesday that she heard rumors about her colleague.
"I had heard rumors about Matt, but that's all they were," Kelly said. "And my feeling on it is a rumor is not the same thing as a reportable fact and it was also that I hear a lot of rumors about myself, too, that are completely untrue and when you're a public figure people do make up things about you and put them in print."
Kelly also mentioned on her "Megyn Kelly Today" show that she knew people were "sniffing about the issue," but hoped they were just rumors.
Kathie Lee Gifford is Asking God for Help in Processing Lauer's Allegations
Kathie Lee Gifford opened up about the allegations against her co-star on her own hour of "Today" comparing Lauer's allegations to her late husband's betrayal.
"I'm grappling with, should I even share something? But I guess I really should," Gifford said. "I don't feel that Matt has betrayed us in any way at all, but when I found out that my husband had betrayed me, you question your own judgement. You say, 'Was everything a lie?' And I think we have to very much fight against that, that the man we know and adored was the man we loved and adored and continue to."
"No person is perfect in this world," she added. "Nobody is. We've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, is what scripture says and what we need now is forgiveness, and we need mercy for one another."
"We don't need taunts and we don't need ugliness. We have enough of that in the world. I send out my love right now to the person, whoever it is, that came forward. May God heal that person. I sent it to Matt, and his children and his wife - may God bless that family and heal. I'm sorry, soda, but in my long life, the only thing I've ever been sure of is that only God can heal it and there's no bad time to reach out for his help."