NBC News Has Fired 'Today' Co-host Matt Lauer

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November 29, 2017Nov 29, 2017

NBC News has fired its leading "Today" news anchor Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations, the network president's memo said early Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

Laeur's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie announced the news along with Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning.

"This is a sad morning here at "Today" and at NBC News," Guthrie said before reading a memo from NBC News chairman Andy Lack.

"Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer," the statement said. "It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment," the statement said, according to Fox News.

According to the statement, this was the first complaint the broadcast company has received in the twenty-plus years that Lauer has been working for NBC.

"We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," the statement continued.

Lack emphasized that NBC's "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."

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