The “Today” show kicked off its 8 a.m. hour on Friday morning with a panel-like discussion about sexual harassment in the workplace – wrapping up a week that saw the morning show fire its biggest star, Matt Lauer, due to sexual misconduct allegations. But some viewers found the pointed discussion decidedly awkward given the recent events at the NBC show.
Kate Snow, an NBC correspondent, introduced the segment with a pre-taped explanation of the viral #MeToo movement that included an interview with the founder of the trend that encourages women to share their experiences of sexual harassment or assault via social media.
“With sexual harassment and abuse in the spotlight, men and women are facing important, long overdue conversations about what is appropriate and what is not,” Snow said.
The intro included a mention of Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein, noting all the men had fallen from grace following harassment claims. After the pre-tape rolled, Guthrie then told the “Today” audience the plan was “dig deeper” on the subject.
She introduced the chat titled “Spotlight of sexual harassment: How the…