Matt Lauer fired from NBC for sexual misconduct

Matt Lauer, the co-host of NBC's popular "Today" show, was fired Wednesday after a woman and her lawyer visited network headquarters in Manhattan on Monday to discuss details of alleged sexual harassment by Lauer.
By Delila James | Nov 30, 2017
Matt Lauer, the co-host of NBC's popular "Today" show, was fired Wednesday after a woman and her lawyer visited network headquarters in Manhattan on Monday to discuss details of alleged sexual harassment by Lauer.

"On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer," said NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, in a memo to staff, as reported by The New York Times. "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."

Ari Wilkenfeld, the woman's attorney, declined to identify his client.

"My client and I met with representatives from NBC's Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours," said Wilkenfeld, in a statement provided to The Times. "Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace."

The staff of the "Today" show were informed of Lauer's termination only a couple of hours before going on the air. Savannah Guthrie looked shaken as she told the viewing public the news, describing Lauer as "a dear, dear friend," and saying she was "heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story."

Lauer's firing is just the latest in an avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures in the media that have resulted in their ouster, including CBS host Charlie Rose, political journalist Mark Halperin, and film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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