Matt Lauer Fired From Today Show For Sexual Misconduct Allegation
NBC News announced early this morning that the longtime "Today" show host has been terminated after a colleague filed a complaint against Lauer.
In breaking news early this morning, Matt Lauer has been fired by NBC. In the beginning of the Today show this morning, a visibly shaken Savannah Guthrie made the announcement, saying they just received the news moments before they went on air. Guthrie read a statement by chairman of NBC News Andrew Lack:
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint 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,” Lack said in the statement. “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.
“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.
“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.”
You can watch Guthrie's announcement below.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017