Knife Pulled On 'TODAY' Show Plaza


The TODAY show had quite the scare on Thursday morning when a man on the plaza in New York City pulled a knife, forcing the anchors indoors.

Matt Lauer announced at the top of the 8 a.m. hour that an Asian male in his fifties attempted to harm himself with a knife outside the studio. "He was controlled by our security team out there. However, he did harm himself in some way, so he’s now being attended to by medical personnel," the anchor explained. The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital. No one else was injured.

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Lauer, 55, tweeted about the TODAY show scare, writing: "All secure on the plaza after a scary incident. Thanks to our security team and the NYPD."

He added: "Sorry, a man attempted to harm himself with a knife. He is under police control."

Meanwhile, the morning show tweeted: "Thank you to TODAY security and NYPD for their help this morning."

People in the crowd have been posting videos and photos from the event. Twitter user @SirAnduck posted a rather graphic video of the incident, writing: "Here's what I just witnessed at the NBC studio place. and my poor filming. #TodayShow"