Kathie Lee Gifford said that there is a need for “forgiveness and we need mercy” for Matt Lauer after he was fired for alleged sexual misconduct on Wednesday.
The comments came during the 10 a.m. hour of the “Today” show as Gifford and her co-host Hoda Kotb got emotional talking about their co-worker’s termination. According to Page Six, Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted an employee during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. (RELATED: Report: Lauer Sexually Assaulted Staffer At The Olympics)
“I don’t know. I’m grappling with should I even share something, but I guess I really should,” Gifford explained. “The feeling when you’ve been — and I don’t feel that Matt has betrayed us in any way at all but when I found out that my husband [Frank Gifford] had betrayed me, you question your own judgment.”
“You question, you say was everything a lie? Was everything a lie,” she added. “And I think we have to fight against that. Very much fight against that. That the man we know and adored was the man we loved and adored and continued to.”
“I texted him this morning and said ‘I adore you, and no person is perfect in this world,'” she continued. “Nobody is. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God is what scripture says. And what we need now is forgiveness and we need mercy for one another and don’t need taunts and ugliness. We have enough of that in the world.”