Matt Lauer Fired From ‘Today’ Show For Sexually Inappropriate Behavior
One of America’s premiere morning hosts, Matt Lauer, has been fired over sexual harassment allegations made by an NBC employee. The reason was clarified in a memo sent from NBC’s president to the show’s staff this morning, which was read on air by Savannah Guthrie.
“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,” NBC Chairman Andy Lack wrote. “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.”
Sources further told Page Six that Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
The victim complained to Human Resources earlier this week about the incident. An insider said: “This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night. The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that.”
Apparently, several news outlets were working on stories about his alleged sexual misconduct before Matt was fired, including The New York Times.
“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this,” Savannah said. “And I will tell you right now, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come, and we promise we will share that with you.”
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