Y'all didn't mention the cool thing that Kathleen Marshall said to Derek when he got booted. First, they showed her saying "wow" and slightly shaking her head when they announced that he was gone. Then Billy Bush went to her after talking with Derek.... and her comment was that her real consolation was knowing that they would be working together on many, many a project.
So... we'll still get to see Derek on a Broadway stage quite soon.
Max and Laura all the way!