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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Matt Lauer Speaks Out After Firing From 'Today' Show Over Sexual Abuse

Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer has apologized in the wake of his termination from the “Today” show for “inappropriate sexual behavior” while also deflecting some of the allegations leveled against him.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said in a statement, read on air Thursday morning by his former co-host, Savannah Guthrie. “To people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.”

In the statement, Lauer also noted that,“some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

“I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” he said. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job.”

He had served as an anchor on the NBC morning program for two decades.

Guthrie and “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb announced the firing decision by NBC news chairman Andy Lack on air early Wednesday.

“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie said, before sharing a statement Lack issued to employees of the organization.

“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,” Lack wrote. 

NBC confirmed the complaint stemmed from an incident during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Lauer’s misconduct continued after the games.

In the statement, the chairman noted that this is the first official complaint about Lauer in more than two decades, but NBC was “also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

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