Matt Lauer Banned From Al Roker's 40th Anniversary Bash One Year After Sex Scandal

'The strategy is simple: to pretend Matt never existed,' says a source.

Matt Lauer Banned From Al Roker Anniversary NBC Party
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Matt Lauer Banned From Al Roker's 40th Anniversary Bash One Year After Sex Scandal

'The strategy is simple: to pretend Matt never existed,' says a source.

Holiday celebrations are rampant at NBC this week, but RadarOnline.com can report shamed former Today host, Matt Lauer, is not a part of them!

This Friday morning, Al Roker celebrated his 40-year anniversary at the network with a festive bash. All was joyful, and even former staffer Katie Couric came back to the show set to surprise him — but no Lauer!

“For a decade the show promoted Al and Matt as brothers, best friends, one big happy family,” a source exclusively told Radar. “Now it’s awkward that they cannot invite ‘dad’ back to the family celebrations.”

Radar readers know Lauer, 60, was ousted by the network last November, when a string of women came forward to accuse him of “inappropriate sexual behavior” in and outside of the workplace.

And while Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb were heartbroken by the news of their close friend’s firing, no one has included him in NBC celebrations ever since!

The insider said, “there was discussion of Matt doing a video message, but executives cut that idea down.” In their minds, “the strategy is simple: to pretend Matt never existed.”

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