NBC Fires ‘Today’ Host Matt Lauer Over ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’

By Stephen Battaglio
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Lauer, 59, is the second morning news anchor to be fired over inappropriate sexual behavior this month. Last week, Charlie Rose was dismissed from his co-host job at “CBS This Morning” following a report that eight women complained about his behavior at his long-running nightly talk show at PBS, which has now been dropped.

Los Angeles Times

Matt Lauer was fired from NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday after the company said it received a complaint about the co-anchor concerning “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”

The stunning announcement certain to disrupt the morning TV landscape was read at the top of NBC’s iconic program by Lauer’s on-air partners Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, both of whom appeared shaken by the news they learned only moments earlier.

The statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said: “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 twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

According to a person briefed on the matter, a female NBC employee said Lauer engaged in inappropriate behavior in the workplace in 2014, including while “Today” was broadcasting from Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympics.

The person briefed spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The firing is likely to have a seismic impact on “Today,” one of the most lucrative franchises in the TV business.

Lauer, 59, is the second morning news anchor to be fired over inappropriate sexual behavior this month. Last week, Charlie Rose was dismissed from his co-host job at “CBS This Morning” following a report that eight women complained about his behavior at his long-running nightly talk show at PBS, which has now been dropped.

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