- NBC fired Matt Lauer, host of the “Today” show, after receiving a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
- “Today” show cohost Savannah Guthrie made the announcement on air.
- NBC News chairman Andy Lack said it was the first complaint the network received about Lauer but that it “may not have been an isolated incident.”
NBC host and prominent TV journalist Matt Lauer has been fired as a result of “inappropriate sexual behavior,” the network said Wednesday.
NBC News chairman Andy Lack issued a statement saying that he “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”
Lack’s statement said this was the first complaint received about Lauer, but NBC had reviewed it seriously and had “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Lack stressed actions such as those Lauer stands accused of will be “met with consequences no matter who” the perpetrator is, and added that the company was “deeply saddened” by the news.
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s colleague on NBC’s “Today,” made the announcement and read Lack’s statement on air.
“We are devastated,” she said.
Lauer has been a fixture on NBC since the early 1990s, where he has traveled the world to report on a wide range of subjects. He hosted “Today” for two decades.
Lauer has reported live from the Olympics in 2014 and interviewed both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump reacted Wednesday morning in a tweet: “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”
NBC dismissal of Lauer marks the latest in a long string of media personalities being outed for inappropriate behavior.
Watch the full statement below:
An emotional Savannah Guthrie announces Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC after a complaint of sexual harassment. News chairman Andy Lack told staff we have “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident” pic.twitter.com/Emewv7bRQD
— David Mack (@davidmackau) 29 de de noviembre de, 2017