The wildly popular broadcasting star, Kathie Lee Gifford, recently got candid on her friendship with former costar and friend, Matt Lauer. One year after he was fired for major sexual misconduct allegations, Kathie is speaking her mind on the headlining matter.
In November 2017, Matt Lauer, one of the biggest names in news broadcasting, was fired from NBC’s The Today Show for inappropriate sexual behavior at the workplace. Lauer had co-anchored The Today Show for more than 20 years and was known around America as a trustworthy and familiar face. But in an instant, his life was changed forever.
Several women had accused Lauer of being highly inappropriate, however, their admission seemed to fall on deaf ears. But finally, after several pleas for his termination, CNN President Jeff Zucker took action of Lauer’s actions and called his behavior “incredibly, incredibly disturbing.” Zucker quickly made the decision to fire Lauer.
While American viewers were stunned by the allegations made towards Lauer as well as his termination, no one was more stunned by his colleagues and family.
Kathie Lee Gifford knew Lauer well; having worked with him for several years and being close to his family outside of work, she was one of the most stunned. But today, her response to his actions is shocking to many.
In the late March 2019 issue of PEOPLE magazine, Kathie confessed her feelings towards the matter- which appear to differ from the majority. She said, “I was texting him last week and praying for him this morning. That’s what friendship means to me. I’ve been through very, very hard times in my life and I saw my friends drop away because they weren’t my friends. Times like that test the mettle of friendships. The Matt I love is the Matt I still do.”
She went on to say, “He made mistakes and he paid dearly for them. But I believe in second, third and 100 chances,” Gifford says. “I believe in redemption because Jesus did. And it’s not for me to judge any choices he made. That’s between him, his wife and his God. My job is to be his friend and be there for him. He’s found out who his real friends are.”
As a devout and outspoken Christian believer, she shared a rare opinion of the actions of Matt Lauer. Perhaps she’s hoping others follow her with grace in her forgiveness towards Matt… we can only hope that he cleans up his life and lives differently from here on out. Maybe Kathie Lee’s prayers and encouragement will help him see the best in his life. What do you think?