On Wednesday morning, NBC News announced the termination of their highest-paid news anchor, Matt Lauer. The firing was the result of “inappropriate sexual behavior” that had been reported by a colleague two days prior.
The network’s statement said, “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.”
They continued by saying that this was the only report against the “Today” host in his 20 years of working for the network. However, they said that they have “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
The network added that their highest priority is to ensure the safety and protection for all employees. They said that the termination was necessary in order to “ensure that any actions that run counter to [their] core values are met with consequences.”
Since the news broke of Lauer’s termination, several people have responded. Some coworkers were surprised by the news, while others believe that it was a long time coming.
On Wednesday, Meghan McCain spoke out about the incident. She commented on Lauer on the latest episode of “The View.”
The co-host started the conversation by saying that she could understand how the “Today” team feels because it is similar to the scandal that broke about Roger Alies while she worked at Fox News.
McCain went on to say that she has not liked Matt Lauer for years. She talked about the contentious relationship between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. It led to Curry’s departure from the show, where McCain said that there did not seem to be any sympathy for Curry.
McCain said, “I will say…the way Matt Lauer treated Ann Curry, that’s when I was done with him. I’m the biggest fan of Ann Curry period, and I haven’t liked him since.”
She continued, “I just thought the way that they treated her on the way out- I love Ann Curry, I think she’s one of the greatest journalists of our time- and I thought it was so disrespectful. I just felt like, would you treat a man that way on the way out?”
She went on to say that she thinks that Curry should come back as Matt Lauer's replacement.
McCain’s co-host, Sara Haines, went on to defend Lauer in the Ann Curry situation. She said that from an insider perspective, it hurt on both sides.
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