“Today” show hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie have revealed that the two prayed before going on the air on Nov. 29 and revealing to the world that former colleague Matt Lauer had been terminated over claims of “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Guthrie, 46, told People that Kotb — who is officially replacing Lauer — visited her dressing room and the two invoked God before going on set to deliver the now-infamous segment.
Kotb, 53, also reflected on that moment and said it’s something she won’t forget.
“I won’t forget it. I said to Savannah after that prayer, ‘We’re gonna make it through this together,’” Kotb told People. “We just sort of sat there and I was sort of on autopilot, I don’t really remember a lot of it, but I do remember just sort of holding onto Savannah and saying it just wasn’t in our hands anymore, it was in God’s hands.”
Guthrie said that the on-air announcement during which both hosts looked bewildered and shocked by Lauer’s firing showed that their “hearts were broken” and added that, “in lots of ways, they still are.”
She also said that the Lauer scenario has impacted everyone at the show.
“That feeling was shared through our whole newsroom and our whole ‘Today’ show staff, because it sounds like cliché or a promo line, but it happens to be true: We are family, and we do love each other, and families do go through hard times, and when that happens in good families, you just get closer,” she said. “You pull together and you focus on the foundation and what keeps you together. I think that’s what we’ve all been trying to do.”
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SOURCE: Faithwire, Billy Hallowell