Matt Lauer's Abrupt 'Today' Firing Created a "Really Terrible Vibe" on Set

APRIL 21 2016 FILE

"Today" beat rival "Good Morning America" by more than 539,000 viewers for the week ending on December 1, according to Nielsen Media Research.

GMA had 1.41 million while CBS had 933,000 on average for the week.

In a recently unearthed video from 2016, Lauer and Savannah Guthrie were guests on Vieira's now-canceled talk show The Meredith Vieira Show, where the host chided her former colleague about discovering the adult items in Lauer's dressing room closet.

While The Today Show dusted itself off and gained more viewers, Good Morning America received 4.4 million viewers and CBS This Morning averaged 3.6 million viewers. Ratings for NBC's Today show rose last week after the network announced it had fired longtime co-host Matt Lauer following an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior, according to Nielsen data released yesterday.

NBC's "Today" show is one of the nation's best-known sources of morning news.

With Rose and Lauer ousted in the span of two weeks, ABC's George Stephanopoulos remains the only male host of a network morning show.

In 2006, the couple separated - rumor has it that they fought after Roque learned of Lauer's alleged affair with "Today" correspondent Natalie Morales. So, who is a viable contender to replace Lauer? Willie Geist, who has hosted "Today" in the past, is also being considered.

On Dec. 4, Lauer was spotted in the band while driving his 11-year-old son, Thijs, to school in the Hamptons in NY, reports Page Six.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions", he said. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry", Lauer said after being silent on the matter on Wednesday.

Lauer apologized in a statement Thursday, but said that some of the accusations are "untrue". "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I'm committed to beginning that effort". "The last two days have forced me to take a hard look at my own flaws". I'm heartbroken for Matt - he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here. What this seems to indicate is that people are eager to see a familiar or fresh face come to the table and they are not letting Lauer's departure hinder their enjoyment of the Today show.

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