Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC’s “Today” show following allegations of sexual misconduct by a colleague in the workplace. Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie made the announcement on the show’s opening segment on Wednesday.
Guthrie told the viewers that she only learned about the development shortly before the show started. She said she was heartbroken for her “dear, dear friend” referring to Lauer. She also expressed sadness for the plight of the woman whose allegations NBC News said they found credible.
Guthrie also posed the question on her show, a dilemma she herself was struggling with: “We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these last few weeks: How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”
NBC News Chairman Andy Lack issued a memo that Lauer’s alleged conduct was “a clear violation of our company’s standards.”’
Lack also said that the news organization has reason to believe that the detailed complaint against received on Monday night “may not have been an isolated incident.”
Lack did not provide more specifics or details on the allegations.
Lauer has been co-anchor of the long-running program for almost 21 years since debuting on the show in 1997.
The complaint received was Lauer’s first since joining the organization two decades ago.
Lack stressed that it is the organization’s priority to create a workplace environment where “everyone feels safe and protected.”
President Donald Trump has also tweeted about the breaking news with a dig against NBC for “fake news.” The President 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. Check out Andy Lack’s past!”’
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/935844881825763328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>