NBC has fired Matt Lauer, a long-time NBC news anchor and host of the Today Show. The firing comes after a colleague "detailed complaint" about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Lauer.
In a memo, NBC News president, Andrew Lack, said the allegation against Mr. Lauer “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 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
On Wednesday's edition of the Today Show, a near tearful Savannah Guthrie announced the news of her co-host departure. Ms. Guthrie said, “All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken.”
The “Today” staff learned the news shortly before going live. Giving the weather report, a visibly shaken Al Roker said, “I’m still trying to process the news.” Soon after announcing the dismissal, Ms. Guthrie gripped the hand of Hoda Kotb, who was rushed in as an emergency substitute host.
Mr. Lauer’s dismissal was seized upon by President Trump, who went on to ask in a tweet when executives at NBC and Comcast, the network’s parent company, would “be fired for putting out so much fake news.”