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Matt Lauer 'Shocked' & 'Hurt' By ‘Today’ Show Anniversary Snub

Matt Lauer wears a black suit with a black and white stripped tie. Inset, Hoda and Gurthie happy. Hoda is wearing a magenta dress while Savannah Guthrie wears a blue dress.
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Jun. 24 2019, Published 5:56 p.m. ET

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Last week, Today celebrated its 25th year anniversary by sharing a five-and-a-half-minute video montage about the morning show's greatest highlights. The clips spanned from 1994 to 2019, and included memorable segments featuring Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin. Matt Lauer, however, was nowhere to be seen.

“Matt was shocked and hurt to be edited out of the 25th year celebration,” a source exclusively told

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Readers know Lauer, 61, was fired on November 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Shortly after, he split from wife Annette Roque.

“The show pretends they are all family members until something goes wrong. That’s when real families stick together. The whole place is phony,” said the source. “These people are not even decent friends, let alone TV's first family.”

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Though the disgraced former host apologized for his sex scandal and has reportedly been looking for his TV comeback with CNN, he’s stayed out of the spotlight for nearly two years now.

“Matt made that show number one for decades,” said the insider, adding that the tribute snub “wasn’t an accident or oversight! It was a deliberate decision to erase him, and it hurts like hell.”

This is not the first time Lauer has been snubbed following his misconduct drama. In 2018, he was left off the Met Gala guest list, and in October, a second source told footage of him covering the 2001 terror attacks would be removed from the 9/11 museum.

Lauer has reportedly been focusing on making amends and changing his life since his Today firing, but the first insider told he’s not quite over the most recent diss.

“Yes, he messed up. He said he would never talk bad about the show, but after this — he might rethink that,” said the source.



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