NBC has fired Matt Lauer after the TODAY host was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Shortly before today’s airing of Lauer’s show, NBC chairman Andy Lack released a company memo announcing that Lauer was terminated. Lauer’s former co-host Savannah Guthrie confirmed the news by reading the statement on air.
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. 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.
Lauer’s firing comes a month after NBC fired Mark Halperin over his own sexual harassment scandal. Journalistic figures like CBS’ Charlie Rose and NYT’s Glenn Thrush are also facing a downfall for their inappropriate actions as well.
Watch Lauer’s TODAY colleagues discuss the termination on air above, via NBC.
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