Due to inappropriate sexual behavior, ‘Today’ show co-host Matt Lauer has been fired. Savannah Guthrie announced the news on the ‘Today’ show this morning and was very devastated at the news stating she was heartbroken.
The NBC News President, Andrew Lack, said in a memo to the staff that “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.”
Lack continued saying the allegation against Lauer “represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”
Ari Wilkenfeld, a civil rights lawyer with the firm Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson in Washington said he represented the woman who made the complaint to NBC but, declined to publicly identify her.
Wilkenfeld provided a statement to The New York Times saying, “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. 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 statement continued saying, “While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.
Apparently the “Today” staff learned the news shortly before going live. Al Roke spoke on the situation saying, “I’m still trying to process the news.
A host hasn’t been named to replace Lauer but, we know NBC is doing their best to find one.
Watch the full video of Savannah Guthrie announcing Matt Lauer’s dismissal.