The Hill reports that former Fox News anchor, who moved to NBC earlier this year, opened her Thursday hour on the "Today" show by making an unexpected announcement about the Matt Lauer scandal. In particular, she claims that she is "committed to telling people's stories if they choose to come forward."
“As hard as it is to report on one of our own colleagues, we remain committed to telling people’s stories if they choose to come forward," she said. "The women in this case, too – the Matt Lauer case – are invited and welcome to do exactly that on this show."
According to The Hill, Kelly departed from Fox News in January despite being offered $100 million to stay. Kelly was also crucial to an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims against the former chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes.
Kelly's invitation came hours after Lauer issued an apology on Thursday morning.
"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," Lauer said. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at 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," he remarked in the apology.
"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," he added. "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."
It has been reported that NBC News fired one of its leading news anchors, Matt Lauer, the co-host of "Today." This news comes in the aftermath of disturbing sexual harassment allegations. The news Lauer's termination was first announced by co-host Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Wednesday morning.
The Variety reports that Matt Lauer is accused of inappropriately exposing himself to female employees in his office. He has also been accused of reprimanding female employees for not engaging in sexual acts. Moreover, he would also reportedly make crude remarks to women and would send them explicit gifts. Overall, the Variety reports of an alleged pattern of consistent sexual harassment toward female employees at NBC.
This report is claimed by Variety to be the result of a two-month investigation into Lauer's behavior at NBC. In fact, Variety spoke with three women, all of whom identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by Lauer. Their stories have all been corroborated by friends and colleagues who were reportedly told at the time of the misconduct. The women asked Variety to remain unnamed, fearing punishment by their superiors.
Moreover, Variety reports that despite being married, Lauer was very fixated on other women, particularly their bodies and looks, which they apparently can verify with more than 10 accounts from current and former employees. It appears that it may have been well known at NBC that Lauer was known for making lewd comments, both verbally and over text messages, about female employees.
The New York Times has also reported that a former NBC employee has come forward alleging that Lauer sexually assaulted her in 2001.
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