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Matt Lauer Fired By NBC Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior,' 'Today' Anchors React (Video)

Matt Lauer Fired By NBC Over 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior,' 'Today' Anchors React (Video)

Matt Lauer has been fired from his job at NBC’s Today show for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”

NBC News’s Andy Lack revealed the news in a letter to staff, and the news was confirmed by the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on air.

NBC also added that this is the “first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Savannah and Hoda said they had just learned the news this morning.

“This is a sad morning at ‘Today’ and NBC News,” Savannah said. “As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”

Lauer, 59, was named as an anchor at the Today show back in January of 1997.

Click inside to read the letter detailing Matt Lauer’s firing…

Letter confirming Matt Lauer’s firing….

Dear Colleagues,

On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. 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, 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. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.

Andy

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Posted to: Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie

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  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 eternalfratboy

    ok this is a witch hunt to get rid of all these old ass men in the workplace and their salaries….

  • Brink

    NBC has been trying to get out of his lopsided contract for years.

  • cafeast

    And good for them. Nobody doing his nothing of a job deserves that type of salary. Hire someone younger and good looking and far less crusty.

  • meme

    Lauer’s teary co-hosts are LIARS. I heard about this last week and there have been rumours for years about Lauer.

  • (S)

    Somewhere Ann Curry and my girl Tamron Hall (probably many others who’s careers he affected) are smiling!

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    Stfu savannah. If it had happened to you, would he still be a dear dear friend?

  • matthewriddick1

    Somewhere Ann Curry is jumping up and down

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    says the “eternal frat boy”…

  • cutitout

    It’s about to get super hard for women to get positions as staffers and assistants in all industries. No man is gonna want to risk the chance of a woman making an untrue claim and tanking their career and no company is going to want to risk the chances of a female underling getting harassed and suing/destroying their companies.

  • Shugie

    There have been rumors about Matt Lauer for years. Time to take down these cheating fools who sexually harass women while everyone looks the other way. Get out of your marriage if you are unhappy. Leave women alone.

  • Shelby

    What goes around… :) Hypocrisy at it’s finest.