NBC News has fired longtime Today show co-host Matt Lauer over a sexual harassment allegation, according to a memo from NBC News president Andrew Lack obtained by The New York Times.
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the memo read.
Lack said the allegation against Lauer “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.”
Lauer’s co-host, Savannah Guthrie, announced the news on Today Wednesday morning, telling the audience that she was “heartbroken” over the news.
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
Last week, CBS Morning News co-host Charlie Rose was fired over sexual harassment allegations brought forth by several women who had worked for him.