NBC’s “Today” celebrated the 25th anniversary of its iconic Studio 1A on Thursday, but completely ignored its disgraced star Matt Lauer, who co-anchored the weekday morning news show for 20 of those years.
The tribute kicked off with a clip of then-NBC anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel introducing their viewers to the newly-constructed studio and welcoming fans cheering in the Plaza outside. A video montage highlighted some of the show’s most memorable moments, including swimming pools, wedding chapels, and petting zoos being placed in the Plaza as well as the elaborate Halloween costumes the hosts wear every year.
However, the tribute left many people asking, “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?”
Lauer, who was a face of the program for more than 20 years.
Lauer was fired from “Today” in November 2017 for inappropriate sexual behavior at work. Up until then, he had been a part of many viewers’ mornings: He was named co-anchor of NBC’s morning news program in 1997, covering everything from the Olympics to interviews with presidents.
When TODAY first moved to Studio 1A in 1994, it became a place where the team could try new things and connect with viewers.
Take a look back on some of those special moments over the past 25 years. pic.twitter.com/km1cbuMeAB
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 20, 2019