Locals react to Matt Lauer's termination

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- As people turned on their TV's early Wednesday morning on Nov. 29, many were left stunned to see the co-host of NBC's the Today show not at the desk.

"I didn't expect to happen I would think that people would be very professional," said Miranda Cook.

NBC announcing that Matt Lauer was terminated for inappropriate sexual behavior.

His co-host Savannah Guthrie announcing the news, saying everyone at the show is devastated and still processing the move.

As viewers heard the words of his termination, all they could think of is what happened?

"They're living the good life and following all the rules and just to hear this situation it's really sad," told Cook to 5 News.

As more and more accusations of sexual harassment are coming to the light, local viewers feel the person they let into their homes every morning has done wrong. While others don't want to be quick to judge.

"You can believe Matt because he's been on TV and he's a big personality and most people watch him in the morning and then with the victim, you cannot take sexual misconduct jokingly," said Cook.

"He could be innocent, but with the whole rampage like accusers coming out it's like you don't know who is telling the truth and who is not telling the truth," said Chinonso Nwachukwu.

Lauer becomes the latest high media personality that's been fired for sexual misconduct allegations in the workplace, just like Fox's Bill O'reilley and CBS's Charlie Rose.

Now most local viewers want to know is when will this stop and if this is all true.

The woman that is accusing him, that's her life," said Nwachukwu. "If he's saying the truth, he has a family too, so it's risky."