Matt Lauer Slammed for 'Segregation' Joke During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Matt Lauer is under fire for a joke he made during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast on NBC.

As he was introducing a peformance from Miracle on 34th Street, Lauer said, "We're gonna take you back to the days of black and white now." He then looked at Al Roker and said "Don't go there."

Immediately, fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the odd conversation.

Others tried to tune out the parade hosts all together, writing that they'd rather be watching the precession and performances.

Lauer has hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage on NBC for 20 years, but reports suggest that his time at the network may be winding down.

Lauer recently caught fire for not defending new co-host Megan Kelly when an industry insider told him that celebrities are being advised to avoid her show, Megyn Kelly Today, citing low ratings and awkward interviews, Page Six reports.

A Page Six insider overheard Lauer reply that he "gets it," adding, "It's a big problem for them," referring Kelly's show. Insiders were stunned that the veteran Today host didn't try to defend his new colleague.

The Inquisitr reports that Lauer has been considering an exit from the program since Kelly was hired without his input.


Not long after the former Fox News anchor was hired, Lauer told TV Insider that at the first moment he doesn't love it, he will retire, adding it "would be a crime to stay."

His $25 million yearly contract expires in 2018.