Veteran Today show anchor Matt Lauer has been fired by NBC News following a sexual misconduct allegation, the network's news chairman said in a statement Wednesday morning.
"On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in the statement. "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 over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer's co-anchor on Today, announced the news of his firing alongside fill-in host Hoda Kotb on the show Wednesday.
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
The emotional Guthrie, who said she herself only learned about the developments this morning, said she was "heartbroken."
"I'm heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner," Guthrie said. "I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story, and any other women who have their own stories to tell."
Reporters for the New York Times had been investigating Lauer, 59, for weeks, CNN's Brian Stelter reports. He became co-anchor of Today in January 1997 after three years as the program's newsreader.
Last year, Lauer signed a new deal with the show that reportedly guaranteed him a salary of $28 million a year. Celebritynetworth.com estimates he's worth approximately $80 million.
Lauer is the latest high-profile media figure to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Last week, CBS News fired Charlie Rose, a co-host of its morning news show after a Washington Post report on Rose's alleged sexual misconduct. PBS also parted ways with Rose.
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