Matt Lauer knew he would be fired nearly a week before it happened: 'This is going to be my last parade'

Matt Lauer knew nearly a week in advance that his time at the "Today" show was coming to an end, according to a new Page Six report.

Nov. 23, 2017 was the morning of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, nearly a week before the shock announcement of Lauer's sudden termination. The rest of the world had no idea what was to come, but "Lauer was overheard telling a co-worker, 'This is going to be my last parade.'"

The report claims that Lauer, 60, was "gray and tired-looking" -- presumably not because of the early filming schedule, since he had twenty years to get used to that on "Today."

But while he did apparently expect a departure, he was relatively blindsided when the news actually broke. During his final taping on Nov. 28, Lauer was "acting his usual cocky, confident self. He had no idea this would turn out to be his last day on the show."

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THE 91ST ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: (l-r) Today Co-Anchors Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer - (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer ALL-Star Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer on Monday, November 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb with triplet parents on Monday, November 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Monday, November 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: 'Today' Show hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at work in the studio when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform on NBC's 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie live on NBC'S Today at Rockefeller Plaza on November 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Joe Biden, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb on Monday, November 13, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Matt Lauer and Jason Segel on Thursday, November 9, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carson Daly, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Monday, November 6, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Host Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show speaks with skier Lindsey Vonn during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USOC)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Host Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show speaks with skier Lindsey Vonn during the 100 Days Out 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Celebration - Team USA in Times Square on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USOC)
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Viewers watched that morning as Lauer laughed with his fellow co-hosts and reminisced about the 2016 Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting. He was expected to be among all the "Today" anchors as they hosted the 2017 ceremony the following day on Nov. 29. That, of course, did not happen.

However, while Lauer did know the end was coming, insiders reveal that he "fought to the bitter end. He lied about previous liaisons, repeatedly telling top bosses he had nothing to confess or feel ashamed about."

As pressure mounted and media inquiries picked up steam, NBC President Noah Oppenheimer and Chairman Andy Lack pressed Lauer to cop to any misbehavior.

Lauer said he was "racking his brain and couldn't think of anything at all," the Washington Post reported at the time.

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Congrats to the awesome and talented @hodakotb on her well-deserved new role as co-anchor of @TODAYshow. Love you Hoda! #SavannahHodaTODAY
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Congrats @hodakotb on your well deserved promotion! We love you! #SavannahHodaTODAY
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