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NBC Anchor Reveals She Still Keeps In Touch With Matt Lauer

Despite Matt Lauer’s dramatic and disgraceful exit from NBC, some employees haven’t sworn off all contact with the former host.

NBC morning anchor Hoda Kotb revealed she still keeps in touch with Lauer, despite being a relatively vocal advocate for social justice and women’s rights. (RELATED: Matt Lauer Shifts His Focus To Doing One Thing These Days)

Kotb, who was recently named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s most powerful people in New York Media, revealed she keeps in touch with Lauer despite the complicated nature of their relationship.

“We keep in touch with him. I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations,” Kotb said. “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. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”

Lauer’s former and Kotb’s current cohost Savannah Guthrie described Lauer’s firing as “crushing.”

I’m sure all of Lauer’s victims must agree with that sentiment. They must have been very hurt that Guthrie and Kotb had to be woken up in bed and given such horrific information. The bravery to carry a morning show after an alleged sexual predator gets fired is truly unparalleled. It’s hard not to feel bad for Kotb and Guthrie, who each make millions of dollars every year and claim to know nothing about Lauer’s misdeeds. I can’t imagine how they get out of bed every morning. They’re the real victims here.

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