Matt Lauer has been fired from the Today show for sexual misconduct. The NBC television host has been under investigation for weeks.
NBC fired Matt Lauer, the Today show host for “inappropriate sexual behavior”, TMZ informs. NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie made the shocking announcement during the very Today show. She read a statement given by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.
“We received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer”, the statement read. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
Lack also mentioned that the management had reason to believe the incident reported by the unnamed employee was not isolated. He also noted: “Our highest that the network has made it its number one priority “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”.
No further details on Lauer’s misconduct are known at this time, but new details surface with every hours, so be sure to check for updates here.
Guthrie was shocked to learn about the incident and the subsequent firing. Hoda Kotb, who was joining her in front of the camera, could not believe her ears, either. Both women had found out about it just moments before going on the air. “We are devastated and we are still processing all of this “, said Guthrie after reading the statement.
“I am heartbroken for Matt, he is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is beloved by many, many people here”, Savannah said, adding that she was also heartbroken for the “brave colleage” who stepped up and brought the story in front ot decision-making people.
Matt Lauer, 59, has been the host of Today for over two decades, starting 1992.
UPDATE: It appears that the NBC employee who reported the sexual assault incident is a female from the NBC staff and she was referring to something that occurred in 2016, at the Rio Olympics.