NBC News has fired “Today” show fixture Matt Lauer, with NBC News Chairman Andy Lack notifying staffers via a memo early this morning that the company had decided to terminate Lauer’s employment after receiving a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” by Lauer.
Lauer’s former colleagues on “Today” broke the news on this morning’s show, with Hoda Kotb joining Savannah Guthrie on the air to make the announcement. You can watch their emotional report below.
NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk provided more information about Lauer’s firing later on “Today,” reporting: “A spokesperson for the company says that the accuser described inappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014 and because of the seriousness of the accusations, together with information that it may not be an isolated incident, NBC decided to terminate Lauer’s contract.”
The New York Times talked with civil rights lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld, who reportedly represents the woman who made the complaint to NBC. Wilkenfeld would not identify the woman, but said in a statement: “My client and I met with representatives from NBC’s Human Resources and Legal Departments at 6 p.m. on Monday for an interview that lasted several hours. Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace.”
Wilkenfeld’s statement adds: “While I am encouraged by NBC’s response to date, I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing.”
The Times noted that it had met with the woman, who indicated she was not prepared to tell her story publicly.
NBC News reportedly made the decision Tuesday night to fire Lauer. Here’s this morning’s announcement on “Today,” posted by NBC …