Matt Lauer is the latest high-profile figure to be swept up in sexual misconduct allegations after a colleague filed a complaint. The longtime NBC television host was fired by the network overnight and the news was shared broadly in this morning’s TODAY Show broadcast by Lauer’s former co-hosts.
NBC News reports:
Matt Lauer, the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News after a detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
“Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced Lauer’s firing Wednesday, telling viewers at the top of the show that they were processing his departure but didn’t yet know all of the details.
In a memo to employees sent Wednesday morning, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the complaint, which was made by a colleague of Lauer’s, prompted a serious review and represented a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
Lack said that while it was the first complaint filed against the 59-year-old Lauer in his 20 years with the network, the company’s review warranted reason to believe this was a recurring action on the former host’s part.