(Vanity Fair)On Friday morning, the cast of NBC’s Today show found themselves in what must have felt like an unwanted moment of déjà vu. The previous night, my former Vanity Fair colleague Sarah Ellison published an investigation in The Washington Post that detailed sexual misconduct allegations against NBC legend Tom Brokaw, as well as new allegations involving the inappropriate sexual behavior that had toppled former Today co-host Matt Lauer last fall.
Today had already been through this. On November 29, hours after NBC News chairman Andy Lack had fired Lauer for sexual misconduct, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb—who has since replaced Lauer in the 7 A.M. anchor chair—took to the air to break the news to viewers in a highly emotional and unscripted moment of television. Guthrie and Kotb appeared visibly shaken, almost tearful. “We are devastated,” Guthrie said.
Five months later, as the hosts segued into the Brokaw and Lauer allegations during Friday’s show, passing the mic to NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow, the vibe was much more steeled. Snow’s four-and-a-half-minute segment was pure hard news, and it didn’t pull any punches. “Another former NBC anchor, Ann Curry,” Snow reported, “is also speaking out, along with others, criticizing the NBC News division for what they say is an atmosphere that enabled sexual misconduct, and made it difficult to report.”
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