Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News, Savannah Guthrie announced on TodayWednesday. On Monday night, NBC News chairman Andy Lack received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace on Lauer’s behalf. As a result, the organization decided to terminate his employment. Hoda Kotb joined the anchor to announce his firing, “because this is a sad moment here at Today and NBC News,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie then read the e-mail Lack sent NBC News staffers moments before. “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. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender,” Lack wrote. “We are deeply saddened by this turn of events but we will face it together as a news organization—and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”