In a move that’s shocking the world, NBC fired Today host Matt Lauer due to “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to make the announcement on Wednesday morning’s edition of “Today.”
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
“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie said.
She then read a note from NBC News chairman Andy Lack
“Dear colleges, 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.”
According to the statement, this was the first complaint NBC received of Lauer’s behavior “in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News.” But it also read that the station had reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Lack went on to write:
” The company’s 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.”
Lauer worked as co-host of “Today” since 1994–and was with NBC in other capacities before that. During his tenure, Lauer interviewed a number of prominent figures, including President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and conservative pundit Ann Coulter.
Lauer’s firing comes a week after CBS and PBS dismissed news icon Charlie Rose due to multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
Other left-wing media personalities who have been fired over sexual harassment allegations include NPR News executive Mike Oreskes and Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele. Two high-level employees at Vice Media are also under scrutiny after sexual harassment claims.
President Trump was quick to weigh in on the situation, bringing the NBC chairman’s own past into question.
Many others also expressed their opinion on the shocking news.
I will miss Matt Lauer lecturing us about how Donald Trump mistreats women
— ⚔️Drain The Swamp? (@BigStick2013) November 29, 2017
Someone as profitable as Matt Lauer doesn’t get fired for a single complaint. We’ll eventually find out that NBC and the #TodayShow have been covering up for him for a very long time.
— Richard (@nowiknowmyabcs) November 29, 2017
— Matt Couch ? (@RealMattCouch) November 29, 2017
Meaning, once the first accuser came forward the flood gates must have burst open.
This is going to be a bad one if it goes public.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 29, 2017
They should make Matt Lauer give a “tearful, emotional” goodbye on live television like they did to Ann Curry.
— Brohibition Now (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 29, 2017
At CNN its wall to wall coverage when a Fox talent gets fired. Since Matt Lauer is one of them will they ignore story?
— Beardog (MAGA) (@bhabrock12) November 29, 2017
Today Show Golden Boy Matt Lauer has been fired by NBC for inappropriate sexual behavior with a female employee. Another Libnut bites the dust. I bet Crooked Hillary wishes she would never played that Trump audio now!??
— Elder Lansing (@ElderLansing) November 29, 2017