Longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer has been fired by NBC News for “inappropriate sexual behavior” and an allegation of sexual harassment.
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s co-host, made the announcement Wednesday morning on the show that the two hosted together.
Guthrie cited a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack which detailed complaints “about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” along with “a clear violation” by Lauer.
“We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” said Lack in the statement.
Just a week ago, longtime CBS News morning host Charlie Rose was fired amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Since the news broke, the 20-year NBC stalwart has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women in an exclusive Variety report.
Lauer released the following statement Thursday morning:
There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.
Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.
Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.