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NBC fires Matt Lauer for sexual harassment


His friends and co-workers on NBC and MSNBC this morning are in anguish.

‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer fired after claims of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’

By Paul Farhi November 29 at 7:51 AM

NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior,” making the “Today” show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations.

In a staff memo, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said the network received “a detailed” complaint about Lauer Monday night. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

Lack added: “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.”

Lauer, 59, joined “Today” in 1994 as its news anchor. He became co-host of the morning program with Katie Couric in 1997 after Bryant Gumbel stepped down.

His current co-host, Savannah Guthrie, read Lack’s statement on the air on Wednesday’s program.

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NBC Receives at Least 2 New Complaints About Matt Lauer

By ELLEN GABLER, JIM RUTENBERG, MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM and RACHEL ABRAMSNOV.

The fast-moving national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace toppled another television news star on Wednesday when NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of its most profitable franchise, “Today,” after an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior with a subordinate.

The downfall of Mr. Lauer, a presence in American living rooms for more than 20 years, adds to a head-spinning string of prominent firings over sexual harassment and abuse allegations. NBC News said it had decided to dismiss its star morning anchor after a woman met with network executives on Monday to describe her interactions with him.

“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,” Andrew Lack, the NBC News chairman, wrote in a memo to staff.

Ari Wilkenfeld, a civil rights lawyer with the firm Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson in Washington, said on Wednesday that he represented the woman who had made the initial complaint to NBC, but declined to identify her. The woman met with reporters from The Times on Monday, but said she was not ready to discuss it publicly.

On Wednesday, NBC received at least two more complaints related to Mr. Lauer, according to a person briefed on the network’s handling of the matter. One complaint came from a former employee who said Mr. Lauer, who is married, asked her to his office to discuss a story during a workday. When she sat down, she said, he locked the door, which he could do by pressing a button while sitting at his desk. (People who worked at NBC said the button was a regular security measure installed for high-profile employees.)

The woman said Mr. Lauer asked her to unbutton her blouse, which she did. She said the anchor then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled down her pants, bent her over a chair and had intercourse with her. At some point, she said, she passed out with her pants pulled halfway down. She woke up on the floor of his office, and Mr. Lauer had his assistant take her to a nurse. She said that she felt helpless because she didn’t want to lose her job, and that she didn’t report the encounter at the time because she felt ashamed. She said she believed she should have done more to stop Mr. Lauer. She left the network about a year later.

The woman, who was in her early 40s at the time, told her then-husband about the encounter, which The Times confirmed with him in a phone call. The couple was separated at the time, and later divorced. She also described it to a friend five years ago, which the friend confirmed to The Times.

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Quite frankly the Today show has not been the same since Dave Garraway and [sign in to see URL] Muggs departed.



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Matt Lauer's interviews with Bill O'Reilly, Corey Feldman and Trump carry different meaning following firing

Some of Matt Lauer's interviews didn't age so well.

The veteran NBC News anchor and longtime "Today" host — who lost his job Wednesday after a colleague filed a detailed complaint about his "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" — recently conducted a number of high-profile interviews regarding sexual harassment and assault.

Just two months ago Lauer sat down with Bill O'Reilly, who was let go from Fox News in April amid sexual harassment allegations. Lauer grilled O'Reilly in the September interview — asking him for a response to the allegations against him, and the culture at Fox News.

"You were probably the last guy in the world that they wanted to fire, because ...

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Matt Lauer's statement


Lauer's full statement, as provided to CNN and read on the "Today" show on Thursday:
 
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

"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.

"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. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace."

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