Curry was named co-anchor of Today in 2011, but was fired just over a year later, and replaced by Savannah Guthrie. A source tells ET that Lauer's firing sent shockwaves through NBC, hitting Guthrie the hardest.
“The office has a somber feeling; people are very quiet. It feels like we’re mourning," the source says, adding that "everyone was shocked by it, but clearly Savannah took the news the hardest.”
“People [at the network] are having a hard time watching the news coverage. [Lauer] was always professional when I was around him. He was on time, he was on set when he was told to be, he took instruction well," the source adds of Lauer's conduct around the office. "He wasn’t the kind of guy that would stop in the hallway and have a conversation with just anyone but he certainly acknowledged the people that worked around him even if it was saying ‘good morning’ in passing."
"Others may argue that and say that he was difficult to work [with] or moody in studio, but some people forget that this is a morning news show that is fast paced," the source continues. "A lot is happening all at once and from time to time, people’s mood’s get the best of them.”
Another source, meanwhile, tells ET that NBC staffers have mixed feelings about Lauer's firing. "While it is sad about Matt, it's not surprising," the source reveals.
Former Today anchor Natalie Morales, meanwhile, praised the "courage" of Lauer's accuser.