Matt Lauer released a statement Thursday morning after being fired over sexual misconduct allegations. Savannah Guthrie “Today” co-host read the statement during the show.
The statement reads:
“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 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.”
Lauer has been accused of sexual harassment by several women who have come forth with the allegations in interviews with The New York Times and Variety magazine. At least three of those women have filed complaints with NBC, according to ABC news station KSAT12.
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