NBC Airs First Thanksgiving Day Parade since the Laid-Off of Matt Lauer

adminNovember 23, 2018

The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Parade looked a little different this year.

On Thursday, NBC broadcast its annual Thanksgiving parade from 9 a.m. to ET at noon in the heart of New York City, but notably missing from the team Today The stars of the show that anchor the festivities, of course, was Matt Lauer. Instead, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker took over as viewers enjoyed a float show and several musical performances.

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The event marked the first Thanksgiving show for a long time. Today show anchor, 60, was fired by NBC for alleged sexual misconduct. The news of his expulsion broke overnight on November 29 of last year.

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In the following months, Lauer has maintained a low profile, moving from the city of New York to the Hamptons complex where his wife, Annette Roque, also lives. The couple separated after their dismissal and stays out of the spotlight as they work through their divorce.

A source told PEOPLE earlier this year that Lauer "is not planning any kind of return to television at this time," but focuses on his three children with Roque: the children Jack, 17, and Thijs , of 11, and the daughter, Romy, of 15.

"Matt no longer socializes a lot with his friends," the source said. "He has been staying close to home and very low and focusing all his energy on the children, if he goes out, it's for them, he supports the events of his children."

"The divorce is not final, but they are still in process, and should be finalized in a short time," the source added. "They are still resolving the division of assets, although nothing is final."

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As for your former colleagues? Former Lauer co-presenter Guthrie, 46, told PEOPLE in September that she has not seen him since its termination, although he tries to "keep in touch with the text."

"I think, as far as I can tell, he's really focused on his children and his family," he said.

Reflecting on the scandal, Guthrie said that "everything has been an adjustment".

"This has been such a deep year in our industry, in all industries," he said. "It's something I try not to insist on too much, because I do not know that's very productive, but everyone knows how sad and sad I felt about everything that happened, and I hope everyone knows how grateful I am." to Hoda as a partner now. "(Kotb, 54, officially replaced Lauer in January).

"It's a change, of course, it was not an easy change, but I feel really lucky that we are where we are," he added. "I feel the show is in a very good place, that's a testament to all the people who work so hard behind the scenes and the enduring kindness of this show, that it can withstand even something that was so difficult."

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