My weekday mornings have started with the Today show for as long as I can remember. I’ve watched it through decades of hosts and co-hosts. Some I like more than others, but I’ve been drawn to the show regardless. The mix of news and entertainment in a NYC setting has been a constant in my life.
I was sad to read recently that Matt Lauer was not planning to renew his contract after it was due to end in 2018. Then the shock this morning of his termination ripped through me. I felt bad for his co-host, Savannah Guthrie, who was placed in the unfortunate position of having to make the announcement, apparently not long after she was given the news herself. The look in her eyes and sound of her shaken voice was heart-wrenching. To me, it felt like someone had died.
The cumulative effect of numerous allegations and firings across industries is overwhelming. Mistreatment of women has been inbred in our culture for so long and goes all the way up the chain. There’s no statute of limitations on this behavior, so it seems there’s no end in sight. We’re all just waiting for the next shoe to drop.