Watch: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb learned about Matt Lauer's firing right before going on air

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb learned about Lauer's dismissal moments before having to talk about it.
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Matt Lauer, one of the faces of NBC, is out at the TODAY Show after an allegation of sexual misconduct.

The network made the announcement early Wednesday, with NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack saying in a memo to employees Lauer was accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" that was a "clear violation of our company's standards." 

"While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," Lack continued.

The decision to move on from Lauer was apparently made swiftly. His current TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie and colleague Hoda Kotb apparently learned of the firing moments before going on air. 

You can watch here as Guthrie fills in viewers, offers her own insight, and outwardly wrestles with a difficult question many people have faced recently: "How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they behaved badly?" 

Guthrie referred to the recent string of sexual misconduct accusations in the news as a "reckoning," one she said was "important" and "long overdue."

"As painful as it is, this moment in our culture and this change had to happen," she concluded.

Lauer has been involved with TODAY since the early '90s, first as a fill-in, then eventually a full-time co-anchor. He conducted high-profile interviews with celebrities and athletes, including with Charlie Sheen when the actor announced he was HIV positive, and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte following the fake robbery scandal in Rio.

According to CNN's Brian Stelter, Variety and the New York Times had each been working on a story regarding allegations against Lauer for weeks.

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