Yet again another liberal man in the entertainment industry — we are talking about NBC ‘News’ here — has been outed for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
Matt Lauer didn’t even get the opportunity to lie about the allegations. Chairman of NBC News Andrew Lack cut the cord quickly on Lauer’s career, disclosing in a memo that his behavior “may not have been an isolated incident.”
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer’s co-host for years, was made to announce the news on the show Wednesday morning. It was breaking news to her and the rest of the nation, which was shocking for Guthrie. Hoda Kotb sat in for Lauer; she too was stunned by the news.
Guthrie read Lack’s memo to the audience:
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 here 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.
“This is a sad morning at ‘Today’ and NBC News,” said Guthrie. “As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”
Kotb added, “its hard to reconcile the man who walks in every day,” whom she had loved as a “friend and colleague,” with the allegations.
Lauer has been hosting “Today” since 1997.
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