BREAKING: Matt Lauer Fired From The Today Show for “Inappropriate Sexual Behavior”

Another one bites the dust.


This is a developing story, announced just minutes ago live on the air of The Today Show.

Matt Lauer has been fired, after accusations emerged Monday night about inappropriate sexual behavior.  

Here is the statement from Andy Lack at NBC:

Dear Colleagues, 

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. 

Andy 

Here's more, from Money/CNN:

Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades. 

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident." 

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him. 

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times. 

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct. 

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs. 

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions. 

Guthrie said she was informed just moments before going on the air. 

"This is a sad morning at 'Today' and NBC News," she said. "As I'm sure you can understand, we are devastated. I'm heartbroken for Matt." 

Guthrie also said she was heartbroken for the woman who accused Lauer of misconduct, noting "it's long overdue" that women feel comfortable coming forward against abusive men. 

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BREAKING: Matt Lauer Fired From The Today Show for “Inappropriate Sexual Behavior”

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