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Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie slapped on a smile during a forced reunion with former friend and co-host Matt Lauer Saturday at a star-studded wedding reception.
The former colleagues were celebrating the nuptials of NBC producer Jen Long to Reid Sterrett, with several other longtime employees.
DailyMail.com cameras were there as Guthrie appeared smiling from ear-to-ear with her husband, public relations and communications consultant Michael Feldman.
Lauer was in attendance with Shamin Abas, a British publicist and his girlfriend since 2019.
The pair’s former Today Show co-stars Hoda Kotb and Al Roker were also in attendance, while ex-GMA anchors TJ Holmes and Amy Robach, fresh off starting a podcast following their firing from the ABC show, made an appearance.
It was all smiles for former Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie (pictured left with husband Micahel Feldman) during her reunion with former friend and co-host Matt Lauer (pictured right with girlfriend Shamin Abas) Saturday at a star-studded wedding reception
Sources told DailyMail.com that Guthrie initially wanted to decline the invitation because she ‘refused to be in the same room’ as Lauer after his firing in 2017 for sexual harassment when the pair were co-anchoring together.
But sources claim that Guthrie had a change of heart and would put up with Lauer being in the same room for the sake of her longtime friend’s big day.
Long, who left NBC’s Today in 2019 after 21 years, worked closely with both Lauer and Guthrie before jumping ship to be an executive producer of The Tonight Show.
Guthrie, who still anchors Today, was reportedly tearful after announcing Long’s departure, saying that the entire team would be waving ‘pompoms’ for her friend in her new role.
Long has since returned to Today and now again works closely with Guthrie.
Long worked closely with both Lauer and Guthrie at the Today Show
The frosty relationship between the former co-anchors had escalated to the point that they are unable to talk to mutual friends about the situation.
Sources claimed Guthrie was not interested in patching up her friendship with Lauer following the scandal – resulting in her initially snubbing the upcoming bash.
A year after his dismissal, the 51-year-old admitted that she had not seen her co-anchor since but ‘tried to keep in touch’ via text.
Lauer, a father-of-three, was left feeling ‘betrayed’ by his former co-anchor after she called the allegations ‘shocking and appalling’ on air.
Both Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, who replaced Lauer, made several comments about the accusations on the show.
The guest list for Long’s wedding includes NBC weather man Al Roker, who rebuilt his relationship with Lauer following his cancer diagnosis, and several other network staffers.
Lauer was accused of sexual harassment and rape by former network employee Brooke Nevils, with several other women coming forward with similar accusations.
Nevils confirmed that she made the complaints to Ronan Farrow for his 2019 book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.
She claimed that he raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she was working for NBC’s Meredith Vieira. Lauer has insisted all of his encounters were consensual.
Ex-GMA anchors TJ Holmes and Amy Robach, fresh off starting a podcast following their firing from the show, made an appearance
Al Roker, who remains a stalwart at the Today Show, was also in attendance
Lauer and Guthrie’s former Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb also appeared
Savannah Guthrie and former co-host Matt Lauer
The former Today Show colleagues celebrated the nuptials of NBC producer Jen Long to her fiancé Reid Sterrett with several other longtime employees
Lauer has been living a quiet life out of the spotlight since his firing. He has been dating Shamin Abas since 2019 and the pair were seen together last month taking a stroll in The Hamptons
Lauer was left feeling ‘betrayed’ by his former co-anchor Guthrie after she called the allegations ‘shocking and appalling’ on air. The guest list for Long’s wedding included NBC weather man Al Roker, who rebuilt his relationship with Lauer following his cancer diagnosis
Lauer was accused of sexual harassment and rape by former network employee Brooke Nevils, with several other women coming forward with similar accusations
Both Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, who replaced Lauer, made several comments about the accusations on the show. Lauer was left feeling as though Guthrie ‘jumped on the opportunity to bury him’
Lauer has been living a quiet life since the firing and his subsequent divorce from Dutch model Annette Roque, his wife of 20 years. In 2018 Lauer agreed to pay his ex-wife $20million in the settlement.
‘Matt and Annette have had an incredibly difficult year,’ a source said at the time. ‘They both wanted to settle their divorce amicably for their children’s sake but it hasn’t been easy.’
Last year he sold his 12-bedroom estate in the Hamptons for $44million after three years on the market and a price drop.
‘He sold because he wants to spend more time at his place in New Zealand,’ a source told People last month. ‘He feels peace there, loves it, loves the people, and it’s good for his productivity level.’
The source added, ‘Matt has some projects he is working on, and Bryant [Gumbel] has been encouraging and inspirational for him. They talk regularly.’
It’s unclear if those ‘projects’ include making a comeback to television.
Long and Sterrett, CEO of a Maryland-based home buying company, are asking wedding guests to donate to their honeymoon in an undisclosed location, as well as listing Celeste bedding worth $350 on their registry.
Bath robes costing $200 are still available as gifts for the happy couple, with guests already purchasing a $600 Crate and Barrel pan set and $320 Wusthof knife block.