Gayle King reacts to Matt Lauer being fired from 'Today' a week after Charlie Rose scandal

If anyone can sympathize with how the Today show team is feeling after the sudden firing of Matt Lauer, it's the employees at CBS This Morning.

On Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced at the top of the Today show that Lauer -- who started on the NBC morning show in 1994 -- was let go from the network after allegations of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

News of Lauer's firing comes one week after Charlie Rose was terminated from CBS This Morning after eight women came forward alleging that they were sexually harassed by the 75-year-old newsman while working on his PBS show. CBS later reported that three women who worked at the network also accused Rose of sexual misconduct.

King and Norah O'Donnell reported on Lauer's termination and admitted that it's all too familiar. "I look at that picture and I have a sickening feeling of déjà vu," King said somberly. "Certainly because we’re dealing with our own situation here. It does send a message that you’re not too big to fall."

"I take no joy in this this," she continued, calling it a "sad situation."

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The co-anchors revisited the report during the next hour of CBS This Morning, with King confessing, "We all know how they feel today."

Meanwhile on Good Morning America, the co-anchors were also shook by the news, with George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts reporting on Lauer's firing.

"I was really struck, guys, by Today having Savannah and Hoda having to report the story, and then it was with Charlie Rose, it was Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell having to report this, and how you could just tell that they are grappling with how this is somebody they have worked with," Roberts said while seated between her male co-anchors. "But they have all spoken about the bravery of their colleagues, those women."

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Ann Curry -- Viewers were shocked and stunned when Curry was tearfully released from "Today" on air in 2012. According to reports, she had a strained relationship with Lauer, who wanted her dismissed. CEO Steve Burke allegedly told Lauer ahead of the firing, “We need to sign you so we can do Ann," and top execs reportedly celebrated with a toast after she was fired. Although it seems unlikely that the network would potentially rehash old wounds by bringing her back, it could be a popular choice with viewers, many of whom have already taken to Twitter to campaign for her resinstatement.
Megyn Kelly -- When it was first announced that she would leave Fox News for NBC, there were multiple reports of a power struggle to determine her time slot. She's now situated two hours after Lauer's 7 AM spot, but amid all the turmoil, it's possible that she'll manage to snag that top seat.
Craig Melvin -- "Today" weekend co-host Craig Melvin certainly stands a strong stance of the big promotion to Lauer's top slot. He's already a familiar face among viewers, but he lacks the negative baggage of Ann Curry or Megyn Kelly.
Willie Geist -- The "Sunday Today" host has filled in for Lauer on multiple occasions. He's seen all across the network's programming, from MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to NBC News and NBC Sports.
Anderson Cooper -- After the drama with Ann Curry unfolded, leading many viewers to express a distaste for Lauer, rumors floated in 2013 that Anderson Cooper had been approached by NBC about replacing him. However, NBC News exec Alex Wallace at the time dismissed the claim, saying, "We want [Lauer] in the ‘Today’ show anchor chair for many years to come."
Keith Olbermann -- He spent 20 years as a sports reporter before moving into political journalism at MSNBC. Just days ago, he announced he would be ending his GQ web show "The Resistance," explaining that he wanted to retire from political commentary: "No illness. No scandal. No firing. Just I've said what I've had to say," he said. However, he didn't say he wanted to actually retire, leaving open the possibility of returning via a different type of program.
Tamron Hall -- This one's pretty unlikely. Hall decided herself to leave the show, much to the disappointment of many viewers and Hall's own colleagues. She reportedly felt burned by treatment of NBC execs, who booted her from her 9 AM time slot in favor of Megyn Kelly. She could return if there's no bad blood, but there almost certainly is.
Carson Daly -- He's already on the NBC payroll as the host of "The Voice," and some took to Twitter on Wednesday to campaign for him to slide into Lauer's seat.


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