While Lauer's exclusion makes sense, a couple other show regulars were mysteriously MIA.
He was an anchor on — and synonymous with — "Today" for more than two decades. But Matt Lauer was noticeably absent from a 25-year celebration montage shared by the show on Thursday.
The former host was fired from his post in 2017, following allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, and Twitter noticed that NBC appeared to be erasing all memory of him ever working there.
When TODAY first moved to Studio 1A in 1994, it became a place where the team could try new things and connect with viewers.— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 20, 2019
Take a look back on some of those special moments over the past 25 years. pic.twitter.com/km1cbuMeAB
"When TODAY first moved to Studio 1A in 1994, it became a place where the team could try new things and connect with viewers," the show wrote in its tweet. "Take a look back on some of those special moments over the past 25 years."
What followed was a five-and-a-half minute clip featuring Katie Couric, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Lester Holt, Carson Daly and Bryant Gumbel... but no Lauer.
Missing too was Ann Curry, who served a much shorter but just as controversial tenure. The journalist was co-anchor alongside Lauer from June 9, 2011, to June 28, 2012, exiting with the most awkward televised goodbye kiss of all time from Lauer. Curry would later state that she was "not surprised" by the allegations that eventually pushed Lauer out behind her.
Curry's replacement and former Lauer co-anchor Meredith Vieira was also MIA, while host Kathie Lee Gifford only appeared briefly in a shot from Halloween.
His contract was terminated in November of 2017, after NBC reported receiving "a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace", adding it had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
Reacting to the montage, some fans of the show were upset it was trying to "erase history". Others were more upset at the people who were upset at Lauer's omission.
"People are more angry that Matt Lauer was not in a Today Show tribute than they are about Matt Lauer sexually assaulting women," one tweet read, which quickly racked up more than 3.5k likes. "And you wonder why women are angry."
See more reactions below:
Amazing that a member of “the family” was totally excluded from the 25th Anniversary of Studio 1-A. I know there were serious issues with Matt Lauer and his conduct is not to ever be condoned, but all “families” are flawed in some way. Aren’t they? History shouldn’t be erased— Richard Iniguez (@riniguez23) June 20, 2019
I know u “had “ to leave him out because of political correctness..BUT #MattLauer contributed in a MAJOR way on that show! He was one of the best on the show.— justhermom🇨🇻 (@justhermomdeas) June 20, 2019
isn't #MattLauer a part of your history for better or for worse? it is not good to alter history, ever— @parisrosi (@rosiinparis) June 20, 2019
The Today Show should have included Matt Lauer. Yes, what he did was reprehensible, but his stories and his being there is still some history of the show. It's like the Today Show is trying to rewrite history to exclude the unpleasant things, as if they didn't happen.— Debra Arndt (@DebArndt17) June 20, 2019
People are more angry that Matt Lauer was not in a Today Show tribute than they are about Matt Lauer sexually assaulting women. And you wonder why women are angry.— Megan (@MeganInNoDak) June 20, 2019
Matt Lauer was a sexual predator who had a button on his desk to trap women in his office with him.— Sarah Burleton (@SarahBurleton) June 20, 2019
“But he wasn’t in the montage!” pic.twitter.com/gczfxUBI29
What's that? You need a Matt Lauer montage? I've got your montage right here.— Colleen Bartlett (@CBartlett1963) June 20, 2019
Graphic, Disturbing Details of Matt Lauer’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct https://t.co/oPSOFwkQ4d
I’m not wondering why Matt Lauer wasn’t in some montage. I’m wondering why he’s not in jail.— Michelle (@SoSofieFatale) June 20, 2019
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