NBC fires Matt Lauer following inappropriate sexual behavior complaint

Matt Lauer, the anchor of "Today" for two decades, was fired by NBC News after a detailed complaint regarding inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

Posted: Nov 29, 2017 4:49 AM
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 8:18 AM

Matt Lauer, the anchor of "Today" for two decades, was fired by NBC News after a detailed complaint regarding inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

Today, he broke his silence and released a statement in which he expressed regret for his actions stating: "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."

Variety magazine published a revealing article that described Lauer's alleged lewd behavior. 
             

On Wednesday, NBC Chairman Andy Lack, released a memo to employees regarding the termination of Matt Lauer.

In part, "Dear collegues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complain from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment," stated Andy Lack, NBC Chairman.

Lack stated it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer, however there was "reason to believe" it may not have been an isolated incident.

On "Today" Wednesday, Hoda Kotb joined Savannah Guthrie to read the statement released by Lack and said the network would cover the story as journalists and would release details as they were made available.

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