November 29, 2017 10:40 AM
NBC News has announced it has terminated "Today" show host Matt Lauer, citing inappropriate behavior at the workplace.
Lauer's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday's "Today" show.
Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, stating that the company has received a detailed complaint from a colleague Monday night "about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" by Lauer. Lack's statement said the company found that after a serious review of the complaint it represented "a clear violation" of the company's standards, and Lauer was terminated as a result.
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
Lack added in his statement that it was the first complaint about Lauer in more than 20 years at NBC, but "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
Lauer, 59, hosted "Today" for two decades.
Lauer is the latest media personality to be terminated in light of misconduct allegations.
Last week, CBS News and PBS announced both media organizations had fired Charlie Rose after several women accused the veteran newsman of sexual misconduct.
In addition to Rose, Lauer's former NBC News colleague Mark Halperin, former Fox News prime-time host Bill O'Reilly and National Public Radio newsroom chief Michael Oreskes have all been terminated. The New York Times suspended White House correspondent Glenn Thrush last week.
Lack, in his memo, said that "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."
On Twitter Wednesday, President Donald Trump said "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."
The Associated Press
Updated: November 29, 2017 10:40 AM
Created: November 29, 2017 06:25 AM
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