Matt Lauer has been fired from Today after a colleague accused the longtime host of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace’ it was announced on Wednesday.
‘This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,’ said a tearful Savannah Guthrie while revealing the news at the start of the popular morning show.
Guthrie then read the letter that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack had sent to employees just moments before, which stated that Lauer’s alleged offense may not have been an ‘isolated incident.’
‘We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this,’ said Guthrie.
‘I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we’ll learn more details in the hours and days to come. We promise to share that with you.’
Lauer exits as the longest-running morning show anchor and the highest paid, taking home an annual salary of $25 million prior to his termination.
It is being reported by Page Six that it was an NBC staffer working at the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016 who came forward, telling the network she had been sexually assaulted by Lauer.
Apparently Lauer’s co-hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb’s were told just before going on air this morning, and were shocked and saddened by the news. Apparently they had a difficult time understanding the alleged behavior of the man they had shared the show over the years and counted as a valued colleague and friend.
It is reported that Lauer lived alone in Manhattan during the week, while his wife stayed with their children in East Hampton, NY. That’s not a healthy atmosphere for a good marriage, in my opinion. Apparently he and his wife had filed for divorce in the past, but didn’t go through with it. Lauer had been married one time previously; that marriage ended in divorce two years prior to marrying his current wife.