'Today' Show Co-Host Matt Lauer Fired for 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'
Matt Lauer attends The Rolling Stones celebrate the North American debut of Exhibitionism at Industria in the West Village on November 15, 2016 in New York City.
News broke Wednesday morning Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC's Today show after complaints he allegedly acted inappropriately at work.
Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie, along with Hoda Kotb, made the announcement on-air Wednesday morning, moments after receiving a memo from NBC Chairman Andy Lack about Lauer's dismissal.
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
"Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer," Lack wrote. "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," Lack continued, "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."