25th Anniversary ‘Today’ Video Excludes Matt Lauer & Ann Curry
NBC’s Today show just celebrated 25 years of their morning show at Studio 1A. To mark the anniversary, the network shared a five-minute video celebrating “special moments” over the years, starting with a shot of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel in the ’90s, and including clips of anchors like Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
However, many fans noticed some remarkable absences from the tribute, including Matt Lauer who was the face of the program for more than 20 years.
Lauer was fired from Today in November 2017 for inappropriate sexual behavior at work. He was named co-anchor of NBC’s morning news program a decade earlier.
When viewers saw that Lauer wasn’t included in the 25th anniversary video, they were quick to respond via Twitter.
There were many who thought he should be included because he was part of the “family.”
#MattLauer should have been included because he was apart of the Today Show all those years, and although he’s been fired for his wrongs and mistakes, at least give him his respect for bringing his talent to NBC Today. He’s still one of the best news anchors they’ve had.
— Don Jaymor (@DonJaymor) June 20, 2019
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
There were others who believed that not including Lauer was the right thing to do.
Thank you for not including Matt Lauer you did the right thing
— Anneisafan (@anne_is_a_fan) June 20, 2019
However, Lauer wasn’t the only anchor left out of the slideshow. Viewers also noted Ann Curry‘s absence.
It’s looks like they only looked back that last 5 years. They left out Anne Curry also.
— sTePhAnIe (@zredhott) June 20, 2019
Where’s Ann Curry?
— Woman Gail (@Bossanovalady76) June 20, 2019