In The Hollywood Reporter‘s article for the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2018 issue, the 53-year-old admitted that she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place because of her friendship with Lauer.
She said she still communicates with the 60-year-old, who is said to be focusing on his family following the allegations:
“Yeah, we keep in touch with him. I mean look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC [in 1998]. When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that … you know, he was incredible in that way.”
Lauer even sent Kotb a congratulatory text when she took his job.
But although they have fond memories together, Hoda is not discounting the stories of the women who accused the NBC anchor of wrongdoing:
“There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of. And those accusers’ voices matter and that story matters and it’s … (to Savannah Guthrie) It’s still tough, right?”
A tough situation, sure!
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