Kathie Lee Gifford on Matt Lauer’s Firing: ‘We’ve All Sinned … We Need Mercy for One Another’

By Nancy Flory Published on November 30, 2017

Today show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford had something biblical to say to viewers and her co-host Hoda Kotb yesterday after Matt Lauer’s firing. She noted, “We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” We all we need forgiveness and mercy for each other, she said.

NBC fired Lauer following “a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Kotb and another co-host Savannah Guthrie broke the news during their 7 a.m. segment Wednesday morning.

Both Gifford and Kotb agreed that it was a sad and difficult day. Kotb said that it would take a lot of time to “reconcile” the man they knew to the allegations against him.


Gifford compared the news of Lauer’s firing to finding out about an affair her husband had years before. “I don’t feel that Matt has betrayed us in any way at all, but when I found out that my husband had betrayed me, you question your own judgment. You say, ‘Was everything a lie?’ 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 continue to.”

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Gifford said “We don’t need taunts and we don’t need ugliness — we have enough of that in the world.”

She asked that God heal the victim who came forward and Lauer’s family as well. “In my long life the only thing I’ve ever been sure of is that only God can heal,” said Gifford. “Only God can heal it. There’s no bad time to reach out for His help. No bad time …. We are all so broken, we’re broken and we need someone to put us back together. And it’s possible. It’s so possible. I’m living proof of that.” She added, “Didn’t mean to go to church but sometimes you gotta go to church.”

Kotb responded, “That’s where we needed to go today.”


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  • Denise Velarde

    She took a beating on Twitter for these comments but truer statements I have not heard in a long time

  • bbb

    Forgiveness must never be confused with accepting and knowing God’s will and following His commands.
    When people are forgiven those who forgive are relieved of the burden of carrying a grudge and the ability to put woes in God’s hands.
    But Christ told his disciples that forgiveness by the Father must be preceded by repentance [and that means admission of sins and change of behavior and beliefs] and acceptance of Jesus’ grace.
    Unfortunately there are a great many people whose pride or ignorance of Christianity prevents them from admitting their sins and changing and knowing Jesus’ grace.

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