With media attention focused on apparent turmoil behind the scenes at NBC’s “Today” show, NBC News President Deborah Turness released a statement Wednesday shooting down what she called “false rumors,” Deadline.com reports.
The move came after Us Weekly ran a report saying “Today” anchors Natalie Morales and Willie Geist had been fired.
The statement from Turness says: “The entire ‘Today’ show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”
The Us Weekly report came out after “Today” executive Jamie Horowitz was fired just 10 weeks after he had been hired to improve the morning show’s ratings, as we reported previously.