Matthew Todd Lauer (December 30, 1957) is an American television news anchor. He was the co-host of NBC's Today show from 1997 to 2017, and a contributor for Dateline NBC. With NBC, he hosted the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1998 to 2017 and co-hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games. He was also previously a news anchor for The Today Show from 1994 to 1997, anchor for WNBC in New York City and served as a local talk-show host in various cities (including co-hosting various local versions of PM Magazine) and entertainment news segments for HBO.
History in the Parade
After gaining his spot as the co-host of the Today Show in 1997, Matt Lauer would first host the Parade the following year, in 1998. He would go on to become a frequent host for the next two decades, having hosted 20 Macy's Parades, until he was fired after the 2017 Parade mere days afterwards due to his sexual misconduct allegations, and his spot would be replaced by Hoda Kotb the following year.