On Wednesday, it was announced that NBC anchor Matt Lauer was fired from the Today Show amid sexual misconduct allegations.
But for some, Matt Lauer wasn’t just an anchor– he was an idol, an inspiration. Students in SUNY Oswego’s broadcast reporting class have watched their future industry dominate headlines as two of their idols fell from grace.
“I had a student say to me ‘at the beginning of this semester when we were introducing ourselves I said I wanted to be the next Matt Lauer. I guess I can’t say that anymore.’ A student said that just this morning,” said Professor Michael Riecke.
Junior Abbey Buttacavoli wants to be a reporter; she says she’s been watching and idolizing Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie for years.
“I think it’s good that these women are now feeling like they can come forward and tell their story, it does worry me a little bit about what could be going on that we don’t know about,” said Buttacavoli.
Professor Michael Riecke says while discussing these allegations isn’t always easy, it’s necessary.
“Our students are going to work in this industry, and this has sort of been an ugly underbelly of the television and entertainment industry for quite some time and that’s become incredibly evident over the past few weeks,” said Professor Riecke.
As the shock of these sorts of allegations is wearing off and the reality is sinking in.