It seems that NBC has been unable to avoid the long trail of sexual misadventures that seem to be touching every corner of our society these days (but mostly in the media and in Washington, D.C.).
Beloved, longtime host of NBC’s morning show Today, Matt Lauer, has been fired after NBC investigated a claim that he’d sexually assaulted a junior employee during the Sochi Winter Olympics. Apparently, the investigation turned up information that was deemed credible, and may have even led NBC to guess that more such accusations would soon be coming because they chose to fire Lauer almost immediately.
Lauer’s longtime host, Savannah Guthrie read a statement from NBC President Andy Lack on Wednesday morning that explained the decision.
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Dear colleagues, 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 here at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.
Guthrie added, “This is a sad morning at ‘Today’ and NBC News. As I’m sure you can understand, we are devastated. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear colleague.”
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
Later on Wednesday morning, the NY Post’s Page Six had more on the accusations that got Lauer axed, and on the fact that NBC may have been trying to get ahead of a story that was just about to explode.
An NBC insider said Lauer’s alleged victim complained to HR on Monday: “This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired on Tuesday night. The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that.”
Another source tells us that the decision to fire Lauer was made late Tuesday night by NBC News chairman Andy Lack.
Lauer’s firing comes amid rumors that several news outlets were working on stories about his alleged sexual misconduct.
If accurate, then we can expect that other news sources will soon be revealing more of the details of Lauer’s lurid behavior and that we’ll soon be hearing from more women who have been accosted by the popular morning show host.