Matt Lauer hosted The Today Show for almost 20 years
Longtime anchor Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC over sexual harassment allegations. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning in a memo from NBC President Andrew Lack.
In the memo, Lack wrote:
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer…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.”
The Today Show, which Lauer has co-anchored since 1998, went live at 7:00 am on Wednesday. At the top of the show, co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced the news in a emotional monologue:
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. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
After the news came out, President Donald Trump, who has over a dozen sexual allegations against him, tweeted about the 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 is the second major news figure to be fired over sexual harassment allegations. Last week Charlie Rose was fired over multiple sexual harassment complaints.