Matt Lauer fired by NBC News amid sexual misconduct claim


(RNN) – Matt Lauer, who has coanchored the “Today” show for 20 years, has been terminated from NBC News amid workplace sexual misconduct allegations.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer at the network, CNN reported. Lack also said, “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

A detailed complaint was received Monday night, according to the “Today” show.

“Today” show cohost Savannah Guthrie announced the termination on air at the top of the show Wednesday morning. She said the “Today” crew was told moments before going on air.

Hoda Kotb joined Guthrie as coanchor in Lauer’s place.

Guthrie, with her voice cracking, said the crew was devastated to learn the news, and said she feels heartbroken both for Lauer and for the brave colleague who came forward.

She also said they don’t know anything more than the statement they were given.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Lauer’s firing on Twitter, using it as an opportunity to attack the media yet again. He called for the firing of top executives at NBC and Comcast “for putting out so much Fake News.”

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017

Lauer’s termination comes a week after CBS fired morning host Charlie Rose and the New York Times suspended White House correspondent Glenn Thrush over sexual misconduct complaints. It also comes as longtime Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, is reportedly being urged to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations by former staffers.

This year, several news media figures have been let go over sexual misconduct claims, including Lauer’s NBC News colleague Mark Halperin, former Fox News prime-time host Bill O’Reilly and National Public Radio newsroom chief Michael Oreskes.

During his time at NBC News, Lauer interviewed such figures as President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Princes William and Harry and Tom Cruise.

When Lauer coanchored “Today” with Katie Couric, the show was a morning ratings winner. It now is second behind ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Many “Today” viewers blamed Lauer for the firing of Ann Curry in 2013.

He was known for reporting from remote locations in the popular “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” segment.

Prior to joining NBC, Lauer worked as a host and anchor at a variety of news stations. He graduated from Ohio University.

Lauer and his wife, former model Annette Roque Lauer, have three children.

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.

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017

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